JAN FILIPOWICZ
 ROME - The investigation of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva for suspected illicit influence peddling is increasingly embarrasing senior FAO management as the UN agency prepares for the former Brazilian president to give the prestigious McDougall Memorial Lecture next month, UN sources say.
25 May 2015
DOMINIC THURLOW-WOOD

MONTE-CARLO – Nico Rosberg claimed his third career victory on the streets of Monte-Carlo on Sunday as a major blunder by Mercedes denied his teammate, Lewis Hamilton, a deserved victory. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel continued his excellent recent form with a second place finish, with Hamilton relegated to third.

25 May 2015
Roy Manuell

 ROME- As the sun set on the Villa Borghese gardens, the 83rd inaugural Piazza di Siena equestrian event, one of the oldest in the world, continued into its ever-popular Saturday evening show jumping competition.

24 May 2015
INSIDER NEWSDESK

ROME– A total of eight people have been arrested in Rome, Rieti, Viterbo and Naples for crimes relating to child prostitution. Those detained include a priest from Fiumicino and a pastor from Viterbo according to reports in Il Messaggero.

22 May 2015
INSIDER NEWSDESK

ROME – A unique photography exhibition entitled “A different kind of bravery: Thomas Ashby’s photographs of the British Red Cross in Italy during World War I,” opened on Friday at the Doria Pamphilj Gallery in Rome. The display will remain open until June 6, after which it will be taken on a tour round Italy.

22 May 2015
DOMINIC THURLOW-WOOD

ROME – The Old Lady won her first Coppa Italia in two decades on Wednesday night at the capital’s Stadio Olimpico, beating Lazio 2-1. Juventus are now on the verge of completing a historic treble as they face Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League final on June 6, having already wrapped up the Serie A title a fortnight ago.

21 May 2015
INSIDER NEWSDESK

ROME –Alitalia pilots and flight attendants represented by the ANPAC union went on strike on Monday, in protest against what the union describes as inadequate redundancy plans. Italy’s national airline has responded by calling the strike “disrespectful,” coming just days after a fire snarled services at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci di Fiumicino airport.

25 May 2015
PATRICE SWEENEY

ROME - Its foamy topping enjoys international acclaim. Popular coffee franchises have built their empires on its rich layers of espresso and milk.

22 May 2015
INSIDER NEWSDESK

ROME – More than 50 people have been arrested on Tuesday and another 70 are under investigation, as part of a probe into alleged match-fixing, in the third and fourth divisions of Italian football. A number of those arrested have links with mafia organisations with one individual connected to the Calabrian-based ‘Ndrangheta mafia, reported La Stampa.

19 May 2015
INSIDER NEWSDESK

ROME – Over 70,000 people took part in the “Race for the Cure” on Sunday. The event, which is now in its sixteenth year, sees participants run, walk or stroll around a five kilometre long course, to raise awareness and money for the fight against breast cancer.

18 May 2015