Milan, March 1 (Reuters): Silvio Berlusconi accused Italian prosecutors today of threatening a senator with jail to force him to say the former Premier paid him to join his Centre-Right party.
Sergio De Gregorio, a senator formerly with the Italy of Values party, joined Berlusconi’s party in 2006, forcing the collapse of a coalition supporting then Prime Minister Romano Prodi.
Naples prosecutors are investigating accusations that Berlusconi paid De Gregorio 3 million euros to change sides.
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Ramadi, Iraq (Reuters): Iraq’s finance minister told crowds of Sunnis on Friday that he was resigning, after two months of protests demanding an end to marginalisation of their minority sect.
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