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’Ndrangheta, the Italian crime syndicate that has overtaken Cosa Nostra as Italy’s most powerful mafia organisation, moves in mysterious ways.

At least 33 years for 'savage' murderers

Two brutal killers were jailed for life today and ordered to serve at least 33 years for the "savage" murder of an innocent chef and his flatmate.

Lava bread, anyone? Pompeii snack bar rises from the ashes after 2,000 years

The Roman 'thermopolium' destroyed by Mt Vesuvius in AD79 has been restored. Michael Day reports

Dossena completes switch from Liverpool to Napoli

Napoli today confirmed the signing of defender Andrea Dossena from Liverpool on a four-year deal.

Camorra assassin escapes as Naples looks the other way

Police release CCTV tape in unprecedented step to find brazen killer

Pompeii, By Mary Beard

Traditionally, and understandably, our interest in Pompeii, destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD, has centred on the dead – the dog tethered to his post, the lovers who died in each others' arms – preserved in pumice for 2,000 years. Mary Beard's focus is on the living: what was everyday life like in this provincial Roman town? She is of a sceptical temper and shows that much of what we think we know is guesswork or mythologising.

Napoli warn 'Liverpool target' Lavezzi over conduct

Napoli have told reported Liverpool target Ezequiel Lavezzi to turn up for pre-season training on 10 July.

Corporate jollies to oust 'cultural fuddy-duddies' from Pompeii ruins

It is perhaps the most remarkable archaeological site in the world and more than 3 million visitors stampede through it every year. But if the new tourism councillor for Campania has his way, the numbers visiting Pompeii will be drastically cut, and the site will be thrown open to multinationals for private events to rake in the money needed to maintain the ruins.

After the deluge

The mudslides that devastated central Italy were just the start. The real catastrophe is waiting to happen

Italy declares emergency in landslide region

The Mafia and deforestation led to floods and devastation, writes Anne Hanley

37 die, 71 missing, in Italian disaster

THE Italian government declared a state of emergency after torrents of mud and water unleashed by two days of incessant rain engulfed hundreds of homes in the southern Italian region of Campania yesterday, killing at least 37 people.

Tree-felling blamed for fatal Italian mudslide

ENVIRONMENTALISTS yesterday blamed decades of bad land management for the mudslide disaster which struck the hilly area east of Naples in the southern Italian region of Campania following which at least 37 people were reported dead and 71 more missing. Driving rain had sent torrents of mud from surrounding hills coursing through towns and villages on Monday and Tuesday.

Bring back ... the Ford Cortina Mk III

Few motors ("motor", mind - no mere car) are as redolent of the late Seventies and early Eighties as the Ford Cortina Mk III - the high point of a model that wanted to make boy racers of an entire generation. Back then, 10-year-olds reared on the road-eating antics of The Dukes of Hazzard saw in the Cortina the outlaw swagger of a suburban General Lee. Equally importantly, this cheap 'n' cheerful hotrod was a car you coveted precisely because you had mates whose parents picked them up from school in it.

Letter: See Naples - or maybe not

The photograph accompanying your article "There's chaos. And then there's Naples" (Travel, 7 December) is of Amalfi, not Naples - or at least it would be of Amalfi if it had not suffered a left-to-right reversal at some point during the publishing process.
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