Immigrant hospitality boosts Sicily economy

2014-11-19 09:50

Asylum seekers arriving by the thousands in recession-hit Sicily are boosting the local economy as hotels transform into immigrant centres.

Alleged hit man returns to California

2014-09-06 06:56

Authorities say a suspected contract killer charged with slayings across the US has pleaded not guilty to committing nine murders in California.

Chinese tycoon accused of running mafia

2014-02-21 15:09

Authorities have accused a Chinese mining tycoon of running a vast mafia that blackmailed, beat and gunned down rivals, travelled in Rolls Royces and fostered ties with drug-fuelled parties.

Gunmen kill possible mob boss

2013-11-12 12:44

Mexican authorities are investigating the shooting of an Italian man who was killed inside a restaurant in the resort city of Acapulco.

Japan mob publishes magazine for gangsters

2013-07-10 09:00

Japan's biggest yakuza organised crime group has published a magazine for its members that includes a poetry page and senior gangsters' fishing diaries, reports say.

Spain police arrest Italian mafia suspects

2013-06-04 15:02

Spanish police have arrested about 20 suspected members of a mafia group thought to be involved in an international drug-running empire worth around €1bn, a judicial source says.

Asia organised crime worth $90bn: Report

2013-04-16 12:55

Organised crime groups dealing in fake goods, drugs, human trafficking and illicit wildlife trade have earned nearly $90bn annually in East Asia and the Pacific, a UN report shows.

Mexico slammed over 'disappearances'

2013-02-21 09:01

Human Rights Watch has charged that Mexican security forces were not properly investigated over at least 249 "disappearances" that occurred during President Felipe Calderon's government.

Russian mafia boss shot dead

2013-01-16 18:19

A man believed to be one of Russia's biggest mafia bosses has been shot dead in the centre of Moscow as he was leaving a restaurant after lunch.

Italy seizes €4bn in property from mafia

2012-08-15 15:49

Italy announced it has seized more than €4bn worth of property from suspected mafia clans last year and arrested more than 2 000 suspects.

Home affairs still investigating mafioso

2012-04-05 19:01

Investigations are still underway to determine how alleged Italian mafia member Vito Palazzolo left South Africa using a passport with a different identity, says home affairs.

Pope denounces mafia

2011-10-09 13:47

Pope Benedict XVI has denounced "inhuman" organised crime during a visit to south Italy, home of the 'ndrangheta mob.

Cosa Nostra mobsters busted

2011-01-21 14:09

US law enforcement agencies have swooped on more than 100 alleged mobsters in arrests around New York in the biggest such operation on record.

Berlusconi ally denies mafia link

2010-11-20 18:29

An ally of Premier Silvio Berlusconi who was convicted of associating with the Mafia has denied being a link between that criminal syndicate and the media mogul.

Russia crime boss shot at

2010-09-17 15:24

One of Russia's most powerful criminals has been shot on a Moscow street in the media believe is a battle for underworld control.

Lord of the Wind launders money

2010-09-15 22:52

The seizure of €1.5bn from a Sicilian known as "Lord of the Wind" has put the spotlight on Mafia money-laundering through renewable energy ventures.

Italian mayor in mafia-like hit

2010-09-06 15:37

A southern Italian mayor hailed for his commitment to fighting organised crime has reportedly been killed in a mafia-style execution.

Mafia boss arrested in Brussels

2010-08-05 22:46

Police have finally caught up with a Camorra mafia boss after seven years on the run including two in Brussels, where prosecutors have said he has been arrested.

Italy: Mafia clan wiped out

2010-07-21 15:10

Italian police have made 67 arrests and seized some €250m worth of property in an operation against the powerful 'Ndrangheta mafia.

Hundreds held in anti-mafia op

2010-07-13 14:07

Italian police have arrested more than 300 people, seized weapons and confiscated tens of millions of euros in assets in their largest anti-mafia operation in 15 years.

Major raids on Italian mafia

2010-06-10 15:31

Italian police have targeted the mafia in raids across the country with hundreds of special agents detaining Cosa Nostra members and businessmen.

Mafia kingpin's brother arrested

2010-03-15 17:05

Italian police have arrested 19 mafia suspects in Sicily, including the brother of Cosa Nostra's alleged "boss of bosses", Matteo Messina Denaro.

Mobster 'cries constantly'

2009-06-04 22:11

A court in Sicily says a man accused of Mafia ties can be held at home instead of jail because he is suffering from depression.


Italy's president questioned in state-mafia pact

2014-10-28 14:43

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano is set to be questioned by judges overseeing a high-profile trial into an alleged 'non-aggression pact' between senior politicians, police chiefs and Mafia bosses.

Italy moves to root mafia out of agriculture

2014-03-19 15:30

Italy's leading agriculture industry association has launched a drive to root out mafia infiltration, which is costing the sector billions of euros.

Shock after boy, 3, killed in Italy mafia violence

2014-01-20 14:28

A horrific triple murder in southern Italy in an apparent score-settling between rival mafia drug gangs has shocked the country, the youngest victim, a three-year-old boy.

Global organised crime 'G20 economy' sized

2013-07-30 11:00

Organised crime is so big globally that were it a country, it would be part of the G20 group of major economies, the Australian government says.

Bulger's 'partner in crime' in court

2013-06-18 16:00

An ex-convict and confessed murdered will be back on the witness stand in the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger, accused of running Boston's "Winter Hill Gang" for decades.

Infamous US mobster trial due to start

2013-06-04 10:00

Jury selection is set to begin in the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger, an aging mobster who spent 16 years hiding in broad daylight in California and became the inspiration for a gritty Hollywood flick.

Italy seizes €1bn in Mafia-linked assets

2013-04-03 09:50

Italian police say they have seized assets worth €1.3bn from a Sicilian renewable energy developer in the biggest ever seizure of Mafia-linked assets.

Cartel kingpin is Public Enemy No 1

2013-02-14 20:42

Authorities in Chicago have named a drug kingpin in Mexico as the city's Public Enemy No 1 — a label first given to gangster Al Capone.

Italy president wire-tap unlawful - court

2012-12-05 16:04

Italy's highest court has accepted a complaint over the wire-tapping of the president as part of an inquiry into negotiations between state officials and the Mafia, Italian media has reported.

Mafioso's lawyers want SA minister's help

2012-04-20 18:02

Alleged Italian mafia member Vito Palazzolo’s lawyers have asked the Western Cape High Court court to rule that the minister of international relations must appeal to the Thai government on his behalf.

Journo: Mob helped in Fukushima clean-up

2011-12-15 14:30

A Japanese journalist who worked at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant this summer has claimed that the yakuza crime syndicates were involved in supplying clean-up crews.

Italy arrests 80 Mafiosi

2011-05-03 20:46

Anti-mafia prosecutors say that 80 Mafiosi from two prominent crime syndicates have been arrested in separate operations.

Over 100 mobsters arrested in US

2011-01-20 20:41

Federal agents have arrested more than 100 suspected mobsters in another major blow to New York's five Mafia crime families.

Pope urges Sicilians to fight Mafia

2010-10-04 17:32

Pope Benedict XVI has named a slain priest, who dared to challenge the Mafia, a "hero", and has encouraged Sicilians act against organised crime.

Russian mafia boss killed

2010-09-16 22:20

The leader of one of Russia's most important mafia organisations has been shot dead by an unknown assailant in central Moscow.

Italy seizes billions from Mafia

2010-09-14 18:05

Italian police have seized a record $1.9bn from a Sicilian business owner suspected of Mafia connections.

Krejcir scoffs at 'Mafia boss' claims

2010-08-29 18:19

Fugitive billionaire Radovan Krejcir, breaking his silence ahead of a renewed NPA bid to have him extradited to the Czech Republic, says he has "nothing to hide".

Mafia got quake rebuilding deals

2010-07-22 19:25

Members of Italy's Camorra mafia have won contracts to rebuild the quake-hit city of L'Aquila with the help of four bank employees.

Mafia drug ring busted

2010-07-19 16:09

Italian police have busted a Sicilian Mafia drug ring operating in Peru and Colombia, making 13 arrests and seizing 20kg of high quality cocaine.

Naples 'mafia boss' arrested

2010-06-15 17:12

The suspected boss of a powerful Camorra mafia clan has been arrested on various charges in the southern Naples area, Italian police have announced.

Palazzolo victim of bias - lawyer

2010-05-18 22:51

The department of justice is guilty of the "worst possible" bias against businessman Vito Palazzolo, the Western Cape High Court has heard.

Mafia flex muscles with blast

2010-01-04 21:03

A home made bomb attack on a court in southern Italy was 'the work of the local mafia trying to reassert its power in the region'.

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