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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.

Regrets and rancour as Berlusconi turns 80

Rome - Silvio Berlusconi celebrated his 80th birthday on Thursday, away from the limelight he enjoyed for decades as a flamboyant Italian prime minister, media tycoon and owner of AC Milan.

Silvio Berlusconi leaves hospital after open heart surgery

Rome - Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was released from hospital Tuesday three weeks after open heart surgery, looking thin and worn but vowing his political career is not over.

Italy's Berlusconi on mend after life-saving heart surgery

Rome - Italy's controversial former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi underwent apparently successful open heart surgery on Tuesday, just over a week after a heart attack his doctor said could have killed him.

Heart operation for Berlusconi after near miss attack

Rome - Controversial former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, 79, will undergo heart surgery to replace an aortic valve after suffering an attack his doctor said could have killed him.

Italy's Berlusconi hospitalised over heart issues

Rome - Former Italian prime minister and billionaire Silvio Berlusconi was hospitalised Tuesday for tests after suffering mild heart trouble at the weekend, media reports said.

Multiple courts to try Berlusconi, party girls in sex and lies case

Rome - Multiple courts across Italy will join forces to try billionaire Silvio Berlusconi and the young women he is accused of bribing to lie under oath, a judge in Milan ruled Friday.

Italian convicted of supplying prostitutes to Berlusconi

Rome - A former Italian businessman was Friday sentenced to seven years and 10 months in prison for paying prostitutes to join parties with former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Berlusconi lashes out against EU at Northern League rally

Bologna - Italy's billionaire former premier Silvio Berlusconi lashed out at the European Union on Sunday as he appealed to the populist right and called for "less Europe" at a Northern League party rally.

Applause and wine as Berlusconi and Putin visit Crimea

Sevastopol - President Vladimir Putin on Friday hosted Italy's former leader Silvio Berlusconi for talks in Crimea, during the highest-profile visit by a Western politician to the peninsula since its annexation last year.

'Putin wants me for economy minister': Berlusconi

Rome - Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to give Silvio Berlusconi Russian citizenship -- and the job of economy minister -- the disgraced Italian billionaire politician was quoted as saying Thursday.

Berlusconi sentenced to 3 years for bribing Italian senator

Rome - Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi suffered a fresh legal blow Wednesday when a Naples court sentenced him to three years for bribing a senator.

Berlusconi 'paid' Bunga Bunga dancer millions for silence

Milan - Silvio Berlusconi paid an exotic dancer and other young women some ten million euros for their silence over what went on at his Bunga Bunga sex parties, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Prosecutors seek five-year jail term for Berlusconi

Naples - Prosecutors in Naples on Wednesday asked the judge in Silvio Berlusconi's latest corruption trial to send the former prime minister and media tycoon to jail for five years.

'Bunga bunga for everyone', Berlusconi back on campaign trail

Rome - Less than 24 hours after his final acquittal of paying for underage sex and abusing power, Silvio Berlusconi was back on the campaign trail Wednesday promising "Bunga bunga for everyone!".

Italy's top court clears Berlusconi in bunga bunga sex case

Rome - Italy's top court definitively cleared Silvio Berlusconi of charges that he paid for sex with an underage dancer and then abused his position as prime minister to cover it up.

Berlusconi fate in judges' hands

Rome - Silvio Berlusconi's future hung in the balance Tuesday as judges worked late into the night, mulling whether to definitively clear him of paying for sex with a minor then using his power to cover it up.
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