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2006-04-03 10:45:55

By Rachel Sanderson ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's broadcasting company received its third fine on Monday in as many weeks for having given too much airtime to its founder in the run-up to next week's general election. Italy's independent communications watchdog fined Mediaset's TG4 news shows 250,000 euros ($300,000) just hours before the tycoon, who is lagging in opinion polls, faces challenger Romano Prodi in their last TV debate before the April 9-10...

2006-04-03 06:28:31

By Philip Pullella ROME (Reuters) - Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, fighting for an upset victory in next week's Italian election, faces off against rival Romano Prodi for the last time on Monday night in an effort to sway undecided voters. Economic issues are expected to dominate the televised debate, held under strict U.S.-style rules that are a novelty in a country where such showdowns can degenerate into screaming matches. The debate starts at 9:15 p.m. (1915 GMT). "Tonight I...

2006-04-03 04:55:45

By Philip Pullella ROME (Reuters) - Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, fighting for an upset in next week's Italian election, faces off against rival Romano Prodi for the last time on Monday night in a feverish attempt to win over undecided voters. Economic issues are expected to dominate the debate, held under strict U.S.-style rules that are a novelty in a country where debates can degenerate into screaming matches. The debate starts at 9:15 p.m. (1915 GMT). "Tonight I would like...

2006-04-02 10:32:51

ROME (Reuters) - Irish rocker and charity champion Bono has written to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to complain about how his picture was used in a magazine listing the government's achievements ahead of elections next week. "Mr. Berlusconi, as flattered as I can be of appearing in your brochure, I also feel a bit exploited," Bono said in the letter, a copy of which was printed on the front page of the Corriere della Sera daily on Sunday. The glossy, 161-page magazine was...

2006-04-02 08:48:05

By Silvia Aloisi ROME (Reuters) - Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and his rival Romano Prodi face off in a final television debate on Monday, one of their last chances to convince many undecided voters as the general election campaign enters its last week. Berlusconi, who has trailed in the opinion polls for months, spent the weekend rehearsing for the showdown in his luxury holiday home on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia. The perennially suntanned tycoon was unexpectedly...

2006-04-02 06:01:47

ROME (Reuters) - Irish rocker and charity champion Bono has written to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to complain about how his picture was used in a magazine listing the government's achievements ahead of elections next week. "Mr. Berlusconi, as flattered as I can be of appearing in your brochure, I also feel a bit exploited," Bono said in the letter, a copy of which was printed on the front page of the Corriere della Sera daily on Sunday. The glossy, 161-page magazine was...

2006-03-31 11:43:40

By Silvia Aloisi ROME (Reuters) - A row over the center left's tax plans is dominating Italy's election campaign just over a week before the vote, with commentators warning confusing messages by Romano Prodi's opposition coalition may cost him dearly. Prodi, who led Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's bloc in opinion polls published before a blackout was imposed, said his rivals were guilty of a "political crime" for claiming he would raise taxes on shopkeepers and the self-employed....

2006-03-30 08:10:00

By Silvia Aloisi ROME (Reuters) - Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi keeps telling Italians to ignore the doomsayers and be positive, but ask Anita how she's getting on, and her bright blue eyes fill with tears. The 62-year-old widow gets up at 5:30 a.m. every day to sell meat at a market in Rome because her pension of 780 euros ($950) a month is not enough to live on. Her son has tried his hand as a computer technician, a warehouseman, an electrician and a factory worker but cannot find a...

2006-03-29 15:07:43

By Silvia Aloisi and Robert Birsel ROME/KABUL (Reuters) - An Afghan Christian convert who had faced the death penalty for abandoning Islam arrived in Italy and was granted asylum, Italy said on Wednesday. Abdur Rahman, 40, was jailed this month for converting to Christianity and could have faced trial under Islamic sharia law that stipulates death as punishment for apostasy. He was freed from prison on Tuesday after pressure from Western states whose troops helped bring the Afghan...

2006-03-29 13:20:58

By Silvia Aloisi and Robert Birsel ROME/KABUL (Reuters) - An Afghan Christian convert who had faced the death penalty for abandoning Islam has arrived in Italy where he has been offered asylum, Italy said on Wednesday. Abdur Rahman, 40, was jailed this month for converting to Christianity and could have faced trial under Islamic sharia law that stipulates death as punishment for apostasy. He was freed from prison on Tuesday after pressure from Western states whose troops helped...


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bodacious
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
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This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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