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Italian police seize mafia assets

ROME, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Police in Italy on Friday seized millions of dollars in assets from two alleged mafia members, officials said.

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Italian mob boss too sick to stay in jail?

TURIN, Italy, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- A Mafia boss who asked to be let out of prison because he is too sick to remain there will be examined by an Italian hospital's oncologist, court sources said.

Facebook pages honor jailed mob bosses

ROME, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Two of Italy's most notorious mob bosses have fan pages on Facebook, with one group calling for Bernardo Provenzano to be made a saint.

Italy cracks down on mafia in Palermo

PALERMO, Italy, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- A major crackdown on organized crime in Palermo, Italy, has kept the Cosa Nostra from "getting back on its feet," a top mafia prosecutor said Tuesday.

Mafia sons ask to live in peace

CORLEONE, Italy, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- The grown sons of jailed Costa Nostra bosses Bernardo Provenzano and Salvatore Riina are asking the Italian public to let their families live in peace.

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Police seize allleged Mafia assets

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U.S., Italian police nab reputed mobsters

NEW YORK, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Law enforcement authorities Thursday arrested reputed crime family members in New York and Italy on numerous charges, including murder and racketeering.
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Bernardo Provenzano (born January 31, 1933 in Corleone, Sicily) is a member of the Sicilian Mafia (Cosa Nostra) and is suspected of having been the head of the Corleonesi, a Mafia faction that originated in the village of Corleone, and de facto capo di tutti capi (boss of bosses) of the entire Sicilian Mafia until his arrest in 2006.

His nickname is Binnu u tratturi (Sicilian for "Binnie the tractor") because, in the words of one informant, "he mows people down." Another nickname is The Accountant due to his apparently subtle and low-key approach to running his crime empire, at least in contrast to some of his more violent predecessors.

He was raised in Corleone, the third of seven brothers, born to peasants. Provenzano left school without finishing primary education, and worked in the fields. He joined the Mafia in his late teens. At the time, Michele Navarra was the head of the Mafia Family of Corleone, but Provenzano became close to Luciano Leggio, a young and ambitious mobster. Navarra and Leggio went to war against each other in the mid-1950s.

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