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  • 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

    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 ... 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 »

  • UPDATE 1-Soccer-Thai businessman says in talks with AC Milan Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    (Adds details) MILAN, Feb 17 (Reuters) - 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 ($1.14 billion) 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 »

  • Europe News Digest Tue, Feb 17, 2015

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  • Police search homes of Berlusconi's 'bunga bunga' guests Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    MILAN (AP) — Police have searched the homes of several women who attended ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi's famed "bunga bunga" parties as part of an investigation into alleged witness tampering during the billionaire's sex-for-hire trial. More »

  • Berlusconi says not selling control of AC Milan
    Berlusconi says not selling control of AC Milan Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    BANGKOK/MILAN (Reuters) - Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Monday he was not interested in selling control of AC Milan, following reports of an offer being made for the football club by a Thai businessman. Earlier on Monday local media had said Bee Taechaubol, executive director of southeast Asian private equity group Thai Prime Company Limited, had offered 1 billion euros ($1.14 billion) for a controlling stake in AC Milan. More »

  • Berlusconi not interested in selling majority stake in AC Milan
    Berlusconi not interested in selling majority stake in AC Milan Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    MILAN (Reuters) - Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's holding company Fininvest said on Monday it was not interested in selling a majority stake in AC Milan following reports of an offer for the soccer club. Thai businessman Bee Taechaubol has offered Berlusconi 1 billion euros (£741 million) for a controlling stake in AC Milan, local media reported on Monday. (Reporting by Danilo Masoni; editing by Francesca Landini) More »

  • Soccer-Thai group bids one billion euros for Milan stake - report Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    A Thai businessman has offered former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi one billion euros ($1.14 billion) for a controlling stake in AC Milan, local media reported on Monday. The offer came from Bee Taechaubol, executive director of Thai Prime Company Limited, a south east Asian private equity group. The Bangkok Post reported that Bee wanted at least a 50 percent stake in the seven-times European champions but not complete ownership. One of Italian soccer's most prestigious names, Milan have struggled since winning the last of their Serie A titles in 2011. More »

  • Italy's Renzi defies opposition over Senate reform
    Italy's Renzi defies opposition over Senate reform Sun, Feb 15, 2015

    Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has moved a step closer to pushing through constitutional reforms he says will create a more stable government, after a raucous debate that saw opposition parties walk out of parliament. After a marathon session that ended in the early hours of Saturday, deputies in Renzi's majority coalition approved the measures in a half-empty chamber that had been deserted by most of the opposition. The measures, central to Renzi's promised reforms of the political system, are intended to allow more stable government by shrinking the Senate and removing its power to block laws, leaving the Chamber of Deputies dominant in the legislature. The result still must be passed by the Senate itself, where Renzi's coalition has a much smaller majority. More »

  • A happy first anniversary for Italy's baby-faced PM
    A happy first anniversary for Italy's baby-faced PM Sun, Feb 15, 2015

    In football terms, Matteo Renzi looks more like a scuffling midfielder than a predatory striker. More »

  • Sex and power, an age-old heady combination
    Sex and power, an age-old heady combination Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    From Caesar to Napoleon, John F. Kennedy to Silvio Berlusconi, Cleopatra to Catherine the Great, history is full of anecdotes about the sexual antics of politicians and world leaders. More »

  • DSK's enduring legacy won't be libertinism
    DSK's enduring legacy won't be libertinism Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    As French politician stands trial for 'pimping', his disciples implement his economic policies. More »