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Italy Considers Tighter Control of Mosque Funding


Italy's interior minister is proposing to tighten controls on foreign money flowing into the country to finance the building of mosques.

Giuliano Amato Friday said he is studying proposals similar to ones under consideration in France for a foundation to monitor donations from abroad for Islamic organizations. He said he wants information about the individuals, groups and countries that are financing the construction and operation of mosques in Italy.

Amato also called for state oversight of people employed by Muslim schools to ensure they are properly qualified to teach.

Saudi Arabia has traditionally been a major source of funds for mosques in western Europe.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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