Heads of State

Berlusconi Needs 3 Weeks to Recover

The attack on Silvio Berlusconi may have been more serious than it originally appeared: The Italian prime minister will need three weeks to recover and will have to miss the climate-change conference at Copenhagen next week. The 73-year-old lost about a pint of blood and is having difficult feeding himself after an assailant hit him in the face with a statuette of a cathedral. His attacker, Massimo Tartaglia, has a history of mental illness and is on suicide watch in prison. “Berlusconi is beginning to feel the effects of the blow, but the premier is a lion," his spokesman said.