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25 June 2017 00:33 (South Africa)

TKO’d by church scale model, Berlusconi stays in hospital bed

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi will be in the hospital until Tuesday after an assailant broke his nose and two teeth with a scale model of the Milan Cathedral. Berlusconi was hit by his apparently mentally unstable assailant after a support rally for the prime minister had finished. The 42-year-old man was arrested and has been charged with aggravated assault. The suspect, Massimo Tartaglia, was said by police to have a history of mental illness, receiving treatment over a 10-year period. While some of Berlusconi's supporters gathered outside the hospital to wish him well, within 24 hours of the attack nearly 70,000 people had signed up to a Facebook site dedicated to Tartaglia. For more, read the BBC

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