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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....

Rescuers comb Indonesia earthquake rubble for second day
MEUREUDU, Indonesia (AP) -- Rescue workers, soldiers and police combed through the rubble of a devastated town in Indonesia's Aceh province early Thursday, resuming a search for earthquake survivors that was halted at night by rain and blackouts....

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) -- Two gunmen ambushed and killed a former top figure in the Real IRA splinter group in the southwest city of Cork, the first slaying of its kind in four years in Ireland, police and witnesses said Wednesday....

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