Something annoying about Red Hat/CentOS/Fedora I had forgotten after years of Debian, Ubuntu and SuSE (or something that they’ve introduced recently, I’m not sure) is that cp is an alias to cp -i, as in it is interactive by default. Therefore the following will still prompt you for overwriting:

cp * -Rf /var/somewhere/new_location

To get around this just use the cp binary directly

/bin/cp * -Rf /var/somewhere/newlocation