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 ROME – A violent earthquake tore through central Italy Wednesday, destroying buildings and killing scores of people in the regions of Lazio, Marche and Umbria, civil protection officials said. Authorities put the casualty toll by late Wednesay at 124 dead, 100 missing and hundreds of others injured with 2,500 made homeless. As many as 42 of the dead were in the mountainous Rieti province of the region of Lazio north of Rome -- 35 at Amatrice and seven at the nearby town of Accumoli, authorities said.

24 Aug 2016
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 ROME -- “Italy is behind the times when it comes to building anti-seismic buildings- we only prepare once there has been an earthquake,” said Enzo Boschi, leading geophysicist and seismologist, on Wednesday.

24 Aug 2016
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 FERENTINO -- A young immigrant travelled 400 km on the A1 motorway strapped to the bottom of an articulated lorry, traffic police said.

 The Frosinone traffic police received several telephone calls warning them of the presence of the young migrant under the truck which was driving northbound along the A1 motorway.

  Despite high levels of holiday traffic on the road, the Frosinone road patrol unit managed to stop the lorry where the motorway passes Ferentino.

24 Aug 2016
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RAGUSA — An Indian man accused of trying to kidnap a 5-year-old girl in Ragusa has been transferred to an Centre for Identification and Expulsion (CIE) in the Sicilian city of Caltanisetta pending his expulsion from Italy, officials say. 

 The assistant chief police of the city, Nicola Spampinato, was the one to sign the measure, after a decree of expulsion issued to the 43-year-old Ram Lubhaya was about to expire.

24 Aug 2016
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 ROME -- The Community of Sant’Egidio, a liberal catholic movement based in the Trastevere region of the Eternal City, is making progress in putting an end to armed clashes in Mozambique, after mediating an end to the civil war in 1992.

 “After the 2014 elections, Mozambique is going through a period of political crisis. In recent months, violence and armed clashes between the government and the main opposition party, Renamo, have forced thousands of citizens to take refuge in neighbouring Malawi,” the Sant’Egidio Community said.

23 Aug 2016