Silvio Berlusconi

Italy appeals court clears Silvio Berlusconi in Ruby the Heart Stealer sex trial

An Italian appeals court on Friday overturned Silvio Berlusconi's conviction on charges of abuse of office and paying for sex with a minor, in a significant legal victory for the former prime...

Silvio Berlusconi to work with Alzheimer's patients

Silvio Berlusconi will begin community service on May 9 and work with Alzheimer's patients, the director of the centre where he will serve his tax fraud punishment says.

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi starts community service for tax fraud

Clocking off: Silvio Berlusconi leaves the Catholic hospice Sacra Famiglia in Cesano Boscone after his first day of community service for tax fraud.

Nick Squires Wearing what appeared to be loose-fitting sweatpants and a T-shirt rather than one of his trademark sharp suits, Silvio Berlusconi spent four hours inside a retirement home on Friday at the start of...

Silvio Berlusconi ordered to do one year's community service

Giving back: Silvio Berlusconi will serve one year's community service for tax fraud.

Marco Bertacche and Andrew Frye Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has had his one-year prison sentence commuted to community service caring for the elderly.

Silvio Berlusconi's sex scandal drives coverage of Italy, report finds

(FILES) - In this files picture taken on May 25, 2012 former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi reacts during a press conference at the senate in Rome. An Italian court on October 19, 2013 ordered a two-year ban from parliament and elections for scandal-tainted former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi as part of a tax fraud case, Italian media reported. Berlusconi can appeal the ruling and the ban would in any case have to be approved by the Senate, where Berlusconi has a parliamentary seat.  AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE

Stephanie Anderson Australia’s obsession with the sex scandals of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi pushed coverage of the country to increasing levels, new research has found.

Silvio Berlusconi expelled from Senate in Italy

Silvio Berlusconi

Italy’s senate stripped Silvio Berlusconi of his parliamentary seat, a dramatic and humiliating expulsion, even as other troubles loom on his horizon.

Silvio Berlusconi convicted for tax fraud

Silvio Berlusconi adjusts his tie.

Italy's top court has confirmed a prison sentence for former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi in the first ever definitive conviction in a tumultuous career for the billionaire tycoon.

'I made him fall in love': how Silvio Berlusconi's 28-year-old girlfriend got her man

Francesca Pascale

Silvio Berlusconi's 28-year-old girlfriend says she courted the 76-year-old former premier relentlessly until he finally surrendered and is now just waiting for him to agree to marry her.

George Clooney and Cristiano Ronaldo to be called as witnesses in Silvio Berlusconi prostitute trial

Clooney and Ronaldo

An Italian court has ruled that George Clooney and Cristiano Ronaldo can be called as witnesses in ex-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's trial for having sex with an underage prostitute.

Silvio Berlusconi trades insults with TV show host

Silvio Berlusconi

A furious Silvio Berlusconi has called into a TV talk show about the prostitution investigation that has targeted him, shouting, trading insults with the host and calling the program a "brothel".

Berlusconi did nothing wrong, says showgirl Ruby the Heart Stealer

Karima El-Mahroug

Josephine McKenna Ruby the Heart Stealer, the erotic dancer at the centre of the sex scandal that led to the downfall of Silvio Berlusconi, has said he should never have been convicted and did nothing wrong.

Berlusconi says Germans deny concentration camps existed

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, about to begin a sentence for tax fraud, provoked fresh outrage from his political opponents on Saturday by suggesting that Germany did not...

Berlusconi says Germans deny concentration camps existed

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, about to begin a sentence for tax fraud, provoked fresh outrage from his political opponents on Saturday by suggesting that Germany did not...

Venetian corruption suspects 'ate the evidence'

Giorgio Orsoni

Italian businessmen accused of bribing politicians in exchange for contracts for a massive flood prevention project in Venice came up with a novel tactic for evading the attention of the police:...

Divorce sets Berlusconi free to marry woman almost 50 years his younger

Silvio Berlusconi

Nick Squires Silvio Berlusconi is free to marry his 28-year-old fiancee after an Italian court finalised his divorce settlement, five years after his wife said she could no longer tolerate his "consorting with...

Bush art: Dubya, brush in hand, captures fellow leaders

Peter Baker A dour Vladimir Putin glares ever so frostily, full of menace, free of mirth, ready to annex any passer-by unwise enough to get too close.

Pope Francis finds hype about him 'offensive'

Pope Francis.

Nicole Winfield As the anniversary of his election sees new stamps, coins, DVDs, and even My Pope, a gossip magazine devoted entirely to him, Pope Francis says he is a normal person.

Italian PM Enrico Letta announces resignation

Next PM? Matteo Renzi.

Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta has announced his resignation after the leadership of his centre-left Democratic Party voted in favour of an urgent change of government to push through reform.

Italy court confirms Berlusconi ban from public office

Banned: former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is prevented from running for office.

Italy's highest appeals court on Tuesday confirmed a two-year ban from public office over a conviction for tax fraud.

Berlusconi eyes jail over community time

Silvio Berlusconi

Italy's Silvio Berlusconi will do time behind bars if found definitively guilty of tax fraud, rather than take advantage of lenient punishment for the over 70s, he says