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Italian minister, after talking to Renzi, sees new election likely in February

Italy's Minister of the Interior Alfano gestures as he attends television talk show "Porta a Porta" (Door to Door) in RomeBy Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - Italy could have an election as early as February, a minister in Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's outgoing government said on Tuesday, speaking after talking to Renzi. The comments will add to growing support for a quick vote as the only way to avoid protracted political limbo in Italy following Sunday's "No" vote on Renzi's constitutional reforms. Renzi announced he would step down after his heavy defeat.



Russian, OPEC ministers to meet this week on oil output cuts
VIENNA (AP) — Russia's energy minister says he will meet with OPEC oil ministers this week for talks expected to focus on production cuts aimed at driving up the price of crude.

Romania accused of discriminating against Hungarian festival
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The Romanian culture ministry has discriminated against Hungarians in the country by failing to win international recognition for a religious festival, an ethnic Hungarian politician said Tuesday.

English FA says scope of review into sexual abuse increased

Former professional soccer player Steve Walters covers his face with his hands at the launch of the Offside Trust at the Midland Hotel in Manchester, England, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. In a growing scandal being investigated by 18 police forces across Britain, about 350 people have reported incidents of child sexual abuse at soccer clubs. The Offside Trust has been formed by Andy Woodward, Steve Walters and Chris Unsworth as an independent trust to support players and their families who have suffered from abuse. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)LONDON (AP) — The English Football Association's review of sexual abuse by youth soccer coaches linked to professional clubs has expanded as more victims come forward, the governing body said Tuesday after appointing a new lead lawyer.



Teetering Italian bank looks for investors

A newspaper headline reads in Italian "Renzi goes home" following the result of Sunday's constitutional referendum, at a newsstand in Milan, Italy, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. Italian voters dealt Premier Renzi a resounding rebuke early Monday by rejecting his proposed constitutional reforms, plunging Europe's fourth-largest economy into political and economic uncertainty. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)MILAN (AP) — Shares in Italy's most troubled bank, Monte dei Paschi di Siena, are down again amid rising concerns about its ability to remain solvent.



LA authorities boost security after threatened rail attack
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The threat of a terror attack against a busy commuter rail station in the Los Angeles area has prompted authorities to increase security throughout the region and urge commuters to report any suspicious behavior they see.

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Thomas Bjorn named European Ryder Cup captain

Thomas Bjorn of Denmark tees off at the first hole during a practice session in Gleneagles, Scotland, on September 25, 2014Denmark's Thomas Bjorn will captain the European team at the 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris, Ryder Cup Europe announced on Tuesday. Bjorn, 45, vice-captain for four previous Ryder Cups, succeeds Northern Irishman Darren Clarke. "It's a huge honour for me to be named European captain for the 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris," Bjorn said in a statement on the Ryder Cup website.



Denmark's Bjorn named Europe's Ryder Cup captain

Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish OpenLONDON (Reuters) - Denmark's Thomas Bjorn has been named Europe's captain for the 2018 Ryder Cup against the United States, the team said on Tuesday. The 45-year-old Bjorn will lead the European bid to win back the trophy at Le Golf National in Paris. "We're proud to officially announce @ThomasBjornGolf as 2018 #TeamEurope captain," the European team said on Twitter. (Editing by Ed Osmond)



Entertainment

The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

FILE - This Sept. 15, 2012 file photo released by Point Foundation shows Robin Thicke performing at "Voices On Point" Concert & Gala in Los Angeles. Thisck's “Blurred Lines," featuring T.I. & Pharrell was the top selling song on iTunes for the week ending June 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Point Foundation, Colin Young-Wolff)iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending November 3, 2014:



Jimmy Kimmel rolls out red carpet as Emmy host

 Don Mischer, executive producer of the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, left, host Jimmy Kimmel, center, and Television Academy chairman and chief executive Bruce Rosenblum attend the Emmy Awards Red Carpet Rollout at the Nokia Theatre on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, in Los Angeles. The Emmy Awards will be held Sunday, Sept 23. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)After rolling out the red carpet Wednesday morning in anticipation of Sunday's Emmy ceremony, host Jimmy Kimmel warned he's planning a prank on folks not watching the show.



Business

Federer, Serena out of International Premier Tennis League

Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club(Reuters) - Roger Federer and Serena Williams have pulled out of the International Premier Tennis League ahead of the tournament's Indian leg next week due to economic "uncertainty", organisers said on Tuesday. India has been gripped by a cash crunch after the government withdrew high denomination from circulation last month. "We have had challenges this year, and we were hoping to get past them," Mahesh Bhupathi, the Asia-based mixed team tennis league's founder and director, said in a statement.



Exclusive: McDonald's to keep up to 25 percent stake in China, HK stores - source

People walk past the entrance to a McDonald's restaurant in ShanghaiBy Elzio Barreto HONG KONG (Reuters) - McDonald's Corp is looking to raise $1 billion to $2 billion with the sale of its China and Hong Kong stores after the U.S. fast-food chain decided to keep "a significant minority stake in the business," a person with direct knowledge of the plans said on Tuesday. McDonald's wants exposure to future growth in the world's second-largest economy which is why it decided to maintain the stake, the person said. A McDonald's spokeswoman in Shanghai declined to comment.



Obituaries

Tech companies target terrorist propaganda

Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, and Google-owned YouTube aim to use "digital fingerprints" to block or remove violent content or efforts aimed at recruiting social media users for terrorist attack cells. (Justin Tallis/AFP)Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are joining forces to identify and prevent the spread of terrorist content online.



Rouhani: Iran won't let Trump void nuke deal

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, center. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)President Hassan Rouhani warns of unspecified repercussions if Washington reneges on the agreement.