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  • Italy court lifts constraints on Berlusconi after tax fraud sentence
    Italy court lifts constraints on Berlusconi after tax fraud sentence Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi will be free to travel abroad after a court in Milan declared on Tuesday that he had fully served his sentence for tax fraud, although he will still be prevented from running for election. A judicial source said the court had filed the declaration that Berlusconi's sentence had been completed, meaning his passport will be returned to him. Berlusconi was given a four-year jail sentence for his part in a tax fraud scheme at his Mediaset broadcasting empire but he was only ordered to perform a year of community service at an old people's home, a period he completed last month. The tax fraud sentence hastened Berlusconi's political decline by forcing him to quit his seat in the Senate and adopt a much lower public profile than he previously enjoyed as one of Europe's best-known leaders. More »

  • Lazio beats Empoli 4-0 to go above Roma into 2nd in Serie A
    Lazio beats Empoli 4-0 to go above Roma into 2nd in Serie A Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    MILAN (AP) — Lazio beat Empoli 4-0 to take over second spot in Serie A from city rival Roma, which was held 1-1 at Torino on Sunday. More »

  • Italy soul-searches after deadly court shooting
    Italy soul-searches after deadly court shooting Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    Italy debated Friday whether a deadly court shooting in which a man on trial for bankruptcy pulled out a gun and shot a judge and two others dead was a symptom of deeper social ills. More »

  • Italian right-wing leader says Facebook blocks his personal page
    Italian right-wing leader says Facebook blocks his personal page Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    By Isla Binnie ROME (Reuters) - Matteo Salvini, leader of Italy's anti-immigration Northern League party, said on Thursday Facebook had blocked his personal page for 24 hours because he used the word "gipsy" in posts. Salvini, who is trying to establish himself as a contender to lead Italy's fractured opposition against centre-left premier Matteo Renzi, frequently lambasts foreigners in an appeal to anti-immigrant sentiment which has grown during three years of economic recession and stagnation. The bearded 42-year-old has posted messages this week about Nigerians, Roma and other east Europeans in Italy, prompting abusive responses from followers including suggestions immigrants should be shot or burned alive. A Facebook spokeswoman said there was a temporary block on Salvini's page because it violated Facebook policies around "hate speech". More »

  • Berlusconi fights to keep party together amid new defections Sat, Apr 4, 2015

    ROME (AP) — Silvio Berlusconi is battling to keep his Forza Italia party together after recent high-profile defections have left his camp scrambling to show a united front ahead of May regional elections. More »

  • China's drinks king denies plans to buy Italy's AC Milan
    China's drinks king denies plans to buy Italy's AC Milan Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    By Sue-Lin Wong and Adam Jourdan SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The billionaire chairman of Chinese drinks maker Hangzhou Wahaha Group Co has knocked back reports he is planning a bid for struggling Italian soccer giants AC Milan, currently controlled by Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. Zong Qinghou, worth an estimated $19 billion according to the latest annual Hurun rich list, said reports in Italian media that he was planning to purchase up to 75 percent of the Italian team were "sheer fiction". "We have no intention of getting into the soccer sphere, and have not made any contact with AC Milan," Zong said on his official Sina Weibo microblog account on Thursday. China's billionaires have been starting to snap up sporting assets outside the country's borders. More »

  • Soccer-China's drinks king denies plans to buy Italy's AC Milan Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    By Sue-Lin Wong and Adam Jourdan SHANGHAI, April 2 (Reuters) - The billionaire chairman of Chinese drinks maker Hangzhou Wahaha Group Co has knocked back reports he is planning a bid for struggling Italian soccer giants AC Milan, currently controlled by Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. Zong Qinghou, worth an estimated $19 billion according to the latest annual Hurun rich list, said reports in Italian media that he was planning to purchase up to 75 percent of the Italian team were "sheer fiction". "We have no intention of getting into the soccer sphere, and have not made any contact with AC Milan," Zong said on his official Sina Weibo microblog account on Thursday. China's billionaires have been starting to snap up sporting assets outside the country's borders. More »

  • U.S. SEC accuses financier Lynn Tilton of defrauding investors
    U.S. SEC accuses financier Lynn Tilton of defrauding investors Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    U.S. regulators on Monday accused flamboyant New York financier Lynn Tilton and her advisory business of defrauding investors by hiding poor performance of assets underlying three collateralized loan obligation funds. The Securities and Exchange Commission said Tilton and several of her Patriarch Partners firms were able to collect almost $200 million in fees by not properly valuing the assets in the funds through the methodology described to investors. Tilton plans to fight the SEC's charges in the agency's in-house court, a Patriarch spokeswoman said. In an administrative hearing, SEC enforcement lawyers and the defense counsel present their case before an agency judge. More »

  • Thousands march through Rome against Renzi's labour reform Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    By Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of workers marched through the centre of Rome on Saturday against Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's reform of the labour market, headed by a popular union chief who is seen by many as a possible future leader of Italy's left. The march was organised by Italy's main engineering union, the FIOM, whose leader Maurizio Landini is trying to unite the fragmented political left into what he calls a "social coalition" against Renzi. He accuses the 40-year-old prime minister of moving his Democratic Party (PD) too far towards the political centre, abandoning it traditional roots. "A new springtime begins today for Italy," Landini said, surrounded by supporters waving the FIOM's red flags. More »

  • Italy Bribesville TV drama seeks to emulate Gomorra success Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    By Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - An Italian TV drama launched this week aims to emulate the success of last year's acclaimed mafia series Gomorra by recounting the corruption scandals of the early 1990s that brought down an entire political class. The series, called simply "1992" after the year the so-called Bribesville scandals came to light in Milan, aims to tap into the recent boom in big budget TV series like Game of Thrones and House of Cards. The first episodes aired on Tuesday got more viewers than the debut of Gomorra, the gritty story of Naples mob violence inspired by Roberto Saviano's book that soon acquired a cult following in Italy and was sold to more than 50 countries. 1992, like Gomorra, is made by News Corp's Italian pay-TV unit Sky Italia. More »

  • Italian minister resigns after construction work probe
    Italian minister resigns after construction work probe Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    ROME (AP) — Italy's infrastructure minister resigned Friday, days after the arrest of a former top official in a corruption probe of some of the nation's major public works projects. More »

  • 'Bunga bunga for everyone', Berlusconi back on campaign trail
    'Bunga bunga for everyone', Berlusconi back on campaign trail Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    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!". More »

  • Berlusconi cheers "bunga bunga" court victory, but bitter
    Berlusconi cheers "bunga bunga" court victory, but bitter Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    ROME (AP) — Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi savored his court victory in the infamous "bunga bunga" case Wednesday by plunging headfirst into politics, saying he's working for a better Italy even though he remains barred from public office. More »

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  • Italy's top court clears Berlusconi in bunga bunga sex case
    Italy's top court clears Berlusconi in bunga bunga sex case Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    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. More »

  • Two decades of courtroom saga for Berlusconi
    Two decades of courtroom saga for Berlusconi Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    Billionaire tycoon Silvio Berlusconi, whose acquittal for paying for sex with a minor was confirmed Tuesday, has been plagued by over 20 years of legal woes since he first entered Italy's political scene in 1993. More »

  • Italy court upholds Berlusconi acquittal in prostitution case
    Italy court upholds Berlusconi acquittal in prostitution case Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    By Massimiliano Di Giorgio ROME (Reuters) - Italy's highest court on Tuesday confirmed an acquittal for former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on charges of abuse of office and paying for sex with a minor, giving him a boost as he is trying to hold onto his role as a conservative leader. At the first trial in 2013, Berlusconi, 78, was convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison. Berlusconi was accused of paying for sex with former teenage nightclub dancer Kharima El Mahroug, known by her stage name "Ruby the Heartstealer", during "bunga bunga" erotic parties at his palatial home near Milan when he was prime minister in 2010. He was also charged with abusing his authority to get El Mahroug, who was 17 at the time, released from police custody over unrelated theft accusations. More »

  • Italy's Top Court Upholds Berlusconi Acquittal
    Italy's Top Court Upholds Berlusconi Acquittal Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    Italy's highest court has upheld the acquittal of Silvio Berlusconi on charges that he paid for sex with an under-age dancer and then used his influence to cover it up. Judges at the Court of Cassation in Rome issued the ruling after nine hours of deliberation on Tuesday, ending the scandal which surrounded the billionaire media tycoon's infamous "bunga bunga" parties. Berlusconi completed a community service order for tax fraud last week. Prosecutors had alleged that Berlusconi paid Karima el Mahroug, known as Ruby, for sex while she was under-age and then intervened in 2010 to get her released by police when she was arrested on suspicion of theft. More »

  • Ex-Italian premier Berlusconi's acquittal upheld
    Ex-Italian premier Berlusconi's acquittal upheld Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    ROME (AP) — Italy's highest court upheld Silvio Berlusconi's acquittal in his infamous "bunga bunga" case Tuesday, giving the former premier a welcome legal victory as he tries to rally his Forza Italia party ahead of regional elections in May. More »

  • Ex-Italian premier Berlusconi's acquittal in 'bunga bunga' case … Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    ROME (AP) — Ex-Italian premier Berlusconi's acquittal in 'bunga bunga' case upheld by Italy's high court. More »

  • Berlusconi fate in judges' hands
    Berlusconi fate in judges' hands Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    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. More »

  • Italy PM Renzi makes progress with constitutional reform
    Italy PM Renzi makes progress with constitutional reform Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    By Antonella Cinelli and Steve Scherer ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Tuesday moved one step closer to passing a constitutional reform aimed at streamlining the lawmaking process, as divisions within opposition leader Silvio Berlusconi's party widened. The lower house of parliament voted 357 to 125, with seven abstentions, to pass a constitutional change that will reduce the size and powers of the Senate. Under the lengthy procedures required for constitutional changes, both houses of parliament now must pass the reform again at least once. If passed, the law would return to Rome some powers now held by the regional governments, and the support of the upper house, the Senate, would no longer be needed to form a government or pass most laws. More »

  • Telecom Italia says in talks with Netflix over content deal
    Telecom Italia says in talks with Netflix over content deal Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    Italy's biggest phone company, Telecom Italia said on Tuesday it was in talks with Netflix over a possible content deal with the U.S. online movie streaming company. "We are in talks also with Netflix," Telecom Italia Chief Executive Marco Patuano told a parliamentary hearing. "In some European countries (Netflix) has chosen to make deals with telecoms operators," he added, recalling that Netflix services are available on the TV platform of Belgium's national telecoms company Belgacom. Like other telecoms companies Telecom Italia is moving into the content market to find new sources of income as sales from its traditional voice services decline as competition from online firms increases. More »

  • Struggling Berlusconi confirms break with Renzi over reforms
    Struggling Berlusconi confirms break with Renzi over reforms Sun, Mar 8, 2015

    By Steve Scherer ROME (Reuters) - Italy's four-time ex-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi confirmed on Sunday his party would not support the government's proposed constitutional reforms as he sought to hold his party together and reclaim his leadership of the centre-right. On Tuesday the lower house of parliament, where Prime Minister Matteo Renzi commands an ample majority, is scheduled to vote on a proposal to shrink the Senate and remove its power to block laws. The measure, aimed at streamlining the lawmaking process and creating more stable governments, is one of two main reforms Berlusconi had been supporting. "We will vote against this reform on Tuesday and the mess it makes of the Senate," Berlusconi said, speaking to members of his Forza Italia party in Bari in the southern region of Puglia. More »

  • AC Milan allows late equalizer in 2-2 draw with Verona
    AC Milan allows late equalizer in 2-2 draw with Verona Sat, Mar 7, 2015

    ROME (AP) — Substitute Nico Lopez equalized in the fifth minute of added time as Hellas Verona drew 2-2 at AC Milan in Serie A on Saturday, piling pressure on coach Filippo Inzaghi. More »

  • Berlusconi tax rap over, sex trial D-day looms
    Berlusconi tax rap over, sex trial D-day looms Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    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". More »

  • Berlusconi ends community service sentence for tax fraud
    Berlusconi ends community service sentence for tax fraud Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    MILAN (AP) — Former Premier Silvio Berlusconi has completed his community service stint on an Alzheimer's ward, part of a tax-fraud sentence. More »

  • Inzaghi refuses to blame injuries for Milan's troubles
    Inzaghi refuses to blame injuries for Milan's troubles Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    (Reuters) - AC Milan coach Filippo Inzaghi does not want to blame a perennial injury crisis for his team's indifferent form, he said on Friday. Midfielders Nigel de Jong and Riccardo Montolivo have joined half a dozen other players on the injury list for Saturday's Serie A match against Verona, which is seen as crucial to Inzaghi's future. "We have two important players like Montolivo and De Jong who are coming from different situations. “De Jong did not go through pre-season training. More »

  • Soccer-Inzaghi refuses to blame injuries for Milan's troubles Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    AC Milan coach Filippo Inzaghi does not want to blame a perennial injury crisis for his team's indifferent form, he said on Friday. Midfielders Nigel de Jong and Riccardo Montolivo have joined half a dozen other players on the injury list for Saturday's Serie A match against Verona, which is seen as crucial to Inzaghi's future. "We have two important players like Montolivo and De Jong who are coming from different situations. "De Jong did not go through pre-season training. More »

  • PREVIEW-Soccer-Familiar tale at Milan as Inzaghi battles for survival Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    Filippo Inzaghi's future as AC Milan coach has been thrown into doubt and Saturday's match at home to Verona is being billed as his last chance to keep his first senior coaching job. In what has become a familiar routine, once-mighty Milan's season has turned into a story of crisis, false dawns, injuries and new signings who have failed to settle in, with the coach left to pick up the tab for the club's failings. Fernando Torres came and went, scoring one goal in four months, and forwards Alessio Cerci and Mattia Destro have managed one goal between them since joining in the January transfer window. Adriano Galliani, the club's veteran chief executive and president Silvio Berlusconi's right-hand man, twice visited the Milanello training ground this week, a sure-fire sign for Italian media that another crisis is brewing. More »

  • Italian anti-euro, anti-immigrant party holds rally in Rome
    Italian anti-euro, anti-immigrant party holds rally in Rome Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    The rising star of the Italian right, Matteo Salvini, led a mass rally in support of his anti-immigration, anti-EU Northern League party in central Rome Saturday, as a counter-rally took place nearby. More »

  • Italy's anti-immigrant movement brings protest rally to Rome
    Italy's anti-immigrant movement brings protest rally to Rome Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    ROME (AP) — The leader of Italy's Northern League brought his anti-Europe, anti-immigrant agenda to Rome Saturday, filling a vast square in the capital with thousands of his supporters and positioning his regional movement for a bid to become a national right-wing force. More »

  • Italy anti-immigrant Northern League rallies against Renzi
    Italy anti-immigrant Northern League rallies against Renzi Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    By James Mackenzie ROME (Reuters) - Thousands of supporters of Italy's anti-euro Northern League filled one of the biggest squares in Rome on Saturday, accusing the government of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of selling the country out to faceless powers in Brussels. Northern League leader Matteo Salvini, who called the rally, took aim at a series of targets, ranging from illegal immigrants and Romanian truck drivers to tax authorities, banks and big business. ... More »

  • Thai tycoon confirms AC Milan talks, denies takeover offer
    Thai tycoon confirms AC Milan talks, denies takeover offer Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Thai businessman Bee Taechaubol has confirmed he has held "cordial" talks about a possible share purchase in AC Milan, whose midfielder Nigel de Jong vies for the ball in a Serie A match on February ... More »

  • Thai businessman says in talks with AC Milan
    Thai businessman says in talks with AC Milan Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    Thai businessman Bee Taechaubol says he has held "cordial and private" discussions with Serie A side AC Milan, following media reports that he had made an offer for a controlling stake in the club. "I do not deny the interest for a possible share acquisition into such a prestigious club such as AC Milan, but at the moment it's only cordial and private discussions with representatives from the AC Milan group. "No decision....has been taken nor has any agreement been signed off." On Monday, media reports said Taechaubol, executive director of southeast Asian private equity group Thai Prime Company Limited, had offered 1 billion euros (£742.6 million) for AC Milan and was confident of completing the deal within a month. Fininvest, the Berlusconi holding company that owns AC Milan, said in a statement there were no talks about selling the club, which Berlusconi has owned since the 1980s. More »