Fifty people were put under criminal investigation, with 13 arrests and 35 house arrests for the Ndrangheta mafia scam in Italy's poorest region, Calabria.
Mexican drug cartels are distributing food and hand sanitiser as residents struggle because of the pandemic, while in Italy Mafia gangs are offering loans to the poor.
Several mayors believe that the far-right minister Matteo Salvini's decree is harsh and at odds with their migrant-friendly practices, which helped them improve the economies of their towns and neighbourhoods in the last two decades.
Rescue operations are under way in southern Italy after heavy rains flooded a mountain gorge. At least 10 people were killed and another 23 were rescued in the Calabria region.
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