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Berlusconi breaks lectern for Bush

Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi managed to break a lectern in his eagerness to pay tribute to US president George W Bush.

Talking about a new US president, he said that Italy would cooperate with whoever it was, but "it will be difficult to find a man as idealistic and brave as our George".

He then knocked down the lectern while moving to embrace Bush and joked "this is what too much love can do".

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