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Longtime Berlusconi ally declared fugitive ahead of mafia verdict

By Wladimir Pantaleone PALERMO, Italy (Reuters) - A longtime political ally, business associate and friend of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has left the country ahead of a final ruling on mafia collusion charges, a Palermo prosecutor said on Friday. This week the Palermo court issued an arrest warrant for former Senator Marcello Dell'Utri, who co-founded Berlusconi's Forza Italia party in 1994, after prosecutors said they had evidence he might abscond before the verdict due next Tuesday.

Prosecutor, defense urge community service for Berlusconi

By Emilio Parodi MILAN (Reuters) - Both the prosecution and defence have asked a Milan court to order former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to serve a one-year sentence for tax fraud doing community service, judicial sources said on Thursday. The judge told reporters after the first day of hearings that the court would decide in 5-15 days what kind of punishment the center-right leader will receive.

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.

Italy's Berlusconi headed for community service

Italian prosecutors on Thursday approved a request by Silvio Berlusconi's lawyers for the three-time prime minister to do community service rather than face house arrest following a tax fraud conviction. The move came during a hearing for the billionaire tycoon in Milan that lasted nearly two hours. A spell of community service will likely spare him house arrest but a final ruling is due in the coming days. Meanwhile, his top supporter in parliament likened Berlusconi to Myanmar pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi who was under house arrest for two decades.

Italy's Berlusconi headed for community service

Italian prosecutors on Thursday approved a request by Silvio Berlusconi's lawyers for the three-time prime minister to do community service rather than face house arrest following a tax fraud conviction. The move came during a hearing for the billionaire tycoon in Milan that lasted nearly two hours. A spell of community service will likely spare him house arrest but a final ruling is due in the coming days. Meanwhile, his top supporter in parliament likened Berlusconi to Myanmar pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi who was under house arrest for two decades.

Telecom Italia inks content deal with 21st Century Fox unit

MILAN (Reuters) - Telecom Italia has signed a deal with Sky Italia to sell pay-TV content for the unit of Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox to its clients from 2015, the companies said on Thursday. The deal could make Telecom Italia's broadband offerings more attractive at a time when the phone group is carrying out costly network upgrades to boost Internet speeds and help it win customers in a recovering domestic market.

Italian court mulls community service for Berlusconi

An Italian court on Thursday began a sentencing hearing against Silvio Berlusconi which could see the three-time former prime minister and billionaire tycoon forced to do community service for nine months. Berlusconi's lawyers were seen arriving at the Milan courtroom as his top supporter in parliament likened Berlusconi to Myanmar pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi who was under house arrest for two decades.

Berlusconi braces for humiliating court hearing

Italy's Silvio Berlusconi braced for a humiliating court hearing on Thursday that will result in the three-time former prime minister temporarily losing freedom of movement although avoiding prison time. The court in Milan has to issue its ruling by April 15, deciding whether the disgraced billionaire tycoon will do community service or be placed under house arrest following a conviction for tax fraud last year.

Italy scraps ban on donor-assisted reproduction

Italy's Constitutional Court on Wednesday struck down a Catholic Church-backed ban against assisted reproduction with sperm or egg donors that has forced thousands of sterile couples to seek help abroad. Lawyer Maria Paolo Costantini who brought the case to the court said she was "delighted" and hailed a victory for campaigners that has been years in the making. "A conservative estimate is that 4,000 sterile couples went abroad in 2012 for a donor and in Spain 62 percent of couples seeking the procedure are Italian," she said.

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.
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