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Italian hostages Pari, left, and Torretta

Hostage To Events
IRAQ Giancarlo Rodino is reluctantly, angrily packing his bags. The Italian nurse was one of several dozen foreign aid workers set to leave Iraq last week after the abduction of two female Italian volunteers in central Baghdad. "We're not going because we're scared," he said. "But it's useless to try to work when you have become a target."

In broad daylight last Tuesday, a group of heavily armed men dragged away Simona Torretta and Simona Pari, both 29, and two Iraqi volunteers from the office of their humanitarian agency, A...

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