• Reuters


Italy decriminalized a long list of minor crimes on Friday, from obscene acts to blunders by cannabis researchers, to ease pressure on an overburdened justice system that ranks among the least efficient in the world.

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s government said it had reduced hundreds of crimes — including driving without a license and deceiving people, an offense known as “abuse of popular gullibility” — to administrative infractions that carry fines.

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