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Cops probe poor parents who keep kids at home

A total of 165 parents in southern Italy have been reported to the police for not sending their children to school, with many of the would-be pupils kept away from the classroom to support their families.

Cops probe poor parents who keep kids at home
The children missed at least 25 percent of lessons. Classroom photo: Shutterstock

The parents have been accused of keeping their children away from lessons for at least 25 percent of the school year in Locri, in Italy’s southern Calabria region.

Seventy-eight parents were reported over their childrens’ absence during the past school year, while 87 parents were reported over the 2012/2013 academic year.

When contacted by The Local, Locri’s police chief was not immediately available to comment on the investigation.

A total of 88 children have been affected, aged six to 15, Il Lametino reported.

The absences were often down to the family’s poverty, with the children seen as a resource for the family. The truants were called upon to work and take care of their younger siblings, Il Lametino said.

Along with southern Campania and Sicily, Calabria is one of Italy’s worst regions for income and job prospects.  

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Runner dies in Italy-to-France ultra marathon

A runner taking part in an ultra-marathon in the Alps has died during the race after a fatal fall on a high-altitude mountain path, emergency services told AFP on Wednesday.

Runner dies in Italy-to-France ultra marathon
The race traverses Mont Blanc. Illustration photo: Eric Feferberg/AFP

The 35-year-old from the Czech Republic was taking part in a warm-up event ahead of the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, a famed endurance event that takes place every year around western Europe’s highest peak.

The man fell during the night after setting off with more than 1,000 other runners from the Italian ski resort of Courmayeur on Tuesday afternoon along the 145-kilometre course of the TDS race to Chamonix in France.

Emergency services were alerted after midnight on Wednesday and flew in a helicopter to the scene of the accident in the Bourg-Saint-Maurice district, but they were unable to revive him, local police commander Patrice Ribes told AFP.

Organisers of the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, which takes places on Friday, said it was the first death in one of their events since their start in 2003.

Elsewhere in the French Alps on Wednesday, a 60-year-old climber died in the Isère region after suffering a fall of 30 metres.

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