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Italian Minister Defends Handling of Hostage Death

Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini defended on Friday his decision to appear on a live chat show and reveal the name of an Italian hostage killed by Iraqi kidnappers — before the man’s family had been informed. Fabrizio Quattrocchi, one of four Italian security guards abducted outside Baghdad earlier this week, was shot dead after Italy refused to bow to the kidnappers’ demands that it withdraw its some 3,000 troops from Iraq. The news that one of the hostages had been murdered was reported by Arabic TV just before the Italian chat show got under way, on which Frattini was flanked by distraught relatives of the other three hostages who didn’t know who the victim was. Full Story

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