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Adam Foulds’s last novel, The Quickening Maze, was a truly superb study in madness and early psychiatric methods, combining the intellectual and the visceral in often startling ways (few will forget his description of the “dismantling” of a deer). In this latest work, he retains that powerful blend and focuses on another kind of madness: the madness of war.

Postcard from... Rome

’Ndrangheta, the Italian crime syndicate that has overtaken Cosa Nostra as Italy’s most powerful mafia organisation, moves in mysterious ways.

Etna's last major eruption was in 1992

Europe's most active volcano Mount Etna erupts

Mount Etna, Europe's biggest and most active volcano, has erupted again, showering volcanic ash on towns dotting the mountain's slopes and nearby Taormina on the island of Sicily.

Mount Etna erupted for the 16th time this year on Sunday sending plumes of ash and streams of lava high into the sky

Video: Mount Etna erupts and lights up the dark sky

Mount Etna erupted for the 16th time this year on late Saturday and Sunday morning sending plumes of ash and streams of lava high into the sky over much of eastern Sicily.

Italian soldiers with the bodies of migrants killed off Lampedusa

Lampedusa migrant boat disaster: Tunisian suspected of causing shipwreck is arrested by Italian police

35-year-old detained after witnesses in refugee centre claim he was captain who started fatal fire on vessel

Italy boat wreck: Hundreds of migrants feared dead after ship sinks off Lampedusa coast

Migrants were crammed into small vessel that caught fire close to the coast of Italy

Travel challenge

Sicily in September

Rob Auton, the winner of Daveís Funniest Joke of the Fringe award.

Edinburgh 2013: Former salesman Rob Auton raises bar with Cadbury gag to win funniest joke of the year award

Funniest joke prize taken by 30-year-old Rob Auton – and his Chinese Wispa

Sicily: Bulgarian tourist killed in road accident is buried without family's knowledge after authorities mistake him for illegal African immigrant

Stoyan Zafirova's parents only learnt he had been run over by a car a week after the accident occurred

Domenico Rancadore appears before Westminster Magistrates court

Uxbridge fugitive Mafia boss could walk out of court today if bail is granted

Judge has expressed concerns over the warrant used in his arrest

Ian Austin said that Peter Mandelson is 'the best in the business'

Ed Miliband told: Send for Peter Mandelson as Labour's election strategist

Ian Austin, a former aide to Gordon Brown, posted tweet after the Conservatives poached Barack Obama's campaign chief, Jim Messina, for the 2015 battle

The Hercules statue at the mountain park Bergpark Wilhelmshoehe in Kassel

Postcard from... Kassel

Roberto Pannunzi was escorted by police upon his arrival at Leonardo da Vinci airport in Rome

'Biggest cocaine importer in world' Roberto Pannunzi jailed in Italy after extradition from Colombia

A man described as Europe’s most wanted drug trafficker and Italy’s answer to Pablo Escobar was on Sunday night languishing in an Italian jail, after being extradited from Colombia.

Review: Time On My Hands, By Giorgio Vasta (Trs by Jonathan Hunt)

Tiny terrorists take the road to revolution

Wine: Something for the weekend

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