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Senior members of one of the country’s most notorious gangs have been arrested after expanding their drug-dealing operations outside of their south London stronghold to target lucrative new markets, police said yesterday.

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The action is grittier, the stakes (and skirts) raised higher, and the orchestral noises louder than anything else of its time: if Puccini’s realist operas are verismo then Wolf-Ferrari’s 1911 I gioielli della Madonna is verissimo.

Pope Francis receives a warm welcome as he visits the Varginha slum

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‘It’s important the Pope is coming… hopefully things will get better’

Small explosive is discovered during Pope's sanctuary visit in Brazil

Around 300 people clashed with riot police, as Pope Francis embarks on tour of potentially dangerous locations across Brazil

Street life: Olivia Colman as Carol, single mother to two thugs, in the first Run drama

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The distributors would have been better off keeping the original title of this tough Swedish crime thriller: no one would forget "Snabba Cash" in a hurry.

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South Africa marks Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday, as he remains in 'stable' condition in Pretoria

South Africans have been asked to mark his 67 years of public service by spending 67 minutes on charitable acts

A Mexican soldier stands guard beside a placard with pictures of alleged drug cartels members already arrested

The who's who of the murderous Mexican drug wars

After the capture of the notoriously brutal leader of the Zetas drug cartel, we look at the background to the slaughter that haunts the country where Miguel Angel Trevino Morales was a key player

Book review: The World Is Ever Changing, By Nicolas Roeg

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More than 4,600 men aged 18 to 34 were surveyed in areas of Britain with high gang membership

Most young men in gangs 'suffer psychiatric illness'

Members are four times more likely to suffer from psychosis than young men who are not, say researchers

Kenichi Shinoda has urged Yamaguchi-gumi members to stay true to their values

What every stressed yakuza mobster needs: A morale-boosting magazine

In-house tabloid offers tips on board games, haikus and a letter from the Yamaguchi-gumi outfit’s godfather

Feltham was named by the Howard League for Penal Reform as the most violent prison in England and Wales

Gang violence ‘out of control’ in Feltham prison

Security cameras captured premeditated attacks in the young offenders’ institution - with nearly two recorded every day

Roberto Pannunzi was escorted by police upon his arrival at Leonardo da Vinci airport in Rome

'Biggest cocaine importer in world' Roberto Pannunzi jailed in Italy after extradition from Colombia

A man described as Europe’s most wanted drug trafficker and Italy’s answer to Pablo Escobar was on Sunday night languishing in an Italian jail, after being extradited from Colombia.

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