A Village’s Votes Stolen by the Mafia

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Plati (Italy) (AFP) – Italy goes to the polls this weekend for local and regional elections but not in the village of Plati in the southern region of Calabria, heartland of the ‘Ndrangheta mafia, who control much of Europe’s cocaine trade.

Such is the local grip of the notorious organised crime syndicate that no one dares put themselves forward for office in the settlement of 3,500 residents, many of whom have relatives in Australia, the destination of choice for generations of emigrants. Read more »

L.A. police spent $22,000 to get Mexican Mafia killer Rene ‘Boxer’ Enriquez to fancy dinner

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Police Department used an invalid court order and spent $22,000 to bring an imprisoned killer and former gang leader to speak to an exclusive dinner for private executives, according to a report released Friday. In all, 38 LAPD employees worked about 320 hours to prepare for the January event at a downtown building and protect Rene “Boxer” Enriquez while he was there, the inspector general of the city’s police commission wrote. Read more »

Ralph Lauren Automotive Skeleton Watch

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The watch was literally inspired by Ralph Lauren’s  award-winning 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe. Blended into the watch’s design is his love of classic cars and horology. The black shot-blasted stainless steel case allows the inner workings, namely the manually wound RL1967 caliber movement. The varnished bezel is made from Amboyna burl; a wood commonly used in automobile interiors.  Read more »

Italy Police Seize Assets Worth 100 Million Euros in Anti-Mafia Case

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ROME: Italy Financial police has seized assets worth more than 100 million euros from a businessman arrested over claims of mafia activity here the other day. Read more »

Mafia wars hit upscale Istanbul streets, 3 dead

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Two separate targeted hits in one day in upscale Istanbul neighborhoods left three people dead late Dec. 24, just days after a bodyguard was killed in front of a bar in Istanbul’s Nişantaşı neighborhood. Read more »

Last King of Rome: One-eyed Mafia don worth £160m to face justice

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Italian crime boss Massimo Carminati has been arrested after decades of eluding the law in the The Eternal City of Rome. He is a one-eyed petrol station boss with a fascination for Andy Warhol and The Hobbit… and according to covert police tapes, a taste for murder with his trusty Russian pistol. Read more »

Winter Balsam Pillows by Izola

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New from Izola for Fall 2014, are these Winter Balsam Pillows that really do make a statement about their owner. The guy who has these around his home believes everything should push an agenda. Whether altruistic or philosophical, accent your home with these pillows to keep cool reminders at every turn. This decorative addition for the home are made fro 100% Cotton and stuffed with Balsam Fir Tree needles. Your home will smell like a walk through the forest.

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Mafia Boss Claims Links to ‘Corrupt’ Treasurer

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Just days after 26 suspected members of the Italian Camorra mob were arrested in Madrid, police investigations have revealed that one of the top mafia bosses claimed to have contact and business plans with the disgraced Popular Party treasurer Luis Bárcenas. Read more »