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 ROME – FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva announced the appointment of Trump appointee David Beasley as the new Executive Director of the World Food Programme Tuesday in a terse speech that left German diplomats fuming their candidates received no serious consideration for the post, WFP sources said.

28 Mar 2017
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ROME – The World Food Programme has interviewed six purported candidates to be Executive Director of the UN agency in an elaborate charade designed to reassure members that the choice of Trump administration appointee David Beasley is not a shoe-in, diplomatic sources said Friday.

 “Some of the so-called candidates agreed to apply just to make it look good,” a senior WFP source said, speaking on condition of anonymity, “but the ED is appointed at the behest of the White House, the competition element is just a façade paid for by donors with taxpayers’ money.”

24 Mar 2017
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 ROME -- As WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin prepares to hand over the helm to nominated successor David Beasley, the UN agency's Inspector General, David Johnson, has begun clearing his desk after deciding not to seek renewal his contract as the organisation's anti-corruption czar.
 Mr Johnson, a Briton who worked previously at the UK development agency DFID after graduating from the London School of Economics, was one of the most senior appointments made by Ms Cousin during her reign.
24 Mar 2017
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LIMA- The Peruvian Court of Appeals has revealed that it will vote on whether the former first lady, Nadine Heredia, should be allowed to leave the country without previous authorization.

Supreme judges César Sahuanay Calsín, Iván Quispe Aucca and Jésica León Yarango will give their decision within the next 20 days.

Heredia is appealing against a judicial sanction that prevents her from leaving Peru or changing her place of residence without permission from a magistrate.

22 Mar 2017
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 ROME--Parliamone sabato, a Saturday afternoon talk show hosted by Paola Perego, was shut down after broadcasting a xenophobic story. The piece was called “The threat from the east. Men prefer foreign women”, and contained a list with reasons why Italian men should prefer Eastern European women to Italian ones.

 The broadcast sparked outrage first on social media, and then from politicians and the press, forcing both the director of RaiUno, Andrea Fabiana and the president of Viale Mazzini, Monica Maggioni, to issue apologies.

21 Mar 2017