Archivi giornalieri: febbraio 19, 2009

Italy’s new weapon in fight against Mafia

Italian police are seizing Mafia bosses’ luxury assets in an attempt to stop organised crime.

Expensive villas and fast cars are being taken in raids by police, in the hope that stripping the Mafia of financial power will also weaken their influence.

Claudio Lavanga reports from Naples.

US priorities on the Korean peninsula

North Korea’s nuclear programme and tensions on the Korean peninsula are high on the agenda of Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, as she begins her first visit to South Korea.

But as Al Jazeera’s Harry Fawcett discovers in Seoul, it is the global economic crisis that South Koreans are more concerned about.

US troops fight Afghan impasse

A top US commander has warned US troops face a “resilient” Taliban “aided” by al-Qaeda, as the US plans to deploy 17,000 more soldiers to Afghanistan.
US General David McKiernan says concerted efforts, both military and civilian, are urgently needed to overcome Taliban fighters.
Al Jazeera’s Rob Reynolds reports.