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Italy probes mystery death of Berlusconi sex trial witness

Mar 16, 2019 - 7:53 PM

Imane Fadil is one of the witnesses who testified at the trial of the former Italian premier and media mogul Silvio Berlusconi, on charges of having sex with an underage prostitute at one of his notoriously hedonistic 'bunga-bunga' parties

DEAD. Italian newspapers reported on March 16, 2019 that the March 1, 2019 death of ex-model Imane Fadil, a witness in trials against Silvio Berlusconi's "bunga bunga" parties, may have been caused by poisoning with radioactive substances. Photo by Olivier Morin/AFP

Italy court lifts ban on Berlusconi running for public office

May 12, 2018 - 10:02 PM

It means that Berlusconi would be able to again run for prime minister if coalition negotiations fail and new elections are called. However, it may be too late for him.

BERLUSCONI. In this file photo, Silvio Berlusconi listens to Matteo Salvini (unseen), leader of the far-right party Lega, speaking to the press after a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella as part of consultations of political parties, on May 7, 2018 at the Quirinale palace in Rome. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

The week in photos: March 3-9, 2018

Mar 10, 2018 - 11:00 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Men dismantle the symbolicly attached prosthetic arms from a replica of the Venus de Milo during an action led by Handicap International to raise awareness on the thousands of amputees worldwide in need of a prosthesis, at the Louvre-Rivoli metro station in Paris on March 6, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT

Italy votes in uncertain election stalked by populism

Mar 04, 2018 - 6:56 PM

Tensions between far-right and anti-fascist activists mar a gloomy campaign dominated by fears about immigration and economic malaise

ELECTIONS. A man reads the lists of candidates before to vote on March 4, 2018 at a polling station in central Rome. Italians vote today in one of the country's most uncertain elections, with far-right and populist parties expected to make major gains and Silvio Berlusconi set to play a leading role. Photo by Andreas Solaro/ AFP

Berlusconi ordered to trial over alleged witness tampering

Dec 01, 2017 - 7:49 AM

The ruling is the latest chapter in the scandal involving Karima El-Mahroug who the veteran politician was accused of paying for sex

TRIAL. This file photo taken on December 10, 2016 shows Silvio Berlusconi on December 10, 2016 at the Quirinale Palace in Rome. Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Berlusconi takes comeback bid to Europe rights court

Nov 22, 2017 - 1:35 PM

Ahead of a general election set for the spring, the 4-time premier is hoping the court will rule against the 6-year ban imposed over his 2012 conviction for tax fraud

HOPING FOR A COMEBACK. This file photo taken on December 10, 2016 shows Silvio Berlusconi on December 10, 2016 at the Quirinale Palace in Rome. Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

'Affable' Berlusconi ally takes EU parliament top job

Jan 18, 2017 - 7:43 AM

Antonio Tajani snags the European Parliament s top job in a comeback of sorts for his mentor Silvio Berlusconi

The European Parliament's new President Antonio Tajani (C) is congratulate by members of European Parliament following his election in Strasbourg, eastern France, on January 17, 2017. Frederick Florin/AFP

Tom Hanks calls Donald Trump 'self-involved gasbag'

Oct 14, 2016 - 10:09 AM

The Inferno star compares the US presidential candidate to Italy s ex prime minister Silvio Berlusconi

TOM HANKS. US Actor Tom Hanks arrives at the Rome Film Festival to receive a lifetime achievement award on October 13. Tom tells reporters at the event that Donald Trump is a 'self-involved gasbag.' Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP Photo

Italy's Berlusconi comes through open-heart surgery

Jun 14, 2016 - 6:10 PM

UPDATED After the surgery Berlusconi is expected to stay confined in the hospital for several weeks

epa05346939 Forza Italia (FI) party leader Silvio Berlusconi at a polling station after during the municipal elections, in Rome, Italy, 05 June 2016. Others are not identified. Local elections are underway across Italy including mayoral votes in Rome, Milan, Turin and Naples. EPA/ANGELO CARCONI

Italy's Berlusconi to undergo heart surgery

Jun 10, 2016 - 12:30 AM

Berlusconi s doctor Alberto Zangrillo says the dysfunction is severe and there is only one way to correct it

HEART SURGERY. A general view of the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, Italy, on June 7, 2016. Photo by Mourad Balti Touati/EPA

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

Mar 11, 2015 - 9:28 AM

The judges at the Court of Cassation deliver a ruling that brings to an end a lengthy legal saga which lifted the lid on the bunga bunga sex parties the billionaire tycoon and former prime minister

A file photo dated 20 May 2014 showing former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi steps into a vehicle as he departs the 'La7' TV channel in Rome, Italy. Ettore Ferrari/EPA

Bunga bunga back in court as Berlusconi sex saga resumes

Mar 10, 2015 - 11:42 AM

The hearing could make or break the media tycoon s hopes of a return to the frontline of politics

A file photo dated 20 May 2014 showing former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi steps into a vehicle as he departs the 'La7' TV channel in Rome, Italy. Ettore Ferrari/EPA

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

Jul 22, 2014 - 10:57 AM

Berlusconi s acquittal boosts his determination to revive his political career despite his growing isolation in the corridors of power

PLOTTING A COMEBACK. A file photo dated 20 May 2014 showing former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi steps into a vehicle as he departs the 'La7' TV channel in Rome, Italy. Ettore Ferrari/EPA

Italy awaits new prime minister after Letta quits

Feb 15, 2014 - 11:39 AM

Prime Minister Enrico Letta was forced to quit his post after his own Democratic Party backed leftist leader Matteo Renzi

RESIGNATION. Italian outgoing Prime Minister Enrico Letta arrives at his home in Rome, Italy, Feb 14 2014. Earlier the day, Letta resigned as Italian Prime Minister. Photo by EPA/Angelo Carconi

Berlusconi, ex-prostitute investigated for witness tampering: court

Jan 23, 2014 - 8:46 PM

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is being investigated for tampering with witnesses in a trial that saw him sentenced to jail for having sex with an underage prostitute

TAMPERING? Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is being investigated for tampering with witnesses in a trial that saw him sentenced to jail for having sex with an underage prostitute. Photo from EPA/Alessandro Di Meo

Italy marks end of an era after Berlusconi ouster

Nov 28, 2013 - 11:49 PM

Berlusconi is still a formidable campaigner who can continue as a figurehead leader even after his expulsion from parliament

BERLUSCONI’S END? Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi delivers a speech outside his private residence, the Palazzo Grazioli, on November 27, 2013 in Rome ahead of his expulsion from parliament. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Italy's Berlusconi expelled from parliament: official

Nov 28, 2013 - 1:07 AM

Italian senators expel the 3 time former prime minister due to his criminal conviction for tax fraud

EXPELLED. Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi delivers a speech outside his private residence on November 27, 2013 in Rome. TIZIANA FABI/AFP PHOTO

Berlusconi says Senate expulsion vote bad day for 'democracy'

Nov 28, 2013 - 12:03 AM

Just minutes before senators were to vote to expel him after a 20 year parliamentary career Italy s Silvio Berlusconi says that the move against him was a day of mourning for democracy

EXPELLED SOON? In this file photo, former Prime Minister and leader of Forza Italia, Silvio Berlusconi (C) speaks at the Senate before a confidence vote at the Parliament, in Rome, Italy, 02 October 2013. EPA/Alessandro Di Meo

Italian parliament poised to expel Berlusconi

Nov 27, 2013 - 10:22 AM

Berlusconi has asked fellow senators to delay the vote because he claims to have new evidence warranting a judicial review of the criminal conviction for tax fraud that is the basis for his probable ejection

DEFEATED. Former Prime Minister and leader of Forza Italia, Silvio Berlusconi (C) speaks at the Senate before a confidence vote at the Parliament, in Rome, Italy, 02 October 2013. EPA/Alessandro Di Meo

Court orders political ban for Italy's Berlusconi

Oct 19, 2013 - 5:31 PM

UPDATED An Italian court orders a two year ban from parliament and elections for scandal tainted former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi as part of a tax fraud case

DEFEATED. Former Prime Minister and leader of Forza Italia, Silvio Berlusconi (C) speaks at the Senate before a confidence vote at the Parliament, in Rome, Italy, 02 October 2013. EPA/Alessandro Di Meo

Silvio Berlusconi expelled from parliament after senate vote

Oct 05, 2013 - 12:49 PM

The former Italian prime minister is dealt another humiliating blow

EXPELLED. The embattled former prime minister is booted out of parliament by a 15-8 senate vote. Photo from EPA

Italy's Berlusconi drops bid to oust gov't

Oct 03, 2013 - 8:07 AM

Berlusconi said he had changed his mind after hearing Letta s promise to lower taxes and mindful of the need for reforms

DEFEATED. Former Prime Minister and leader of Forza Italia, Silvio Berlusconi (C) speaks at the Senate before a confidence vote at the Parliament, in Rome, Italy, 02 October 2013. EPA/Alessandro Di Meo

Italy's Letta tipped to defeat Berlusconi challenge

Oct 02, 2013 - 10:55 AM

The billionaire tycoon has called for his party to vote against the motion of confidence in the government

STAYING OR GOING? In this file photo, Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta reacts during a government media conference at the Chigi Palace in Rome, Italy, 20 September 2013. EPA/Gudio Montani

Italy in new crisis as center-right ministers resign

Sep 29, 2013 - 9:33 AM

The resignations unleashes a fresh political crisis after what Prime Minister Enrico Letta called a crazy act of encouragement by their leader Silvio Berlusconi

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi attends the inauguration of the new head office of the 'Forza Italia' party in Piazza S. Lorenzo in Lucina, center of Rome, Italy, 19 September 2013. EPA/Angelo Carconi

Court confirms Berlusconi prison sentence

Aug 02, 2013 - 6:24 AM

There are fears the landmark ruling could raise tensions in the governing coalition which includes Berlusconi s People of Freedom party

GUILTY. A file photo dated 12 December 2012 shows former Italian Prime Minister Minister Silvio Berlusconi during the presentation of a new book by Italian journalist Bruno Vespa, in Rome, Italy. Photo by EPA/Alessandro di Meo

Berlusconi sentenced to jail in sex trial

Jun 25, 2013 - 8:40 AM

While abuse of office was the more serious of the charges it was the sex with the pole dancer that mesmerized the public

GUILTY. A file photo dated 12 December 2012 shows former Italian Prime Minister Minister Silvio Berlusconi during the presentation of a new book by Italian journalist Bruno Vespa, in Rome, Italy. Photo by EPA/Alessandro di Meo

Italy in new talks to break government deadlock

Mar 29, 2013 - 8:30 PM

Bersani s center left coalition won a majority in the lower house of parliament but not in the upper house

ITALY, Naples : The leader of the Italian center left Democratic Party (PD) Pier Luigi Bersani addresses his supporters during an electoral rally with the Democratic Party in Naples on February 21, 2013. AFP PHOTO / MARIO LAPORTA

Split vote throws Italy into political gridlock

Feb 26, 2013 - 9:29 AM

UPDATED Democratic Party leader Pier Luigi Bersani and his leftist coalition scraped a razor thin victory in the lower chamber of parliament

Topless feminists harass Berlusconi

Feb 24, 2013 - 8:28 PM

The young women were quickly detained by police and dragged away screaming in a chaotic scene as ordinary people also queued to vote in Italy

'BASTA BERLUSCONI' A topless feminist is arrested by riot policemen outside the polling xtation where former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi casted his ballot on February 24, 2013 in Milan. AFP PHOTO / GIUSEPPE CACACE

Austerity-hit Italy prepares for landmark election

Feb 24, 2013 - 7:47 AM

Italians hit by austerity and recession on Saturday February 23 prepared to take to the polls for an election that is being watched around Europe a day after a mass rally in Rome showed rising social discontent

European stocks, euro stage mild rebound

Feb 05, 2013 - 9:46 PM

Europe s main stock markets rebounded gently on Tuesday February 5 as investors fished for bargains after shares prices slumped sharply the previous day on political uncertainty in Italy and Spain

Berlusconi withdraws candidacy

Jan 08, 2013 - 6:41 AM

Silvio Berlusconi revives his alliance with the far right Northern League in a bid to get coalition support for the February polls

Berlusconi's sentence cut to 1 year

Oct 27, 2012 - 12:11 AM

Italy s former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was charged guilty of falsely declaring payments to avoid taxes

Clooney absent from Berlusconi sex trial

Oct 26, 2012 - 10:56 PM

George Clooney s failure to appear in the trial of Italian ex PM Silvio Berlusconi on sex charges lead the prosecutor to accuse the defense of slowing the proceedings

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