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A top mafia informer has told an Italian court that Cosa Nostra planned to use drone-type flying bombs to assassinate its enemies, two decades before the United States began firing them at the Taliban.

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An Austrian café’s decision to name its sandwiches after victims of Mafia murders has sparked a diplomatic incident between Vienna and Rome.

The scene after the car-bomb assassination of anti-Mafia judge Giovanni Falcone

Austrian café sparks outrage by naming sandwiches after Mafia-murder victims and making light of their deaths

Patrons of Don Panino of Vienna can order a Peppino Impastato or a Giovanni Falcone

Italian political heavyweights on trial in mafia bomb case

Sicilian mob bosses and high-ranking Italian officials, both former and current, went on trial today over allegations they held secret negotiations to stop a wave of deadly mafia bombings in the early 1990s.

La Nuova Quarto Calcio used to be run by Camorra boss Giuseppe Polverino

La Nuova Quarto Calcio: The 'Mafia mascot' football team that kicked out the Camorra wins promotion

Club used for influence and money laundering by Mob celebrates after prosecutors took control

Giulio Andreotti has died, aged 94

Seven-time premier Giulio Andreotti dies aged 94

Known for shady links with the mafia, he helped draft the country's post-war constitution

Revealed: The incredible rat-infested escape tunnels and secret bunkers that Italy's 'Ndrangheta mafia use to hide from police

Fake tunnels, trapdoors and dead-ends abound, suggesting only a select few actually know the correct routes down the rat-infested tunnels to the safety of the bunkers

Mafia suspected of involvement in Pompeii restoration work

Restoration works at the world-famous Pompeii archaeological site are being investigated for suspected Mafia involvement.

Five tons of Nutella was lifted from a lorry in Niederaula

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German police are searching for thieves who may or may not be overweight and chocolate-mouthed after five tons of Nutella were stolen in the latest global food heist.

Vito Nicastri, a businessman with known links to the Sicilian Mafia

Italian court orders €1.3bn in mafia assets to be seized from Sicily’s' 'Lord of the wind' Vito Nicastri

An Italian court ordered €1.3bn in mafia assets to be seized from Sicily’s “Lord of the wind” today – the largest such confiscation in the country’s history.

Paperback review: The Honoured Society - My Journey to the Heart of the Mafia

At times it's hard to keep track of the various individuals caught up in this dramatic, yet also personal, account of the different Mafiosi organisations that Reski mentions in her book (the 20-page dramatis personae at the end has never been more necessary).

President Giorgio Napolitano (left) may choose the newly-appointed speaker of the Senate, Pietro Grasso (right) to be a stop-gap PM

Italian president Giorgio Napolitano set to appoint new stop-gap prime minister

Italy looks set to get another stop-gap prime minister with the centre-left failing to get the backing of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) to form a government.

Palermo’s Noce clan are based in the centre of the Sicilian capital

Even Mafia fails to escape grips of recession

Even the Mafia is not immune to the lingering recession, according to new reports that suggest a merciless spending review is causing serious discontent in Sicily’s Cosa Nostra.

He's not dead! World's most dangerous fugitive was NOT killed in Guatemalan jungle shootout

Reports of death of drugs baron known as El Chapo blamed on a government 'mix up'

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