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The House passed a year-end budget compromise with overwhelming bipartisan support, but the bill faces a surprisingly uncertain path in the United States Senate. While aides still believe the modest measure to avoid future government shutdowns will eek through to passage, the deal brokered by Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray, is running into unexpected opposition from some of the chamber’s usual negotiators. The election of Florence Mayor Matteo Renzi as the new leader of Italy's center-left Democratic Party, the biggest in the ruling coalition, has boosted support for the bloc by six percentage points nationally, a poll showed on Friday. The brash, 38-year-old Renzi's landslide victory on Sunday lifted support to 35.6 percent for the Democratic Party from 29.6 percent a week earlier, polling institute SWG said. That put the center left about 7 percentage points ahead of the center right, after trailing by almost 2 percentage points a week earlier. Ukraine's president proposed an amnesty Friday for all protesters facing criminal charges in the country's wave of massive anti-government demonstrations. President Viktor Yanukovych made the offer at a round-table meeting that included three leaders of the opposition that has orchestrated more than three weeks of anti-government protests, flooding the streets of Kiev with hundreds of thousands of people. There was no immediate reaction from the opposition figures, who earlier had said they were going to the meeting only to state their demands, including that the government resign and early parliamentary and presidential elections be held. Secretary of State John Kerry said he expected nuclear talks with Iran to resume in the coming days, saying progress had been made and that consultations were now needed. Kerry was speaking after diplomats said Iran had interrupted technical discussions with six world powers in Vienna over how to implement a deal whereby Tehran would cap its nuclear program in return for limited...