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MSF-chartered rescue ship “Aquarius”: NGO accuses Italy of seeking to criminalise humanitarian search and rescue missions. Photograph: Boris Horvat/AFP

Italian magistrates on Tuesday accused Médecins Sans Frontières of illegally dumping toxic waste at ports in southern Italy in what the non-government(...)

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How the Mafia got to our food

Giuseppe Antoci had been warned more than once. “You will end with your throat cut,” read one note, composed entirely of individual letters clipped fr(...)

A motorhome is pictured off side of a flooded road 2018 near a house where nine people of the same family died after a small river burst its banks in Casteldaccia near Palermo. Photograph: Getty Images

At least 12 people have been killed after storms lashed Sicily, causing torrential floods. Divers pulled out nine bodies from a home flooded by a rap(...)

Pope Francis waves as he visits Sicily to pay tribute  to a priest who was slain by mobsters for working to keep youths away from the Mafia. Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AP.

Pope Francis has appealed to Sicily’s Mafia to abandon a life of crime and violence, saying the island needed “men and women of love, not men and wome(...)

Champagne? Photograph: Getty Images

The first Christmas after we met, my wife gave me some tea towels and I nearly broke up with her. Perhaps I really needed some. Maybe I was drying pla(...)

Victims of the bridge collapse, Roberto Robbiano, Ersilia Piccinino, and their son, Samuele. Photograph: Facebook

As shock gave way to anger over the bridge collapse in Genoa, Italians reflected on the randomness with which the victims were selected. Within the fl(...)

A scene from ‘Sicilian Ghost Story’

In November 1993, 11-year-old Giuseppe Di Matteo was abducted by the Sicilian Mafia in order to silence his father, a gangster who had become a “penti(...)

Dea Birkett inside her circus caravan

As a little girl Dea Birkett will never forget watching the circus parade past the end of her street, “and within hours, the park where I played was t(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with French president Emmanuel Macron during a round table meeting at the European Council summit in Brussels on Thursday. Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP

The European Union, we are told, is dealing with a “migration crisis”. In fact, as French president Emmanuel Macron has remarked, this is above all a (...)

Migrants are seen on the deck of the Mission Lifeline rescue boat in the central Mediterranean Sea on June 21st. Photograph:  Hermine Poschmann/Misson-Lifeline/Reuters

Malta will let the rescue ship Lifeline dock after Italy refused it entry, ending the vessel’s near week-long wait in the Mediterranean with more than(...)

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