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 ROME -- As the beleaguered President of IFAD, Gilbert Houngbo, confronts the UN agency's Executive Board next week, he may have to address a number of uncomfortable questions which hopefully will be asked, IFAD watchers say.
 The turmoil has climaxed as the result of a vitriolic letter of the Staff Association which puts the Togolese president on the stand for a rash of mismanagement and deeply unethical issues at the Rome-based development bank for small farmers, the observers say.
 
9 Dec 2021
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 BRUSSELS - Member of European Parliament Maria Walsh met with Head of the Association of Foreign Lecturers in Italy David Petrie in Brussels Wednesday to discuss the long standing petition he, and many other EU citizens, have put forward against actions in some Italian universities who are underpaying their non-Italian professors. Work on this has been ongoing since 1988.

9 Dec 2021
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 MANSURA – After 22 months of detention in Egypt, Patrick Zaki will be free to leave jail but he has not been acquitted, judicial authorities said.

 The decision came after Tuesday’s hearing was suspended almost immediately when his lawyer, Hoda Nasrallah, requested proof of the alleged illegality that led to his arrest on Feb. 7, 2020 at Cairo airport.

8 Dec 2021
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 VALPOLICELLA – There’s no shortage of wine, but supply problems in the paper, card, wood and glass sectors have led to a serious lack of bottles, labels and shipping containers to transport it in, wine producers in the Veneto region have said.

 "Since September we have not been able to fully load in time,” said Pierangelo Tommasi, of the Tommasi Family Estates vineyard based in Valpolicella. "We have noticed that for [exports to] Asia and North America, there is a physical shortage of containers and cargo here is delayed by over a month.”

7 Dec 2021
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 LONDON – The United Kingdom’s decision to impose further restrictions in response to the emergence of the Omicron variant has been met with criticism from the tourism industry, while scientists say it is too little, too late, said La Repubblica Sunday.

 For both British and Italian airlines and hotels, it is a "devastating blow" to the tourism sector - one of the industries worst affected by pandemic restrictions that had been cautiously on the way to recovery.

6 Dec 2021