Italy faces political deadlock after a stunning election that
saw the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement led by comedian
Beppe Grillo become the strongest party in the country but
left no group with a clear majority in parliament.
Italians are voting in one of the most unpredictable
elections in years, with many voters expressing rage against
a discredited elite and doubt that a government will emerge
strong enough to combat a severe economic crisis.
Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi will return
to frontline politics as the centre-right candidate in next
year's general election, a senior official in his PDL party
was quoted as saying.
A strong earthquake in northern Italy has killed at least six
people, injured dozens and damaged historic buildings
including a famed mediaeval castle early, waking terrified
citizens and sending thousands running into the streets.