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Italian regions vote in favour of autonomy in shadow of Catalonia crisis

MILAN: Two wealthy regions of northern Italy voted overwhelmingly on Sunday for greater autonomy in referendums that could fan regional tensions in Europe at a time when Spain is striving to prevent Catalonia from breaking away. Millions of people in Lombardy and Veneto — both run by the once openly secessionist Lega Nord party — voted more than 90 percent for “yes”, according to preliminary results released just before midnight (2200 GMT). Ballots closed at 2100 GMT. The party called the referendums to secure a…