Vatican Bank 'allowed clergy to act as front for Mafia'

The Vatican Bank is under new scrutiny in a case involving money-laundering allegations that led police to seize €23m (£19.25m) in September.

Around the world in 730 days: On tour with Swedish House Mafia

253 gigs. 23 countries. 2 years.

Scourge of Camorra claims Berlusconi's allies have Mafia links

Roberto Saviano, the renowned chronicler of the Italian Mob, has accused a key party in Silvio Berlusconi's governing coalition of holding links to the Mafia.

Nicolò Rizzuto: Mafia boss who rose to become head of Canada’s largest crime syndicate

Nicolò Rizzuto was the Mafia's "godfather" in Montreal for over 30 years. The patriarch of Montreal's most notorious Mafia family ran an organised worldwide crime syndicate that was the most powerful Canada has known.

Sex scandal gives Sweden a new perspective on beloved king

The Swedish royal family's hitherto unblemished reputation as a model of regal respectability has been shattered by a new book that portrays the nation's monarch, King Carl Gustav, as an incorrigible philanderer with an insatiable appetite for sex parties and strip clubs.

Police break Mafia wall of silence as bosses turn supergrass

The wall of silence that has shielded Europe's most powerful, but most shadowy, organised crime group is finally set to fall, with the assistance of a pair of "supergrasses" who have turned against their former allies.

Pope's address disappoints anti-Mafia campaigners

To the disappointment of anti-Mob campaigners who had hoped that he would deliver a rousing call for unity against organised crime, Pope Benedict XVI yesterday gave a homily in Sicily that urged people there to be hopeful for a better future but stopped short of using the word Mafia.

Mafia's dirty money linked to clean energy

After decades of drug-running, extortion and prostitution, the Mafia appears to have found a rather more ecological way of laundering their money: green power.

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Boxing: When the Gob was mightier than the Mob

A new book examines Ali's victories over Liston – but were they fixed by the Mafia? Not so, writes Alan Hubbard

300 'Ndrangheta suspects arrested

At least 300 people were arrested across Italy in dawn raids against the powerful Calabrian Mafia.

Berlusconi braced for verdict over ally's 'Mafia links'

Italian PM's reputation set to suffer if his right-hand man is jailed for alleged connection to gangsters

Your money or your life: £28m lottery winners targeted by the Mafia

Mobsters from the feared Camorra crime syndicate tracked down 30 Italian villagers who shared a €33m (£28m) lottery jackpot win and threatened to kill them unless they handed over their winnings.

The men hoping to make a killing out of the mafia

The Mayor of Las Vegas is at war with one of the city's hotels over who has the better exhibition of mob memorabilia

Julius Cavendish: Taliban and the mafia: a terrifying combination

The faded prettiness of its old town used to belie the fact that Kandahar was a city gripped by fear. Unlike Kabul, the rising tide of violence was less frequently used as an excuse to smother the colonnades and tree-lined boulevards in reinforced concrete. That has changed now. Suicide bombers targeted the jail and police headquarters in February, leaving 35 dead and over 50 wounded. A Canadian photographer in the city on the night of that attack said that people were "genuinely scared. These men hear explosions every third or fourth day and they were shaken. The fear was really palpable that all hell was breaking loose and nothing was going to stop it."

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