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Italy’s premier to resign; Berlusconi will run again

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ROME — Prime Minister Mario Monti told the Italian president Saturday that he plans to resign after the sudden loss of support from Silvio Berlusconi’s party, paving the way for early elections a year after the economist helped pull the country back from the brink of financial disaster. Only hours earlier, Berlusconi said he would run again for prime minister, aiming for a comeback just a year after he quit in disgrace as Italy teetered toward the brink of financial disaster. The office of President Giorgio Napolitano said Monti told the head of state that without the support he could no longer effectively govern Italy, which is trying to emerge from a debt crisis. (AP)

South Africa

Mandela admitted to hospital for tests

JOHANNESBURG — South ­Africa’s former president, Nelson Mandela, was admitted to a military hospital Saturday for tests, though the nation’s president told the public there was ‘‘no cause for alarm’’ over the 94-year-old icon’s health. The statement issued by President Jacob Zuma’s spokesman said Mandela was doing well and was receiving medical care ‘‘which is consistent for his age.’’ Mandela, who spent 27 years in prison for fighting racist white rule, became South Africa’s first black president in 1994. He last made a public appearance when his country hosted the 2010 World Cup soccer tournament. (AP)

Philippines

Deadly typhoon may hit land again

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NEW BATAAN — A typhoon that had left the Philippines ­after killing nearly 600 people and leaving hundreds missing in the south made a U-turn and was threatening the country’s northwest, officials said Saturday. The weather bureau raised storm warnings over parts of the northern island of Luzon after Typhoon Bopha veered northeast. There was a strong possibility the storm would make a second landfall Sunday, but it might also make a loop and remain in the South China Sea, forecasters said. (AP)

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