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2006-04-06 13:28:02

By Crispian Balmer ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi went on the warpath on Thursday, three days before a general election, accusing the judiciary, the press, big business and banks of plotting his defeat. In a series of fierce outbursts, Berlusconi presented himself as a martyr for democracy and warned that civil liberties would be trampled on if his rival Romano Prodi won the ballot on April 9 and 10. Center-left opposition leaders accused the prime...

2006-04-05 22:26:43

By Robin Pomeroy ROME (Reuters) - In Italy, the reds are not just under the bed, they could easily slip into power -- that's the message that centre-right Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has repeated like a mantra ahead of this weekend's election. If Berlusconi loses the April 9-10 vote, a new centre-left government will include two communist parties that still fly the red flag with its hammer and sickle emblem and are set to win up to 10-percent backing. For Berlusconi, the red...

2006-04-05 09:56:52

By Robin Pomeroy ROME (Reuters) - Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was forced to back out of a TV appearance on Wednesday amid accusations he was abusing media fairness laws ahead of next week's general election. The media tycoon was to be the sole guest on a prime time show on a channel owned by his Mediaset group because his challenger, Romano Prodi, had declined an invitation to take part with him. When news of the unscheduled evening TV appearance emerged, furious opposition...

2006-04-05 08:49:04

By Robin Pomeroy ROME (Reuters) - Silvio Berlusconi's foes cried foul on Wednesday when the prime minister said he would appear on one of his own television channels just four days before a general election, possibly breaking Italy's electoral laws. The media tycoon said he would be the sole guest on a channel owned by his Mediaset group because his challenger in next weekend's general election, Romano Prodi, had declined an invitation to take part. News of the unscheduled program...

2006-04-05 07:50:47

By Robin Pomeroy ROME (Reuters) - Silvio Berlusconi's foes cried foul on Wednesday when the prime minister said he would appear on one of his own television channels just four days before a general election, possibly breaking Italy's electoral laws. The media tycoon said he would be the sole guest on a channel owned by his Mediaset group because his challenger in next weekend's general election, Romano Prodi, had declined an invitation to take part. News of the unscheduled program...

2006-04-04 11:38:47

By Philip Pullella and Rachel Sanderson ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's use of an obscenity, "coglioni," to denigrate his adversaries raised the heat of campaigning on Tuesday five days ahead of a general election. Berlusconi, during an address to a shopkeepers' group, used a slang word for testicles to describe center-left voters but the term is commonly used as a crude insult to describe someone of little intelligence. Common translations of "coglioni"...

2006-04-04 04:38:31

Please read in 6th paragraph ....2.3 billion euros.... instead of ...23 billion euros.... By Philip Pullella ROME (Reuters) - Italy's opposition on Tuesday attacked Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi for promising a revolutionary elimination of property taxes, branding it as an impossible dream that would leave towns and cities bankrupt. Berlusconi's shock announcement came with only seconds left to go on a nationally televised debate on Monday night against rival Romano Prodi, who...

2006-04-04 05:38:53

(Adds more reaction) By Philip Pullella ROME, April 4 (Reuters) - Italy's opposition on Tuesday attacked Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi for promising a revolutionary elimination of property taxes, branding it as an impossible dream that would leave towns and cities bankrupt. Berlusconi's shock announcement came with only seconds left to go on a nationally televised debate on Monday night against rival Romano Prodi, who could not respond because time ran out. Some 12 million people...

2006-04-03 18:23:06

By Crispian Balmer ROME (Reuters) - With less than a week to go before Italy's general election, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi sought to upstage his rival Romano Prodi in a final TV debate on Monday, vowing to scrap housing tax if he was returned to power. His surprise announcement came at end of an often ill-tempered confrontation, with Prodi comparing Berlusconi to a "drunkard clinging to a lamp post" and the prime minister denouncing his opponent as a "useful idiot."...

2006-04-03 16:59:51

By Crispian Balmer ROME (Reuters) - With less than a week to go before Italy's general election, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and his rival Romano Prodi held a final TV debate on Monday, trading insults at will and accusing each other of deceiving the voters. Neither man appeared to land a knockout blow during the highly regulated confrontation, with a more measured Prodi confidently side-stepping Berlusconi's raw aggression. Berlusconi, hoping to confound the pollsters and pull...


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endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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