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Welcome To Gorreto, The Oldest Town In An Aging Europe

Average age: 65. The one immigrant family in town had a baby girl, the first birth in a decade -- and they're already making plans to leave.

Panorama of Gorreto
Panorama of Gorreto
Niccolò Zancan

GORRETO — Giorgio Boretti, a retiree, sits on the only bench in front of state highway 45 and considers the reasons to flee this sleepy town. "I wish I could leave this place," he says. "Nothing ever happens, no one is ever around. It's even hard to find enough people to play a game of cards."

On a bridge on the Trebbia river —which runs through Gorreto — Maria Adelaide Nicoletti, another local pensioner, lays out a banner announcing the upcoming chestnut festival. "Good air and peace" keep her in Gorreto, she says. "When people in the cities suffocate (from the heat), we put on a sweater. But we have to convince young people to choose our lifestyle."

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With the complicity of leftist rulers in Venezuela, Bolivia and even Argentina, Iran's sanction-ridden regime is spreading its tentacles in South America, and could even undermine democracies.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro visiting Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran, Iran on June 11. Venezuela is one of Iran's closest allies, and both are subject to tough U.S. sanctions.

Julio Borges

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CARACAS —The dangers posed by Venezuela's relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran is something we've warned about before. Though not new, the dangers have changed considerably in recent years.

They began under Venezuela's late leader, Hugo Chávez , when he decided to turn his back on the West and move closer to countries outside our geopolitical sphere. In 2005, Chávez and Iran's then president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, signed collaborative agreements in areas beyond the economy, with goals that included challenging the West and spreading Iran's presence in Latin America.

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