Silvio Berlusconi

Silvio Berlusconi ordered to do one year's community service

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.

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".

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

The seven deadly sins of foreign policy

Silvio Berlusconi

Stephanie Carvin Everyone knows people are supposed to be moral, to do unto others as you'd have them do unto you, and so on. But what about states - do they need to be moral, too?

Berlusconi 'planning to hand power to daughter Marina'

Marina Berlusconi in 2002

Silvio Berlusconi is apparently planning a "dynastic succession".

Italian senator in racism row

Roberto Calderoli

A senator from Italy's anti-immigration Northern League has come under fire for saying Cecile Kyenge, the country's first black minister, resembles an orangutan.

Senator called to resign after orang-utan insult to minister

FILE -- In this file photo taken on Feb. 4 2011, Senate vice president Roberto Calderoli reacts during a press conference in Rome. Calderoli, a leader of the anti-immigrant Northern League party, made denigrating remarks about Immigration Minister Cecile Kyenge while he was speaking at a party rally Saturday in northern Italy, the populist movement's power base. Premier Enrico Letta has harshly criticized a top Italian senator who likened the country's first black Cabinet minister to an orangutan, the latest high-profile racist episode in a nation grappling with immigration. In a statement Sunday, Letta denounced Roberto Calderoli's words as

Tom Kington The vice-president of the Italian Senate is facing calls to resign after he compared Italy's first black minister to an orang-utan.

Berlusconi’s MPs threaten mass walk-out

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi

Law makers from Silvio Berlusconi’s party have threatened to resign en bloc if a senate committee votes to oust the former prime minister from parliament over a tax fraud conviction.

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

Berlusconi found guilty of paying minor for sex

Silvio Berlusconi

Silvio Berlusconi, the 76-year-old billionaire and former Italian prime minister, found guilty of paying a minor for sex.

Napolitano re-elected Italian president

Italy's newly re-elected President Giorgio Napolitano

Italian lawmakers have elected President Giorgio Napolitano to an unprecedented second term in office to attempt to end a two-month deadlock on forming a new government.