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Lord Prescott has attacked the “exploitation” of unemployed young people encouraged to take on unpaid voluntary work in the hope of getting a permanent job.

Audiobook: Beastly Things, By Donna Leon (read by Andrew Sachs)

An offering you can't refuse

I have the right to defend myself, says pistol-packing Italian mayor

The mayor of a southern Italian city has caused a storm by turning up to political rallies with a gun tucked into his belt.

Flowers have been left in memory of the girl who was killed in a bomb attack in Italy

Italian bomb that killed teenage girl 'unlikely to be mafia'

The bomb attack which killed a teenage girl and wounded 10 others in the southern Italian town of Brindisi was probably done by an individual with no links to the mafia, a senior official said on Sunday.

Maria Cacciola, left, drank acid after being forced to leave her children with the ’Ndrangheta clan; Lea Garofalo was submerged in an acid bath

The Mafia wives who want out

One vanished. Another killed herself by drinking acid. For women who marry into the Mob, there is often no escape – even if they turn to the police for protection

Policemen escort Michele Zagaria (centre), the boss of the Casalesi clan

Camorra code is cracked: Letter reveals how jailed boss still ran the mafia

Note about holidays and home-made jam was not so innocent

Mafia boss of bosses is jailed for 10 years

He was the boss of bosses that no one thought existed. But yesterday, Domenico Oppedisano, 81, was jailed for 10 years for his pivotal role in 'Ndrangheta, Europe's most feared and powerful crime syndicate.

Easy Money, By Jens Lapidus

If you're having withdrawal symptoms after Henning Mankell wrote finis to the chronicles of Kurt Wallander, remember that it's possible to take alternative journeys down the mean streets of Swedish cities. If you're hardy enough to tackle crime narratives drenched in vitriol, grit your teeth and tackle Jens Lapidus's lacerating Stockholm Noir trilogy: Easy Money is the first volume. Lapidus paints a more cosmopolitan canvas than other writers – not to mention employing a far grimmer and more nihilistic use of the genre, with nary a comforting Swedish copper in sight.

Tim Walker: Know what I'd do if I won the lottery?

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A politician of unimpeachable integrity: Scalfaro in 2006

Oscar Luigi Scalfaro: Former president of Italy, renowned for his honesty

Oscar Luigi Scalfaro was a Catholic politician whose anachronistic virtues, in particular his complete honesty and his commitment to the constitution, came to Italy's rescue during the gravest political crisis of the post-war era, the corruption scandal which erupted in 1993.

John Travolta will play mob boss John Gotti

Shadduppa ya stereotype! Italian-Americans fight back

After decades of being portrayed in films as gesticulating Mafiosi, they are finally getting organised – and fighting back

Judge, politician and policeman targeted in Italy mafia arrests

Prosecutors say an Italian judge, politician and police official are among 10 people detained in a crackdown on the 'ndrangheta crime syndicate.

The mayor of Rome, Gianni Alemanno, left, has called on the new Interior Minister, Anna Maria Cancellieri to act

Rome's mayor vow to end mob slayings as death toll swells

Just before five o'clock on Tuesday evening, to the sound of waves lapping on the nearby beach, nine gunshots rang out by a bar in Via Forni in the down-at-heel Roman suburb of Ostia.

The Baby of Belleville, By Anne Marsella

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