‘Sick of hiding’: the refugee family fleeing the mafia and Canadian authorities

An Italian family hoped to find safe haven in Canada from organized crime. Now theyre facing deportation After Alessandra Demitri meets someone for the first time, she quickly notes down which of her three wigs she was wearing, and which false name she used. Her husband, Fabrizio, does the same, recording when and where he has employed a rotating selection of beards and moustaches, piercings, and fake tattoos. The precautions they take are not to protect them from Sacra Corona Unita, the powerful Italian crime syndicate whose threats forced them to leave Italy. Instead, the disguises are to help the Demitris hide from authorities in Piera Aiello, a parliamentarian and member of the national anti mafia commission. Aiello was put …

No link between autism and MMR, affirms major study

Danish research again dispels link with vaccine at a time of surging measles cases globally The measles, mumps and rubella vaccine does not cause autism, according to a major study carried out in an attempt to reassure growing numbers of vaccination-doubters, as measles outbreaks surge. Doubts about MMR were sown by the gastroenterologist Andrew Wakefield, who hypothesised in 1998 that it was linked to autism. The symptoms of the condition often begin to manifest at about the time the jab is given, between 12 and 15 months old. The theory has been discredited and Wakefield was later disbarred from practising medicine, but there has been an upsurge in doubt about the safety of vaccines, spread on social media and in …