Whacked lawyer Joe Acquaro "spent two decades cultivating, and donating to, senior Liberal politicians on behalf of alleged crime figures" as reported by The Sydney Morning Herald: "leaked documents and photos tell the inside story of the political activities of Mr Acquaro, who considered himself the long-standing legal, business and political adviser for Melbourne's alleged Calabrian Mafia cell, and whose political access raises serious questions about Australia's donations regime."
The 'Ndrangheta from Italy's southern Calabria region controls the European cocaine trade, and further has become entrenched in Australia, Canada and the United States.
The new book Evil Life by former cop Clive Small and reporter Tom Gilling recounts the 'Ndrangheta history in Australia from the 1920s to its current involvement in the country's drug trade as reported by Candace Sutton for the Daily Mail: "'[To this day] the 31 Calabrian mafia families across Australia report to five families in Calabria, which are really nine families integrated by marriage,' Clive Small told Daily Mail Australia about the new facts he reveals in his book."
Five "NYPD officers hobnobbed with actor Lillo Brancato -- with one even offering him a police 'courtesy card' -- as he celebrated his first movie part since doing time" for an attempted burglary during which his accomplice Steven Armento shot and killed off-duty NYPD cop Daniel Enchautegui as reported by the New York Post. Brancato and Armento were on a drug search to feed their nasty habits, and Enchautegui had intervened to stop the burglary. Brancato, famous for his roles in A Bronx Tale and The Sopranos, served eight years, and was released in December 2013. Armento, a washed out Genovese associate who had been cut from the crime family due to his drug problem, was convicted for the murder of Enchautegui and sentenced to life.
Bangladesh police have charged Shariful Islam Shihab with last month's murder of Xulhaz Mannan, and authorities allege that Shihab is a "Muslim militant" who killed Mannan "because he was a gay rights activist and promoted the gay community's cause through a magazine as an editor" as reported by the Miami Herald.