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Italy regions back 'big bang' autonomy

Milan - Two of Italy's wealthiest northern regions on Sunday voted overwhelmingly in favour of greater autonomy in the latest example of the powerful centrifugal forces reshaping European politics.

Italy regions vote on autonomy bid

Milan - Voters in the northern Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto were voting Sunday in referendums on autonomy, against the backdrop of Catalonia's push for independence from Spain.

EU parliament chief 'fears' spread of small nations as Italy regions vote

Rome - European Parliament chief Antonio Tajani said Europe should "fear" the spread of small nations as Spain struggled Sunday with the Catalonia crisis and the Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto voted in referendums on greater autonomy.

Italy regions vote on autonomy bid

Milan - Voters in the northern Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto vote Sunday in autonomy referendums attracting additional interest against the backdrop of Catalonia's push for independence from Spain.

High approval for cannabis, other measures in US vote

Los Angeles - US voters weighed in on a slew of ballot measures, including several related to marijuana, gun control and the death penalty.

Referendum snubs that the EU learned to manage

Brussels - The history of the European Union is dotted with plebiscites where the initial outcome, like this weekend's Greek bailout vote, seemed catastrophic but was eventually resolved.

US election shows increased support for legalizing pot

Los Angeles - Washington, DC and Oregon voted to legalize marijuana Tuesday, as across the United States referendums were held on issues ranging from gay marriage to abortion, on the sidelines of midterm elections.

U.S. capital votes to legalize marijuana

Los Angeles - Voters in the U.S. capital backed legalizing marijuana, in a symbolic victory for campaigners aiming to build on two states' 2012 decision to allow weed for recreational purposes.

Catalans Vote to Leave Spain in Unofficial Referendum

The Spanish government is dealing with fresh separatist sentiment in Catalonia this week, as an unofficial referendum held yesterday approved the concept of secession from Spain by a wide margin.
 

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