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Renzi Quits; Italian Populists Seek Quick Vote to Win Power

Italian Premier Matteo Renzi speaks during a press conference at the premier's office Chigi Palace in Rome, early on Dec. 5, 2016. Renzi acknowledged defeat in a constitutional referendum and announced he would resign on Monday. Italians voted Sunday in a referendum on constitutional reforms that Premier Matteo Renzi has staked his political future on. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Italian Premier Matteo Renzi speaks during a press conference at the premier's office Chigi Palace in Rome, early on Dec. 5, 2016. Renzi acknowledged defeat in a constitutional referendum and announced he would resign on Monday. Italians voted Sunday in a referendum on constitutional reforms that Premier Matteo Renzi has staked his political future on. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

ROME—Italian voters dealt Premier Matteo Renzi a stinging defeat on his reforms referendum, triggering his resignation announcement and galvanizing the opposition 5-Star Movement’s determination to...




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  • Supporters of Right Wing Movement protest against events, groups and profiles blocked by Facebook in front of the Facebook Office in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

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