State funeral set for Amatrice after quake survivors rebel

August 30, 2016 7:52 AM

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State funeral set for Amatrice after quake survivors rebel

AMATRICE, Italy – Construction crews have worked through the night to build a tent complex to host an Italian state funeral in quake-devastated Amatrice after residents denounced the government's original plan to hold the service in a distant airport hangar.

The funeral late Tuesday for more than 200 of the 292 victims takes place on the edge of Amatrice's obliterated medieval center on the grounds of a Catholic retreat for the elderly. Italy also observed a second day of national mourning following the Aug. 24 temblor that flattened villages in central...

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