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More than 500 refugees fleeing fighting in Bosnia arrived in Italy Sunday after being stranded on Croatia's border with Slovenia.

A train carrying the 558 refugees, mostly women and children, pulled into a border station at Villa Opicina outside the northern Italian port-city of Trieste.

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The refugees, who had been stranded on the border of the two former Yugoslav republics while officials sought a temporary home for them, were sent to camps in Gorizia near the border with Slovenia and other areas of northeast Italy.

The Rome government has in recent weeks effectively closed its borders to refugees, setting aside $112 million to help set up camps in Croatia and Slovenia. But after pressure from the two republics, Italy agreed to make an exception and take the Bosnian refugees in.

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