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  • Berlusconi says just a joke, no plans to be Russian minister
    Berlusconi says just a joke, no plans to be Russian minister Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    ROME (AP) — Did Russian President Vladimir Putin offer former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi a job as economy minister? Berlusconi says it was just a joke and Putin says any support was "metaphorical." More »

  • Berlusconi: Putin Wants Me As Economy Minister
    Berlusconi: Putin Wants Me As Economy Minister Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Disgraced former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi has said Vladimir Putin has offered him a place in the Russian government if he wants it. Il Cavaliere, or 'the Knight' as he is known in his home country, was talking to friends in a restaurant in Rome when he made the claim, La Stampa reported. He is said to have told those in the Consolini restaurant that his future was as a minister for his "friend Putin". More »

  • 'Putin wants me for economy minister': Berlusconi
    'Putin wants me for economy minister': Berlusconi Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    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. More »

  • Justified Evil: How Wrongdoers Excuse Amoral Acts
    Justified Evil: How Wrongdoers Excuse Amoral Acts Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Scott Hawkins is an author and computer programmer, and recently published his first novel, "The Library at Mount Char" (Crown, 2015). The American Psychiatric Association, in its DSM-IV-TR, estimated that 3 percent of males and 1 percent of females in the general population are psychopaths. In writing "The Library at Mount Char," I wanted to explore how people with normal emotional equipment, and at least some sense of morality, for one reason or another chose to commit amoral acts. More »

  • Ex-Italy PM Berlusconi convicted in bribery case
    Ex-Italy PM Berlusconi convicted in bribery case Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    Silvio Berlusconi jailed for three years for bribing senator to switch sides to topple the then government in 2008. More »

  • Berlusconi sentenced to 3 years for bribing Italian senator
    Berlusconi sentenced to 3 years for bribing Italian senator Wed, Jul 8, 2015

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

  • Berlusconi found guilty of bribing Italian senator
    Berlusconi found guilty of bribing Italian senator Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was found guilty on Wednesday of bribing a senator to switch factions in a move which helped topple the then government in 2008. The court in southern Italy sentenced Berlusconi to three years in jail and banned him from holding any public office for five years, a judge said in a ruling shown live on television. Berlusconi lost his parliamentary immunity when he was ejected from the Senate in 2013 following a conviction for tax fraud. More »

  • Court in Naples convicts Berlusconi of bribing a senator
    Court in Naples convicts Berlusconi of bribing a senator Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    ROME (AP) — A court in Naples on Wednesday convicted former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi of corruption charges, accusing him of bribing a senator to weaken the government of his arch political rival. More »

  • Milan stadium plans clear major hurdle Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    AC Milan have cleared a major hurdle in their plans to build a new stadium after their bid to acquire the city's former trade fair grounds was approved by the foundation which owns the land. Milan, who currently share the ageing municipal San Siro stadium with rivals Inter Milan, are planning to build a 48,000-capacity arena in time for the 2018-19 campaign. "It is the first historic step," said club director Barbara Berlusconi in a statement published on Milan's website on Tuesday night. More »

  • Radical parties seize Greek vote to push eurosceptic agenda
    Radical parties seize Greek vote to push eurosceptic agenda Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Eurosceptic parties at the extreme left and right of the political spectrum are exploiting the Greek referendum set for Sunday to bash the euro currency and advance their own agendas. More »

  • Mihajlovic wants to Milan to be feared again
    Mihajlovic wants to Milan to be feared again Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Sinisa Mihajlovic said it was time for AC Milan to be feared again on his official presentation as coach of the fading seven-times European champions on Friday. The Serb, who resurrected Sampdoria during one-and-a-half seasons with the Genoa club in his previous job, became Milan's fourth coach in just over 18 months as he was presented alongside club president Silvio Berlusconi. Milan have endured a miserable past two seasons, missing out on European football both times, and the club leadership has looked rudderless. More »

  • Berlusconi demands AC Milan return to Champions League
    Berlusconi demands AC Milan return to Champions League Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    MILAN (AP) — After two seasons of not qualifying for Europe, AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi demanded new coach Sinisa Mihajlovic lead the club back into the Champions League. More »

  • DSK's curious comeback
    DSK's curious comeback Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The disgraced ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn never really left the French political stage. More »

  • Berlusconi 'paid' Bunga Bunga dancer millions for silence
    Berlusconi 'paid' Bunga Bunga dancer millions for silence Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    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. More »

  • Tsipras becomes unlikely hero for Europe's eurosceptics Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    By Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - European anti-establishment parties of all political colours are rallying behind Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in his stand-off with creditors, which threatens to force Athens out of the euro zone and undermine the single currency. Parties with virtually nothing in common except a rejection of EU-imposed austerity are hoping public sympathy for Greece and its radical leftist leader will translate into a backlash against traditional parties and a boost in their own support. Tsipras's battle has united parties as diverse as Spain's left-wing Podemos, the anti-immigrant Northern League and the grassroots 5-Star Movement in Italy, France's far-right National Front and the anti-EU United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP). More »

  • Putin, Berlusconi spend weekend in _ where else _ Siberia Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) — A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin says Putin and former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi spent the weekend together at a vacation home in Siberia. More »

  • Internal Italian splits may hurt Renzi's case for EU help on migrants
    Internal Italian splits may hurt Renzi's case for EU help on migrants Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi may find it harder to enlist help from EU partners in tackling an influx of migrants after failing at talks to resolve divisions among Italy's regions over how to share the burden of the newcomers. Undercutting Renzi's position before he flew to Brussels for a European Union summit on Thursday, leaders of Italy's regional and city governments emerged from the talks sticking to party lines and showing no inclination to unite over a crisis that has eroded the popularity of the national government. Italy has so far borne the brunt of those trying to cross the Mediterranean in rickety boats, and has been trying to convince the EU to help it cope. More »

  • Days of Hope
    Days of Hope Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    An intimate look at the struggles of illegal refugees travelling across the Mediterranean, from Africa to Europe. More »

  • Italy top court rules public-sector wage freeze illegal
    Italy top court rules public-sector wage freeze illegal Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Italy's highest court, pictured on March 27, 2015, ruled that a public-sector wage freeze in place since 2010 was illegal More »

  • Italian prosecutor seeks five years for Berlusconi in bribery case
    Italian prosecutor seeks five years for Berlusconi in bribery case Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    A prosecutor in southern Italy asked a court on Wednesday to sentence four-times prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to five years in jail, accusing him of bribing senators in 2006. Naples prosecutors say the billionaire media magnate bribed Sergio De Gregorio, a former senator in the small Italy of Values party, to switch allegiance in a move that helped topple the centre-left government of then-prime minister Romano Prodi in 2007. Berlusconi has always denied the allegations. More »

  • Prosecutors seek five-year jail term for Berlusconi
    Prosecutors seek five-year jail term for Berlusconi Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    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. More »

  • Berlusconi ex gets 1.4 mn euros a month in divorce settlement
    Berlusconi ex gets 1.4 mn euros a month in divorce settlement Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has been ordered to pay his ex-wife 1.4 million euros ($1.5 million) in alimony as part of a divorce settlement, Italian media reported Tuesday. More »

  • Migration crisis and corruption takes toll on Italy's Renzi
    Migration crisis and corruption takes toll on Italy's Renzi Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi's popularity and public trust in his centre-left party have been damaged by corruption scandals and the immigration crisis, a new poll showed Saturday. More »

  • Exclusive - Vivendi plans to buy more Telecom Italia shares
    Exclusive - Vivendi plans to buy more Telecom Italia shares Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    By Leila Abboud, Pamela Barbaglia and Paola Arosio PARIS/LONDON/MILAN (Reuters) - French media group Vivendi plans to increase its stake in Telecom Italia to between 10 and 15 percent, cementing influence over the group once its current big shareholders exit, people familiar with the matter said. Vivendi and Telecom Italia declined to comment. Vivendi is already on track to become Telecom Italia's biggest shareholder when it receives an 8.3 percent stake as part-payment for selling Brazilian broadband group GVT to Spanish carrier Telefonica . More »

  • AC Milan fires Inzaghi and hires Mihajlovic as replacement Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    MILAN (AP) — AC Milan fired coach Filippo Inzaghi and immediately replaced him with Sinisa Mihajlovic on a two-year deal on Tuesday. More »

  • Venice local vote delivers blow to Italian PM Renzi
    Venice local vote delivers blow to Italian PM Renzi Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    By Roberto Landucci and Isla Binnie ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's centre-left party licked its wounds on Monday after losing a weekend vote for mayor of Venice to a right-wing candidate and being unseated in four other cities. Luigi Brugnaro, a local businessman heading a centre-right alliance that includes former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia party, won around 53 percent of the vote in the northern lagoon city. The PD candidate, Felice Casson, took more than 46 percent, the Interior Ministry said. More »

  • Venice local vote set to deliver blow to Italy PM Renzi
    Venice local vote set to deliver blow to Italy PM Renzi Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's centre-left party was set to lose the race for mayor of Venice on Sunday, rounding off a round of local elections across Italy which saw gains for anti-establishment and right-wing parties last month. With counting mostly completed, Luigi Brugnaro, a local businessman heading a centre-right alliance that included former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia party, had won more than 53 percent of the vote in Venice. The centre-left candidate Felice Casson had 46 percent, according to results from the interior ministry. More »

  • Pope tells Putin: 'Sincere' peace efforts needed for Ukraine
    Pope tells Putin: 'Sincere' peace efforts needed for Ukraine Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis encouraged Russian President Vladimir Putin to engage in "sincere" international efforts aimed at bringing peace to Ukraine as the two men met privately at the Vatican on Wednesday. More »

  • Italy gives Putin stage to make case against sanctions
    Italy gives Putin stage to make case against sanctions Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    Russian President Vladimir Putin used a trip to Italy on Wednesday to press his case against international sanctions and was urged by Pope Francis to make a "sincere effort" for peace in Ukraine. More »

  • Putin makes anti-sanctions case in Italy
    Putin makes anti-sanctions case in Italy Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) shakes hands with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at the end of their press conference in Milan, on June 10, 2015 More »

  • Italy's Northern League steps up campaign against migrants Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    By Emilio Parodi MILAN (Reuters) - The governor of the northern Italian region of Lombardy wrote to local officials on Tuesday telling them not to accept irregular migrants sent from other parts of Italy as his right-wing party stepped up its campaign against immigration. "It is unthinkable to send more immigrants to Lombardy before rebalancing the way they are distributed," regional governor Roberto Maroni from the anti-immigrant Northern League party wrote in a letter made public by his administration. The Northern League, which consolidated its position as the strongest party on the right of Italian politics in last month's regional elections, has used the migrant crisis to attack Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's government. More »

  • New arrests as Italy probes mafia links to Rome officials
    New arrests as Italy probes mafia links to Rome officials Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    Italian police on Tuesday arrested six people, including a senior culture official, in a probe running parallel to a major investigation into a mafia network suspected of operating out of Rome city hall. More »

  • Italy's Renzi says more needed from EU on migrant crisis
    Italy's Renzi says more needed from EU on migrant crisis Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi warned the EU on Monday it had to do more to deal with the tens of thousands of irregular migrants crossing into Europe but he dismissed a row among local governments over sharing the costs of accommodating them. The European Commission last week proposed an emergency plan to take 40,000 Syrian and Eritrean asylum-seekers from Italy and Greece, two Mediterranean states where most migrants first arrive, and relocate them in other European Union countries. The plan, agreed after the EU was shocked into action by the death of 800 migrants in an overcrowded fishing boat which capsized and sank in April, has already raised concerns in countries like France and Germany, which would have to take the lion's share of the arrivals. More »

  • Bee confirms Milan deal, but slams Italian media
    Bee confirms Milan deal, but slams Italian media Sun, Jun 7, 2015

    AC Milan's supporters wave flags and alight flares during a match on November 14, 2010 in San Siro stadium in Milan More »

  • Italian leaders vow not to shelter any more rescued migrants
    Italian leaders vow not to shelter any more rescued migrants Sun, Jun 7, 2015

    ROME (AP) — Heartened by recent election successes by an anti-immigrant party, Italian politicians based in the north vowed Sunday not to shelter any more migrants saved at sea, even as thousands more were being rescued in the Mediterranean from smugglers' boats in distress. More »