| Dec 16, 2013
| 4:30 PM
Popular TV satirist Pierfrancesco Diliberto, known as Pif, does a remarkable job negotiating the delicate balance between humor and heartrending emotion in his terrific feature debut, "The Mafia Kills Only in the Summer." Highlighting the mob's pernicious influence over average Sicilians, the pic takes an Everyman from childhood to maturity, showing how complacency and willful blindness allowed the Cosa Nostra to flourish until high-profile killings finally opened people's eyes. Familiarity with the real figures involved helps build tension, but isn't a requirement for appreciating the clever comedy and powerful message. B.O. returns after two weeks have been respectable.
| Dec 13, 2013
| 12:54 AM
PALERMO, Sicily, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Close family members of
the Sicilian Mafia's fugitive "boss of bosses" were arrested on
Friday in one of most significant anti-crime operations in
Sicily in years, police said.
Police hunting Matteo Messina Denaro, who...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 11:59 AM
* Prosecutor abandons hearings for fear of assassination
* Historic case accuses state officials of collusion
By Sara Rossi and Wladimir Pantaleone
MILAN/PALERMO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - A death threat by a
Sicilian mafia boss against the lead prosecutor in...
| Dec 1, 2013
| 4:02 PM
MANCHESTER — To hustle backroom gamblers as long as he did without ending up folded into a car trunk, you gotta have what Jack Farrell calls "the pump."
That's heart. Stones. The ability to cheat for hours in a rough-and-tumble dice game ringed...
| Nov 28, 2013
| 9:55 AM
ROME, Nov 28 (Reuters) - A group of Calabrian mafia
assassins beat a rival with a spade and fed him alive to pigs,
Italian police said after rounding up 20 people for various mob
crimes including five murders.
The murder probably took place in March 2012...