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Italy's top court confirms Berlusconi prison sentence ROME: Italy's top court on Thursday confirmed a prison sentence for former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi in his first ever definitive conviction, which could upset the country's fragile coalition government.The court upheld a sentence for tax fraud of four years in prison of which three are covered by an amnesty, even though Berlusconi is certain to be granted community service or house arrest instead.The Senate will have to vote to lift Berlusconi's immunity before the sentence can be implemented -- a process that could take weeks or even months.A roar went up from a small group of anti-Berlusconi campaigners gathered outside the courtroom in central Rome as news of the ruling filtered through.One elated activist uncorked a bottle of champagne and held up an image showing the scandal-tainted magnate behind bars reading: "This is how we want Berlusconi".At a rally of Berlusconi supporters near his luxury residence in Rome, activists ...

Spain PM offers parliament 'clarifications' in scandal MADRID: Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Thursday offered to give parliament "clarifications" over a corruption scandal which has sparked calls for him to resign."I am appearing here to offer the clarifications that are necessary in the situation we are going through," he said at the start of a special hearing with lawmakers.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013 ...
Cannes victim of new hold-up days after luxury hotel heist NICE: Two armed men held up a store selling luxury watches in the French Riviera town of Cannes on Wednesday, three days after a huge jewellery heist at a nearby hotel, a source close to the case said.The posh Mediterranean resort has fallen prey to thieves several times this year, notably during the film festival in May, which attracted a glittering array of celebrities from the movie world.The value of the theft, which took place ...
'Find a safe haven,' father tells Snowden in Russia MOSCOW: The father of US fugitive Edward Snowden reached out to his son on Russia's national television Wednesday, telling him he did not mind if the intelligence leaker stays in Russia as long as he is safe."Edward, I hope you are watching this. Your family is well. We love you. We hope you are healthy, we hope you are well, I hope to see you soon, but most of all I want you to be ...
Portugal PM to press on with budget overhaul LISBON: Portugal's prime minister insisted on Tuesday there will be no veering off the strict terms of the country's EU-IMF bailout as the economy shows signs of nearing a turnaround after a long, deep recession.Pedro Passos Coelho was speaking to parliament before a symbolic vote of confidence in his recently reshuffled government, aimed to show that the ruling coalition has put a rift over austerity policies behind it. The centre-right administration has a solid majority ...
Swiss train crash kills driver, injures 35: police GRANGES-PRES-MARNAND: Two trains collided head-on Monday in western Switzerland, killing one of the drivers and injuring 35 passengers, at least five of them seriously, police said.The accident happened in Granges-pres-Marnand shortly before 7:00 pm (1700 GMT), according to regional police.An AFP reporter who arrived at the scene saw the wreckage of the train near the small station on the edge of the village of some 1,200 people.The force of the impact was clear from the ...
Head-on train collision injures 35 in Switzerland: police GRANGES-PRES-MARNAND: Two trains collided head-on Monday in western Switzerland, injuring 35 passengers, at least five of them seriously, police said.The accident happened in Granges-pres-Marnand shortly before 7:00 pm (1700 GMT), according to local police.An AFP reporter who arrived at the scene saw the wreckage of the train near the small station on the edge of the village of some 1,200 people.The force of the crash was clear from the mangled engines of the trains, which ...

 



 
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