World #1 – Italy: Suspected mafia members arrested in coordinated international raids

Daily News Article - December 11, 2018


1. For ITALY, give the following information:

  1. capital
  2. location/the countries that share its borders
  3. the religious breakdown of the population
  4. the type of government
  5. the chief of state (and head of government if different) If monarch or dictator, since what date has he/she ruled? – include name of heir apparent for monarch
  6. the population

Find the answers at the CIA World FactBook website. For each country, answers can be found under the “Geography” “People” and “Government” headings.

NOTE: Before answering the following questions read the "Background" below.

2. For ITALY:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) In what countries were the mobsters arrested?
c) For what crimes were they arrested?
d) What is the ’Ndrangheta? Why is this group so significant?
e) What effect will the arrests have on the “Ndrangheta’s operations?
f) What separate arrests took place on Tuesday, the day before the ’Ndrangheta arrests?