Suspect parcel in Berne is Christmas present: police

ZURICH Thu Dec 23, 2010 12:53pm EST

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ZURICH (Reuters) - Part of the European Union embassy in Berne was evacuated on Thursday after a scare over a suspect package -- but it turned out to be a Christmas present, Swiss police said.

The parcel was investigated and was quickly declared to be safe, the Berne police said in a statement.

Police in Rome were checking embassies on Thursday after two people were injured in separate explosions at the Swiss and Chilean missions. The government suggested the blasts could be the work of anarchist groups.

(Reporting by Katie Reid, editing by Tim Pearce)

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