Michael Day

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Authorities fear a full scale mob war could be underway in Italy’s second-largest city after Pasquale Tatone was hit by at least five 12-gauge shotgun rounds while sitting in the rear seat of a Ford Fiesta late yesterday evening.

Three killings in Milan as mafia spreads northwards

Mobster Pasquale Tatone was shot on Wednesday, days after his brother, Emanuele, was killed

The church in Montegiordano, Calabria, before it was dismantled

Bought on the internet, taken to pieces, but not going anywhere: Plan to transport 19th-century church from southern Italy to US is blocked after protest

Plans to dismantle and transport a church from southern Italy to the US have come a cropper after local protests.

Pope Francis I (pictured) and his predecessor Benedict XVI were reportedly spied on

NSA spied on cardinals before Pope’s election, claims Italian magazine Panorama

Even the Pope has been spied on by the NSA, according to claims in the Italian press.

Domnica Cemortan

Costa Concordia trial: Dancer Domnica Cemortan admits Captain Francesco Schettino was her lover and tells court she was on ship's bridge when it capsized

Captain Francesco Schettino, the man accused of causing the Costa Concordia disaster, was entertaining his young lover – against the rules – on the ship’s bridge when the giant vessel struck a reef off the Italian coast, it emerged.

Postcard from... The Vatican

Italian film legend Sophia Loren

The film legend Sophia Loren cleared of tax evasion by Italian court

The film legend Sophia Loren has finally triumphed in her four decade-long battle with the courts over tax evasion charges. The Supreme Court of Cassation in Rome declared that the 79-year-old actress was a “lawful contributor”, despite claims she had dodged taxes in 1974.

Italian soldiers carry the body of a victim of the ship of immigrants that sank off the coast of Lampedusa

Revealed: Mafia’s prime role in human-trafficking misery

Italian mobsters work with Egyptian crime syndicates to imprison migrants and extort cash 

The refurbished residence of Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst in Limburg, Germany

Vatican suspends 'bishop of bling' who spent €31m renovating a property

Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst suspended by papal decree

Pietro Parolin is expected to shake up the Vatican’s administration as Secretary of State

Pope Francis selects new No 2 to succeed man blamed for Vatican scandal

But Archbishop Pietro Parolin misses handover ceremony to have ‘minor surgery’

Mario Balotelli is greeted by Italian supporters ahead of their training session in Quarto

Mario Balotelli branded 'an imbecile' for refusing to rule out links with Italian mafia ahead of World Cup qualifier between Italy and Armenia

The former Manchester City striker took to Twitter to respond to a report which praised him as an anti-mafia figure

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A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting
Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

In the final part of our series, Chris Green arrives in Glasgow - a host city struggling to keep the politics out of its celebration of sport
Out in the cold: A writer spends a night on the streets and hears the stories of the homeless

A writer spends a night on the streets

Rough sleepers - the homeless, the destitute and the drunk - exist in every city. Will Nicoll meets those whose luck has run out
Striking new stations, high-speed links and (whisper it) better services - the UK's railways are entering a new golden age

UK's railways are entering a new golden age

New stations are opening across the country and our railways appear to be entering an era not seen in Britain since the early 1950s
Conchita Wurst becomes a 'bride' on the Paris catwalk - and proves there is life after Eurovision

Conchita becomes a 'bride' on Paris catwalk

Alexander Fury salutes the Eurovision Song Contest winner's latest triumph
Pétanque World Championship in Marseilles hit by

Pétanque 'world cup' hit by death threats

This year's most acrimonious sporting event took place in France, not Brazil. How did pétanque get so passionate?
Whelks are healthy, versatile and sustainable - so why did we stop eating them in the UK?

Why did we stop eating whelks?

Whelks were the Victorian equivalent of the donor kebab and our stocks are abundant. So why do we now export them all to the Far East?
10 best women's sunglasses

In the shade: 10 best women's sunglasses

From luxury bespoke eyewear to fun festival sunnies, we round up the shades to be seen in this summer
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi? Javier Mascherano is key for Argentina...

World Cup final: Messi? Mascherano is key for Argentina...

No 10 is always centre of attention but Barça team-mate is just as crucial to finalists’ hopes
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer knows she needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

18-year-old says this month’s Commonwealth Games are a key staging post in her career before time slips away
The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice