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

How did Berlusconi let this one get away? Italian showgirl turned MP, 26, takes to the sunbeds on Miami beach holiday

How did Berlusconi let this one get away Italian showgirl turned MP, 26, takes to the sunbeds on Miami beach holidaySunbathing Nicole Minetti shows Italy's former PM what he's been missingPolitician greets photographers on the beach by sticking her tongue out | UPDATED: 19:22 GMT, 30 December 2012 Showgirl turned Italian MP Nicole Minetti shows the country's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi what he has been missing as she enjoys a sun-filled break away from politics. Mr Berlusconi's former girlfriend is on a Christmas holiday in Miami Beach, Florida, and was pictured over the weekend relaxing during a day's sunbathing in a multi-coloured bikini

Kate"s royal twins spark a succession row, China buys Greece – and polygamy is legalised…

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Italian stock market takes huge hit as 2% is wiped off following shock resignation of Prime Minister Monti

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Silvio Berlusconi: Confirms he will stand for Italian Prime Minister again

Disgraced Silvio Berlusconi has confirmed he will stand for Italian Prime Minister again The flamboyant 76-year-old quit as premier in November last year He faces possible jail time for tax fraud and a trial for having sex with an underage prostitute He declared he would not allow Italy to spiral into recession He has hinted for months that he might make a comeback | UPDATED: 20:17 GMT, 8 December 2012 Silvio Berlusconi, the former Italian Prime Minister, has confirmed that he will stand in next year’s election, a year after being forced to resign amid a sex scandal and a debt crisis.

Mrs Jowell throws her toys out of the pram, again

Mrs Jowell throws her toys out of the pram, again | UPDATED: 00:33 GMT, 27 November 2012 Dame Tessa Jowell, recently ‘reconciled’ with husband David Mills, has now thrown all her toys out of her pram at the suggestion that the original separation back in 2006 was little more than a career-saving exercise.