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Renzi quits; search on for new leader to guide Italy to vote
ROME (AP) -- Italian Premier Matteo Renzi resigned Wednesday evening, his self-inflicted penalty for staking his job on constitutional changes voters resoundingly rejected earlier in the week. He will stay in a caretaker's role at the request of Italy's president until a new government can be formed....

Thousands take refuge in mosques after deadly Aceh quake
MEUREUDU, Indonesia (AP) -- Thousands of people in the Indonesian province of Aceh took refuge for the night in mosques and temporary shelters after a strong earthquake Wednesday killed nearly 100 people and destroyed dozens of buildings....

Syrian government advances despite rebel cease-fire offer
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syria's government ignored a rebel cease-fire proposal for Aleppo on Wednesday as its forces captured new neighborhoods around the city center and squeezed some 200,000 tired and frightened civilians into a shattered and rapidly shrinking opposition enclave....

WHY IT MATTERS: Rebel-held Aleppo on the brink of collapse
BEIRUT (AP) -- With rebel defenses crumbling in eastern Aleppo, President Bashar Assad is on the brink of regaining full control of Syria's largest city and one-time commercial center. Holding the city is seen as key to overall victory in the Syrian conflict, and a defeat in Aleppo would be a crushing blow to the rebels....

Iraqi forces face fierce IS attacks after new Mosul push
MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- Significant Islamic State group counterattacks in southeastern Mosul inflicted heavy losses on Iraqi forces overnight after a new push deeper into the city this week, according to an Iraqi Army officer....

AP Explains: What next after the downfall of IS in Sirte?
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) -- The Islamic State group this week lost the city of Sirte, its only foothold in Libya, essentially ending its ambition to expand its self-styled "caliphate" into the North African nation, at least for now....

Pakistani plane crashes after takeoff with 48 people aboard
ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- A plane belonging to Pakistan's national carrier crashed and burst into flames on Wednesday with 48 people on board, killing all of them, the airline chairman and police said....

APNewsBreak: Military targets handling of misconduct cases
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Military leaders are trying to fix the lengthy, inconsistent process for investigating senior officers accused of misconduct, The Associated Press has learned. They are seeking to change a hodgepodge system in which investigations can drag on for years while taxpayers pay six-figure salaries to officers relegated to mid-level administrative posts....

EU official hopeful for trade deal under Trump presidency
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A senior European Union official on Wednesday expressed hope that the incoming Trump administration will continue talks on a comprehensive free trade agreement with Europe....

Ex-chief of IRA splinter group killed in Irish city of Cork
DUBLIN (AP) -- Police say two gunmen have ambushed and killed a former top figure in the Real IRA splinter group in the southwest Irish city of Cork....

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