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Embassies in Rome bombed

ROME — Package bombs exploded at the Swiss and Chilean embassies in Rome on Thursday, seriously wounding the two office workers who opened the envelopes and prompting a citywide inspection of international diplomatic missions, authorities said.

An Italian anarchist group asserted responsibility for the bombings.

An envelope exploded at noon at the Swiss Embassy, seriously wounding the mailroom worker who opened it, according to Agostino Vitolo, a spokesman for the Carabinieri military police in Rome.

Later, another package bomb exploded at the Chilean Embassy, injuring the person who opened it, according to Sonia Di Clemente, a spokeswoman in the Rome police department.

Church says Cuba will release two prisoners

HAVANA — Cuba is to release two prisoners, the archbishopric of Havana said Thursday, though the men are not among 11 high-profile prisoners slated to be freed under a deal between the government and Roman Catholic Church.

Under the informal agreement, the government of President Raul Castro is to free 52 peaceful dissidents jailed in 2003.

Forty-one have been released so far but 11 are still behind bars, and there has been speculation about whether the government would release them before Christmas.

Orlando Marquez, spokesman for the Havana archbishopric, said Miguel Angel Vidal Guadarrama and Hector Larroque Rego are to be released "shortly" and will be sent to Spain. Thursday's brief statement did not provide any further details about the men or their convictions.

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