Italy's highest court is hearing Silvio Berlusconi's final appeal against his tax fraud conviction. If the judges confirm the verdict, the 76-year-old ex-prime minister could face a year in jail.
Lawyers representing Italy's ex-premier Berlusconi have told the European Court of Human Rights that he should be cleared to run for parliament next May. Currently, his public office ban over tax fraud runs until 2019.
The 81-year-old veteran of Italian politics is on course for a stunning political comeback in next year's national general election. His center-right bloc may not have much to fear from the ruling Democratic Party.
The Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto are holding referendums on Sunday in a bid for more autonomy from Rome. But has the crisis in Catalonia put a damper on their aspirations? Megan Williams finds out.
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been ordered to stand trial later this year. He is accused of bribing witnesses in a sex scandal case.
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