Cat sanctuary in Rome
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Rome cat sanctuary under threat

26 January 2013 Last updated at 00:01 GMT

Cat lovers in Rome are in a fight with officials over the occupation of one of the city's historic sites.

There have been moves to try to expel a cat sanctuary that has taken root amid the ancient ruins.

But as Alan Johnston reports from the site - in a square called Largo Argentina, in the heart of Rome - the volunteers who run the sanctuary are determined to fend off the bureaucrats.