’Ndrangheta, the Italian crime syndicate that has overtaken Cosa Nostra as Italy’s most powerful mafia organisation, moves in mysterious ways.
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Thursday 07 November 2013
A senior church figure in southern Italy has added another transgression to the list of sinful activities: environmental destruction.
Monday 05 August 2013
I first came to Edinburgh when I was 18 to serve on the Perrier Awards panel, and was inspired to try stand-up myself. In the intervening 22 years the press initially dubbed me a a 'fresh face', then 'a rising star', then an 'established name'. This year I was described as a 'permanent fringe fixture'. Like the rain, the sweaty venues and the panpipe players outside Waverley station, I have become part of the festival furniture.
Monday 29 July 2013
Premier Enrico Letta cancels Greece trip, after 'huge tragedy'
Sunday 26 May 2013
A year after losing the Giro d'Italia's points classification by a single point – and with it his chances of a Grand Slam of victories in the category in all three Grand Tours – Mark Cavendish bounced back with a vengeance.
Thursday 03 January 2013
In Italy, particularly in the southern city of Naples, it might make sense swapping the greeting “buon anno” – happy new year – for “lucky new year” or “safe new year”, as the ritual, idiotic use of DIY fireworks brings an avalanche of serious burns, mutilations and general chaos.
Saturday 20 October 2012
Friday 01 June 2012
A bomb has exploded in an insurgent attack on a US-led coalition base in eastern Afghanistan, say Afghan officials.
Thursday 08 December 2011
Italy's most notorious Mafia fugitive was captured by police yesterday after 16 years on the run.
Saturday 20 August 2011
Tuesday 12 July 2011
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis today revealed he has offered Manchester United one million euros to play his team in a friendly.
Saturday 09 July 2011
Widespread dumping of toxic waste by Mafia clans in the southern region of Campania is causing a dramatic increase in birth defects and cancer, according to a group of US and Italian scientists.
Friday 11 March 2011
The island of Capri, exquisitely beautiful but a bit on the prim side, was never going to rival Ibiza, Mykonos or Ayia Napa, in the hard-partying stakes.
Friday 04 March 2011
A blockbuster exhibition of artefacts salvaged from the volcanic eruption that decimated the Roman city of Pompeii 2,000 years ago opens in New York today.
Queen of the underworld: Mary Beard is bringing the ancient city of Pompeii to life in a BBC documentary
Thursday 09 December 2010
Around lunchtime on 24 August AD79, the inhabitants of Pompeii on the Bay of Naples saw an astonishing sight: a column of smoke bursting into the sky from Vesuvius, the huge volcanic mountain that looms over the bay. According to an eyewitness, Pliny the Younger, writing 20 years after the event, the cloud reached nine miles in height (it resembled a fir tree, he said) and dropped burning ash upon the town.
Friday 12 November 2010
The agent of Napoli’s Slovakia midfielder Marek Hamsik has admitted that there is a chance that his client could be tempted away from the San Paolo in the near future.
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
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