JAN FILIPOWICZ

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
Tina Moll
This article is available to everyone

 ROME-- Poland and Greece have threatened not to sign the ‘Rome Declaration’ two days before the 27 European leaders are due to meet in the Italian capital.

 The two countries are throwing into question whether the document, created in recognition of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, will be signed by all parties. Greece has stipulated that they would like the third economic adjustment programme to continue. Poland has always been against the concept of a two-speed Europe and contests the “snub” of reinstating Donald Tusk as President of the European Council.

24 Mar 2017
JAN FILIPOWICZ
 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
Philip Willan

 ROME -- With advisors to U.S. President Donald Trump being accused of overt racism, a book about the racial theories of the last century has acquired an unexpected topicality. In the 1930s experts in Germany and Italy debated the racial status of the Armenian people, with potentially disastrous consequences for Armenian exiles struggling to survive in the two countries.

23 Mar 2017
INSIDER NEWSDESK

 LONDON-- A Roman woman was seriously injured in Wednesday's attacks. She arrived in the city on Tuesday, the day before the incident, and is now recovering in hospital. Her identity is yet to be revealed for privacy reasons.

 The ambassador for Italy in the United Kingdom confirmed in a live broadcast to Rai1’s Porta a Porta that the woman was being cared for in a different hospital to the other victims, which is another reason for the delay in her identification.

23 Mar 2017