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By Crispian Balmer and Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has lost a referendum on constitutional reform by a wide margin, exit polls showed on Sunday, throwing his future into doubt and opening the door to renewed political instability in Italy. Renzi, who had promised to resign if his flagship project was defeated, is due to address the nation at around midnight (6.00 p.m. ET), government sources said. An exit poll by the Piepoli Institute/IPR for state television station RAI, estimated the 'No' vote at 54-58 percent against 42-46 percent for 'Yes'.
By Roberta Rampton and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump's phone conversation with Taiwan's president was not intended to show a shift in U.S. policy on China, Vice President-elect Mike Pence said on Sunday, describing the chat as a "courtesy" call. Trump's call with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Friday raised Chinese hackles because it was the first by a U.S. president-elect or president with a Taiwanese leader since President Jimmy Carter switched diplomatic recognition to China from Taiwan in 1979, acknowledging Taiwan as part of "one China." China blamed Taiwan for the call, but also lodged a diplomatic protest with the United States on Saturday, saying the "one China" policy was the bedrock of relations between China and the United States.