US president Barack Obama  and Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi arrive for a joint news conference at the White House in Washington. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Mediterranean ‘has become a cemetery’, Italian prime minister tells Obama

Shipwrecked migrants disembark from a rescue vessel as they arrive in the Italian port of Augusta in Sicily on April 16th. As many as 41 migrants drowned after a small boat carrying refugees sank in the Mediterranean, Italian media said, days after 400 were lost in another shipwreck. Photo: Giovanni Isolino/AFP

Fishermen capture men who boarded boat posing as officials but believed to be traffickers

Rescued migrants line up after disembarking at the southern Italian port of Corigliano, Italy, on Wednesday.  Photograph: Francesco Arena/ANSA via AP

Muslims arrested in Sicily over ‘religious hatred’ as over 40 feared drowned in separate incident

Two years ago, Barone caught his mother, Francesca Bellocco, “in flagrante” in the family summer home in Calabria with Domenico Cacciola, member of a rival ‘Ndrangheta crime family

Prosecution hears of killing that might not have come to light but for brave witness

African migrants after they were rescued from the sea off the coast of Libya, at a centre for illegal migrants in Misrata, Libya. Photograph: EPA/STR

Since last Saturday, 10,000 people have landed off the coast of southern Italy

Pope Francis and Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara last November. Diplomatic sources said the statement contradicted the message of peace and friendship the pontiff delivered during his three-day visit. Photograph: EPA/STR

Ankara claims 1.5 million death toll in ‘mass deportations’ an exaggeration

France’s President Francois Hollande (left)  with French diplomat Laurent Stefanini. File photograph: Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images

Holy See yet to confirm Laurent Stefanini posting three months after appointment

Rescuers and police help an injured person at  the Justice Palace in Milan, Italy, after a man opened fire in a courtroom.   Photograph:  Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA

Suspect, on trial for fraudulent bankruptcy, arrested trying to leave scene on motorcycle

Anti-G8 protesters hide behind a burning car as they fight police on July 21st, 2001, in Genoa, Italy. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

European Court of Human Rights says police used ‘gratuitous’ violence against protesters

Faithful wait for the start of the “Via Crucis” (Way of the Cross) procession, which commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It was led by Pope Francis at the Colosseum in Rome on Good Friday. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

Good Friday ceremony commemorates the passion and death of Jesus Christ

 A general view as Pope Francis celebrates the Chrism mass at St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. Photograph: EPA

Priests asked to ‘bring the good news to the most abandoned’ in Maundy Thursday mass

Bishop Juan Barros Madrid: the decision by Pope Francis to designate the office to the bishop has caused protests in Oserno, Chile.  Photograph: Felipe Trueba/EPA

Bishop Juan Barros accused of covering up for Chile’s most notorious paedophile priest

Amanda Knox speaks to the media during a brief press conference in front of her parents’ home in Seattle, Washington on Friday. Photograph: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images

Analysis: Has a very Italian type of justice finally been done?

 Italy’s top court on Friday annulled the conviction of American Amanda Knox for the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher and, in a surprise verdict, acquitted her of the charge. Photograph: Anthony Bolante/Reuters

Supreme Court totally rejects two previous guilty verdicts against Knox and Sollecito

Amanda Knox has been acquitted of murder by a top Italian court. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Kercher from Surrey in the UK was stabbed to death in Italy in November 2007

 La Repubblica reported yesterday that Apple Italia was listed as a “consultant” for Apple Ireland, thus enabling the US colossus to transfer its Italian earnings to Ireland. Photograph: AFP

Computer giant faces major investigation by authorities in Milan

A view of Palermo. “Cimarosa officially became the black sheep of the family last month when he publicly denounced Cosa Nostra. He did so, too, on a national stage, speaking in Palermo to the Sicilian ‘Leopolda’, a sort of Democratic Party brains trust”. Photograph: Getty Images

‘I knew he was an important godfather but we didn’t talk about it much in our family’

Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s resignation comes two years after he stepped down as Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, having admitted inappropriate sexual behaviour towards priests in the 1980s. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Allegations of sexual harassment led prelate to miss out on the conclave that elected pope

Pope Francis leads a penitential ceremony at St Peter’s basilica in Vatican. Photograph: AFP

‘I have the feeling my pontificate will be brief . . . even two or three. Two have already passed’

On the morning after his acquittal in the so-called “Rubygate” trial, 78-year-old former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is reportedly ready to reassume full time political activity. Having won one case, the Rubygate trial,Photograph: GIUSEPPE CACACE/Getty Images

Former Italian PM ready to reassume political activity after case win and end of community service

Report in  “L’Espresso” was critical of Australian cardinal George Pell’s spending. Photograph: Don Arnold/Getty Images

Article criticises cardinal in charge of Vatican finances ‘clean-up’

Pope Francis wrote about the Mexicanisation” of Argentina’s growing drug trade in an email. Photograph: REUTERS/Max Rossi

Pope Francis wrote about development of Argentina’s drug trade in email

When it came to the ritual exchange, the German leader offered the Pope not only a collection Bach CDs but also a white envelope containing money, intended for child refugees from Syria and Iraq. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/AFP/Getty Images

Chancellor offers Pope white envelope with money for refugees from Syria and Iraq

Silvio Berlusconi: in June 2013, judges argued he might be guilty of perjury because of payments made to Karima ‘Ruby’ El Mahroug and to the so-called Olgettine girls, who gave evidence at the trial. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA

Investigators examine bank accounts of women who testified at first ‘Rubygate’ trial

Pope Francis appoints new cardinal Mozambican Bishop Julio Duarte Langa during the consistory at St Peter’s Basilica in Rome on February 14th. Francis has now appointed 31 new elector (under 80) cardinals  since his election in March, 2013. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty

Some see Pope Francis’s latest project for the poor as a gimmick and not of any value

Italian citizens hug after arriving at Practica di Mare military base near Rome, Italy, 16th February 2015. A group of around 60 Italians returned from Libya overnight after being evacuated because of security concerns about the advance of ISIS extremist Islamic group in the North African nation. Photograph: EPA/Massimo Percossi

ISIS threat ‘signed with blood against the nation of the cross’ follows release of video

Captain of the Costa Concordia cruise liner Francesco Schettino in court during his trial in Grosseto February 11, 2015. He has been sentenced to 16 years in prison after being convicted of manslaughter. Photograph: Reuters/Max Rossi

Analysis: Never much doubt that Costa Concordia Captain would be found guilty

A line of hearses as the bodies of migrants are unloaded from an Italian ship at Lampedusa harbour, Italy, yesterday. More than 330 migrants are feared dead following the most serious string of accidents in the Mediterranean since the start of the year. Photograph: EPA

EU border control can call on one-third of Italian Mare Nostrum’s maritime resources

Costa Concordia’s captain Francesco Schettino arrives in the courthouse for the last day of his trial on Wednesday. Photograph: AFP.

Francesco Schettino sentenced to 16 years in jail after cruise liner sank off Italy in 2012

An Italian court has ordered a hospital to implant a 50-year-old woman with embryos frozen 19 years ago that were fertilised by her late husband. File photograph: Zephyr/SPL/Getty

Court allows woman to use frozen embryos fertilised by her late husband 19 years ago

Handout provided by the Swiss police shows what they believe to be the Ritratto di Isabella d’Este by Leonardo da Vinci. Italian investigators  have seized the  portrait from a Swiss vault after a tip-off. Photograph: Ticino police handout/Reuters

Painting taken from Swiss bank vault belonging to Italian family after tip-off

Pope Francis during a visit to a refugee camp this week in Rome. Photograph:  Osservatore Romano/AFP/Getty Images

Church’s Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors to prioritise ‘bishop accountability’

Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst: the bishop made world headlines two years ago when details of a €30 million renovation project for the bishop’s palace were revealed. Photograph: Boris Roessler/EPA

Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst had resigned after lavish spending on bishop’s palace revealed

Sex abuse survivor Marie Collins has admitted to feeling frustrated by the slow pace set by the Holy See’s Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, of which she is a member. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters.

Irish commission member has ‘very different’ view to Pope Francis on smacking children

Daughter and mother, Ginnie and Liz Power from Maynooth, Co Kildare with Roman Gladiators. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It is rare to walk up Via del Seminario and encounter dulcet Belfast tones

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Pope Francis in the Vatican yesterday. Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AFP/Getty Images

Commission for protection of minors begins three-day meeting in Vatican today

Pope Francis smiles as he arrives to lead the general audience in Paul VI’s hall at the Vatican yesterday. Photograph:  Reuters/Osservatore Romano

Pontifical Council for Culture kicked off its four-day plenary session on the theme ‘Women’s Culture: Equality and Difference’

 Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi: “If someone was willing to stay behind after dinner and have sex with prime minister Berlusconi, then they would be paid more,” a woman told a court in Italy this week. Photograph:  EPA/Angelo Carconi

Men accused of organising 26 women for ‘bunga bunga’ bashes at Italian PM’s homes

New Italian president Sergio Mattarella arrives at the Constitutional Court in Rome. Photograph:  Ettore Ferrari/EPA

Matarella is a seasoned politician, a staunch constitutionalist and the first Sicilian to hold office

The speaker of the Italian  parliament speaker Laura Boldrini  reads a ballot during a vote to select a new president in Rome yesterday. The parliament has begun   the process of selecting  the  new president. Photograph: Andreas  Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

Silvio Berlusconi says his Forza Italia party will not vote for former Christian Democrat minister and constitutional court ju(...)

Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino. Prosecution in the captain’s trial for multiple manslaughter and causing the shipwreck of the luxury liner has recommended a prison sentence of 26-years. Photograph: Tiziana Fabitiziana/AFP/Getty Images

Francesco Schettino accused of being an ‘able idiot’ in Tuscan court

Silvio Berlusconi sits in studio of the ‘Porta A Porta’ TV show while a portrait of Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi is displayed in the background. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images.

Disgraced tycoon set to have major say in election of next president of Italy

Pope Francis speaking to journalists on his flight back from Manila in the Philippines  to Rome on Monday. Photograph: Reuters/Giuseppe Cacace

When the pope speaks of Catholics breeding ‘like rabbits’ he generates worldwide headlines

Pope Francis (left) flanked by Padre Federico Lombardi speak to journalist  onboard a plane during his trip back to Rome, on Monday  from the Philippines. Photograph: Getty

Francis says no outside institution should impose its views on regulating family size

Italian aid workers Greta Ramelli  (centre) and Vanessa Marzullo are welcomed by Italian foreign minister Paolo Gentiloni at Ciampino’s military airport in Rome on Friday. Photograph: EPA/Massimo Percossi

Dubai-based station reported ransom had been paid to al-Qaeda’s Syrian wing for release of hostages

 Pope Francis with Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke  in Vatican City

Controversial US cardinal says use of altar girls may have led to a decline in vocations

The only person to serve a second term  as Italian president, Giorgio Napolitano has been in the Quirinale Palace, the official presidential residence, for nine years. Photograph: Reuters

Giorgio Napolitano had said he would step down as soon as Italy’s EU presidency ended

Pope Francis boards a plane for his trip to Sri Lanka and the Philippines at Fiumicino airport in Rome. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

Francis paints picture of a world struggling with warfare, poverty and disease

Pope Francis greets the president of the French Council of Muslim Faith Mohammed Moussaoui at the end of the weekly general audience at the Paul VI’s hall at the Vatican January 7th. Photograph: Reuters

Vatican does not intend to alter security arrangements for Papal visit to south east Asia

Of the 15 elector (under 80 years of age) cardinals named by Pope Francis, 10 hail from Asia, Africa, Oceania and Latin America

Additional 15 cardinals shows move away from Catholic Church’s eurocentric heart

The Sierra Leone-flagged ‘Ezadeen’, carrying hundreds of migrants, is towed by an Icelandic coast guard vessel in rough seas. Photograph: Icelandic Coast Guard/Reuters

Boats set on automatic pilot were heading for coast before smugglers left ship

People watch the stricken ‘Norman Atlantic’ ferry, pulled by tug boats, arriving at Brindisi natural habour in Brindisi, Italy. Photograph: Maria Novella de Luca/EPA

Final death toll could be higher than 11 because of unregistered passengers

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi (centre): while the “demolition man” was going to clean up politics, his 10 months in office have been marked by public administration scandals involving organised crime.  Photograph: Giuseppe Lami/EPA

Slow reform and Mafia scandals have hampered Matteo Renzi’s progress

Frontier: the pope at the Israel-West Bank wall. photograph: Mheisen Amareen/Reuters

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Tango dancers hold banners for Pope Francis who celebrated his 78th birthday on Wednesday. Tango dancers from around the world gathered in the Vatican to wish the Argentinian Pope a happy birthday. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

It’s believed Pope Francis was once a nifty mover on the Tango dance floor

A Vatican investigation of American nuns  has ended in Rome with the release of an appreciative report that acknowledged the achievements and the challenges the nuns face given their dwindling ranks. Photograph: Antonio Perez/Pool via The New York Times

Report follows Apostolic visitation ordered over concern about ‘radical path’ of nuns

Eight people in Milan, Matera,Trapani and New York were this week arrested in connection with the attempted extortion of Matera-based businessman Luciano Marsilio.

Italian business man was asked for ‘loan’ to be repaid to the tune of €1 million

Pope Francis says he intends to travel to Africa once and to Latin America three times next year. Photograph: L’Osservatore Romano/EPA

‘Communion alone is no solution, the solution is integration’

Pope Francis: has said one of his mandates is to clean up the Vatican’s finances. Photograph: AP

Those who ran bank between 1989 and 2009 under investigation in relation to deals

Massimo Carminati, a former member of the NAR neo-fascist terrorist group and of the Banda della Magliana crime gang, is arrested by Italian Carabinieri Rome as part of the “Middle Earth” operation. Photograph: Italian Carabinieri Press Office/EPA

Organised crime ‘system’ in Rome around former right wing terrorist Massimo Carminati

Pope Francis with Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew 1, in Istanbul. Bartholomew has a local flock of just about 2,000. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AP

Pope visit to Turkey permits opportunity to see the city’s modernity in up close

Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I embrace after signing a joint statement at the Church of St George, the principal Greek Orthodox cathedral, in Istanbul. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/Epa

At end of visit to Turkey Pope Francis criticises Islamophobia as well as fundamentalist terrorism

Pope Francis  kisses Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I after they signed a joint statement at St George church, the principal Greek Orthodox cathedral, in Istanbul on November 30th, 2014. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/Reuters

Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew pray together in Istanbul

 Pope Francis has begun a visit to Turkey with the delicate mission of strengthening ties with Muslim leaders. Photograph: Osman Orsal/Reuters

Holy place visited by pope represents powerful symbol for Muslims and Christians

Pope Francis and Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara: Any illusions about the difficulties of Muslim-Christian, East-West dialogue the pontiff might have had were dispelled by a remarkable statement by the Turkish leader. Photograph: Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Reuters

Those from outside Muslim world ‘like seeing us, our children, die’, says president

 A banner showing Pope Francis and and Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I is seen through a gate of the St Antuan church in Istanbul, Turkey. Photograph: Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

Pontiff to celebrate feast of St Andrew, patron of the Orthodox church, in Istanbul

Pope Francis  swings an incense thurible during a canonisation ceremony to elevate six men and women to sainthood,  in St Peter’s square at the Vatican on Sunday. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Holy See’s ‘promoter of justice’ Fr Robert J Geisinger reportedly allowed abuser to remain in ministry

 Pope Francis called on every state to guarantee natural law and “the pillars of truth” so that the “aim of feeding the human family becomes feasible”, at the  second International Conference on Nutrition in Rome yesterday.  Photograph:  Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Tells conference ‘primacy of profit’ has reduced foodstuffs to a commodity

Pope Francis  has called world hunger “one of the most dramatic paradoxes of our time which we are witnessing helplessly and often with indifference”.  Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Irish Government to be represented at three-day assembly by Leo Varadkar

Eggs and fireworks were thrown at the Italian economy ministry in Rome during street protests at the weekend. Photograph: EPA/Massimo Percossi

Residents argue their areas suffer neglect as they carry burden for migrant influx

Author Roberto Saviano. Photograph:  Barbara Zanon/Getty Images

Review: The fearless author of Gomorrah goes on the bloody trail of today’s narco-terrorists

Italian writer Roberto Saviano (centre): ‘Asked on television this week if this week’s court ruling had tempted him to leave Italy, Saviano’s reply to the programme presenter was nothing if not eloquently laconic, saying: “And were you tempted to leave?”.’ Photograph: EPA/CIRO FUSCO

Opinion: Renzi accused of reducing the fight against organised crime to ‘just one’ of Italy’s problems

Mario Balotelli and Alessio Cerci  during an Italy training session at Coverciano on in Florence. Photograph: Claudio Villa/Getty Images

Italian coach gives stark warning to Liverpool striker ahead of Croatia game

Cardinal Raymond Burke: having been removed from office, he becomes the patron of the Order of the Knights of Malta. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Image

Raymond Burke, head of Holy See’s supreme court, identified as ‘opposition’ to Francis’s reformist agenda

Pope Francis: “Perhaps he  asked people, now who is the most marginalised priest in Madrid,” said Fr d’Orso. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

Excluding women ‘unacceptable’ says priest due to report to pontifical council

A file  aerial photograph  of the Costa Concordia as it lies on its side next to Giglio Island on  August 26th, 2013. The last body missing following the crash of the vessel was discovered today. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Files/Reuters.

Discovery supports theory Indian waiter Russel Rebello helped passengers escape

 US army personnel: an Italian governor  has called on US authorities to repatriate all  military personnel who served in Liberia rather than have them quarantined in Italy. Photograph: David Cooper/EPA/US Air Force

Call on US authorities to repatriate all those US military personnel who served in Liberia

A 100-bed Ebola treatment centre in Liberia’s capital Monrovia. Luca Zaia, governor of the north-eastern Veneto region in Italy, this week called on US authorities to repatriate all US miliary personnel who have served in the country. Phoyograph: Reuters

‘Why should we have to put up with these soldiers at risk of contagion’ asks Luca Zaia

In most previous synods, the mid-synod “Relatio” was so boring and unenlightening that it was generally ignored. Photograph:  Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Rome letter: This synod was not ignored and, for that, Francis can take credit

Light show: An interior view of the Sistine Chapel with a new LED lighting display in Vatican City. After three years’ work, a new air conditioning and air exchange system has also been installed. Photograph: EPA

High-tech lighting and air conditioning system to illuminate and preserve sacred place

Convicted Mafia boss Toto Riina’s lawyer Luca Cianferoni talks to reporters after leaving the Quirinale presidential palace in Rome yesterday. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA

Giorgio Napolitano denies knowledge of alleged secret ‘truce’

Pope Francis talks with Bolivia’s president Evo Morales as he meets members of the Popular Movements at the Vatican today. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/Reuters

‘If I talk like this, there are those who say that the Pope is a communist’

Silvio Berlusconi: analysts will be watching the country that, three years ago, nearly single-handedly sank the euro under the media tycoon’s stewardship. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty

Stress tests identify Italy as having the biggest capital hole in the euro zone’s banking system

Italian sister Cristina Scuccia holding her prize after winning the The Voice of Italy in Milan in June. Photograph: Matteo Bazzi/EPA

Singer posts Instagram image of herself and Sr Cristina Scuccia under banner ‘Sisters for Life’

Pope Francis is flanked by  the Archbishop of Bombay  Cardinal Oswald Gracias.  The cardinal  has said “everybody is travelling in a particular direction, basically in harmony without complete uniformity”.     Photograph: Alessandra Tarantino/AP

Pope Francis stays upbeat despite lack of pastoral agreement on gays, communion

Pope Francis waves to the faithful at the end of a Mass for the beatification of Pope Paul VI in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Pontiff holds Mass to formally close Synod on the Family

Pope Francis arrives to open Vatican Synod on the Family, Vatican City, earlier this month. Wrapping up the Synod today, the Pope praised the work of the assembly despite clear differences of opinion within it. Photograph: EPA

Final document says there is no comparison between ‘God’s design’ and same sex marriage

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said an overnight change of doctrine is you say that what was wrong is now right, that is “just not on the cards”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Archbishop of Dublin says meeting marked by genuine dialogue and heated debate

The appeals court ruled that former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi was not guilty of “involvement in underage prostitution”. Photograph: EPA

Infamous ‘bunga, bunga’ parties revolved around ‘system of prostitution’

Language toned down to ‘providing for’ homosexuals in new version of controversial ‘relatio’

The daily Vatican press conference began with a statement from the Holy See, appearing to accuse the media of misinterpreting the synod’s work. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Bishops ‘surprised by stir’, suggesting the media misinterpreted synod’s document

Pope Francis said last week that bishops should speak frankly and not be afraid of upsetting him at the extraordinary synod on the family, which  is discussing marriage, gay couples, birth control and other moral issues. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

Synod on the family recommends ‘welcoming homosexuals’

Archbishop Gaenswein, known to the media as ‘Gorgeous George’ because of his good looks, talked about the synod,  homosexuality, clerical sex abuse and  Benedict’s health in an interview with Chi magazine. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Private secretary to Pope Benedict says solutions ‘should not be oriented on spirit of times’

Pope Francis exchanges his skullcap with a member of the faithful during his weekly public audience in St Peter’s Square in Rome on Wednesday. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Francis’ historic visit to the Holy Land last May was marked by symbolic moments of prayer

Synod:  Pope Francis (C) leading the extraordinary Synod of bishops on family, at the Vatican.  Catholic bishops were coming together for a two-week synod in order to discuss church stances on family-related issues such as marriage, divorce, homosexuality, contraceptives and premarital sex. Photograph: L’Osservatore Romano/Handout/EPA

Much of synod discussion on family looks at problems encountered by couples

A bishop takes a picture with a tablet during a synod of bishops in Paul VI’s hall at the Vatican today. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

Pope urges bishops to speak their minds ‘freely and frankly’ in Vatican meetings

 Pope Francis formally opens the Synod on the Family tomorrow with Mass in St Peter’s basilica. Photograph: Reuters/Alessandro Di Meo

Pope opens Synod on the Family with inaugural Mass in St Peter’s Basilica

Radical outlook: in the past month, among 20 couples married in St Peter’s were people who had had children out of wedlock, divorced or had previous marriages annulled. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty

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Anti-immigration: graffiti on a street in Catania. Photograph: Frank Miller

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