Populist Italian politician Grillo swims Straits of Messina

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Five-Star Movement activist and comedian Beppe Grillo celebrates after swimming across the Strait of Messina from Cannitello in Calabria to Messina in Sicily as he begins his election campaignMESSINA, Italy (Reuters) – Populist politician Beppe Grillo, the leader of Italy's second-largest party, launched a local election campaign in Sicily in colorful fashion on Wednesday by swimming the treacherous Straits of Messina that separate the island from mainland Italy. Grillo's 5-Star Movement, capitalizing on a spate of scandals involving established parties, is the rising force of Italian politics and made spectacular gains in local elections in May, when it elected its mayor to the northern city of Parma. …