Italy’s paramilitary police arrested suspected Sicilian Mafia members in a nationwide dragnet to head off the formation of a new mafia board of directors for the province of Palermo and prevent the eruption of a mob war. Authorities rounded up 94 alleged members of the Sicilian Mafia, known as Cosa Nostra, for charges including extortion, mafia membership and the trafficking of weapons and drugs, according to a statement today by the Carabinieri police in Palermo, the island’s capital. “That doesn’t mean mafia clans don’t still control their own territory, but there is no central command,” Pietro Grasso, Italy’s head mafia prosecutor, said in an interview. (Bloomberg)

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