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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.

Travel:...and beyond the mayhem - some little-known treasures of southern Italy

There is more to Campania than Vesuvius, Capri and the flesh pots of the Amalfi coast. Gareth Lloyd ventures where few tourists bother to - inland

. . . BACK TO REALITY

Remember when tops came with detachable collars so you could wash them separately and always look your best? Well, here we go again. This black top comes away from its Peter Pan style neck bit so your ''does-it-go-in-the-hot-or-cold-wash?'' dilemmas need worry you no more. Principles continues to do good, stylish pieces for little people - and these capri pants mean you don't have to take them up and lose that all important ankle slit. AB

Mafia hitman 'killed 90'

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Bad air in Naples

NAPLES (AP) - Officials closed the city to most private traffic yesterday after air pollution sent dozens of Neapolitans to hospital with coughs, irritated eyes and shortness of breath. Authorities were not sure what caused the bad air, which affected several districts. There was speculation that industrial pollution coupled with exhaust from heavy traffic caused the health problems.

Gardens Update: Frescos to order

ANYONE moved by the Pompeii exhibition in London to commission a fresco for their own living-room should contact the artist and trompe l'oeil specialist Richard Lowe. He can only manage three trees a day so, at his daily rate of around pounds 100, each tree works out at about the same price as the real thing. Contact his agent Isobel Davie, on 0444 232427.

Architecture Update: Popular Pompeii

THE DESTRUCTION, ruins, excavation and rehabilitation of Pompeii are explored through interactive computers as well as a stunning collection of artefacts in a highly successful exhibition at the Accademia Italiana's gallery in London. It was scheduled to close on 21 June, but has been so popular that it is being extended until 2 August.
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

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Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

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Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

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Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

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The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

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Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

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The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

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A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee