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Oppido Mamertina mayor Domenico Giannetta, centre, wearing a sash, flanked on the left by Italian Carabinieri officer Andrea Marino during the procession in Oppido Mamertina

‘Cowardly’ priests paid Mafia boss respect in Church parade

The gesture came just two weeks after Pope Francis made a strong condemnation of organised crime

An Italian navy motor boat approaches a boat full of migrants making its way to Europe. The boat was carrying almost 600 people – but some 30 died during the journey

The deadly exodus: Italian right attacks government operation to rescue boat immigrants from North Africa

As 30 migrants are found dead in the hold of a boat in the Mediterranean, anger mounts in Italy at the perceived lack of support from other EU members to stop the record flow of immigrants from North Africa

Formed in 1975, some 40 murders have been linked to the group

Corsican terror group lays down arms in battle for independence from France

FLNC’s move appears to have been prompted by a recent decision by the island’s regional assembly to give people born there priority in buying property

The wreckage of the Costa Concordia

Costa Concordia to be towed from wreck site as Italian ports vie to scrap her

Engineers have said they will use a robot to monitor residual fuel in the ship’s tanks to prevent any leaks during the removal operation

Pope Francis agreed to use the Popemobile in April in Rome

Francis accepts risk of giving up Popemobile to get closer to faithful

Pope Francis, famous for his populist touch, has also demonstrated a fatalist streak in eschewing use of the bullet-proof Popemobile, designed to protect him from attacks of the type that almost killed Pope John Paul II.

Pope Francis' new financial watchdog board includes a woman for the first time

Pope Francis sacks entire board of Vatican's financial watchdog

Experts from Switzerland, Singapore, the United States and Italy to replace all-Italian group

The Moses flood barrier is designed to prevent the sort of flooding that affected St Mark’s Square in October 2008

Venice's Moses flood barrier inundated by fraud claims

Investigators say they have traced some €20m in kickbacks from contractors for the project that is designed to prevent the sort of flooding that affected St Mark’s Square in 2008

Postcard from... Carloforte

At the end of May, as shoals of mighty bluefin tuna sweep past the Isola di San Pietro off the south-west coast of Sardinia, fisherman are waiting, ready to haul the animals out of the deep as the Phoenicians did 3,000 years ago.

Pompeii faces doom (again): Can a massive EU bail-out save the ancient city from neglect, rain and Mafia meddling?

It is claimed that the writing is on the wall for the world's most celebrated archaeological site, with mismanagement and underfunding speeding its second oblivion

Mobster Antonio Iovine (centre) is now spilling the secrets of the brutal mafia group

Antonio Iovine: Mobster turned informant sends shockwaves through Naples' crime families

The decision by one of the Camorra’s most senior figures to turn informant has sent shockwaves through the Naples crime syndicate.

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