Online health care sign-up is delayed for small businesses; Silvio Berlusconi is expelled from Italy's Senate; and how to carve a turkey.
Italy's highest court has upheld a prison sentence given to former PM Silvio Berlusconi for tax evasion.
Italy's Senate voted to expel ex-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi from parliament following his 2012 tax fraud conviction.
In a room packed with press, embattled former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is trying to get his message out. The message? Postpone the vote on expelling him from the senate.
Sex and finance scandals aside, former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's distinctive sense of humour often lands him in trouble. But the unabashed politician's ambitions are not over yet, as he sets to run again for the Italian premiership. In 2009, Berlusconi bellowed his name while posing for a G20 summit photo, prompting irritation from Britain's Queen Elizabeth. Video of the incident quickly became a YouTube hit.
Italy's Senate approved crucial economic reforms demanded by the European Union on Friday - the first step in paving the way for Premier Silvio Berlusconi to resign as early as this weekend and a transitional government to be formed. (Nov. 11, 2011)
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Silvio Berlusconi is the prime minister of Italy. He has an extensive record of criminal allegations, including mafia collusion, false accounting, tax fraud, corruption and bribery of police officers and judges. Berlusconi has been tried in Italian courts in several cases.
In November 2010, teenage Moroccan belly dancer and alleged prostitute "Ruby Rubacuori" claimed to have been given $10,000 by Berlusconi at parties at his private villas. The girl told that these events were like orgies where Berlusconi and 20 young women performed an African-style ritual known as the "bunga bunga" in the nude.
For his trial Christiano Ronaldo and George Clooney, who participated that evening, were named as Berlusconi defence witnesses.
Some quotes of Berlusconi:
''I am the Jesus Christ of politics. I am a patient victim, I sacrifice myself for everyone.''
"I have little hair because my brain is so big it pushes the hair out."
"Barack Obama being young, handsome, and sun-tanned is going to get along with you swimmingly."
"Better to be fond of beautiful girls than gay."
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As a media mogul, Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has played a significant role in shaping popular culture in Italy, with public television serving up a heavy diet of scantily clad girls under his influence. Prime time programmes showing women hanging from hooks like meat and crawling under perspex tables whilst the presenters leer at them have caused outcry. Yet several women in politics and show business staunchly defend their leader's integrity.
Mario Monti is starting work to form a new government to lead Italy out of the acute debt crisis which prompted the resignation of Silvio Berlusconi.
Silvio Berlusconi is under fire again- this time after a controversial bill reforming Italy s legal system passed the Lower House on Wednesday.
Outgoing Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti hints that he may be ready to run for a second term in next years election. At a news conference Sunday he said 'If a credible political force asked me to be candidate as prime minister for them, I would consider it,' Monti is widely respected for restoring Italy's reputation after the scandal-plagued era of Silvio Berlusconi. But after 13 months of repeated tax hikes and spending cuts an election bid could be a tough sell.
The Italian Prime Minister's trial was adjourned less than ten minutes after opening as Berlusconi failed to show up.
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