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Tuesday, 24 October, 2000, 15:47 GMT
Italy abolishes the draft

Italy has become the latest European member of NATO to end compulsory military service.

The Senate in Rome approved measures agreed earlier this year by the lower house of parliament to phase out the military draft by 2006.

Italy will be following France, which is ending conscription in 2002, and Spain the year after.

Germany is retaining the draft, but reducing the time served by one-month to nine months.

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