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Mafialeaks: The anonymous whistle-blowing site inspired by Wikileaks which aims to shatter mob code of silence

Activist claims to have already received and passed on important evidence to investigators and journalists

Traffic pollution has become a major problem for Rome’s historic sites

Rome wasn't rebuilt in a day: Mayor faces long and costly fight to make its ancient treasures traffic-free – so he's looking for sponsors

Ignazio Marino's plans dwarf those for the pedestrianisation of Trafalgar Square in London

Postcard from... Rome

The awfulness of Rome’s public transport is proverbial. Fatalistic locals just raise their eyebrows and curse transport managers and elected officials.

Prosecutors have called for Roberto Calderoli to stand trial for the racial abuse he aimed at the country's first black cabinet minister

Senior Italian politician charged with 'defamation aggravated by racial discrimination'

Roberto Calderoli fails to shrug off storm over 'orangutan' comment directed at Congolese-born integration minister

Postcard from... Naples

A senior church figure in southern Italy has added another transgression to the list of sinful activities: environmental destruction.

EU money for rebuilding L'Acquila after earthquake 'ended up in pockets of mafia'

EU investigators claim there is evidence that taxpayers’ money earmarked for the reconstruction of earthquake-devasted L’Aquila ended up in the hands of mobsters.

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.

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