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Italians vote in autonomy referendums in shadow of Catalonia crisis

MILAN (Reuters) - Two wealthy regions of northern Italy began voting on Sunday in referendums for autonomy, ballots that could fan regional tensions in Europe at a time when neighbouring Spain is striving to prevent Catalonia from breaking away.

Meth seizures shoot up in Myanmar's crisis-hit Rakhine

Yangon (AFP) - Myanmar police have seized more than $5 million worth of methamphetamine pills in the north of violence-racked Rakhine state this month, an officer said Sunday.

Seizures of "Ya Ba" methamphetamine pills are on the rise in Myanmar's Rakhine state.

Putin critic Navalny released after 20-day detention

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said on social media on Sunday he had been released from detention after spending around three weeks in jail.

Cashing out: The end of Hong Kong's historic trading floor

Hong Kong (AFP) - In its heyday in the 1980s, more than a thousand brokers dressed in signature red blazers made deals on the trading floor of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, in what was a raucous, competitive bear pit.

South Korea's president says will continue phasing out nuclear power

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's President Moon Jae-in said on Sunday the government will continue to phase out nuclear-generated electricity, following a public opinion survey that dealt a blow to his plans to do so.

Mystery 'braid-chopping' cases add panic to trauma in Kashmir

SRINAGAR (India): A wave of brutal, deadly panic has swept Indian-administered Kashmir after more than 100 women said they were victims of attackers who chopped off their hair.

For some Chinese dissidents, party congress means a paid 'vacation'

BEIJING (Reuters) - Hu Jia, a well-known Chinese dissident who lives in Beijing, says he had hoped to go to the southeastern city of Xiamen for his government-sponsored holiday, but state security officials said no.

In the future, charging your phone could be as easy as taking a walk

Christian Pylatiuk attaches a small device to his right leg and starts walking. The 200g instrument does start generating electricity as he moves, though not much – just a few microwatts.

Pylatiuk, a researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, wears a small device on his right leg as part of an experiment to see whether he can generate electricity with his body.— dpa

Barcelona and Valencia move clear at the top of La Liga

MADRID (Reuters) - A controversial Gerard Deulofeu strike sent Barcelona on their way to a comfortable 2-0 victory over Malaga on Saturday as they stretched their lead at the top of La Liga.

United's unbeaten run ends at Huddersfield, City go further clear

LONDON (Reuters) - Huddersfield Town stunned Manchester United 2-1 at the John Smith's Stadium on Saturday, a defeat that ended the visitors unbeaten start to the Premier League season and dropped them five points behind leaders Manchester City who beat Burnley 3-0.