Italy's President holds talks to resolve crisis
ROME • Italy's President is holding talks with political leaders to seek a way out of the political crisis caused by the resignation of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
Mr Sergio Mattarella, a former constitutional court judge, must decide if someone can lead Italy to elections scheduled for 2018, or whether an interim government should serve until a snap vote can be held next year.
Mr Renzi tendered his resignation on Wednesday after a bruising defeat in a referendum on which he had staked his political future.
Mr Mattarella's first consultations were with the leaders of both Houses of Parliament on Thursday. Meetings will wrap up today.
Conjoined twins separated in California
LOS ANGELES • Conjoined two-year-old twin girls who were separated at a California hospital this week were recovering in stable condition after 17 hours of surgery, officials said.
The operation on Erika and Eva Sandoval, who faced each other, was done at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, part of the Stanford University health system in Palo Alto, California.
The surgery was challenging because they shared much of their lower body and had one liver, one bladder and three legs.