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Ex-premier Berlusconi says he's happy court ordered him to aid elderly after fraud conviction

ROME - Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi says he's glad a Milan court ordered him to help the elderly as part of his punishment for a tax fraud conviction. The 77-year-old media mogul spoke to reporters Thursday about a court order earlier in the week that he must spend four hours assisting at a centre for the elderly in northern Italy. His four-year sentence for the conviction had earlier been reduced to one year under an amnesty to reduce prison overcrowding. Because of his age, the court had the option of giving him a year's house arrest or ordering community service.

Berlusconi 'pleased' to do community service with needy

Italy's former premier and billionaire tycoon Silvio Berlusconi said Thursday he was happy to do his community service in a centre for disabled and elderly people and would do his best to be helpful. "The court has obliged me to dedicate part of my time to people in need. I'm actually pleased because in my life I have always helped people," Berlusconi told journalists at a press conference in Rome to launch his centre-right party's EU election campaign.

Italian court orders Berlusconi to do community service

An Italian court on Tuesday ordered former prime minister and billionaire tycoon Silvio Berlusconi to do a year of community service following his conviction for tax fraud, Italian media reported. Berlusconi will have to respect a curfew and will be limited in his movements in a further humiliation for the 77-year-old, who has been expelled from parliament and is banned from running in elections for six years. dt/cc

Prosecutor says Berlusconi sentence should be community service

MILAN (Reuters) - A Milan prosecutor on Thursday recommended that former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi should serve his one-year sentence for tax fraud doing community service, as requested by Berlusconi's lawyers, a judicial source said. Lawyers for the media tycoon earlier asked for their client to serve his sentence helping out in a home for the disabled.

Football: Milan say majority share not for sale

AC Milan vice-president Barbara Berlusconi insisted Monday the Serie A giants were not for sale, following reports from Spain that Asian tycoon Peter Lim had tabled a takeover bid. Berlusconi, the daughter of club owner and president Silvio, said recently that 20-30 percent of Milan's shares were up for grabs in order to boost the club's plans to build a new stadium. Spanish newspaper AS on Monday claimed Singaporean Lim, who is reported to be in the midst of trying to buy La Liga side Valencia, had offered to buy a 51 percent stake in Milan for 300m euros.

Italy's Berlusconi demands Renzi's Senate reform be negotiated

ROME (Reuters) - Italian center-right leader Silvio Berlusconi on Saturday demanded a renegotiation of a reform of the upper house of parliament to which Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has tied his political future. Renzi, 39, has vowed to quit if parliament blocks the reform of the Senate, part of a wider drive to slim down Italy's political apparatus and fix an electoral system blamed for creating deadlock and unstable governments.

Football: Ailing Milan open to foreign investment - report

AC Milan have paved the way for foreign investment by admitting they could sell up to 30 percent of the club, while reports that Gazprom were an interested party were played down by the Russian energy giant on Thursday. For the second successive season, Milan have struggled to live up to expectations in Serie A leading to reports that club owner and president Silvio Berlusconi could eventually sell up.

Berlusconi family could sell 30 percent stake in AC Milan

MILAN (Reuters) - The family of former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi is considering selling a stake of up to 30 percent in AC Milan, bringing in new investors to help try to restore the club to the top of the European game. The club's co-chief executive Barbara Berlusconi, a daughter of the media magnate, told a news conference on Wednesday Milan was seeking partners and she would travel to the Middle East and later to the United States as part of the process.

Berlusconi's latest political strategy: pet adoptions

Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi has unveiled a scheme to boost his flagging popularity: finding homes for hundreds of thousands of stray dogs and cats to win the hearts of animal lovers, media reports said Sunday. "We need to find a daddy or mummy for thousands of abandoned dogs and cats," the billionaire reportedly said in a telephone call to one of his fan clubs in Rome, as he scrambles to revive support for his centre-right Forza Italia (Go Italy) party, hit hard by his political downfall last year.

Berlusconi's latest political strategy: pet adoptions

Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi has unveiled a scheme to boost his flagging popularity: finding homes for hundreds of thousands of stray dogs and cats to win the hearts of animal lovers, media reports said Sunday. "We need to find a daddy or mummy for thousands of abandoned dogs and cats," the billionaire reportedly said in a telephone call to one of his fan clubs in Rome, as he scrabbles to revive support for his centre-right Forza Italia (Go Italy) party, hit hard by his political downfall last year.
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