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Reconstruction of Italian quake city to cost billions

This medieval city took a limping step toward normalcy yesterday as butchers, bakers and other shopkeepers reopened for business, three days after a deadly earthquake made the historic centre uninhabitable.

The death toll from Italy's worst quake in three decades reached 283, including 20 children and teens, police said. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said the government also had increased the sum allocated for emergency aid to the equivalent of $133-million U.S., and that reconstruction would cost several billion dollars more.

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