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26th Jul 2017

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Renzi: Personalising constitutional referendum a 'mistake'

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi back-peddled on Tuesday on a promise to leave office if an upcoming referendum on a constitutional reform, due in the autumn failed. "This referendum is not my referendum, because this reform has a father whose name is (former president of Italy) Giorgio Napolitano," Renzi told party supporters at an event in Modena, northern Italy. “I made a mistake personalising it too much.”

Journalists on trial highlight Turkey crackdown

The trial, which opened Monday, of 17 journalists and administrative employees of the daily newspaper Cumhuriyet is considered one of the most important episodes in a systematic campaign to silence dissent.

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