A man holds up a picture of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi as he protests in front of Italy’s supreme court building in Rome. The court today began considering Mr Berlusconi’s last appeal against a jail sentence and ban from public office for tax fraud. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters.

Italy’s supreme court has began hearing Silvio Berlusconi’s last appeal against a jail sentence and ban from public office in a case which could enda(...)

Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi has been sentenced to seven years in prison for paying an underage teen for sex during his “bunga bunga”parties near Milan in 2010. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

In a sensational ruling, former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi this afternoon in Milan received a life-long ban from public office and a sev(...)