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Italian students clash with police as new government faces confidence vote

The AP reports:

University students are protesting in Milan and Rome against budget cuts and a lack of jobs, hours before new Italian Premier Mario Monti reveals his anti-crisis strategy in Parliament.

Across Italy, transport unions called all-day walkouts or strikes of several hours Thursday to demand better work contracts.

Scuffles among students were reported at the start of the demonstration in Milan, where they hoped to march to Bocconi University, which trains Italy's business elite. Monti, an economist, is Bocconi's president and is scheduled to speak in the afternoon ahead of a confidence vote on the government he formed on Wednesday.

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