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Opposition Decries U.S. Travel Alert For Italy as Interference in Election

Opposition leader Romano Prodi says he got on the phone to the U.S. ambassador right away to demand an explanation: Why did the State Department issue a public announcement warning Americans in Italy to stay away from political rallies because of possible violence? The March 21 caution came in the final weeks of a vitriolic election campaign in which Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, a close U.S. ally, is trailing in the polls. To many opposition ears, the U.S. statement seemed to support Berlusconi’s accusations that Prodi’s alliance harbors fringe groups in its ranks that resort to violence. Full Story

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