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  • Italy referendum: PM Matteo Renzi resigns after clear referendum defeat

    Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has resigned after suffering a heavy defeat in a referendum over his plan to reform the constitution.

    In a late-night news conference, he said he took responsibility for the outcome, and said the No camp must now make clear proposals.

    With most ballots counted, the No vote leads with 60% against 40% for Yes.

    The turnout was nearly 70%, in a vote that was seen as a chance to register discontent with the prime minister.

    "Good luck to us all," Mr Renzi told reporters. He said he would tell a Cabinet meeting on Monday afternoon that he was resigning, then tender his resignation to the Italian president.

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  • Hirut Guangul Becomes the First Female Athlete who Shows Protest Gesture

    Hirut Guangul, of Ethiopoia, crosses the finish line to take first place in women's group of the full marathon portion of the Quad Cities Marathon Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, at the finish line near John Deere Pavilion in Moline.

    As Hirut Guangul, of Ethiopia, crossed the Quad Cities Marathon finish line as the first woman overall for the fourth consecutive year, she crossed her arms above her head in an "X". Guanhul became the first QCM four-time champion, but the moment became larger than just her athletic achievement on Sunday morning. "I like this race," said Guanhul. "Four-time champion. I'm very, very happy." After the race, the 24-year-old said the "X" is a way of protesting the human rights abuses that are taking place in Ethiopia.

    Guanhul's simple action is a brave and powerful one that bypasses any language barrier. Hundreds of peaceful Ethiopian protesters have been killed or arrested by the Ethiopian military this year. Protesters have demanded equality for the country's Oromo people, Ethiopia's largest ethnic group that has felt marginalized by the government as it pushes them off their land before selling it. Ethiopian runner Feyisa Lilesa held up an "X" with his arms as he won silver in the marathon at the Rio Olympics. The gesture has been used as a symbol of strength and peaceful resistance.  

    Lilesa says he likely will not be able to return home after making the gesture of solidarity. The Oromos also have used the "X" as a sign of their protest.

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  • Generous Bolt Donates $20 Million to His Former School

    Usain Bolt returned to Jamaica after winning gold medals at the Rio Olympics and has donated all the $20 million he earned to his high school William Knibb Memorial in Falmouth, Jamaica. This donation is to help the school’s athletic programs, according to the Jamaica Press. The programs were in danger because of financial cuts.

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