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By Donald Lambro
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Topic - Silvio
A Milan court has convicted former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi of paying for sex with an under-age prostitute during infamous "bunga bunga" parties at his villa and then using his influence to try to cover it up.
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.
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.
Premier Silvio Berlusconi lashed out Monday at his German and French counterparts, who have demanded Italy introduce tough new measures to spur economic growth, and chided them for trying to "give lessons" to Rome and insisting Italy's economy was stable.
Rome's mayor, Gianni Alemanno, has a dream - the Summer Olympics in the Italian capital in 2020. To that end, he has opened an energetic campaign to raise Rome's global profile, using one of the city's most powerful assets: its past. Mr. Alemanno's two-year project to dispatch some of the greatest sculptures of Roman antiquity to cities in the United States opened Wednesday when the Capitoline Venus went on exhibit at the National Gallery of Art.