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Italy's Berlusconi: I'm "obliged" to stay in politics

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said Saturday that he felt "obliged" to stay in politics after courts sentenced him to four years in prison for tax fraud.  “There will be consequences,” Berlusconi said in an interview for his Mediaset Spa (MS)’s Canale 5 when asked about the sentence, reports Bloomberg News.

Merkel, Hollande meet on the anniversary of Franco-German reconciliation

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande met over the weekend to press for European unity in the face of the debt crisis.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn and wife separate, reports say

The editor of the celebrity magazine Closer, which published an online article late Thursday claiming that the couple had split, said Sinclair had thrown Strauss-Kahn out of their Paris apartment a month ago, and that the one-time French presidential hopeful had moved into a friend’s home in the capital.

Turkey launches fresh strikes on Kurdish rebels in Iraq

The military issued a statement Sunday saying that Turkish aircraft had hit nine targets associated with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), mainly in Iraq’s Qandil region close to the border with Iran.

Lesley Brown, mother of world's first test tube baby, dies aged 64

Lesley Brown had been trying to have a baby with husband John for nine years before she gave birth to her daughter Louise in July 1978 following In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatment.

Kurdish rebels kill Turkish troops in restive southeast

Rebels from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) reportedly crossed into Turkey from northern Iraq to stage an attack on an army post in the town of Yuksekova in Hakkari province, before retreating back across the border.

Vatican blames the media, devil for leaked document scandal

The Vatican accused the media Monday of whipping up a scandal over leaked documents.

Couple held over discovery of headless torsos in Paris forest

The pair reportedly fled to China shortly after the killings, but returned to France “overcome with remorse” and handed themselves into police on the advice of their lawyer.

Prison fire in southeast Turkey kills 13

The victims suffocated to death on Saturday evening before the blaze could be brought under control at the facility, which houses about 1000 prisoners in the province of Sanliurfa.

Deaf, mute & illiterate Kurdish man faces 25-yr jail term in Turkey

It is an offence under Turkish anti-terrorism legislation to show any public support for the PKK, and the fact that Illan was in possession of half a lemon – which can mitigate the effects of tear gas – was adduced as evidence against him.
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