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.


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.

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