Peter Popham: Berlusconi family takes on mafia critic

Milan Notebook: Saviano cannot walk down the street without bodyguards

Games Reviews: Yakuza 3

Police arrest 69 in 'Georgian mafia' raids

Police arrested 69 people across Europe yesterday in raids targeting suspected Georgian mafia members.

The family firm making a killing in the crunch

As Italy’s economy declined 5 per cent, its largest crime groups raked in billions of euros. An anti-racketeering group has drawn up accounts for ‘Mafia Inc’. Nick Clark reports

Pope's attacker says: I want Dan Brown to tell my story

Would-be assassin emerges from prison demanding $7m for film and book deal

The Tropicana: Seventy and still clubbing

Since it opened in 1940, Cuba's legendary nightspot has hosted Mafia dons, Hollywood stars and Soviet leaders

Berlusconi 'cut deal with Mafia', court told

Former hitman claims Italian PM gave 'benefits' to the Mob for political support

Fourth hung jury for godfather's son in mafia trial

A US judge declared a mistrial at the racketeering trial of John "Junior" Gotti after a New York jury failed to reach a verdict against the son of the notorious Gambino crime family mob boss - the case's fourth hung jury in five years.

Mafia clan broken up, says police

Italian police have broken up a major mafia clan, arresting 74 people and seizing businesses, land, race horses and a London-based online betting company, officials said yesterday.

Berbatov flees Bulgaria following kidnap threat

Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov was forced to flee his native Bulgaria after crime bosses threatened to kidnap his girlfriend and daughter, it has been reported.

Embattled Berlusconi lashes out at reports linking him with the Mafia

Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi has been forced to make a dramatic denial that he colluded with the Mafia after rumours that have swirled for days about his alleged links with Cosa Nostra chiefs in the early 1990s exploded on to the front pages of Italian newspapers.

Help wanted: how can we commit a grisly murder?

Every horror fan has a favourite celluloid murder scene, be it Hitchcock's slasher shower from Psycho or the gore-fest in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre when teenage hitchhikers are hung on meat hooks.

Mafia boss captured after 16 years on run

Italian police arrested one of the country's most wanted mafia bosses yesterday, dealing a blow to one of the most powerful criminal clans in the region around Naples.

Camorra assassin escapes as Naples looks the other way

Police release CCTV tape in unprecedented step to find brazen killer

Italy to investigate secret Mafia talks

Italy's Justice Minister has promised a full investigation into allegations that governments in the early 1990s held secret negotiations with the Mafia to try to stop a spate of attacks on the state.

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Woman sent to three Nazi death camps describes surviving gas chamber
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One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
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The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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Smash hit go under the hammer

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