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Berlusconi praises Mussolini on Holocaust Memorial Day

28 January 2013 Last updated at 04:29 GMT

Italy's former premier Silvio Berlusconi has stoked controversy by praising Benito Mussolini on Holocaust Memorial Day - despite Il Duce's anti-Jewish laws.

Mr Berlusconi said Mussolini had been wrong to pass anti-Jewish laws but had otherwise been a good leader.

He was speaking at a Milan ceremony commemorating victims of the Nazi Holocaust.

The BBC's Wendy Urquhart reports.