Last Night's TV: The Apprentice/BBC1<br />Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance/Channel 4<br />This World: Italy's Bloodiest Mafia/BBC2

Well, it's been a quiet news week so far, but here's a big story: Shock Apprentice Format Change! In previous series, the penultimate episode of Lord Sugar's talent search has seen the surviving candidates subjected to a kind of mini-cab rendition. They're plucked at dawn from their luxury rental and taken to some anonymous corporate shed in the outer suburbs, where Sugar's trained interrogators are unleashed on them. It's Abu Ghraib in pinstripes – humiliation, psychological torture and helpless curriculum vitae thumbscrewed until the blood runs. It's the episode that you usually think is going to be a bit dull, until the first bead of sweat appears and you realise that it's actually a relief to get a break from the standard format. But not this year. Although the candidates were talking about interview suits as they scrambled for their morning pick-up, the producers had pulled a switch on them. They were going to have to come up with a concept for a new fast-food franchise, serving up crap to others rather than being forced to eat it themselves.

Mafia boss gets life for German killings

The ringleader of a gangland massacre of six people in Germany was jailed for life by an Italian court yesterday for an attack that highlighted the international reach of the Calabrian Mafia.

Mafia massacre leader jailed for life

The leader of a 2007 massacre of six people in Duisburg, Germany, that shed international light on the 'ndrangheta organised crime syndicate, has been jailed for life.

Hearts urged to clear up Thomson's position

Hearts have been urged to clarify the future of convicted sex offender Craig Thomson amid speculation the player may be loaned to another club in owner Vladimir Romanov's sphere of influence.

Mafia's toxic dumping 'increases cancer rates'

Widespread dumping of toxic waste by Mafia clans in the southern region of Campania is causing a dramatic increase in birth defects and cancer, according to a group of US and Italian scientists.

Mafia turf war claims six victims on Rome's streets

A cold-blooded execution in broad daylight in a busy Rome street – the sixth in just a month – has confirmed fears that the capital is facing a vicious turf war between rival organised crime factions.

US mafia sweep suspect accepts plea deal

A man arrested earlier this year in a US mafia sweep has accepted a plea deal.

Reporter's killing shines light on dark side of Mumbai

For much of the two decades he spent working as a crime reporter, Jyotirmoy Dey spent his time chronicling the dark underbelly of India's financial capital, Mumbai. He wrote about gangland killings and police hit squads, about gangster dons and movie-star beauties. A towering 6ft 3in and quietly spoken, his byline was always J Dey.

Swedish House Mafia, Alexandra Palace, London

Light and lasers fill the expanse of Alexandra Palace, beams of blue and green pouring over the crowd like the northern lights after too much Red Bull. At midnight, three Swedish DJs explode on to the platform. The set is a mountain, flashing colours. Steve Angello, Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso look down upon their minions, who are gasping for a beat.

Sealed with a kiss: How the mafia makes a deal

Pledge of silence between members of the Naples Camorra is witnessed in public for the first time

Mafia earning &euro;20bn from dumping toxic waste

Italy’s mafia clans, best known for drug running and extortion rackets, are earning €20 billion a year by turning the south of the country into a toxic waste dump, an environmental organisation said in a major report.

Protest over care home rent move

Union leaders representing thousands of staff in Southern Cross care homes staged a demonstration today outside a meeting attended by private equity companies.

Beauty and the Inferno, By Roberto Saviano

An offer one cannot refuse

Traveller's Guide: Sicily

In the second of a six-part series produced in association with Footprint Travel Guides, <b>Mary-Ann Gallagher</b> celebrates an epic island

How a Mafia informer exposed ugly truth about 'Vinny Gorgeous'

Vincent Bosciano found guilty of charges including murder, racketeering and conspiracy after mob witnesses give evidence
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