Italy expels Syrian ambassador: foreign ministry

ROME Tue May 29, 2012 8:16am EDT

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ROME (Reuters) - Italy has declared the Syrian ambassador and other embassy staff "persona non grata", the foreign ministry said on Tuesday, joining other European countries in expelling Syrian diplomats in a protest against massacres of the civilian population.

Britain, Germany, France and Canada have announced similar moves.

(Reporting By James Mackenzie)

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