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Police seized texts dating back as far as the 15th century from the personal library of Marcello Dell’Utri

Marcello Dell'Utri: Jailed ex-senator thought to be Silvio Berlsuconi's link to the Mafia accused of looting old books on a huge scale

Investigators believe some of the texts, which date back as far as the 15th century, were stolen from church and public institutions throughout Italy

The ‘Costa Concordia’ sank in 2012 with the loss of 32 lives
Amanda Knox speaks at her parents’ home in Seattle on Friday, flanked by her fiancé, Colin Sutherland, and her mother, Edda Mellas

Amanda Knox acquitted: Meredith Kercher's family 'bitter' about Italian court's verdict

Murder victim's relatives said to be 'in shock' after Supreme Court of Cassation clears 27-year-old and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito

Amanda Knox will learn today if her conviction for murdering British student Mereditch Kercher has been upheld

Amanda Knox murder conviction: Italian court overturns verdict for US student and Raffaele Sollecito in the killing of Meredith Kercher

Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito have been sensationally cleared of killing British student Meredith Kercher after a tortuous legal process that lasted more than seven years and saw five trials.

The Fattoria Casabianca vineyard, near Siena, will trace its grapes throughout every step of the wine-making process to ensure a vegan product

Chianti wines go vegan this spring to satisfy growing demand in export markets

One producer has removed all animal products from the production process - and even from label glue and packing tape

Amanda Knox will learn today if her conviction for murdering British student Mereditch Kercher has been upheld

Amanda Knox murder conviction: US student could be extradited to Italy and jailed if verdict is upheld

Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito may be definitively condemned for the crime

Maurizio Lupi in parliament last week

Corruption in Italy 'worse than ever' as minister quits over links with gang accused of bribery

Scandal suggests country's political culture has not changed since the 1990s

The logo of Expo 2015 on top of the 'Palazzo Lombardia' (Lombardy Building) in Milan

Expo World Fair 2015: Sex workers of the world to unite in Milan and cash in on expected tourist boom

The predicted influx of 15,000 prostitutes and escorts from countries including Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Nigeria and Morocco, has seen the six-month event dubbed 'Sexpo' by locals

Sicilian politician and anti-Mafia activist, Rita Borsellino

Italy's 'anti-Mafia industry' comes under suspicion after shock claims over senior figures in fight against organised crime

The campaigner Rita Borsellino said the latest developments suggested something was rotten in the anti-Mafia movement

A worker checking a wheel of seasoned Parmigiano Reggiano cheese in a factory in Valestra, near Bologna

Cheesemakers hold protest over grating issue of Parmigiano Reggiano 'imposters'

Protest against the crop of imposters that are cashing in on famous name

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