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US police expect to charge suspect in killing of New York mob boss

New York - US police on Saturday arrested a man whom they expect to charge with the murder of reputed New York mafia boss Francesco "Frank" Cali.

Italy takes fight to new generation in Mafia sting

Rome - Anti-mafia police said Tuesday they had dealt a fresh blow to Italy's Cosa Nostra, arresting seven suspected rising-star mobsters after two of the organised crime group turned state witnesses.

Italy takes fight to new generation in Mafia sting

Rome - Anti-mafia police said Tuesday they had dealt a fresh blow to Italy's Cosa Nostra, arresting seven suspected rising-star mobsters after two of the organised crime group turned state witnesses.

Dozens of mafia suspects held in international sting

Den Haag - Police arrested dozens of suspected mobsters in Europe and South America on Wednesday in a huge international swoop targeting Italy's notorious 'Ndrangheta mafia clan, officials said.

Italian police arrest new Mafia boss in Sicily

Rome - Italian police on Tuesday arrested new Mafia boss Settimino Mineo and dozens of other suspects in a major swoop against a resurgent Cosa Nostra.

Rome takes bulldozers to gaudy 'mafia' villas

Rome - Police on Wednesday began bulldozing eight villas built illegally in a suburb of Rome by an alleged mafia clan renowned for its violence and gaudy lifestyle, as those evicted cried foul.

Italy's Di Maio says budget tampered with to favour 'mafia'

Rome - Italy's deputy prime minister accused an unknown adversary Wednesday of having tampered with the country's budget by secretly introducing tax measures to favour the mafia."A very serious thing has happened! The decree on 'fiscal peace'...

Italy warned mafia could infiltrate Genoa bridge reconstruction

Rome - Italy's anti-corruption authority warned the government Wednesday it had left the door open to mafia infiltration in the reconstruction of a bridge in Genoa that collapsed in August, killing 43 people.

In Sicily, pope hails 'martyr' priest who defied 'blasphemous' mafia

Palermo - Pope Francis denounced the mafia's "blasphemous" existence on Saturday during a brief trip to Sicily to honour a priest murdered by the mob 25 years ago while trying to save youngsters in poor neighbourhoods from falling into their hands.

Pope in Sicily to honour priest killed by mafia

Palermo - Pope Francis visits the Italian island of Sicily on Saturday to pay homage to a priest murdered by the mafia 25 years ago after trying to save youngsters in poor neighbourhoods from falling into their hands.

Italy's far-right Interior Minister to sue anti-mafia writer

Rome - Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said Thursday night he has filed a complaint for defamation against the anti-mafia writer Roberto Saviano, one of his most virulent critics.

'Gomorra' writer hits back after Salvini threat to lift protection

Rome - Italian journalist Roberto Saviano, who lives under armed guard since publishing his mafia best-seller "Gomorra" in 2006, lashed out Friday at the country's new far-right interior minister for threatening to lift his police protection.

Italian mobster jailed for vicious attack on journalist

Rome - A notorious Italian mobster, Roberto Spada, was sentenced Monday to six years in jail for violently assaulting a journalist during an interview in 2017, the video of which immediately went viral.

'Mafia' restaurant can't be trademarked: EU court

Apo - A Spanish restaurant chain cannot trademark a name containing the word "Mafia" because it "trivialises" the Italian criminal organisation, an EU court ruled on Thursday.

Italian police nab suspected aides of mobster fugitive

Rome - Italy's anti-mafia force on Tuesday arrested 11 suspected gangsters accused of aiding and abetting fugitive Matteo Messina Denaro, widely believed to head up the Sicilian mob.

Five things to know about the Calabrian mafia

Rome - The 'Ndrangheta, the Calabrian crime syndicate suspected of being implicated in the killing of Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee, is considered the most powerful of Italy's four homegrown mafias.

Bread bandits busted in maxi German-Italian mafia sting

Rome - Italian and German police have rounded up more than 100 suspects in a vast anti-mafia operation in the two countries, cracking open a crime empire that grew rich on bread, wine and funeral services.

Italy tightens noose on Mafia godfather fugitive

Rome - Italian police were on Thursday searching the homes and businesses of known allies of mobster Matteo Messina Denaro, looking for hidden bunkers where the fugitive godfather may be hiding.

Female boss tasked with Sicilian Mafia reshuffle arrested

Rome - A female mobster suspected of being the mastermind behind a reshuffle of the Sicilian Mafia following the death of "boss of bosses" Toto Riina has been arrested, Italian police said Tuesday.

Mafia spectre haunting Italy spreading to cyberspace

Milan - A week after the death of Cosa Nostra boss Toto Riina, key figures in Italy's judiciary and police have warned the mafia's tentacles are extending into the virtual world.

Mafia godfather buried amid friends and foes in Corleone

Rome - Former "boss of bosses" Toto Riina, one of the most feared godfathers in the history of the Sicilian Mafia, was buried Wednesday in his hometown of Corleone.

Is superboss Riina's death the end of the Sicilian Mafia?

Rome - With Mafia king Toto Riina's death, and heir Matteo Messina Denaro on the run, is it game over for Sicily's once all-powerful Cosa Nostra?

'Boss of bosses' Toto Riina, feared Godfather from Corleone

Rome - Gangster "Boss of bosses" Toto Riina, who has died at the age of 87, was one of the most violent and feared Godfathers in the history of the Sicilian Mafia.

Sicilian Mafia 'Beast' Toto Riina dies

Rome - Former "boss of bosses" Toto Riina, one of the most feared Godfathers in the history of the Sicilian Mafia, died early Friday after battling cancer.

Sicilian Mafia boss of bosses Toto Riina dies: reports

Rome - Former "boss of bosses" Toto Riina, one of the most feared Godfathers in the history of the Sicilian Mafia, died early Friday after battling cancer, Italian media reported.

Italy's Ostia, Mafia-by-the-sea where silence is safe

Ostia - The resort town of Ostia, on Italy's west coast, is a magnet for tourists in the summer but is also mafia territory where clans carve up the drugs and extortion business.

Mobster arrested after attacking journalist in Italy

Rome - Italian police arrested a notorious mobster on Thursday after an unprovoked attack on a journalist in a Rome suburb that stunned the country.

Italy wiretaps bill would 'benefit mafia, harm press freedoms'

Rome - A contested wire-tapping bill in Italy risks landing journalists in jail for up to three years and could see mafia-related crimes go undetected, critics said Sunday.

Italy convicts 'Mafia Capitale' leader to 20 years in prison

Rome - The ringleader of a gang whose criminal tentacles reached into almost every department of Rome's City Hall was sentenced to 20 years in prison by an Italian court on Thursday.

Italy steps up rescue plan for mafia children

Rome - It is one of the most secretive organisations in the world, with power passed through blood ties and family loyalty. But Italy's ruthless 'Ndrangheta mafia may have met its match.
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Forensic technicians carry a body bag as colleagues search for human remains in a mass grave on the banks of the Lerma river in La Barca, Mexico, November 21, 2013
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