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Paolo Gentiloni appointed Italian Prime Minister-designate

Credit: Reuters

Italy's President Sergio Mattarella has given the mandate to Foreign Secretary Paolo Gentiloni to try and form a new government.

Foreign Minister Mr Gentiloni was a key member of Matteo Renzi's Democratic Party.

Mr Renzi resigned on Wednesday after losing a referendum on constitutional reform on which he had staked his job.

Mr Gentiloni said he would try to form the government as soon as possible and that it would move "within the same framework" as Mr Renzi's.

"I am aware of the urgent need to give Italy a government with full powers," he said.


At least 22 killed in Coptic cathedral bombing in Cairo

The blast took place at Cairo's main Coptic cathedral. Credit: Reuters

At least 22 people have been killed and 35 wounded in a bombing at in Egypt's main Coptic Christian cathedral in Cairo, state television reported.

It is the second deadly attack to hit the Egyptian capital within two days.

A relative of one of the blast victims speaks to a police officer outside the scene. Credit: Reuters

On Friday, six policemen were killed in a bomb attack claimed by a militant group. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Sunday's attack.


Car bomb kills at least 29 in Somalian capital

A security officer walks through an area destroyed by a suicide car bomb in Mogadishu. Credit: Reuters

At least 29 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in Somalia.

Islamic extremist group al-Shabab have claimed responsibility for the car bomb that went off outside the entrance to the country's biggest port in its capital Mogadishu.

Local police said at least seven people had been injured.

Port employee Mohamed Hussein said gunfire had followed the blast.

Al-Shabaab's insurgency aims to drive out African Union peacekeepers, topple Somalia's western-backed government and impose its strict version of Islam on the Horn of Africa state.

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