Italian election turns into a joke as 20 per cent of voters pick ex-comedian

Fresh euro crisis as Italy rejects austerity and protests by voting for party led by ex-comedian More than a quarter of voters backed the Five Star Movement led by comedian Beppe Grillo The centre-right alliance of controversial former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi took 31 per centThe centre-left groups, led by Pier Luigi Bersani, had just under 30 per cent of the vote By Hannah Roberts PUBLISHED: 14:26 GMT, 25 February 2013 | UPDATED: 00:07 GMT, 26 February 2013 The euro was heading for a fresh crisis last night as Italian voters recorded one of the biggest protest votes in modern times. In a rejection of the austerity reforms needed to ease the country’s massive debt, more than a quarter of voters backed the Five Star Movement, led by comedian Beppe Grillo. His anti-euro and anti-austerity party, which had almost 27 per cent of the early votes, could end up being the single biggest group in parliament

Police officers injured in Northern Ireland as Loyalists riot over right to fly the Union Flag

Police officers injured in Northern Ireland as loyalists protests reignite over ban on flying the Union Flag over Belfast City Hall Crowd of up to 300 people hurled fireworks, bricks and petrol bombs PUBLISHED: 02:35 GMT, 5 January 2013 | UPDATED: 02:36 GMT, 5 January 2013 Several police officers were injured in Northern Ireland last night as loyalist protests reignited over the ban on flying the Union Flag over Belfast City Hall. A crowd of up to 300 people hurled fireworks, bricks and petrol bombs during a sustained attack on officers in east Belfast

Indian gang rape victim who died in hospital "was due to marry man she was with when she was attacked"

Mother of gang rape victim taken to hospital after collapsing at cremation as it emerges daughter was set to marry man she was with when attackedSix men charged with murder in the December 16 attack on a busGovernment promises to publish photos, names and addresses of rapistsWest Bengal unveils plans for 65 all-female police stations | UPDATED: 19:36 GMT, 30 December 2012 The mother of the young Indian woman who died after being raped by a gang of men was taken to hospital today after collapsing while her daughter was being cremated.

Karl Wade and Rebecca Harbourne slapped with 70 parking ticket as they carried disabled son Devon to car outside their home

Couple with disabled boy slapped with 70 parking ticket as they carried him to their car outside their home Karl Wade and Rebecca Harbourne had been fitting special splints to son Devon, four, when warden appeared Temporary restrictions had been imposed outside their home Birmingham council refused two appeals because their case 'lacks merit' | UPDATED: 22:10 GMT, 26 December 2012 [captio Parents who parked outside their home as they carried their seriously disabled boy to their car were shocked to see they had been given a ticket. Karl Wade, 37, briefly left his Nissan Note people carrier in front of his house as he and his partner Rebecca Harbourne, 28, strapped splints to the legs of four-year-old Devon, who has cerebral palsy and cannot walk. When they emerged from the front door with their son minutes later, however, they found they had been issued with a 70 fine.

Petrol prices: Revealed: Real cost of petrol now is as high as in the wake of the Suez Crisis when supplies were rationed

Revealed: Real cost of petrol is now as high as in wake of Suez Crisis when supplies were rationedHouse of Commons says prices now are equivalent to the fall-out of the 1957 fuel shortages triggered by stand-off with Egypt Tory MP Robert Halfon calls for crackdown on 'oil cartels'Ministers to publish a study in January into demise of petrol stations after 285 close in two years | UPDATED: 12:30 GMT, 24 December 2012 Petrol prices in 2012 are 'broadly equivalent' to those during the Suez crisis, House of Commons researchers said Petrol prices are now as high as in the wake of the Suez crisis when petrol was rationed, shocking new research suggests. In the last 100 years, the cost of filling up a car has only been higher in the wake of the First World War when the petrol pump was still a novelty on the high street

Lynch mob bay for blood of Delhi gang rapists: Streets in lockdown as three appear in court over bus attack that damaged girl so badly she lost her…

Lynch mob bay for blood of Delhi gang rapists: Streets in lockdown as three appear in court over bus attack that damaged girl so badly she lost her intestines Hundreds of protesters called for the death penalty for the three suspects Ram Singh, Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma appeared in court yesterdaySharma tells court they should be 'hanged' for the 'heinous crime' Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appeals for calm after week of protest 23-year-old victim still in critical condition eight days after brutal attack | UPDATED: 19:11 GMT, 24 December 2012 A 'lynch mob' called for the death penalty against three men accused of raping a woman for more than an hour before throwing her from a moving bus were brought to court. Roads and railways have been closed in New Delhi today as police try to regain control after days of protest and pitched battles between police and demonstrators. Today, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appealed for calm and vowed to get justice for the 'monstrous crime'.

Outrage over Indian police chief suggestion that women should carry chilli powder and not go out at night to avoid rape

Outrage over Indian police chief suggestion that women should carry chilli powder and not go out at night to avoid rapeComments by Commissioner KP Raghuvanshi, head of police in ThaneActivists condemned the commissioner's remarks as sexist and 'idiotic'It follows the gang rape of a 23-year-old student on a bus in New Delhi | UPDATED: 12:08 GMT, 21 December 2012 A police chief in India has sparked outrage after a woman was gang raped on a bus by saying women should carry chili powder to defend themselves.

University students to face fingerprint scanners to prove they are attending lectures – and they"re not illegal immigrants

University students to face fingerprint scanners to prove they are attending lectures – and they're not illegal immigrants Biometric scanners to be introduced in line with the UK Border Agency measuresScanners would recognise students' fingerprints and collect data on which sessions they have attended Border Agency measures to ensure international students don't use student visas as a way to sneak into the countryUnion referendum shows 1,200 students voted against the scheme | UPDATED: 19:07 GMT, 14 December 2012 Student representatives claim that fingerprint records will infringe privacy rights University students may have to scan their fingerprints in future to prove they are going to their lectures. Newcastle University plans to introduce biometric scanners to bring the institution in line with the UK Border Agency (UKBA) and clamp down on illegal immigrants

Abu Qatada moves to a new homeand guess whos paying? Removal men seen loading van with satellite dish and cross-trainer

Abu Qatada moves to a new home – and guess who’s paying Removal men seen loading van with satellite dish and cross-trainerThe cost of monitoring Qatada is already estimated at 100,000 a week He is said to be paying 1,900 a month in rent for the house in Wembley – funded through benefits | UPDATED: 22:43 GMT, 10 December 2012 A few weeks ago Abu Qatada returned to his 400,000 family home with a big smirk on his face. Yesterday he was probably just as happy as the taxpayer funded a move to a new home for the hate preacher and his wife and children.

Egypts courts in crisis as judges strike over psychological assassination and Morsis supporters block officials from entering courthouse

Egypt’s courts in crisis as judges strike over ‘psychological assassination’ and Morsi’s supporters block officials from entering courthouseProtests in Egypt over President Morsi's new degrees which extend immunity from courts to panel drafting new constitution 'It is the Egyptian judiciary’s blackest day on record,' courts said By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 01:55 GMT, 3 December 2012 | UPDATED: 01:55 GMT, 3 December 2012 Egypt’s top court said it was suspending its work indefinitely to protest against the ‘psychological assassination’ of its judges. The declaration came after supporters of the country’s Islamist president prevented the judges from entering the courthouse yesterday. The strike is the latest turn in a crisis pitting President Mohammed Morsi and his Islamist allies against the mostly secular opposition