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Former Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzi gives a press conference at the foreign press association on February 13, 2018 in Rome

Italians will vote on a controversial constitutional reform that may determine the fate of Matteo Renzi’s government. Yet neither Italy’s membership of the EU and the common currency, nor its financial stability are at stake.

On 4 December 2016, Italians will vote on a constitutional reform proposed by the current government of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. If accepted, the reform will change the institutional setup of the country. Most significantly, it would end Italy’s ‘perfect bicameralism’, in which the two legislative houses have nearly identical powers.

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Migrants in a dinghy sail in the Channel toward the south coast of England after crossing from France. - A record number of at least 430 migrants have illegally crossed the Channel to the UK in a single day. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin asked for the EU border agency Frontex's assistance and the closer cooperation of northern European states in stemming the flow of illegal migrants crossing the Channel en route to the United Kingdom.

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Photo from the G20 Environment meeting in Naples, Italy on July 23rd.

UN chief Antonio Guterres on Sunday called for leadership of the Group of Twenty (G20) countries on the issue of climate action, adding that he sees no pathway to reach Paris Agreement's 1.5 degrees Celsius goal without the G20 nations.

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Millions of children risk being pushed into a downward spiral of malnutrition as more and more people are going to bed hungry, worsening the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic and prolonging the recovery. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

Families across the globe are increasingly unable to access and afford a diet needed for a healthy life due to loss of income, price increases and disruption in food and health care systems. In many populous low- and middle-income countries, the COVID-19 pandemic and its socio-economic effects are projected to cause a devastating increase in child malnutrition. Tragically, an already difficult situation is likely to get worse without urgent action.

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A customer pays for a drink at the bar of a pub in central London on July 19, 2021 as coronavirus restrictions are lifted. - England lifts virtually all of its coronavirus restrictions today, setting it at odds with the three other nations of the United Kingdom and sparking concern among scientists. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

England on Monday lifted almost all the remaining COVID-19 restrictions in the country after more than a year of lockdowns and announced 'freedom day' from the pandemic life, even though COVID-19 cases in the country have been rising.

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A woman receives the Sinovac Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine on a mobile vaccine truck in Kuala Lumpur. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

A new study has examined vaccine acceptance and hesitancy rates in ten low and middle-income countries from Asia, Africa, and South America.

The research published in Nature Medicine reveals willingness to get a COVID-19 vaccine was considerably higher in developing countries (80 per cent of respondents) than in the United States (65 per cent) and Russia (30 per cent).

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Working from home is primarily an option in metropolitan areas. In cities such as Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, or Stuttgart, more than 57 percent of all employees could work mainly or entirely from home, finds an analysis conducted by the infas Institute for Applied Social Sciences and the ifo Institute. This is the first time that the authors, led by ifo researcher Jean-Victor Alipour and Robert Follmer (infas), have been able to present findings on the geographical distribution of the potential for working from home and its prevalence.

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A picture taken on July 15, 2021 shows cars piled up by the water at a roundabout in the Belgian city of Verviers, after heavy rains and floods lashed western Europe, killing at least two people in Belgium. (Photo by Francois WALSCHAERTS / AFP) - LEHTIKUVA / AFP

Over 60 people have died and hundreds are missing in western German states after heavy rains and violent storms in several parts of Europe.

The New York Times reported quoting German authorities that after confirming dozens of deaths, they were unable to account for at least 1,300 people.

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A health worker inoculates a woman with a dose of the Covishield vaccine against the Covid-19 coronavirus during a vaccination drive at a school in Hyderabad on July 12, 2021. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

Mixing and matching COVID-19 vaccines from different manufacturers is a "dangerous trend" and could lead to chaos as there is limited data on it on practice, World Health Organisation (WHO) chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said on Monday.

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