What is behind the violent clashes between locals and migrant workers which shook a town in Calabria? 50 people were injured in the riots, extra police were drafted in and more than a thousand African immigrants were subsequently evacuated... Now some commentators have called it "ethnic cleansing" others say the unrest wasn't only rooted in xenophobia but also linked to the Mafia...
A jailed Mafia boss told an Italian court on Friday he had never had ties with a close associate of Silvio Berlusconi, Marcello Dell’Utri (pictured), casting doubt on evidence from another mobster linking the PM to Cosa Nostra.
Italian police arrested top Sicilian mafia boss Domenico Raccuglia, considered the second most prominent figure in Cosa Nostra. He was wanted for multiple charges of kidnapping and murder, and had been on the run for 15 years.
Italian police have arrested Salvatore Russo, one of the country's most wanted mafia fugitives, after tearing down a wall in a dawn raid at a chicken farm where he had built a hideout, authorities said.
Italian authorities have found a wreck with over 120 barrels of radioactive waste around 28 kilometres from the coast of Calabria in southern Italy. As many as 32 ships carrying toxic waste have been sunk by the mafia in the Mediterranean.
More than 100,000 people have marched in Naples in one of the biggest anti-mafia rallies in recent years to commemorate the victims of organised crime and demand an end to its stranglehold on southern Italy.
Two former New York cops have been sentenced to life in prison in a sordid tale of murder, attempted murder, blackmail, drug trafficking, money laundering and passing information onto a local mafia family, prosecutors said.