African and Asian migrants play soccer at a migrant detention center in Mineo. This former residential base for American naval personnel in Sicily now mainly houses migrants from sub-Saharan Africa. Lynsey Addario/The New York Times

It is a bit like when you are driving through the Irish countryside on a quiet Sunday. You are in the thick of rural life when you come around a bend (...)

A combination photo shows Mahmud Bikhit (left) and Mohammed Ali Malek, two survivors of the migrant boat disaster, arrested on suspicion of people trafficking. Photograph: Reuters/Italian Police

Italian prosecutors have blamed the Tunisian captain of a fishing boat for causing the deaths of hundreds of migrants locked below decks when his vess(...)

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

The Public Prosecutor’s Office in Reggio Calabria this week served up a chilling reminder of mafioso methods and mindset when it revealed that 22-year(...)

Tee-up in Taormina, Sicily
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  • January 26, 2015, 07:00

The Dom spread his hands and gave me the most Sicilian of shrugs. He then proceeded to make me several offers I found hard to refuse. First, he(...)

Pope Francis  at the Mass in Piana de Sibari in Calabria. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

“The ’Ndrangheta [Calabrian mafia] represents the adoration of evil and total contempt for the common good . . . Those who in their lives have chosen (...)

Pope Francis pictured during the feast-day Mass of Corpus Domini on the plains of the small town of Sibari in Calabria, Italy. Pope Francis concluded his one-day trip to the southern Italian region  with strong words against the Calabrian mafia, calling it ‘adoration of evil and contempt for the common good’. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Pope Francis issued the strongest attack on organised crime groups by a pontiff in two decades yesterday, accusing them of practising the “the adorati(...)

Pope Francis waves during the Angelus prayer in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican yesterday. Photograph: Alessandro/Reuters

Pope Francis has bitterly denounced the Calabrian Mafia, the ‘Ndrangheta, following the killing of a three-year-old boy caught up in a Mafia “executio(...)

Róisín Adams and her husband invested in two apartments in Calabria, Italy, in 2007. They hoped it would ensure they had the finances to send t(...)