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Battered Berlusconi Leaves Hospital

Doctors tell Italian PM to rest two weeks following attack

(Newser) - A heavily bandaged Silvio Berlusconi left San Raffaele Hospital in Milan today, though doctors told him to get a few weeks rest following his assault. The Italian prime minister waved to the media as he was driven away in his motorcade. Before heading home he was taken to his dentist,... More »

Aides Blame Facebook for Berlusconi Attack

Italy plans crackdown on social networking sites

(Newser) - The attack on Silvio Berlusconi will likely deal a blow to freedom of speech in Italy. Members of his government have publicly blamed social networking sites—where anti-Berlusconi pages have proliferated—for the assault. Interior Minister Roberto Maroni has announced plans for a crackdown, saying that the Internet could spawn... More »

Berlusconi: Love Triumphs Over Hate

PM thanks supporters; government will go after enemy websites

(Newser) - Silvio Berlusconi thanked his supporters from a Milan hospital today, encouraging them to remain calm in his first statement since the attack that broke his nose and two teeth. "Sincere thanks to the very many who have sent me messages of solidarity and affection," the Italian PM's statement... More »

Berlusconi Leaving Hospital Tomorrow

Premier advised to avoid public appearances for 2 weeks

(Newser) - Silvio Berlusconi will be spending another night in the hospital recovering from injuries he sustained at the hands of a statue-wielding attacker. The Italian leader will be released tomorrow, but has been advised to avoid public appearances for at least two weeks, according to a statement from Milan's San Raffaele... More »

In Apology, Assailant Calls Berlusconi Attack 'Cowardly'

Massimo Tartaglia has been in psychological treatment 10 years

(Newser) - The man who bashed Silvio Berlusconi yesterday in the face with a souvenir statue has apologized via letter, calling the attack “superficial, cowardly and impetuous.” Italian news agency ANSA reports that Massimo Tartaglia, 42, has been treated for psychological problems for the past decade, and told police he... More »

Berlusconi Still Hospitalized as Italy Parses Attack

Some fear return to the bad old days of the violence-ridden 70s

(Newser) - A “shaken and disheartened” Silvio Berlusconi remains hospitalized after being smashed in the face even as recriminations fly amid predictions of a return to the political violence of the 1970s and '80s. Though the attacker at last night's rally apparently acted alone, both sides of the Italian political spectrum... More »

Berlusconi Hit in Face, Hospitalized

Protester assaults Italian PM after rally in Milan

(Newser) - Silvio Berlusconi is hospitalized tonight after being hit in the face and falling to the ground following a speech in Milan. The Italian PM has a fractured nose, two broken teeth, and a cut on his lip. The alleged assailant is under arrest. The man, who reportedly has a history... More »

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