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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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