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  • Italian former Premier Silvio Berlusconi pauses during a rally in Rome, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. Berlusconi appeared Wednesday before cheering supporters outside his Roman palazzo, where he accused prosecutors of conducting "political persecution" against him over the past 20 years. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

    Silvio Berlusconi accused of paying off ‘bunga bunga’ witnesses

    Disgraced former Premier Silvio Berlusconi has been accused by the Italian court hearing his underage prostitution charges of paying off witnesses who wanted to testify about his so-called “bunga bunga” parties

  • ** FILE ** Silvio Berlusconi gestures as he addresses supporters in Rome, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Mauro Scrobogna, Lapresse)

    Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi called ring leader of ‘bunga bunga’ sex parties

    Silvio Berlusconi, the former prime minister of Italy, has been accused in court documents of being the ring leader of "bunga bunga" sex parties held at his villa — the man behind the order for young women to perform pole dances and strip teases in front of select invited.

  • **FILE** Silvio Berlusconi (Associated Press)

    Silvio Berlusconi rages on Italian courts after tax fraud charges stick

    Silvio Berlusconi, former prime minister of Italy, raged against the nation's court system on Thursday, after supreme court judges ruled he was guilty of tax fraud and sentenced him to four years in jail.

  • **FILE** Silvio Berlusconi (Associated Press)

    EDITORIAL: Down, but not out

    The "bunga bunga" parties are over, but former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who was sentenced last week to seven years in prison for having sexual relations several times with an underage prostitute, is not about to go quietly into the bad night.

  • Karima el-Mahroug's is escorted outside the Milan's Law court by two Carabinieri police officers after giving her testimony at the trial of three former Berlusconi aides accused with procuring her and other woman for prostitution, in Milan, Italy, Friday, May 17, 2013. Silvio Berlusconi's private disco featured not only aspiring show girls performing striptease acts as sexy nuns and nurses, but also dressed as President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

    Inside Berlusconi's 'bunga bunga' parties: Strippers dressed like Obama

    Silvio Berlusconi's private disco featured not only aspiring show girls performing striptease acts as sexy nuns and nurses, but also dressed as President Barack Obama and a prominent Milan prosecutor whom the billionaire media mogul has accused of persecuting him, according to the first public sworn testimony by the Moroccan woman at the center of the scandal.

  • **FILE** Silvio Berlusconi (Associated Press)

    Prosecutors push for 6-year sentence for Silvio Berlusconi in sex case

    Prosecutors are seeking a six-year jail sentence for former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on charges he paid for sex with a 17-year-old dancer in 2010.

  • Karima el-Mahroug, also known as Ruby, left, a Moroccan woman at the center of ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi's sex-for-hire trial, holds up her passport as she is surrounded by reporters outside Milan's court house, Italy, Thursday, April 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

    Woman in Berlusconi sex trial denounces tactics

    The Moroccan woman at the center of ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi's sex-for-hire trial accused investigators Thursday of waging psychological warfare against her but admitted that she had lied in the past to hide her poverty-stricken origins.

  • Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi casts his ballot in Milan on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. Italy voted in a watershed parliamentary election Sunday and Monday that could shape the future of one of Europe's biggest economies. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

    Early election results point to gridlock in Italy

    Italy's crucial elections appeared to be heading toward gridlock, initial results showed Monday, with the center-left forces of Pier Luigi Bersani moving ahead in the lower house of parliament and the camp of former premier Silvio Berlusconi gaining the upper hand in the equally powerful Senate.

  • An Italian in Piacenza, Italy, casts his vote for the Senate on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. The country is voting in watershed parliamentary elections Sunday and Monday that could shape the future of one of Europe's biggest economies. (AP Photo/Marco Vasini)

    Italians vote in elections seen as key to finance crisis

    Will Italy stay the course with painful economic reform? Or fall back into the old habit of profligacy and inertia? These are the stakes as Italians vote in a watershed parliamentary election Sunday and Monday that could shape the future of one of Europe's biggest economies.

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    Berlusconi's sex trial delayed until after Italian election

    Italian judges have delayed the sex trial of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi until after elections because he has too many campaign commitments, they ruled.

  • Berlusconi brother uses racist term for Balotelli

    Silvio Berlusconi's brother, vice president of AC Milan, the team owned by the media mogul, has sparked criticism by using a racist term to refer to the team's new star acquisition, Mario Balotelli, an Italian of African descent.

  • Italian Premier Mario Monti (left) and former Premier Silvio Berlusconi shake hands in Milan on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

    Berlusconi defends Mussolini for backing Hitler

    Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi praised Benito Mussolini for "having done good" despite the fascist dictator's anti-Jewish laws, immediately sparking expressions of outrage as Europe on Sunday held Holocaust remembrances.

  • Karima el-Mahroug, the Moroccan woman at the center of ex-Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi's sex-for-hire trial, sits in a courtroom in Milan on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

    Italian court denies Berlusconi bid to halt sex trial

    A Milan court on Monday rejected a bid by former Premier Silvio Berlusconi to halt his sex-for-hire trial because of Italy's general election campaign, a ruling that means a verdict could come before the February vote.

  • Briefly: Monti won’t run for prime minister

    Caretaker Prime Minister Mario Monti said Sunday he won't run in February elections, but if political parties that back his anti-crisis agenda ask him to head the next government, he would consider the offer.

  • Italian Premier Mario Monti said during a news conference in Rome on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, that he won't take up former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's offer to run on a center-right election ticket, citing Mr. Berlusconi's heavy criticism of his economic policies. (AP Photo/Mauro Scrobogna, Lapresse)

    Monti says he won't run for Italian premier

    talian caretaker Premier Mario Monti said Sunday he won't run in February elections, but if political parties that back his anti-crisis agenda ask him to head the next government, he would consider the offer.

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  • then-Premier Silvio Berlusconi had promised that Italy would balance its budget by 2013.

  • But Berlusconi told reporters Saturday that the reports "were all invention."

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