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Italy closes consulate in Benghazi after attack on consul

ROME — Italy closed its consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and withdrew its staff because of security concerns, following an attempted ambush of the Italian consul over the weekend.

Although the diplomat, Guido De Sanctis, escaped unharmed, the episode raised concerns about the tenuous security situation in Libya as the transitional government struggles to rebuild the country after the overthrow of Moammar Khadafy nearly two years ago.

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