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Italian troops to help dig Naples out of rubbish crisis

Image: Policemen escort bulldozers to clean the streets in the Pozzuoli suburb

NAPLES, Italy
(AFP) - Italian troops will be brought in to help clear away mountains of rubbish in Naples, Prime Minister Romano Prodi said Tuesday following a night of riots around a toxic dump.

"We will use the armed forces for urgent cases," he said after more than three hours of emergency talks with key ministers in Rome on the crisis that has left some 110,000 tonnes of uncollected garbage in the Naples region.

Police used tear gas against stone-throwing protestors late Monday as hundreds opposed to plans to reopen the Pianura landfill in a western suburb of Naples occupied the dump, setting a fire there and torching two buses outside.

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