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Berlusconi court date raises Italy gov't tensions

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Berlusconi court date raises Italy gov't tensions

FILE - In this Friday, May 11, 2012 file photo, Italian former premier Silvio Berlusconi grimaces as he attends the funeral service of Italian entrepreneur Giampiero Cantoni, in Milan. On Wednesday July 10, 2013 Italy's highest court defended its decision to move Silvio Berlusconi's tax fraud appeal to the front of the line, saying it had to move quickly because the statute of limitations was about to expire, on Aug.1. Berlusconi's allies have threatened to paralyze parliament to protest the decision by the Court of Cassation to schedule the hearing July 30. Berlusconi risks being barred from holding public office for five years if his conviction is upheld. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)

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