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Battle of the beaches: Italy's vanishing coastline

The sandy coast, lifeblood of Italy's tourist industry, is being blown away by the wind. Peter Popham reports from a resort losing its fight against the elements

Paperbacks: The Past is a Foreign Country, by Gianrico Carofiglio

This former anti-Mafia prosecutor brings drive and depth to a pacy psychological thriller. In Bari (where the author fought the mob), student drifter Giorgio falls in with a charismatic card-sharp.

The Complete Guide To: Puglia

Breathtaking coastlines, diverse architecture and Italy's most famous road all await you in the heel of Italy. James Hill reports

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Travel: Pick your religion: fashion in Milan or visions in Gargano

John Crossland sets off across the mystical spur of Italy's boot in search of a touch of millennial understanding, if not enlightenment

War in the Balkans: The Exodus; Refugee camps at breaking point

A NEW tide of Kosovar refugees flooded into Macedonia yesterday, stretching packed camps to breaking point and raising fears that the Serb leader Slobodan Milosevic is intent on destabilising Yugoslavia's most vulnerable neighbouring state.

War in the Balkans: Briefing: Day 23

n 5,000 new refugees have arrived in Brazde and Stenkovac camps, Macedonia. Plans to build a 350-tent camp as an extension to Brazde are under way.

War In Europe: Europe braced to receive mass exodus of refugees

EUROPE IS bracing itself for yet another complication resulting from the bloodshed in Kosovo - floods of refugees who would need to be taken into neighbouring countries.

Obituary: Giuseppe Tatarella

GIUSEPPE TATARELLA never tired of explaining that he was not a Fascist. Thirty-plus years as a member of the neo-Fascist Movimento Sociale Italiano, and the post-Fascist Alleanza Nazionale party which he helped to create would seem to give the lie to this, but Tatarella was adamant: "I am a nationalist, a Catholic and a democrat," he said in his last interview, which appeared in Il Giornale the day after his death.

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Milan's police chief arrested for murder

THE NEW police chief of Milan, Francesco Forleo, has been arrested in connection with the murder of an unarmed smuggler off the coast of Brindisi.

Travel Europe: Il Duce's last resort

It was on the shores of Lake Garda that Mussolini made his final home. Andy Bull sets out on the elegant trail of the founder of the Fascists
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