The Italian Mafia is siphoning off money that's intended for refugee centers. They manipulate orders from the provincial administration and evade large sums of tax. The police have arrested more than 60 Mafiosi.
Germany will allocate €120 million to improving the conditions of refugees and migrants stranded in Libya and made vulnerable to enslavement and official violence. The government in Tripoli would administer the funds.
Uruguayan police have arrested one of Italy's most wanted mafia bosses at a resort city in the South American nation. The "cocaine king of Milan" had been sought for attempting to import one metric ton of cocaine.
More than 33,000 people have died attempting the perilous journey across the Mediterranean since 2000, according to a UN study. With routes between Turkey and Europe blocked, pressure has increased on the route to Italy.
Police in Germany and Italy have arrested 37 people, including two members of the Italian Carabinieri, over suspected involvement in a Sicilian extortion ring. The mafia organization sold drugs, but also frozen fish.
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