Lamezia Terme

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The high-security 1,000-capacity courtroom built by Italian authorities in the Calabrian city of Lamezia Terme. Photograph:  Gianluca Chininea/AFP via Getty Images

Italy’s largest mafia trial in three decades begins on Wednesday, with 900 witnesses testifying against more than 350 people, including politicians an(...)

The town of  Lamezia Terme in Calabria, southern Italy. Photograph: Getty Images

To the casual observer it was just another Facebook page dispensing inspirational messages – and the occasional threat – to its 18,000 followers. In f(...)

The Locri  hospital in southern Italy, where patients are often sent elsewhere for lack of doctors, the elevators are endlessly in disrepair and the CT scan works one day, but not the next. Infiltration by the mafia, major doctor shortages, and a regional health agency hundreds of millions of euro in debt were some of the challenges the hospital confronted in 2019 – before coronavirus. Photograph:  Gianluca Chininea/AFP via Getty Images

The body of his son was barely cold when the ­grieving father was threatened by men from the funeral company. Inside the mortuary of an austere hospit(...)