ROME (AP) — Italy prosecutors have opened an investigation into the possible poisoning death of a Moroccan model who was a key witness in the trial against ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi over his...
EU parliament leader under fire for praising Mussolini
MILAN (AP) — European Parliament President Antonio Tajani apologized Thursday for remarks interpreted as praise for Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and insisted he is "a committed...
MILAN (AP) — Italy's premier opera house, La Scala in Milan, is under fire over a proposal to grant a board seat to Saudi Arabia's culture minister with the promise of 15 million euros ($16.8...
Italy: Regional vote pairs far-right League, centrist party
ROME (AP) — Voters in one of Italy's least populated regions are casting ballots in an election that was regarded as a limited indicator of national parties' popularity ahead of European Parliament elections.
The governorship and regional assembly of Abruzzo, central Italy, were at stake Sunday.
The anti-migrant League party allied with former Prime Minister's Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia for the regional election.
Italy’s Berlusconi rebounds again to run for EU parliament
ROME (AP) — Silvio Berlusconi is back. Again.
The three-time Italian premier, who has made a career out of rebounding from legal woes, personal scandal, heart trouble and political setbacks, announced Thursday he is running for the European Parliament in May elections.
The 82-year-old Berlusconi said he wanted to "bring my voice to a Europe that should change, a Europe that has lost profound thinking about the world."
Court vacates Berlusconi’s human rights case at his request
MILAN (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday vacated former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi's case against a law that barred him from public office following a tax fraud conviction, at Berlusconi's request.
Judge in Italy orders trial for Berlusconi in escort case
ROME (AP) — A judge in southern Italy has ordered that former three-time premier Silvio Berlusconi go on trial over a case involving women procured for his summer villas.
Prosecutors have alleged that Berlusconi gave a businessman hundreds of thousands of euros to induce him to lie about engaging young women for the politician's villas a decade ago.
Berlusconi names former Milan player Brocchi as Monza coach
MONZA, Italy (AP) — Silvio Berlusconi has been reunited with Cristian Brocchi after appointing the former AC Milan player and manager as coach of third-division Monza.
Berlusconi's company took over Monza last month, less than 18 months after selling Milan.
Monza announced on Monday that it had fired Marco Zaffaroni and replaced him with the 42-year-old Brocchi.
After selling AC Milan, Berlusconi buys Serie C club Monza
MILAN (AP) — Silvio Berlusconi is back in the soccer business.
Less than 18 months after selling AC Milan, Berlusconi's family holding company Fininvest announced Friday it had acquired 100 percent of Serie C club Monza in a deal reportedly worth between 2.5 million and 3 million euros ($3 million-$3.5 million).
Former Milan vice president Adriano Galliani was nominated Monza's CEO.
Report: Berlusconi reaches deal to buy 3rd-division Monza
MILAN (AP) — Silvio Berlusconi is reportedly getting back into football.
The Gazzetta dello Sport says Berlusconi's family holding company Fininvest has reached a deal to purchase Serie C club Monza in a deal worth between 2.5 and 3 million euros ($3-3.5 million)
Milan to appeal 1-year Europa League ban
MILAN (AP) — UEFA banned AC Milan from European competition for one year on Wednesday for overspending on player transfers and wages in one of the toughest sentences handed down for breaching financial fair play regulations.
Milan will be excluded from next season's Europa League unless an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport is successful.
Chicago Cubs owners in talks to purchase AC Milan
MILAN (AP) — The Ricketts family that owns the Chicago Cubs says it is negotiating to purchase the debt-ridden AC Milan soccer team.
The Milan office of the Edelman public relations firm, which has been hired to represent the Ricketts, says the entire family is interested in Milan for "a medium- to long-period investment" and wants to create "a strong bond with the city."
The interest comes as seven-time European champion Milan faces UEFA sanctions over a breach of financial fair play regulations.
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — AC Milan faces UEFA sanctions after an attempt to reach a settlement over a breach of financial fair play regulations was rejected by European football's governing body.
Milan last year spent more than 200 million euros (then nearly $250 million) on new players amid questions over the financial stability of the Chinese-led consortium that purchased the club from Silvio Berlusconi for $800 million in April 2017.
ROME (AP) — A court in Italy has ruled that former three-time Premier Silvio Berlusconi is eligible to seek public office again, nearly five years after a tax fraud conviction sidelined him as a candidate and amid political gridlock that could result in a second national election this year.
MILAN (AP) — The populist leaders of the 5-Star Movement and the League announced progress Thursday toward forming a new Italian government after two months of political stalemate.
ROME (AP) — Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the populist, right-wing League appeared headed to forming a government Wednesday after ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi, whose party is a political partner of the League's, said he wouldn't get in the way.
ROME (AP) — Italy's president has summoned the country's bickering political leaders to a single day of talks on Monday to seek a way out of a two-month political impasse.
President Sergio Mattarella's office said Thursday that the latest round of talks to develop a government coalition between the populist 5-Star Movement and the center-left Democratic Party had "faded." He said after five rounds of talks "no prospective of a government majority has emerged."
ROME (AP) — Italian voters' love affair with Silvio Berlusconi may be waning, judging by the slumping fortunes of his Forza Italia party in recent elections.
But Italians are invited to explore the politician's relations with women in a new film by Oscar-winning director Paolo Sorrentino.
ROME (AP) — Italy's political leaders eyed the country's latest regional election Sunday in hopes the outcome would strengthen their hand after eight weeks of wrangling over the makeup of the next national government.
Some 1.1 million people in the northeastern region of Friuli Venezia Giulia were eligible to vote for their governor and regional legislature. The region's outgoing governor is from the Democratic Party, which was trounced in the national parliamentary election held last month.
ROME (AP) — Italy's populist 5-Star Movement says it's open to finding agreement with the Democratic Party on forming a government, but that its members would have to vote on any such alliance.
The country's March 4 parliamentary election produced an inconclusive outcome. A new round of consultations on creating the next Italian government began on Tuesday.
Italy turns to 5-Stars to lead talks to end impasse
ROME (AP) — Italy's president asked the populist 5-Star Movement on Monday to see if it can find a parliamentary majority with the Democratic Party, after weeks of consultations failed to yield a government following inconclusive March 4 elections.
MILAN (AP) — A court in Italy convicted a mob boss, three police investigators and a close associate of former Premier Silvio Berlusconi in a case showing collusion between the Sicilian Mafia and state institutions after a deadly wave of mafia bombings during the early 1990s.
ROME (AP) — A rival pair of populist and stridently anti-European Union political forces surged in Italy's election for Parliament, but without enough support to govern the country alone, projections showed early Monday.
With the prospect of a hung Parliament looking increasingly likely, the nation faced a long slog to the formation of a viable government.
"Ungovernable Italy" headlined daily newspaper La Stampa as the early numbers rolled in.
Berlusconi pick for premier, Tajani, campaigns in Brussels
ROME (AP) — The man tapped by Silvio Berlusconi as his likely choice for Italy's next premier met Wednesday with laid off Italian union workers and vowed to pull strings to intervene in the politically clamorous closure of their Turin refrigerator factory.
European Parliament President Antonio Tajani met with the delegation on the sidelines of a parliamentary plenary meeting in Brussels, a sign that Italy's election isn't far from his mind even as he continues with his day job.
Italy’s ex-premier Berlusconi campaigns against populism
ROME (AP) — Media mogul Silvio Berlusconi jumped into politics a quarter-century ago vowing to save Italy from the communists. Now he's waging a crusade to keep Italian populists out of the government.
To be clear, the 81-year-old Berlusconi cannot seek his fourth premiership or even run for a seat in Parliament in Italy's March 4 election due to a tax fraud conviction.
Italy’s Berlusconi: 600,000 migrants “ready” to commit crime
ROME (AP) — Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi has asserted that 600,000 migrants who arrived illegally in Italy are "ready" to commit crimes, and he vowed they would be sent back to their homelands if an election next month propels his center-right party into government.
The leaders of the main rival parties in the March 4 parliamentary election retorted Monday that some policies from Berlusconi's three stints in office helped create the conditions that brought so many newcomers to Italy.
Berlusconi promises to return to campaign trail after rest
ROME (AP) — Silvio Berlusconi, the former Italian premier, is promising he'll be back on the campaign trail next week after skipping a slew of appearances due to fatigue and the "pain" of choosing candidates for the March 4 general election.
The 81-year-old, who underwent heart valve surgery in 2016, said Thursday he had taken a few days off but was "fine" and would resume campaigning on Monday.
Italian candidate for premier defends ‘white race’ remark
ROME (AP) — The head of an anti-migrant party who is running to be Italy's premier came to the defense Monday of an Italian gubernatorial candidate who advocated for clamping down on immigrants' numbers to preserve "our white race."
While political opponents condemned the comment by Attilio Fontana, who is running for the governorship of prosperous Lombardy, his League party leader, Matteo Salvini, said Fontana had rightly raised a worry about an "invasion" by Muslims.
Italy ex-leader Berlusconi backs Deneuve on male courtship
ROME (AP) — Italian ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi, known for his "bunga bunga" parties and fondness for younger women, is praising Catherine Deneuve for warning against a courtship backlash following the swell of sexual misconduct allegations against prominent men.
Tight race for Serie A title but a big spender is missing
MILAN (AP) — In one of the tightest Serie A title races of recent seasons, there is one noticeable absentee.
AC Milan was expected to be back at the top after spending more than 200 million euros (nearly $250 million) on new players in the offseason.
However, it approaches the halfway stage a lowly 11th in the standings, and there have been claims over the financial stability of the Chinese-led consortium that purchased the club from Silvio Berlusconi for $800 million in April.
Italy’s rebranded Lega seeks national posture for 2018 vote
MILAN (AP) — The once-secessionist Northern League has dropped "Northern" from its logo as it seeks to present itself as a national party in next year's parliamentary vote.
Party leader Matteo Salvini unveiled the new logo — "Lega" — on Thursday. Below it is his name as the party's candidate for premier
Salvini said he expected to win over 20 percent of the vote and to lead a center-right coalition that includes Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia.
Mediaset to broadcast World Cup matches in Italy
MILAN (AP) — None of the 64 World Cup soccer matches from next year's tournament in Russia will be shown on state-run television in Italy for the first time.
Mediaset says it has landed the broadcast rights and "will offer its viewers the most important sporting event of 2018 free and exclusively."
UEFA rejects AC Milan bid for deal over financial fair play
MILAN (AP) — UEFA has rejected AC Milan's bid for an agreement to end a financial fair play investigation that threatens to derail the plans of the club's new Chinese owners.
While Milan spent more than 200 million euros (nearly $250 million) on new players in the offseason, there have been questions about the financial stability of the Chinese-led consortium that purchased the club from Silvio Berlusconi for $800 million in April.
Italy’s left rallies to warn that fascism could return
COMO, Italy (AP) — Italy's governing Democrats led a rally Saturday to warn about fascism making a comeback in the nation that once suffered under fascist dictator Benito Mussolini and which is now seeing a rash of right-wing protests against migrants.
AC Milan is open to settlement over financial fair play
MILAN (AP) — AC Milan is open to a "settlement agreement" with UEFA over a financial fair play investigation that threatens to derail the plans of the club's new Chinese owners.
UEFA's club financial control body will turn down Milan's offer of a "voluntary agreement" to seek more credit, the Gazzetta dello Sport reported on Thursday.
"Milan has always declared itself ready to face the other side of the coin, which is the settlement agreement," the club said in a statement reacting to the report.
It was a prank when Navy pilots — for whatever reason — traced a giant penis and testicles in the sky recently in Okanogan County, Wash., but an apt one for this moment: Patriarchy is flying high these days. Around the globe, strongman rulers flaunt their macho qualities and sexual prowess while they limit women’s rights
Italy: Senate president who quit Democrats to lead new group
ROME (AP) — The president of Italy's Senate is leading a new political force appealing to disaffected Democrats as the nation's splintered left struggles against a surging populist party.
Pietro Grasso, who was national anti-Mafia prosecutor before entering politics, announced Sunday that Free and Equal, the group he's leading, will promote reducing social inequality in Italy.
Italy’s Berlusconi hopes European court allows comeback
STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Lawyers for Silvio Berlusconi and the Italian government sparred Wednesday in Europe's human rights court in an unusual, high-profile case that could help the 81-year-old tycoon's attempted political comeback.
The Latest: Berlusconi lawyers say Italy violated his rights
STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The Latest on Silvio Berlusconi's appeal at the European Court of Human Rights over his barring from public office in Italy (all times local):
Lawyers for Silvio Berlusconi and the Italian government have sparred in Europe's human rights court in an unusual, high-profile case that could aid Berlusconi's efforts for a political comeback.
Billionaire Berlusconi is spared big-bucks alimony to his ex
ROME (AP) — A Milan court has ruled that billionaire media magnate and former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi no longer must pay 1.4 million euros ($1.65 million) a month in alimony.
Italian news reports said the appeals court agreed with Berlusconi that ex-wife Veronica Lario is self-sufficient economically and doesn't need to support the lifestyle she had while married to him.
Italy: Former Premier Berlusconi back at center of politics
MILAN (AP) — He's 81 years old and can't run for office because of a tax fraud conviction, but Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's three-time former premier, is again playing kingmaker in his country's political arena.
After a long period of relative quiet on the political scene, Berlusconi has been spearheading a center-right coalition that hopes to ride momentum from a weekend election victory in Sicily to a return to national power in a parliamentary vote early next year.
Center-right gains momentum in Sicily toward 2018 vote
MILAN (AP) — Both a center-right coalition backed by former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi and the populist 5-Star Movement claimed momentum going into a national election next year following the results of Sicily's regional vote on Monday.
Center-right candidate Nello Musumeci garnered 39.9 percent of the vote representing four parties including Berlusconi's Forza Italia and the Northern League, with most precincts counted.
Populist Czech winner may find scandals scare away partners
PRAGUE (AP) — Billionaire businessman Andrej Babis was already the second-richest person in the Czech Republic — and now he's set to become the country's most powerful politician, despite fraud charges against him.
Some call Babis the "Czech Berlusconi," a reference to Italy's former billionaire premier Silvio Berlusconi. Others consider him a local version of U.S. President Donald Trump. He is known for his slogan "everybody steals" and his resolve to run the state like a company.
Berlusconi backs autonomy referendums in 2 Italian regions
MILAN (AP) — Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi threw his political weight behind a non-binding referendum on autonomy in his native region of Lombardy — though he said Wednesday he wasn't sure whether he can vote himself.
Berlusconi joined Roberto Maroni, president of the prosperous Lombardy region, to show his support for its autonomy. Both Lombardy and neighboring Veneto are voting Sunday for greater autonomy.
Berlusconi stumps for referendums in 2 Italian regions
MILAN (AP) — Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi has thrown his political weight behind a referendum on autonomy in his native region of Lombardy, but said he isn't sure whether he can vote himself.
Berlusconi joined Lombardy's president, Roberto Maroni, on Wednesday to show his support for a pair of non-binding ballot measures to be voted on Sunday in the prosperous, Northern League-governed regions of Lombardy and neighboring Veneto.
Italy populists protest passage of revised election rules
ROME (AP) — Backers of Italy's populist 5-Star Movement are protesting the initial passage of revised election rules they contend are designed to foil their bid to gain national power for the first time.
The Chamber of Deputies — the lower chamber of the Italian Parliament — approved the rules late Thursday despite defections by some lawmakers from parties that are officially backing the changes.
Coaching continuity finds an unlikely home in Serie A
ROME (AP) — Silvio Berlusconi can no longer order AC Milan's manager to change the lineup to his preferred "Christmas tree" 4-3-2-1 formation and fire the coach if he refuses.
Maurizio Zamparini, another notoriously impatient owner who has made more than 40 coaching changes in 15 years, still presides over Palermo, but which is in Serie B.
Italy mayor arrested in sign of mob’s northern infiltration
ROME (AP) — Police have arrested the mayor of a city near Milan on corruption charges as part of an investigation into the infiltration of the 'ndrangheta organized crime clan of southern Italy in the north's business and political establishment.
Prosecutors on Tuesday accused Seregno Mayor Edoardo Mazza of being in cahoots with a mafia-linked builder who allegedly got him votes in exchange for the rights to build a supermarket.
Schrader: America has its ‘own Berlusconi’
ROME (AP) — Italy's ruling center-left Democratic Party is picking up the pieces after a weekend drubbing in local elections while former Premier Silvio Berlusconi is basking in his latest political rebound and an alliance with an anti-immigrant right-wing party.
Democratic leader Matteo Renzi acknowledged internal divisions that have torn the Democratic Party apart, saying in a Facebook post Wednesday that he wanted to move beyond them to confront the issues that Italians care about.