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April 13, 2012 > Deaths barred in Italian village

Deaths barred in Italian village

Submitted By AP Wire Service

ROME (AP), Mar 13 - Since the start of the month it has been illegal to die in Falciano del Massico, a village of 3,700 people some 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Naples in southern Italy.

Mayor Giulio Cesare Fava issued the tongue-in-cheek decree because the village has no cemetery and it is feuding with a nearby town that has one - creating a logistical problem about what to do with the deceased.

The mayor told newspapers that villagers are content.

``The ordinance has brought happiness,'' he was quoted Tuesday as saying. ``Unfortunately, two elderly citizens disobeyed.''

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