US television personality Kim Kardashian (left), her mother Kris Jenner (right) and their host, 81-year-old Austrian businessman Richard Lugner (centre) arrive for the Vienna Opera Ball at the State Opera in Vienna. Photograph: EPA/Herbert Pfarrhofer

Vienna’s Opera Ball, the highlight of Austria’s Eurotrash calendar, reached a new low on Thursday night with a blackface scandal,(...)

Italy’s former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi talks to colleagues during a vote in the Senate in Rome yesterday.

[BYLINE1]PADDY AGNEW[/BYLINE1][BYLINE2]in Rome[/BYLINE2]Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi suffered yet another setback in his battle wit(...)

Nicole Minetti, Silvio Berlusconi’s former dental hygienist who later became a PDL regional councillor, was sentenced to five years in jail today after she was one of three found guilty of aiding and abetting prostitution. Photograph: Paolo Bona/Reuters

An Italian court has sentenced three associates of Silvio Berlusconi to jail terms today after finding them guilty of aiding and abetting prostitutio(...)

Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi has been sentenced to seven years in prison for paying an underage teen for sex during his “bunga bunga”parties near Milan in 2010. Photograph:  Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Silvio Berlusconi was handed a seven-year jail sentence today for abuse of office and paying for sex with a minor, adding to the complications facing (...)