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Resignations put government in crisis

Prime Minister Enrico Letta said he would call for a confidence vote in Parliament, most likely on Wednesday, to clear up the political uncertainty surrounding his fragile government after the sudden resignation of five ministers belonging to Silvio Berlusconi’s center-right party. The unexpected move Saturday by Berlusconi’s allies raised concerns that Italy’s troubles may threaten the current political and financial stability in Europe.

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Iranian spy is arrested, officials say

Israeli security officials said they have arrested a businessman of Iranian descent for spying on Israel and gathering intelligence on possible terrorism targets. The Shin Bet domestic intelligence service released photos it said were taken from the suspect’s camera that included exterior shots of the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv.

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  • calm belies ongoing turmoil: Kashmiri fishermen navigated on Dal Lake in Kashmir on Sunday, despite the ongoing dispute between India and Pakistan. Both claim the territory in its entirety while governing parts of it. A series of cross-border artillery exchanges in the disputed territory over the past two months has led to the death of at least eight soldiers on both sides.

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