Italy

Conflict & Justice

The secret lives of the Mafia hunters

The Mafia has been part of Sicilian life for generations, and so has the battle by police to arrest its leaders. The elite unit that goes after them is called the Catturandi — from the word meaning "to catch" — one of its officers described the shadowy world in which he works, and how he kept his job hidden from his girlfriend until she recognized his bottom on TV.

Arts, Culture & Media

“This is like a revolution!” — Foo Fighters play for the small Italian town whose invitation to them went viral

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A thousand musicians in Cesena, Italy, played a song by the Foo Fighters and created a video to go along with it. At the end of the video, they ask the band to come to Cesena and perform a concert. The rock band has responded and plays there tonight.

Global Hit - Saba

Next week a new CD will come out by an Italy-based singer named Saba. Saba taps into the music of the horn of Africa. But as The World's Marco Werman explains, one geographic location doesn't fully reflect Saba's own story.

Arts, Culture & Media

Geo answer

For today's Geo Quiz we wanted to know the name of the main square in Venice, Italy. The answer is Piazza San Marco or St. Mark's Square...where a ban on feeding the pigeons went into effect this week. Host Marco Werman gets details from Venice shop owner Emanuele Dal Carlo.

Science, Tech & Environment

Earthquake hits central Italy

An earthquake struck central Italy this morning. The quake was centered near the medieval city of L'Aquila, about 60 miles northeast of Rome. Italian authorities say about a 100 people were killed and at least 1500 have been injured. Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with the BBC's Dominic Hughes in central Italy.