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Italy’s Mountainous Center Struggles for Stability

A sense of foreboding hangs over Italy’s mountainous heartland after last Wednesday’s town-flattening earthquake and more than 2,000 aftershocks. In the central regions of Lazio, Umbria and Marche, temblors are just one of the challenges facing inhabitants who’ve turned increasingly fatalistic about their prospects and mistrustful of a government they say ignores them and has failed to follow up on economic development plans. The postcard-perfect regions – with their pastures...

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