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October 20, 1992 | Berlusconi is president of the international media conglomerate Fininvest Group and the richest man in Italy. Fininvest owns Canale 5, Italia 1 and Retequattro, the country's most popular private television channels, and is also part owner of Telecinco in Spain and Telefunf in Germany. Berlusconi wrote this article for The Times:
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.
April 20, 2006 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
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.
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.
November 29, 2006 | Greg Krikorian and Richard Verrier, Times Staff Writers
Federal agents have raided the home and business of a longtime Hollywood producer in connection with Italy's ongoing tax fraud, embezzlement and false accounting investigation of its former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
June 19, 2010 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
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.
April 19, 2005 | From Associated Press
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.
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.
August 4, 2010 | By Janet Stobart, Los Angeles Times
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 | By Janet Stobart, Los Angeles Times
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 | By Janet Stobart, Los Angeles Times
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.
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