Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is under observation in hospital after being attacked after a political rally in Milan.
His doctor Alberto Zangrillo said it would take a few weeks for Mr Berlusconi to make a full recovery.
He said the prime minister's nose and two teeth were broken in the attack and that he had lost a lot of blood.
A 42-year-old man, who has a history of mental illness, has been charged with aggravated assault.
Dr Zangrillo said Mr Berlusconi, 73, had had to undergo a CT scan in the hospital but did not yet require any surgery.
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