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A simpler time. Martin Lev plays Dandy Dan in Bugsy Malone with ammunition at the ready. alanparker.com/National Films Trustee Corp/David Appleby

How organised crime in the UK has evolved beyond the mafia model

Gangs of career criminals in Britain look very different to the stories told by Scorcese or Coppola. They are fluid, multi-cultural and recent research sheds new light on how they use the dirty money.
The captain of the Costa Concordia has been sentenced to 16 years' jail after the ship ran aground off the coast of Italy two years ago. EPA/Luca Zennaro

If a company causes death at sea, don’t assume that means jail time

Late last week, an Italian court sentenced the captain of the Costa Concordia cruise liner, Francesco Schettino, to 16 years' jail after finding him guilty of multiple charges of manslaughter. On January…
If Campi Flegrei ever goes off, you won’t want to be in Naples - or Europe! Emanuele Nicastro

The very useful art of assessing a supervolcano without making it erupt

Ever heard of Campi Flegrei? It is a supervolcano in southern Italy. Literally translating as “fields of fire,” only the Yellowstone caldera in the United States has more potential to devastate. The Naples…
Neapolitans have given fishmongers and celebrities alike a place at the nativity for hundreds of years. acetosa888

More than one lobster present at the birth of Jesus? That’s old news

There’s a scene in the film Love Actually where a little girl announces that she’ll be playing “first lobster” in the school nativity play. “There was more than one lobster present at the birth of Jesus…
Dark dealings in Italy’s capital. Rosino

Politicians fiddling while Rome burns?

Italian politics has been rocked by a scandal in the country’s capital. Politicians stand accused of working within a pervasive and wide-reaching criminal network dubbed “Mafia Capitale” to skim money…

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