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The Mammas Of The Italian Mob

Blackmailing, drug dealing, and murder.... if you think the female mafia bosses are softer than their male counterparts, think again.

The mother of godmothers, Antonietta Bagarella (L'Unita)
The mother of godmothers, Antonietta Bagarella (L'Unita)
Paul Badde

VENICE - The click of handcuffs closing reverberates softly at dawn on the morning of June 26 in Naples. No sirens gave the godfather advance warning the police were on their way. The godfather has long blonde hair. The "he" is a she: Raffaella D'Alterio, who's been the boss of the notorious Camorra Pianese-D'Alterio clan since her husband was murdered in 2006.

The raid along the bay at the foot of Mount Vesuvius resulted not only in the arrest of D'Alterio but of 66 other suspected members of the mafia, along with the seizure of bars, supermarkets, sports cars and bank accounts.

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Has Lebanese Politics Finally Freed Itself Of Iran's Influence?

Lebanon's recent elections have shrunk the legislative block led by national power-brokers Hezbollah. But will a precarious new majority be able to rid the government of the long shadow of Tehran?

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The results of parliamentary elections in Lebanon, have put an end to the majority block led by Hezbollah, the paramilitary group concocted by the Islamic Republic of Iran. Hezbollah and its Christian allies, the Free Patriotic Movement, led by President Michel Aoun, lost their 71 seats and will now have 62 (of a total 128 seats).

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