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A 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit central Italy on Wednesday and was felt in Rome some 150 km (90 miles) away, the United States Geological Survey and AFP journalists said. The shallow quake struck 10 kilometres southeast of Norcia, a town in the province of Perugia, at around 3.30 am (0130 GMT) according to the USGS. USGS's PAGER system, which predicts the impact of earthquakes, has issued a red alert -- suggesting significant casualties and damage based on previous quake data.
By Panarat Thepgumpanat and Aukkarapon Niyomyat BANGKOK (Reuters) - One Thai person was killed and 30 wounded when two bombs exploded late on Tuesday near a hotel in the southern Thai coastal town of Pattani, police said, less than two weeks after a wave of unexplained bombings hit the south. The first blast in a parking lot behind the Southern View Hotel caused no casualties, Police Lieutenant Colonel Winyu Tiamraj told Reuters on Wednesday. Colonel Yutthanam Petchmuang, a spokesman for the military's Internal Security Operations Command, said the car used for the second bomb was a stolen hospital pick-up truck that had been mistaken for an ambulance.