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Silvio Berlusconi

Jul 18, 2014 — The former Italian prime minister, who was sentenced to seven years last year for sex with a minor and an attempted cover-up, has been acquitted by an appeals court.
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Apr 15, 2014 — Italy's former prime minister was convicted of tax fraud. For a year, he must work at least four hours a week at a facility for the elderly. Also, a travel restriction will limit his politicking.
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Nov 27, 2013 — The former premier, who has been convicted of tax fraud and on a charge of paying for sex with an underage prostitute, has survived many threats to his political power. But expulsion from the Senate means he may finally be punished for his crimes and could be arrested on other charges.
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Oct 4, 2013 — This means the larger-than-life Italian politician and media mogul, is one step closer to the end of his political career. It is expected the full Senate will follow suit and strip Berlusconi of seat, opening him up to arrest.
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Jun 24, 2013 — The court sentenced the former Italian prime minister to seven years in prison and barred him from public office.
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May 13, 2013 — The former Italian prime minister is accused of having sex with an underage prostitute in a trial that opened in April 2011. Meanwhile, Berlusconi is appealing his sentence in a separate case for tax fraud.
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Feb 25, 2013 — The center-left was favored, but there was no clear winner as the ballots were counted. Silvio Berlusconi's center-right coalition was not expected to do well, but was leading in the upper house of Parliament.
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Oct 26, 2012 — The appeals process may stretch the case beyond the statute of limitations. Meanwhile, Berlusconi is also on trial for allegedly paying for sex with a teenage girl and trying to cover it up.
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Nov 14, 2011 — In Italy, and in Greece, new leaders are trying to show they can tackle the nations' debt problems.
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Nov 8, 2011 — Saying his resignation was for the good of the country, the Italian leader confirmed he will step aside after Parliament passes a budget that includes tough new austerity measures. Italy's borrowing costs are ballooning as the bond market worries that it hasn't put its financial house in order.
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