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    Death Toll Rises to 241 in Italian Quake

    “Today is a day for tears, tomorrow we can talk of reconstruction.” That was Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s message after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck central Italy early yesterday. The death toll has climbed to 241, 368 are hospitalized and thousands of rescuers are still combing through the debris for survivors. The quake has been followed by hundreds of aftershocks, including at least two exceeding 5.0-magnitude, and Italians are lining up outside blood donation centers — but many worry that, as with past natural disasters, the government’s reconstruction efforts will be ponderous and inefficient.

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