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Italy anti-mafia body says Berlusconi 'unpresentable' for EU vote

Rome - The Italian parliament's anti-mafia committee on Thursday declared five candidates for the European elections "unpresentable", including billionaire and three-time prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Silvio Berlusconi 'fit' in hospital after bowel operation

Milan - Former Italian prime minister and media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi, 82, is recovering in hospital after undergoing an operation for a bowel obstruction late Tuesday, Italian media reported.

Italy probes mystery death of Berlusconi sex trial witness

Rome - Italy is investigating the mysterious death of a former model and witness at Silvio Berlusconi's sex trial, with a newspaper suggesting on Saturday she may have been poisoned with a radioactive substance.

Bunga-bunga's back: new trial looms for Berlusconi

Rome - Italian former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is to go on trial for allegedly paying a witness to give false testimony about his notoriously hedonistic parties.

Italian broadcast head shrugs off opposition ire

Rome - The conspiracy theorist journalist nominated to head Italian state broadcaster RAI said Thursday he will take the post for now, despite a parliamentary commission rejecting him.

Berlusconi says still ally of Salvini after blocking Rome on broadcaster

Rome - Silvio Berlusconi said late Wednesday his alliance with Italy's right-wing Interior Minister Matteo Salvini was still holding, hours after blocking Rome's candidate to head the state broadcaster RAI.

Di Maio: The fresh face taking Italian populism to power

Rome - Italy's new minister of economic development and joint deputy prime minister, Five Star Movement chief Luigi Di Maio has been derided as an empty-headed puppet by his opponents, but the telegenic young gun has lifted his party from anti-establishment i...

Berlusconi to face new 'Rubygate' trial on bribery charges

Rome - Three-time former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi will in November face charges for allegedly bribing witnesses in the notorious "Rubygate" scandal after being ordered to stand trial by a Rome judge on Wednesday.

Italy court lifts ban on Berlusconi running for public office: report

Rome - An Italian court has lifted a ban on three-time former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi running for elected office, Italy's media reported Saturday, clearing the way for yet another political comeback.

Berlusconi: Italy's comeback king on the ropes

Rome - Silvio Berlusconi, the billionaire media mogul who has dominated Italian politics for more than two decades, suffered a humiliating setback in Sunday's election by coming second to the far-right League party in an alliance he expected to dominate.

Di Maio: The reassuring face of Italian populism

Rome - Derided as an empty-headed puppet by his opponents, telegenic young gun Luigi Di Maio has engineered the Five Star Movement's rise from populist insurgency to Italy's biggest political party by far.

Silvio Berlusconi: Italy's eternal comeback king

Rome - Silvio Berlusconi, the billionaire media mogul who has dominated Italian politics for more than two decades, has stepped back into the ring at the age of 81, defying those who dared to believe he had thrown in the towel.

Berlusconi backs EU Parliament chief Tajani for PM

Rome - Italian billionaire media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi on Thursday announced that European Parliament President Antonio Tajani would be his candidate for prime minister if his centre-right grouping wins Sunday's election.

Shedding past scandals, Berlusconi barrels ahead with comeback

Milan - Sidestepping sex scandals, serial gaffes and legal woes, Silvio Berlusconi's astonishing return to frontline politics rolled on Sunday at a party gathering where adoring supporters feted the billionaire mogul as Italy's next kingmaker.

Silvio Berlusconi: Italy's eternal comeback king

Rome - Silvio Berlusconi, the billionaire media mogul who dominated Italian politics for nearly two decades, has stepped back into the ring at the age of 81, defying those who dared to believe he had thrown in the towel.

Luigi Di Maio: the reassuring face of Italian populism

Rome - Derided as an empty-headed puppet by his opponents, telegenic young gun Luigi Di Maio has been tasked with completing the Five Star Movement's rise from populist insurgency to Italy's party of government.

Berlusconi, 81, seeks one last win in Italy vote

Rome - Despite a fraud conviction and sex scandal, Italy's 81-year-old former leader Silvio Berlusconi has one last political victory in his sights in general elections less than two weeks away.

Berlusconi could save Italy from 'Trump-style' populists: ex-Economist editor

Rome - The former editor of the Economist, an influential UK weekly which once slammed Silvio Berlusconi as "unfit to lead Italy", said Saturday the ex-premier could stop populists at the upcoming general election.

Berlusconi ordered to trial over alleged witness tampering

Rome - Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was ordered Thursday to stand trial over alleged witness tampering in a case related to his notorious "bunga bunga" parties, media reports said.

Berlusconi takes comeback bid to Europe rights court

Strasbourg - Italy's scandal-plagued former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi took his comeback bid to the European Court of Human Rights on Wednesday, asking it to weigh in on his ban from holding elected office.

Berlusconi takes comeback bid to Europe rights court

Strasbourg - Italy's scandal-plagued former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi took his comeback bid to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg on Wednesday, asking it to weigh in on his ban from holding elected office.

Silvio Berlusconi, 'the immortal' in yet another comeback bid

Rome - They used to call him the Comeback Kid, but even Silvio Berlusconi's most ardent supporters may have underestimated the scandal-hit former leader's abilities to claw his way back to the political summit once more.

Berlusconi's ex-wife to repay 60 mn euros in alimony

Rome - Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi won an appeal against paying his ex-wife alimony on Thursday, as a court told Veronica Lario to repay cheques totalling some 60 million euros ($70 million).

Berlusconi 'bunga bunga' bribe trial to open July

Rome - Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi will go on trial in July accused of witness tampering and pay-offs over his alleged "bunga bunga" sex parties, a court ruled Wednesday.

Berlusconi faces new trial over 'bunga bunga' bribes

Rome - Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi faces a new trial for alleged witness tampering and pay-offs in the so-called "Ruby" case and his notorious "bunga bunga" sex parties, reports said Saturday.

'Bunga bunga' bribes trial on hold, Berlusconi ruling nears

Rome - Silvio Berlusconi will learn by the end of this month if he is to stand trial for allegedly buying the silence of call girls and others who attended his infamous "bunga bunga" sex parties.

Berlusconi trial sought over bunga bunga bribes

Rome - Prosecutors in Milan on Thursday asked for Silvio Berlusconi to be sent for trial for allegedly buying the silence of witnesses to his notorious "bunga bunga" sex parties.

Comparisons with Trump 'obvious' to Berlusconi

Rome - Former Italy prime minister Silvio Berlusconi welcomed comparisons made between himself and US president-elect Donald Trump, in an interview published on Saturday.

Remind you of anyone? Italy has fun with Trumposconi theme

Rome - Donald Trump's election has been good news for Italy's comedians.Just when it seemed that ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi had become too irrelevant to poke fun at, another gaffe-prone leader with bizarre hair and orange skin has popped up.

Judge sends 23 for trial in sex, lies and Berlusconi case

Rome - An Italian judge on Wednesday sent "Ruby the heart stealer" and 22 others for trial on charges of lying under oath after being bribed to protect former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.
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