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Italian region offers €8,000 a year to newcomers prepared to move to dying villages

Italian region offers €8,000 a year to newcomers prepared to move to dying villagesOne of Italy’s smallest and least famous regions is offering newcomers a bounty of €8,000 a year to settle in villages that are in danger of dying out. The offer has been made by Molise, which is squeezed between the mountainous Abruzzo region and Puglia – the heel of the Italian boot. It is so little known that there is a joke among Italians that “Molise non esiste” – Molise does not exist. It used to be joined with Abruzzo but was carved off as an independent entity in 1963. The region wants to reverse the effects of decades of depopulation, which has left many villages bereft of inhabitants. There are conditions attached – the offer applies to settlements with a population of less than 2,000, and newcomers must set up and run a new business for at least five years. The coastal town of Termoli in Molise Credit: Alamy There is no shortage of places to choose from – of the region’s 136 villages, more than 100 now have populations of less than 2,000. The initiative will be funded with €1 million from Italy’s ministry of economic development. Approved by the regional government, details will be published in an official gazette on September 16. Prospective candidates will then have 60 days in which to apply. The initiative was dreamt up by Antonio Tedeschi, a member of the centre-Right regional government. “Our villages offer an excellent quality of life from an environmental and social point of view,” said Mr Tedeschi. “You can live well here for a lot less than you would have to spend in the city.” He wants to help villages like Pizzone, which is now down to just 300 inhabitants. All the shops have closed, leaving just a bar where locals can buy bread and milk along with their morning espresso or cappuccino. “Everyone is leaving. There is no future. The only businesses that are left are small agricultural enterprises that people inherited from their great-grandparents,” Anna Laura D’Amico, whose family are from the village, told Corriere della Sera newspaper. “We really hope the project will work. This region deserves a lot better.” Molise is Italy’s second smallest region after Valle d’Aosta in the northwest, an Alpine pocket on the border with France. Around 40 per cent of Molise is mountainous, offering great hiking opportunities, and there are Roman ruins as well as villages that were settled by refugees from Albania in the 14th century. A medieval tower in Campobasso, Molise Credit: De Agostini Editorial Large parts of Italy struggle with the effects of depopulation, and villages have come up with a number of initiatives to try to address the problem. Some offer abandoned houses for a nominal price of one euro, on condition that buyers restore them to their former splendour, while others have invited migrants and refugees to settle to counter the effects of an ageing population. Across the country, the number of babies being born is at its lowest ebb since the unification of Italy in 1861. Emigration has also had a dramatic effect – there are an estimated 600,000 Italians living in the UK alone.



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Unregulated vaping spawns new teenage nicotine addicts. And now adult vapers are dying.

Unregulated vaping spawns new teenage nicotine addicts. And now adult vapers are dying.Lung illnesses have emerged among at least 215 people who used e-cigarettes. THC could be a common factor. Where's the oversight?: Our view



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The Latest: Congress party says people dying in Kashmir

The Latest: Congress party says people dying in KashmirIndia’s main opposition leader Rahul Gandhi has demanded a statement from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the situation in Kashmir, saying there are reports of violence and people dying. Pakistan says that with the support of China, it will take up India’s unilateral actions in the disputed region of Kashmir with the U.N. Security Council and may approach the U.N. Human Rights Commission over what it says is the “genocide” of the Kashmiri people. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi made the comment Saturday after meeting in Beijing with his Chinese counterpart and other top leaders.



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Donald Trump phones dying fan

Donald Trump phones dying fanA dying fan of Donald Trump had a bucket list wish come true when his sister, a local Democratic politician, arranged for the president to call him and chat. Jay Barrett, a 44-year-old man from Connecticut, is terminally ill with cystic fibrosis and is receiving palliative care. “You’re my kind of man, Jay,” Trump told him.



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Aurora shooting victim Josh Pinkard texted love to his wife as he lay dying

Aurora shooting victim Josh Pinkard texted love to his wife as he lay dyingOne of the victims of a gunman's rampage in Illinois texted love to his wife as he lay dying: "I received a text at 1:24 from my precious husband."



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In Syria's Baghouz, dying palms and a wilting IS 'caliphate'

In Syria's Baghouz, dying palms and a wilting IS 'caliphate'The wilted palms and pomegranate trees at the entrance to Baghouz were struggling to survive, much like diehard Islamic State group fighters in the Syrian village. “The SDF were here,” read a spray-painted Arabic message on a one-storey house. Atop a building captured by the SDF, a fighter peered out at columns of smoke from fresh bombardment.



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Dying days of caliphate in Syria as IS fighters trapped

Dying days of caliphate in Syria as IS fighters trappedJihadist fighters defending the last dreg of the Islamic State group’s “caliphate” Saturday were holed up in half a square kilometre of a village in eastern Syria. President Donald Trump had announced that the fall of the IS proto-state would be declared Saturday, but a Syrian commander said his US-backed forces slowed down their advance to protect civilians. The jihadists declared a “caliphate” in large parts of Syria and neighbouring Iraq in 2014, but have since lost all but a tiny patch of territory in eastern Syria near the Iraqi border.



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Doctor Who Treated HIV-Positive Patients Honored After Dying In Pittsburgh Synagogue

Doctor Who Treated HIV-Positive Patients Honored After Dying In Pittsburgh SynagogueDr. Jerry Rabinowitz once helped a man get through the "most terrifying and



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Rights group worried about immigrants dying in custody

Rights group worried about immigrants dying in custodyPHOENIX (AP) — Huy Chi Tran was awaiting deportation at an immigrant detention center in Arizona when he was found unresponsive. A week later, he was dead.



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Busboy who held dying RFK speaks of lingering pain

Busboy who held dying RFK speaks of lingering painLOS ANGELES (AP) — Juan Romero was a teenage Mexican immigrant working as a hotel busboy 50 years ago when he was thrust into one of the seminal moments of the decade.



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