- - Tuesday, March 8, 2011

ITALY

Police carry out mob crackdown

ROME | Italian and German police arrested scores of suspects in a crackdown Tuesday on a major crime syndicate believed to be more powerful than the Mafia.

The cross-border operation shows how the syndicate, known as the ‘Ndrangheta, has extended its reach well beyond its original base in Italy’s southern Calabria region.

Thirty-one suspects were picked up in Italy, and six suspects, all Italian citizens, were apprehended in Germany, police said. They are still searching for suspects in Australia and Canada.

BRITAIN

Scots arrest man in terrorist attack

LONDON | Police in Scotland arrested a 30-year-old man Tuesday on suspicion of aiding a suicide bomber who targeted Christmas shoppers in Stockholm in December.

Strathclyde Police said the suspect, who is not British, was detained just after 6 a.m. in Glasgow as part of an “intelligence-led” operation into the Swedish attack.

Taimour Abdulwahab, an Iraqi-born Swede who went to university in Britain, killed himself and injured two others in a suicide attack in a busy shopping street in the Swedish capital.

HUNGARY

Rights group hits revised media law

VIENNA, Austria | Hungary’s revised media law can still be used to clamp down on the press and continues to violate international standards despite changes, Europe’s main rights and security watchdog said on Tuesday.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe criticized the measure a day after Hungary’s parliament amended the law, which already faced widespread complaints.

The European Union, which has threatened legal action if the law is left unchanged, said on Monday the amendments were satisfactory but implementation must be monitored. The row has overshadowed Hungary’s current term as EU president.

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