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Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi tries to boost reputation by advocating pet adoptions

Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi has unveiled a scheme to boost his flagging popularity: finding homes for hundreds of thousands of stray dogs and cats to win the hearts of animal lovers, media reports said Sunday. "We need to find a daddy or……

Italy’s Berlusconi returns to strike deal on electoral reform that leaves out smaller parties

Silvio Berlusconi has returned to the political scene after a tax fraud conviction, striking a deal with the head of the largest centre-left party on electoral reform that could help stabilise Italy, but would leave smaller parties out in the cold. The Saturday night agreement between 77-year-old Berlusconi, still head…

Italian lawmakers to vote on booting Berlusconi after fraud conviction

Italy’s Senate on Tuesday announced it will vote on November 27 on whether to strip former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi of his seat under a law banning convicted criminals from parliament. Ejection from the Senate following his conviction for tax fraud would mean Berlusconi being out of parliament for the…

Italian government collapses in chaos as Berlusconi’s party withdraws

Centre-right ministers in Italy’s fragile coalition government resigned Saturday, throwing the country into a fresh political crisis after Prime Minister Enrico Letta issued what they called an “unacceptable” ultimatum. All five ministers of the People of Freedom (PDL) party took the decision at the urging of leader Silvio Berlusconi, said…

Verdict expected in Berlusconi friends’ pimping trial

The verdict in a trial against three of Silvio Berlusconi’s associates for allegedly procuring prostitutes for the former Italian premier — including the then underage Ruby — is expected later Friday. A judge in Milan told the court that the verdict would be announced no earlier than 1430 GMT in…

Italian court upholds Berlusconi’s tax evasion conviction

An Italian court on Wednesday upheld a tax fraud conviction for former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, confirming his sentence of one year in prison and a five-year ban from public office. “The court confirms the sentence against Silvio Berlusconi,” a judge at the Milan court said in a live audio…

Former PM Berlusconi calls for ‘stable’ Italian government or new elections

Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi on Saturday called for either a strong new government or a fresh round of votes, while centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani rapped his political rivals for grandstanding during a deadlock that followed inconclusive elections. Bersani’s coalition got the most votes in the February 24-25 ballot but failed…

Berlusconi sentenced to year in prison over leaks

An Italian court on Thursday sentenced former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to a year in prison over the publication of leaked transcripts from a police wiretap in a newspaper that he owns. Berlusconi, who faces two more verdicts this month for tax fraud and having sex with an underage prostitute,…

Judges throw out Berlusconi bribery trial

An Italian court threw out bribery charges against former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi on Saturday saying the statute of limitations had come into force, bringing the five-year trial to an end. Prosecutors had requested a five-year prison term for Berlusconi, who was accused of having paid off his former British…

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