Bulgarian freight train derails and explodes, killing four Image copyright AP A train carrying liquid petroleum gas has derailed and exploded in Bulgaria, killing at least four people. More than 20 people are being treated in hospital with burns and other injuries after the incident in the village of Hitrino, local media say. Aleppo battle: Syria rebels 'withdraw from old city' Image copyright AFP Syrian rebels have left the last areas they held in Aleppo's old city, an activist monitoring group has said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the pull-back came after days of heavy fighting, as government forces moved to split the remains of the rebel enclave in Syria's second city. The rebels have held the area around the ancient citadel for four years. The Syrian military now holds about 75% of eastern Aleppo and is seeking to control the whole city. The rebels, who had been left with just a spit of land north-east of the citadel after recent government advances, abandoned it by Wednesday morning, retreating to territory they still hold further south.
Italy referendum: PM Matteo Renzi resigns after clear referendum defeat Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's heavy referendum defeat on Sunday has left the country facing political and economic uncertainty. Mr Renzi announced his resignation after his plan to reform the constitution was rejected by voters. Italy's president, who he will see later on Monday, will decide whether to appoint a new PM or hold elections. There are concerns the instability may trigger a deeper crisis for Italy's already vulnerable banking sector. Starbucks boss Howard Schultz to step down Image copyright Getty Images The chief executive of the Starbucks coffee chain, Howard Schultz, will step down from his post next year. Mr Schultz will become executive chairman and will change his focus to growing new Starbucks luxury brands.
Syria suspends Aleppo evacuations, blaming rebels Image copyright GEORGE OURFALIAN The Syrian government has suspended the evacuation of civilians and fighters from eastern Aleppo, accusing rebels of breaking terms of the ceasefire. Government sources said rebels had blocked the evacuation of civilians from two pro-government towns elsewhere in Syria, agreed under the deal. Meanwhile buses carrying people from eastern Aleppo were fired upon. Dozens killed in Mexico fireworks blast An explosion at a fireworks market outside Mexico City has killed at least 29 people, officials say. Dozens of other people were injured as the blast hit the San Pablito fireworks market, about 20 miles (32km) outside the city. Video from the scene showed a large number of fireworks rocketing into the air as they caught fire. Dozens of paramedics and police attended the scene. The cause of the explosions is not yet known.