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Adriano Bosoni on the Italian Referendum

Stratfor Senior Europe Analyst Adriano Bosoni tells CNBC the referendum result and resignation of Italy's prime minister puts the country's future with the EU in doubt.

Sim Tack on the Battle for Mosul

Speaking with The Daily Beast, Stratfor Senior Analyst Sim Tack examines recent satellite imagery showing coalition airstrikes on Mosul bridges.

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Italy: Renzi Resigns

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi officially resigned on Dec. 7, Reuters reported. Read more…

Syria: Western Powers Call For Aleppo Cease-Fire

Western powers including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Canada issued a joint statement Dec. 7 calling for an immediate cease-fire in the Syrian city of Aleppo, AP reported. Read more…

Ghana: Voters Head To Polls For Presidential Vote

Voters in Ghana head to the polls Dec. 7 to cast their votes in the country's presidential election, which pits incumbent President John Dramani Mahama against main opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo and several other candidates, Reuters reported. Read more…

Syria: Rebels Withdraw From Aleppo's Old City As Government Advance Continues

Rebels withdrew from Aleppo's old city overnight Dec. 7, allowing Syrian government forces and their allies to move into an area that had long been an opposition bastion in the city, The Guardian reported. Read more…

U.K.: Prime Minister Agrees To Publish Brexit Plan Before Triggering Article 50

British Prime Minister Theresa May agreed Dec. 6 that her government would publish its Brexit plan before triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which would formally set the process in motion, The Independent reported Dec. 7. Read more…

Indonesia: Earthquake Rocks Northern Sumatra

An earthquake rocked the Indonesian island of Sumatra early Dec. 7, killing dozens of people and injuring many others, government agencies said, New York Times reported. Read more…

Pakistan: Plane Crashes In North, Survivors Unlikely

A commercial plane crashed in northern Pakistan on Dec. 7, officials from Pakistan International Airlines said, Al Jazeera reported. Read more…

Uzbekistan: New President's First Foreign Visit Will Be To Russia

The first foreign visit for newly elected Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev will be to Russia, a senior Uzbek government source said, Izvestia reported Dec. 7. Read more…

France: Cazeneuve Named New Prime Minister

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has been named the country's new prime minister, BBC reported Dec. 6. Read more…

U.S.: Supreme Court Sides With Samsung In Patent Dispute With Apple

The U.S. Supreme Court sided with Samsung on Dec. 6 over a nearly $400 million patent dispute with Apple, BRG and Reuters reported. Read more…

Brazil: Supreme Court Removes Senate President

Brazil's supreme court issued a ruling Dec. 5 to remove Sen. Renan Calheiros from his position as president of the Senate, Valor reported. Read more…

Italy: Treasury Reportedly Has Rescue Plan For Historic Bank

Italy's Treasury has reportedly prepared a plan for direct state intervention to save Monte dei Paschi di Siena, one of the country's top commercial and retail banks, The Guardian and Financial Times reported Dec. 6. Read more…

Bahrain: GCC Summit Kicks Off

The 37th annual summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) began Dec. 6 in Bahrain's capital, Manama, Al Arabiya reported. Read more…

Libya: Anti-Islamic State Forces Mopping Up In Sirte

Militia forces that have been battling Islamic State fighters in the Libyan city of Sirte are now securing the final buildings where fighters and their captives are believed to be holed up in the city, militia officials said, Reuters reported. Read more…

South Korea: President Offers To Resign In April As Lawmakers Prepare For Impeachment Vote

South Korean President Park Geun Hye, who has recently faced massive protests over corruption and influence peddling, has offered to step down from office in April, The New York Times reported Dec. 6. Read more…

New Zealand: Prime Minister Resigns

New Zealander Prime Minister John Key announced Dec. 5 that he will not seek a fourth term in office and will resign his post, because of family reasons, BBC reported. Read more…

Iraq: Parliament Delays 2017 Budget Vote

The Iraqi Parliament postponed the planned Dec. 5 session to pass the 2017 budget bill until Dec. 7, Rudaw reported. Read more…

Philippines: Vice President Resigns From Cabinet, Vows To Take On Duterte

Philippines Vice President Leni Robredo resigned from President Rodrigo Duterte's Cabinet on Dec. 5, vowing to lead the opposition against the president’s controversial policies, Rappler and the Manila Times reported. Read more…

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