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Italy police arrest alleged new mafia boss in Sicily

Dec 04 2018

PALERMO, Italy Police arrested the suspected new head of the Sicilian mafia and 45 other alleged gangsters on Tuesday, dealing a major blow to the mob as it tried to rebuild after years of setbacks.

In historic ruling, court says Italian state negotiated with mafia

Apr 20 2018

PALERMO, Italy An Italian court convicted former high-ranking state officials and mob bosses on Friday for holding secret negotiations in the early 1990s following a devastating wave of mafia murders and bombings.

In historic ruling, court says Italian state negotiated with mafia

Apr 20 2018

PALERMO, Italy An Italian court convicted former high-ranking state officials and mob bosses on Friday for holding secret negotiations in the early 1990s following a devastating wave of mafia murders and bombings.

The boss is dead but the mafia lives, magistrate and mobster say

Nov 17 2017

ROME/PALERMO The death of Sicilian Mafia boss Salvatore "Toto'" Riina on Friday does not mark the end of Cosa Nostra, but the crime group is unlikely to allow one man such power ever again, a top magistrate and former mobster said.

Italy busts ring smuggling migrants from Tunisia in speedboat

Jun 06 2017

PALERMO, Italy Italy broke up a criminal ring smuggling migrants safely to Sicily for about 3,000 euros ($3,379) on a speedboat capable of making the crossing from Tunisia in less than four hours, magistrates said on Tuesday.

Four-year-old migrant girl and mother in emotional reunion in Sicily

Mar 27 2017

PALERMO, Italy (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A four-year-old migrant girl who arrived in Italy alone from North Africa had an emotional reunion with her mother on Monday, months after a lucky break helped authorities trace the woman.

Accused people smuggler appears in Italy court amid doubts over identity

Nov 22 2016

PALERMO, Italy An alleged people smuggling kingpin arrested earlier this year appeared in an Italian court for the first time on Tuesday as his lawyer raised doubts about whether his identity was mistaken.

Palermo court says people smuggler arrested in Sudan is right man

Jul 22 2016

ROME/PALERMO A suspected people smuggler who alleged he had been mistakenly arrested and extradited to Italy is indeed the man prosecutors had sought, Palermo magistrates said after investigating his identity.

Italy judge keeps Eritrean migrant smuggling suspect in jail

Jun 14 2016

PALERMO, Italy An Eritrean man extradited to Italy from Sudan last week and accused of being a human-trafficking boss will have to stay in jail, a judge in Palermo ruled on Tuesday.

Suspected human trafficking kingpin extradited from Sudan to Italy

Jun 08 2016

PALERMO, Italy An Eritrean man suspected of running a huge human trafficking network that sent thousands of migrants to Europe, leaving many to die on the way, was extradited from Sudan to Italy overnight, officials said. | Video

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