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Man burns self to death in northwestern Italy

Latest in wave of 'economic' suicides

Man burns self to death in northwestern Italy

Vado Ligure, May 17 - A man burned himself to dath outside a trattoria near the northwestern Italian city of Savona Friday. The unnamed man, 47, may have been in financial difficulties, police said. A man in the Sicilian town of Vittoria, near Ragusa, set himself on fire Tuesday after his home was put up for auction. Two weeks ago a 45-year-old man, after two years without work, threw himself off a building near the northwestern city of Pisa. Police believe unemployment drove the labourer into deep depression. Recent studies have pointed to Italy's longest recession on record as driving a rising number of suicides in the country. A triple suicide in the Marche region in May was one of the most dramatic recent effects of the grim economic times.

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