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(...)

An undated  photograph  of a poster appealing for information on the whereabouts of Emanuela Orlandi, who disapeared on June 22nd 1983. Photograph: EPA/STF

The disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi, the 15-year-old daughter of a Vatican City employee, who vanished off a Rome street one summer day after attend(...)

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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 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(...)

Mafia boss Salvatore “Toto” Riina, after his arrest in 1993. Photograph: Marie-Laure Messana/AFP/Getty Images

Salvatore “Toto” Riina, the Sicilian Mafia’s most powerful boss of the 20th century who was convicted of ordering dozens of murders, died of natural c(...)

 An undated handout image released by the Italian Police on October 5th, 2016 shows Antonio Pelle during his arrest in Bovalino, Italy. Antonio Pelle, 54, known as ‘Mamma’, head of the Calabrian mafia clan of the same name from the town of San Luca and one of Italy’s 100 most dangerous fugitives, was found in an bunker under his house in the town of Bovalino. Photograph: EPA/Italian police press office

One of Italy’s most-wanted mafia bosses has been arrested after five years on the run when police found him hiding in a home bunker built between the (...)