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  • Many here believe the law was tailor-made to help Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who is facing four criminal trials, and therefore the fourth referendum is seen as a key political test for the premier's conservative coalition.

    Italy Votes on Scrapping Nuclear Energy

  • The premier's coalition was badly defeated in mayoral elections in the key cities of Milan and Naples last month.

    Italy Votes on Scrapping Nuclear Energy

  • Chubu Electric said its Hamaoka nuclear plant in Shizuoka was completely shut down Saturday on the premier's request.

    Worker at Japan's tsunami-hit nuclear plant dies

  • Silvio Berlusconi's lawyers named George Clooney, a bevy of showgirls and the Italian foreign minister as witnesses at the premier's upcoming prostitution trial.

    World Watch

  • Italy's chronically feeble economy, however, is weighing heavily on young people in particular, and many here are fed up with the premier's legal woes, including most recently his trial on charges of paying for sex with an underage woman and abusing his power to cover it up—charges the premier denies.

    Italians Vote to Abandon Nuclear Energy

  • The premier's move escalates a conflict between the civilian leadership and the army, which ruled Pakistan for half of its 65 years and maintains a powerful, largely autonomous role.

    Pakistan Defense Secretary Is Fired

  • The premier's leadership has also been hurt by a spate of scandals involving his personal life and business interests.

    Italian Leader's Grip on Power Cast Into Doubt

  • Mr. Berlusconi's supporters have played down the threat to the premier's grip on power.

    Italian Leader's Grip on Power Cast Into Doubt

  • Said a senator in the premier's party, We burned through capital that had been given to us in faith by Italians.

    Italy's Yields, Iran's Nukes, School Scandal

  • The new premier's comments step back from those of his predecessor, Naoto Kan, who called for Japan to end its reliance on nuclear energy after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami sparked the country's worst-ever nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

    Noda Puts Rebuilding Ahead of Nuclear Issue


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