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Bologna, Emilia Romagna's capital. Ndrangheta had spent decades infiltrating the region

Sicilian Mafia now outgunned by Calabria's cocaine-trading mobsters 'Ndrangheta

Italian organised crime is also spreading abroad with ’Ndrangheta now active in Germany, France and Spain

Karima el-Mahroug is one of 45 people who are being investigated

Silvio Berlusconi paid women vast sums for their silence over 'bunga bunga' parties, say investigators

The former Italian premier has denied influencing the testimony of the women

Migrants rescued by the Italian coastguard disembarking in Agrigento province, Sicily, on Monday

Italy warned Libyan jihadists are ‘just south of Rome’

Italian government calls for UN-led international intervention to restore order

Schettino faced justice but the victims’ families feel he should not have been alone

Costa Concordia trial: Was captain Francesco Schettino really the only one at fault for the disaster?

The doomed cruise liner's skipper has been convicted, but some think he has been made a scapegoat

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James Bond must wonder if Rome’s got it in for him. After graffiti sprayers and art historians, the latest obstacle reportedly facing the production team of the latest 007 film, Spectre, is an medieval order of monks.

Captain of the Costa Concordia cruise liner Francesco Schettino is now a hate figure at home and abroad

Costa Concordia trial: Captain Francesco Schettino may never serve 16-year jail sentence as lawyers prepare appeals

'We've pointed out the absurdity of this trial from the beginning. He should be punished, but he has been made a scapegoat,' claim defence team

The Margherita is regarded as the authentic Naples pizza

Pizza did not originate in Naples, claims food historian

Giuseppe Nocca says church records from the Dark Ages in Gaeta, Lazio, are the earliest reference to the classic Italian dish

In Italy nearly 7.4 million 18- to 34-year-olds are now living at home

Rise of the 'mammone': Two-thirds of young Italian adults live at home with their parents

In Italy's currently moribund economy youth unemployment is approaching 50 per cent

Francesco Schettino became a national hate figure after his cruise ship capsized

Costa Concordia trial: Captain Francesco Schettino awaits verdict that could put him in jail for 26 years

Mr Schettino is charged with multiple manslaughter and causing a shipwreck, and accused of abandoning ship ahead of his passengers

Silvio Berlusconi has been outwitted by Matteo Renzi in recent political deals

Disgraced Berlusconi faces losing control of his party as support and funding slump

Disgraced former PM blamed for demise of the once-mighty Forza Italia

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