JAMES WALSTON

ROME- The office dealing with the prying and spying on Chancellor Angela Merkel apparently goes under the coy euphemism on Special Collection Service -- A long time ago, a colleague on the University of Maryland’s programme for the US military told me of another spooks’ euphemism used back then (and now for all I know).

29 Oct 2013
ANDREW GARGANO
ROME - A group of 12 residents living in the "red zone" of Mount Vesuvius has appealed to the European Court of Human Rights for a solution to what they call "inadequate" evacuation plans.
 
29 Oct 2013
Philip Willan

ROME-Pope Francis's embryonic papacy has been fresh air for many Catholics-The enthusiastic extrovert, impatient of formality, eager to preach and practice the essential message of God’s untiring forgiveness and predilection for the poor could not be more at odds with the gloomy rigour of Pope Benedict’s inward-looking reign.

 Many hope he will succeed in flinging open the windows and sending a vivifying wind through the stale air of the Curia, blowing away the spiritual cobwebs and the poison-pen papers of the Vatileaks saga.

27 Oct 2013
INSIDER NEWSDESK
ROME - Diego Maradona has stated that he "wants to meet" famous actress Sophia Loren to find out how she "beat the taxman."
 
Football icon Diego Maradona recently sparked outrage from Italian officials after he made an obscene gesture in a television interview when questioned about taxes. He owes Italy €39 million in unpaid taxes and is now seeking financial advice from Sophia Loren.
 
25 Oct 2013
ANDREW GARGANO
ROME - New Datagate details have emerged revealing Britain has also played a key role in spying on Italians, using information to further the country's interests while passing data to the NSA.
 
 The disclosures appeared in the preview of an article by L'Espresso that is due out tomorrow. In the article, journalist Glenn Greenwald, who first published the classified documents that were leaked by Edward Snowden, spoke to L'Espresso about American and British surveillance programmes that gather information from Italy.
 
24 Oct 2013
JAN FILIPOWICZ

  ROME --The rise of an influential Asian clan at the UN food agencies has snagged with the suspension of a top IFAD official over a sexual harassment complaint, UN sources say.

23 Oct 2013
JAN FILIPOWICZ

ROME–FAO’s CIO chief Florentin Albu, bowing to pressure, has agreed to re-deploy four axed staffers to new posts, following Italian Insider’s disclosing his plans to dump them in violation of labour accords at the UN agency, FAO sources say.

The existence of the new jobs was “kept under wraps in extreme secrecy” at the hunger-fighting agency, a senior FAO source told the Insider, disclosing that “four or five new positions will be available at the P-2, P-3 level.”

23 Oct 2013
INSIDER NEWSDESK
ROME - The Office of Culture and Information for the Embassy of Turkey presents a new art exhibit at its office in Piazza della Repubblica that will be free to the public beginning Wednesday.
 
The exhibit, Permanenza: Notes on the Travel and Landscape of Turkey, features a new collection of paintings and sculptures by nine Italian artists. The artworks depict the ancient ruins, cultural memories, and landscapes of Turkey and express what a modern day trip to the country is like. 
 
22 Oct 2013
ANDREW GARGANO
ROME - Diego Maradona has infuriated Enrico Letta by giving the gesto dell'ombrello when asked about taxes in an interview, with the Prime Minister saying he "did not like it one bit."
 
22 Oct 2013

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