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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.

Berlusconi tax rap over, sex trial D-day looms

Milan - Italy's Silvio Berlusconi wound up a community service sentence for tax fraud Friday, days before Italy's top court reviews his acquittal for buying sex from underage dancer "Ruby the Heart Stealer".

Berlusconi still haunts Italy's political scene thanks to Renzi

Rome - Silvio Berlusconi's political career was declared all but over earlier this year as legal woes and poor voting figures took their toll, but the media magnate continues to haunt Italy's corridors of power thanks to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

Berlusconi, freed from sex-trial woes, dreams of political comeback

Rome - Silvio Berlusconi's acquittal in a high-profile sex-for-hire case has boosted the former Italian prime minister's determination to revive his political career, despite his growing isolation in the corridors of power.

Berlusconi acquitted in Ruby sex case trial

Milan - An Italian appeals court on Friday cleared Silvio Berlusconi of having sex with an underage prostitute and abuse of power in a surprise ruling that will strengthen the former prime minister on the political scene.

Berlusconi 'Rubygate' appeal opens

Milan - Silvio Berlusconi's appeal against a conviction for paying for sex with a teen prostitute began Friday without the former premier, who was doing community service for tax fraud.

Italy's Berlusconi begins community service

Milan - Italy's Silvio Berlusconi began his community service for tax fraud on Friday in a spectacular fall from grace for the flamboyant ex-premier, who will likely seek political gain from the symbolic punishment.

Italy's Berlusconi headed for community service

Milan - Italian prosecutors on Thursday approved a request by Silvio Berlusconi's lawyers for the three-time prime minister to do community service rather than face house arrest following a tax fraud conviction.

Convict Berlusconi braces for key court date

Milan - Italy's Silvio Berlusconi braced for a crucial court date on Thursday that will result in the three-time former prime minister losing freedom of movement for a few months although avoiding actual prison time.

Berlusconi says his children won't replace him in EU polls

Rome - Italy's former prime minister and media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi on Saturday dismissed rumours that one of his children would fly his party's colours in the European Union's May elections."Those are all inventions," Berlusconi, 77, told activists of Fo...

Italy's top court upholds Berlusconi public office ban

Rome - Italy's supreme court on Tuesday upheld a two-year ban from public office against former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi who had filed an appeal with the country's top court.The ban was imposed as part of a tax fraud conviction against the media magna...

Berlusconi back in court for bribery in new trial

Naples - Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi faces his latest trial starting on Tuesday in Naples for allegedly bribing a senator to join his party's ranks, even as he attempts to retain a leading political role.The billionaire tycoon, who lost his ...

Berlusconi heckled at talks with centre-left leader

Rome - Italy's Silvio Berlusconi was heckled by protesters on Saturday as he arrived amid tight security for a controversial meeting with the country's main centre-left leader that has divided leftists."Shame!" and "No negotiations with criminals!

Berlusconi found guilty of sex crime, given 7 years in prison

Italian former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was given seven years in jail Monday for paying for sex with underage prostitute. He's expected to appeal the verdict.

Ford apologizes for offensive 'Berlusconi' car ad in India

Ford and its ad agency WPP Group have issued an apology for a Ford Figo ad that shows the former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi flashing the v-sign over three voluptuous, bound and gagged women in the spacious hatchback trunk of his new Ford Figo.

Milan court gives Silvio Berlusconi a year in prison

A Milan court gave Silvio Berlusconi a year in prison on Thursday over the publication of an illegally obtained wiretap in his brother's newspaper, the Italian ANSA news agency reported.

Italian court sentences former PM Berlusconi to 4 years in prison

An Italian court handed down its verdict against former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and 10 others in a six-year-old tax fraud trial. Berlusconi will serve four years in prison, the Milan court announced.

Right retreats as a comic advances in Italian local polls

Rome - Berlusconi's party and Northern League lost badly as Grillo's 5-Star Movement advanced in local elections. Democratic Party held its ground while the Left gained.

Witness Claims 'Nun Strippers' Ordered by Italian PM Berlusconi

Former long-time Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has had new details added to his collection of alleged misbehaviour.

Berlusconi bribery trial ends with no verdict as time runs out

Rome - Former Italian Prime Minister evades punishment on charges of bribing British lawyer David Mills. The statute of limitations had run out and a verdict could not be reached.

Op-Ed: Berlusconi shows you're never too old to party

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi likes to keep things interesting doesn't he? After photos of his infamous 'bunga bunga' parties recently surfaced in the media, it seems the Italian PM is tarnishing his own reputation even further.
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