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A villa seized from the mafia near Naples is to become a shelter for LGBTI Italians and migrants who have fled discrimination in their home countries, in a bid to foster acceptance in Italy’s conservative south, local officials said on Wednesday. The mayor of Castelvolturno, a coastal town north of Naples, said a gay rights group had won permission to turn a three-story building once owned by a local mafia boss into a center for LGBTI people.

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