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Italy arrests dozens over Mafia scam of EU funds

Jan 15, 2020 - 6:21 PM

A total of 94 people are arrested in the early-morning raids, including the heads of two Mafia families, a notary, entrepreneurs, and public administrators tasked with helping farmers access funds

TRACKING SUSPECTS. This undated and unlocated thermal imaging camera image grabbed from a video handout on January 15, 2020 by the Italian law enforcement agency Guardia di Finanza (GdF), shows a helicopter view showing suspects (C) during a track as part of an anti Mafia operation in Sicily. Handout photo by Guardia di Finanza press office/AFP

Drug gangs may be behind Dutch newspaper attacks – police

Jun 27, 2018 - 7:06 PM

'We will never be silent,' declared the front-page headline of De Telegraaf, above a picture of the burnt-out Volkswagen Caddy van lodged in the charred and twisted facade

ATTACK. Dutch police officers stand by the wreckage of a van after it crashed through the front door of the building housing newspaper De Telegraaf on Basisweg street in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on June 26, 2018. Photo by Koen van Weel/ANP/AFP

Slovak police free all suspects held after journalist murder

Mar 03, 2018 - 11:22 PM

In Italy, prosecutors have suggested that the 'Ndrangheta may have been behind the killing of Jan Kuciak and his fiancee Martina Kusnirova

FUNERAL. A cross stands on the grave of murdered journalist Jan Kuciak, who was slain as he was about to publish an explosive report on alleged high-level corruption linked to the Italian mafia, prior to his funeral at a cemetery in Stiavnik, Slovakia, on March 3, 2018. Photo by Vladimir Simicek/AFP

DOH to reorganize leadership after Dengvaxia mess

Feb 28, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the reorganization is meant to 'preserve the integrity of ongoing investigations and to prevent any potential undue influence on their findings'

FIXING DOH'S INTEGRITY. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III frowns during a House hearing on the Dengvaxia controversy on February 26, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Garin, 7 officials file libel complaint vs ‘DOH mafia’ accuser

Feb 23, 2018 - 4:58 PM

(UPDATED) Physician Francis Cruz, the whistleblower of the VACC, faces several libel complaints from health officials he accused of benefiting from the Dengvaxia mess

THE ACCUSED. Dr Francis Cruz, who now faces a libel complaint, faced senators probing the Dengvaxia controversy on December 13, 2017. Screenshot by Rappler

‘DOH mafia’ accuser faces libel complaint

Feb 19, 2018 - 5:56 PM

PCMC executive director Julius Lecciones files the libel complaint against physician Francis Cruz, who claims a mafia-like group operates in the DOH

THE ACCUSED. Dr Francis Cruz, who now faces a libel complaint, faced senators probing the Dengvaxia controversy on December 13, 2017. Screenshot by Rappler

Aquino, Sanofi, DOH officials face graft complaint over Dengvaxia mess

Feb 12, 2018 - 2:20 PM

The VACC, VPCI, and physician Francisco Cruz claim that the accused government officials 'anomalously' funded the immunization program and favored Sanofi to procure the vaccine

ACCUSED. Former president Benigno Aquino III (center) is flanked by his former budget chief Florencio Abad (L) and ex-executive secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr at a Senate hearing in December 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duque, health officials deny existence of 'DOH mafia'

Jan 31, 2018 - 11:30 AM

At the Commission on Appointments hearing of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, they also reject the allegation that P550 million meant for the purchase of the Dengvaxia vaccine was pocketed

Duque dares accusers to file cases vs officials in alleged 'DOH mafia'

Jan 15, 2018 - 1:58 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says he will order a review of the contracts entered into by the previous administration

INTEGRITY. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III wants officials to adhere to the 'highest standards of professionalism and integrity.' File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Gangster head of Mafia Capitale sentenced to 20 years

Jul 20, 2017 - 8:09 PM

Massimo Carminati is accused along with 45 others of operating a mafia style network that used extortion fraud and theft to divert millions of euros destined for public services into their own pockets

MAFIA CAPITALE TRIAL. Prosecutor Giuseppe Cascini (L) speaks next to the lawyer of Massimo Carminati, Bruno Giosue Naso (R) on November 5, 2015 at Rome's tribunal, on the opening day of the Mafia Capitale trial, a case related to the alleged infiltration of City Hall by a mafia network. File photo by Alessandro Di Meo/AFP

Korean vs Korean in Pampanga? Cops say yes

Mar 06, 2017 - 9:00 PM

The Pampanga police file a criminal complaint against Jung Young Hun before an Angeles prosecutor

KIDNAPPING CHARGES. Jung Young Hun alias 'Tomas' was last publicly visible on January 31, 2017 when he attended the case conference with investigators as a witness. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Jee Ick Joo, De Lima, Duterte | Evening wRap

Mar 03, 2017 - 9:43 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Mara Cepeda

Sta Isabel pushes Korean mafia angle in counter-affidavit

Mar 03, 2017 - 4:36 PM

Are Filipinos more inclined to commit crimes than Korean nationals? asks Sta Isabel

SPO3 Ricky Sta Isabel subscribes to his sworn affidavit during a hearing at the Department of Justice on March 2, 2017. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Does Justice Secretary Aguirre believe in fake news?

Feb 25, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Aguirre seems set to hold the record for a Philippine justice chief with the most number of unsubstantiated public pronouncements at a given time

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 24, 2017

Feb 24, 2017 - 8:56 AM

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Feb 23, 2017 - 8:51 PM

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South Korea hits Aguirre over 'Korean mafia' remarks

Feb 23, 2017 - 8:40 PM

The embassy is strongly distressed that this false information could tarnish its honor and reputation says the South Korean embassy

MURDERED KOREAN. Choi Kyung Jin (foreground), widow of murdered South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo (in photo), bows in front of a portrait of her late husband during a memorial service on February 6, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Kidnapping, robbery charges eyed vs Korean tipster in Pampanga

Feb 08, 2017 - 5:34 PM

The Korean tipster gets a 10 cut from illegal police operations says the Central Luzon police chief

TIPSTER? Thomas Jung, the Korean identified by Central Luzon Police as working with scalawag cops, attends the case conference with investigators on Tuesday, January 31, to file his statements as a witness. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Mentan: Pedagang perantara permainkan harga beras

Feb 29, 2016 - 7:56 PM

Pedagang perantara selalu mencari kesempatan menyimpan dan melepas beras ke pasar kalau harga sudah tinggi

Rini Soemarno merasa tidak nyaman lagi bekerja

Dec 22, 2015 - 11:42 PM

Ia menyerahkan urusan pencopotannya kepada Presiden

The wRap Indonesia: Haze everywhere, misuse of gov't funds

Sep 09, 2015 - 8:23 AM

Government officials allegedly abuse the haj quota haze from forest fires in Indonesia reach Malaysia and Singapore and other top news to start your day

REFORMS? President Joko Widodo's government is set to release its economic policy package this week. Romeo Gacad/AFP

Tim Transisi tantang buktikan match fixing Piala Kemerdekaan

Aug 26, 2015 - 4:29 PM

Eks pelatih Persipur Purwodadi Gunawan menuding ada match fixing alias rekayasa hasil pertandingan di Piala Kemerdekaan Tim Transisi mengancam melaporkan Gunawan ke Mabes Polri

Presiden Joko "Jokowi" Widodo membuka turnamen Piala Kemerdekaan. Foto dari sekretariat presiden

Indonesia wRap: 22 Juli 2015

Jul 21, 2015 - 8:55 PM

Cerita tentang mafia bola bukanlah fiksi Seorang WNI dihukum 30 bulan penjara karena berupaya mengatur skor pertandingan sepak bola saat SEA Games di Singapura

Ilmuwan Inggris Stephen Hawking berbicara dalam konferensi pers di London, 20 Juli 2015. Foto oleh Andy Rain/EPA

Tuding rekaman match fixing rekayasa, netizen ragukan Roy Suryo

Jul 02, 2015 - 8:40 PM

Setelah hadir dalam konsolidasi pendukung PSSI pada 25 Juni lalu Roy Suryo tiba tiba menuding rekaman match fixing abal abal

Roy Suryo bersama Dewan Olahraga Tinggi Spanyol Miguel Cardenal berpose setelah menandatangani MoU di Madrid, 1 Oktober 2014. Foto oleh EPA

Crowds welcome Pope in mafia country

Mar 22, 2015 - 12:41 AM

The pontiff arrives in the poor crime ridden Scampia area of Naples City in a popemobile and immediately plunges into a crowd of children and young people

POPE IN NAPLES. A banner with Pope Francis picture displayed on it is seen at Lungomare Caracciolo in Naples, Italy, 12 March 2015. Pope Francis will visit Naples on 21 of March. File photo by Ciro Fusco/EPA

Pope heads into mafia territory in crime-ridden Naples

Mar 21, 2015 - 10:01 AM

Up to 800 000 people are expected to gather in the southern Italian city to welcome the Argentine pontiff who declared war on organized crime last year by excommunicating all mafiosi from the Catholic Church

POPE IN NAPLES. A banner with Pope Francis picture displayed on it is seen at Lungomare Caracciolo in Naples, Italy, 12 March 2015. Pope Francis will visit Naples on 21 of March. File photo by Ciro Fusco/EPA

Italy in 'historic blitz' against 'Ndrangheta mafia

Jan 28, 2015 - 10:29 PM

More than 40 arrests are made in Calabria the secretive crime group s southern homeland but the bulk came in dawn raids in towns and cities across the much wealthier north of Italy

This video grab released on November 18, 2014 by the Italian Carabinieri, shows men suspected to be part of the the Calabrian 'Ndrangheta during a meeting. Secret mafia initiation rites have been caught on camera for the first time by Italian police, who on November 18, 2014 arrested 40 suspected gangsters in raids across the north of the country. AFP PHOTO / CARABINIERI PRESS OFFICE AFP PHOTO / CARABINIERI PRESS OFFICE

Harga minyak dunia turun lagi: Skenario harga BBM di Indonesia berubah?

Dec 05, 2014 - 11:12 AM

Harga minyak dunia turun lagi antara lain karena inovasi energi di AS kini menuai hasil Kartel OPEC kelabakan Bagaimana upaya Indonesia antisipasi berubahnya rezim minyak dunia?

Petugas SPBU mengganti harga BBM di Jakarta. Dengan harga minyak dunia turun, pemerintah Indonesia bisa mengakomodir harga BBM disesuaikan dengan harga pasar internasional. Foto oleh Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Jokowi takes on Indonesia's Oil Mafia

Nov 19, 2014 - 3:35 PM

The fuel subsidy cut is a warning to top figures the party’s over

Romeo Gacad/File/AFP

Stars flock to Venice as world's oldest film fest begins

Aug 27, 2014 - 9:28 PM

Two directors expected at the festival are unable to make it because they had been imprisoned – Iran s Mohammadi Mahnaz and Ukraine s Oleh Sentsov charged respectively for propaganda against the regime and a terrorist plot

VENICE FILM FESTIVAL. Mexican director Alejandro Inarritu poses with US actress Emma Stone during the photocall of the movie 'Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance' presented in competition on the opening day of the 71st Venice Film Festival. Photo by AFP/Gabriel Bouys

#PugadBaboy: Scholar ni Imelda

Jul 11, 2014 - 5:00 AM

No more child mafia victims, pope says on visit to clan heartland

Jun 21, 2014 - 9:32 PM

It must never again happen that a child suffers in this way the pope says as he met relatives of Coco Campolongo a 3 year old shot dead in January in the heartland of the powerful Ndrangheta mafia

File photo of Pope Francis upon his arrival in the Nativity Church in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, 25 May 2014. Fadi Arouri/EPA

Filipino beaten by mafia agrees to settle; donates to charity

Dec 22, 2013 - 10:40 PM

Andy and Monika Hernandez were harassed by the local mafia in Lithuania But they ve decided to look at the incident in a positive light

The Piano Guys bring hip classics to Manila

Sep 09, 2013 - 7:57 PM

4 guys who put their hearts and souls into every note and frame

PASSION. The Piano Guys fuse classic and modern tunes fit for any age. All photos by Mark Demayo

'Sopranos' actress remembers Gandolfini

Jun 21, 2013 - 8:42 AM

The love between Tony and Carmela was one of the greatest I ve ever known

TONY SOPRANO'S CARMELA. 'He was a man of tremendous depth and sensitivity, with a kindness and generosity beyond words'

Pope condemns 'mafias,' prays for gangsters

May 26, 2013 - 7:11 PM

For the first time Pope Francis also visits a parish on Rome s outskirts following his call to take God s message to the fringes of society

Avicii in Manila: Believe the hype

May 18, 2013 - 10:03 AM

More than simply playing an EDM show Avicii delivered a sublime musical experience for his legion of Pinoy fans

'WOW MANILA THAT WAS INCREDIBLE! Thank you everyone for all the love and hope to see you again soon!' Photo from the Avicii Facebook page

'Last great showdown': How to kill a Russian mafia boss

Jan 17, 2013 - 11:10 PM

The apparent contract killing reflects a turf war between two clans but could be one of the last such killings as the old style mafia gives way to a new generation of criminal organisations

Zynga's cost cutting hits 11 games

Dec 31, 2012 - 2:36 PM

Zynga s cost cutting efforts are going to hit a total of 11 games before the end of January Learn which games are affected

GAME CLOSURES. Zynga shuttering 11 games as a cost-cutting measure.

Italy hunts for clues in deadly school bomb attack

May 20, 2012 - 10:50 AM

Italian police hunted for clues Sunday May 20 after a school bombing that killed a 16 year old girl and gravely injured five more teens reviving memories of attacks by political militants and the mafia