Mafia boss Salvatore ‘Toto’ Riina dies in prison

Salvatore ‘Toto’ Riina, a powerful Sicilian mafia “boss of bosses”, died in the prison wing of a hospital in Parma, the day after his 87th birthday. He has been in a medically induced coma after two recent operations, and a judge had allowed his family to visit him just hours before. Thought to have ordered…

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Argentina hunts for missing submarine

Argentina is searching for a submarine that is lost contact with on Wednesday, though it has not yet declared it lost. The San Juan, with a crew of 44, was returning to its base at Mar del Plata, 400km south of Buenos Aires, following a routine mission to Ushaia. “We have not been able to…

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Yemen cities clean water cut off by Saudi-led blockade

The Yemeni cities of Taiz, Saada and Hodeidah have run out of clean water due to a blockade by the Saudi-led coalition, according to the Red Cross. There are fears of a renewed cholera outbreak, following on from a recent outbreak that was the worst seen in modern times. Aid groups are describing the blockade…

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Mugabe’s party calls for his resignation following military takeover

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s ruling party, Zanu-PF, have called for him to step aside following a succession dispute within the party. The dispute started after Mr Mugabe sacked Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa last week, in a move to have his younger wife take over the presidency. This launched a power struggle which saw a military takeover,…

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