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Residents walk past a banner reading "Silvio, Italy believes in you" hung outside former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's home in central Rome December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Residents walk past a banner reading "Silvio, Italy believes in you" hung outside former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's home in central Rome December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Residents walk past a banner reading "Silvio, Italy believes in you" hung outside former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's home in central Rome December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
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Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi gestures as he speaks during a news conference at Villa Gernetto in Gerno near Milan October 27, 2012. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo

Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi gestures as he speaks during a news conference at Villa Gernetto in Gerno near Milan October 27, 2012. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo

Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi gestures as he speaks during a news conference at Villa Gernetto in Gerno near Milan October 27, 2012. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo
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A woman walks past a damaged ATM machine during a protest by students against austerity measures imposed by Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti's government that have cut into education spending in Rome December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

A woman walks past a damaged ATM machine during a protest by students against austerity measures imposed by Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti's government that have cut into education spending in Rome December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

A woman walks past a damaged ATM machine during a protest by students against austerity measures imposed by Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti's government that have cut into education spending in Rome December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
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