February 16, 2011 |
A judge Tuesday ordered Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to stand trial on charges that he paid for sex with a 17-year-old girl, then abused his authority by trying to get her released from custody after police picked her up on suspicion of stealing. It was a major setback for the 74-year-old premier, whose personal entanglements for months have overshadowed the business of governing Italy. Berlusconi denies any wrongdoing and says there is a plot by left-wing judges and his political foes to force him from office.
April 19, 2005 |
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Monday said he had not resigned as head of his weakened center-right government, hours after a Cabinet member said the prime minister would quit. Berlusconi met with President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, to whom he would have to submit any resignation, as he tried to find a way out of the worst political crisis of his four years in power.
October 20, 1992 |
The future belongs to global television. But that future will be a long time coming. Not years, but many decades, maybe more than a century, depending on how long it takes for the world population to become uniformly English-speaking. My company has prospered, among other things, because I have always been able to take the long view.
March 3, 2002 |
More than 100,000 people marched behind Italy's re-energized center-left opposition leaders Saturday to denounce government measures aimed at shielding Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi from criminal prosecution and the loss of his multibillion-dollar business empire. The festive, peaceful demonstration was the biggest against the country's richest individual since his center-right coalition swept to victory last May and bigger than any rally of the election campaign that preceded it.
April 20, 2006 |
One by one, the doors were shutting Wednesday on Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's campaign to resist defeat in national elections. Italy's highest court, ruling on a partial recount of ballots cast 10 days ago, confirmed that the center-left coalition led by economist Romano Prodi defeated Berlusconi's conservative alliance by a tiny margin. "The election is finally over," Prodi said during a news conference at his headquarters in Rome's historic center.
April 29, 2001 |
Silvio Berlusconi's term as prime minister in 1994 lasted only seven turbulent months, but never mind. That matters as little now as his three subsequent convictions--overturned on appeal--for false business accounting and bribing the tax police, and the four indictments he still faces. Nor does it matter much that Berlusconi, Italy's richest person, wants to govern again without giving up control of the country's three largest private television networks and the rest of his corporate empire.
June 19, 2010 |
Silvio Rodriguez, the great Cuban singer-songwriter who performed a dazzling set Thursday night at the Gibson Amphitheatre, has the type of lyrical and melodic gifts that transcend ideology, even the bitter Cold War-era rhetoric of U.S.-Cuba relations. His sublime and prolific artistry has endeared Rodriguez to generations throughout Latin America and the world. It's earned him respect even from some of those who disagree vehemently with his ardent, lifelong support for Fidel Castro.
August 4, 2010 |
Italy's center-right government survived a vote of confidence Wednesday that nonetheless underscored Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's weakened political position after a key partner bolted from his ruling coalition last week. After a rowdy debate in the lower house, lawmakers voted 229 to 299 on a measure that would have censured an undersecretary in Berlusconi's government. A victory by the opposition probably would have prompted the collapse of the prime minister's 2-year-old coalition government and a realignment of right-wing and centrist parties.
December 21, 2012 |
LONDON - Prime Minister Mario Monti, the technocrat who guided Italy through economic turbulence for 13 months after scandal-plagued Silvio Berlusconi left office, resigned Friday to make way for new elections. Monti, a former economics professor and European Union commissioner, was appointed to the office, with a Cabinet of academics and economists and broad support to bring the country back from the brink of financial disaster. "A year ago this government was launched, and today - not because of a Maya prophecy - we must bring it to an end," Monti quipped as he spoke to colleagues at an annual reception.
April 7, 2011 |
The trial of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on charges of sexual misconduct and abuse of power opened Wednesday in Milan and almost immediately was adjourned until May 31. It was one of the most anticipated courtroom events in Italy's history, including testimony allegations of orgy-like parties at Berlusconi's villa and phone-tap transcripts featuring females who were said to be paid handsomely to entertain male guests. It began with an anticlimactic 10-minute hearing.