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Italian Police Detain Hundreds In Major Anti-Mob Sweep

IL TEMPO, ANSA (Italy)

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ROME - Italian police arrested at least 116 people Friday, in two major anti-mafia operations in Rome and the southern Calabria region.

In pre-dawn raids along the coast near Rome, some 500 police officers apprehended 51 people. A helicopter, dog units and maritime police took part in what the Italian news agency, Ansa, calls the largest anti-mafia operation undertaken in and around the Itallian capital.

Also on Friday, a separate blitz was launched in Lamezia Terme, in Calabria - the heartland of ‘Ndrangheta mob syndicate – Rome daily, Il Tempo, reports. Another 65 arrest warrants were issued in this southern region from where the clan runs an international crime network.

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Lamezia Terme, where 65 people were arrested - photo: Lametino

Investigators told Ansa, these long-prepared operations targeted "" the "holy of holies' of the Roman and Sicilian crime."" Businessmen, politicians, lawyers, doctors and prison employees are among those targeted. Some of the suspects are believed to be involved in an insurance fraud system that financed the purchase of arms and drugs, while others are linked to murders and conspiracy to commit murder.

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Indigenous Women Of Ecuador Set Example For Sustainable Agriculture

In southern Ecuador, a women-led agricultural program offers valuable lessons on sustainable farming methods, but also how to end violence.

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Women walking in Guangaje Ecuador

Camila Albuja

SARAGURO — Here in this corner of southern Ecuador, life seems to be like a mandala — everything is cleverly used in this ancestral system of circular production. But the women of Saraguro had to fight and resist to make their way of life, protecting the local water and the seeds. When weaving, the women share and take care of each other, also weaving a sense of community.

With the wrinkled tips of her fingers, Mercedes Quizhpe, an indigenous woman from the Kichwa Saraguro people, washes one by one the freshly harvested vegetables from her garden. Standing on a small bench, with her hands plunged into the strong torrent of icy water and the bone-chilling early morning breeze, she checks that each one of her vegetables is ready for fair day. Her actions hold a life of historical resistance, one that prioritizes the care of life through the defense of territory and food sovereignty.

Mercedes' way of life is also one that holds many potential lessons for how to do agriculture and tourism better.

In the province of Loja, work begins before sunrise. At 5:00 a.m., the barking of dogs, the guardians of each house, starts. There is that characteristic smell of damp earth from the morning dew. Sheep bah uninterruptedly through the day. With all this life around, the crowing of early-rising roosters doesn't sound so lonely.

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