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Berlusconi OK after assault

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Italian news reports said Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi spent an untroubled night at the hospital after being hit in the face with a statuette hurled by a man at a rally in Milan.

The ANSA news agency said Berlusconi asked to see newspapers upon waking up yesterday at the San Raffaele hospital.

Berlusconi was hit on Sunday as he was signing autographs at the rally. The 73-year-old leader was rushed to hospital with blood under his nose, on his mouth and under one eye. He suffered a fractured nose, two broken teeth and a lip injury, according to hospital spokesman Paolo Klun.

The attacker has been arrested.

The 73-year-old prime minister, a popular but divisive figure, said "I'm fine, I'm fine" as he arrived at the hospital on Sunday night.

He later told an Italian television presenter visiting him that he considered it "miraculous" not to have lost an eye in the attack, the ANSA news agency said.

His personal doctor, Alberto Zangrillo, said the premier had suffered a fractured nose, two broken teeth and cuts to his lips that required stitches.

He said Berlusconi would be kept in at least overnight for observation and would need up to 15 days to recover. The tycoon would not need surgery but could be kept in hospital for long as 48 hours, Zangrillo said.

(中国日报网英语点津 Helen 编辑)

Berlusconi OK after assault

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Berlusconi OK after assault

Lee Hannon is Chief Editor at China Daily with 15-years experience in print and broadcast journalism. Born in England, Lee has traveled extensively around the world as a journalist including four years as a senior editor in Los Angeles. He now lives in Beijing and is happy to move to China and join the China Daily team.