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 (...)