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Italy earthquake: Mass funeral for 35 victims

.A mass funeral has taken place in Italy for some of the 290 people killed in Wednesday’s powerful earthquake.
Thirty-five victims from the town of Arquata were mourned at a sports hall in the regional capital, Ascoli Piceno.
The coffins, laid out in rows on the floor, included two painted white for two children killed.
The death toll from the quake, which struck a mountainous central region, has again risen as more bodies were found.
Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was among those attending the funeral along with President Sergio Mattarella, who earlier visited Amatrice, the town with the most casualties.
Bishop Giovanni d’Ercole urged those affected not to lose courage.
“Together, above all we will restore life to our communities, starting from our traditions and from the rubble of death,” he said.
The coffins will be taken for burial to a cemetery near Arquata, a local official told Ansa news agency.
Most victims of the earthquake were Italian, but several foreigners were among those killed, including three Britons.
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More aftershocks were registered in the early hours of Saturday, one with a magnitude of four.
The ground beneath Accumoli, another severely affected village, sank 20cm (8in) as a result of the earthquake, satellite images obtained by Italy’s scientific authorities show.
The district which sank is shown in red on this image compiled from data from a Japanese satellite and published by Italy’s National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV).

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