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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 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…

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…

Italy’s center-left party poised to win general election

Italy’s centre-left led by Pier Luigi Bersani was poised to win the general election, according to exit polls on Monday, with a large lead over Silvio Berlusconi’s party. The centre-left is set to snap up to 34.5 percent of the vote, with 29 percent going to the centre-right, according to…

Colbert: At least this European tainted meat scandal doesn’t involve Silvio Berlusconi

Wednesday night on “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert discussed the U.K.’s horse meat scandal and how, for once, the tainted meat they’re trying to put in you in Europe isn’t attached to Silvio Berlusconi. “You know, folks,” he began, “as an American, I like to talk about other countries…

European leaders scramble to stem debt crisis

European Union leaders hold a flurry of meetings on Tuesday on fighting the debt crisis now threatening Italy and France while deficit gridlock also puts the United States in the spotlight. The new prime ministers of Italy and Greece, who took over governments felled by the crisis, were to hold separate talks with top…

Crowd jeers as Berlusconi quits power in eurozone crisis

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi quit power on Saturday to loud cheering from a crowd of thousands in Rome after a wave of market panic that has shaken the eurozone brought his rule to an end. Berlusconi formally submitted his resignation to President Giorgio Napolitano, who announced he will now hold consultations on the…

Italian PM Berlusconi denies resignation reports

ROME (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Monday denied reports he was about to resign. “Rumors of my resignation are baseless,” he said on his Facebook page. Two journalists close to the prime minister reported earlier on Monday that he would resign within hours. (Reporting By Paolo Biondi,…

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