Anonymous

By INSIDER REPORTERS

ROME -- Navy officers aboard an Italian merchant vessel opened fire off the south coast of India killing two Indian fisherman, mistaken for pirates.

 The navy said in a statement that “the attitude of the vessel was judged clearly hostile, typical of pirates,” and that the crew followed international protocols.

16 Feb 2012
ALYX BARKER

ROME -- The United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has been ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of euros in damages to a senior executive who was wrongly dismissed without appropriate redundancy provisions. The Fund claimed that she was not technically an employee of the Fund, but of a sub organisation, the Global Mechanism, this claim was defeated by the International Court of Justice last month.

8 Feb 2012
Anonymous

 By JAN FILIPOWICZ

ROME– As Graziano Da Silva prepares for his inauguration as new Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the international peasants’ movement La Via Campesina has cautioned that the Brazilian economist’s policies at the helm of the UN agency will “encourage land grabbing” and reinforce big corporations’ control of global agriculture.

23 Dec 2011
Anonymous

 ROME – Captain Charles Ridley, a soldier and top foreign correspondent for UPI, climaxed an extraordinary career with a worldwide scoop by breaking the news of the 1981 assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II, and was a colourful inspiration for his fellow reporters.

16 Dec 2011
ALYX BARKER

ROME -- Foreign lecturers have expressed hope that the new Monti government will give a boost to forthcoming round table negotiations to end more than 25 years of discrimination. Several British and European government officials have reiterated their support for the campaign and their determination to pursue the issue with the technocrats.

 Currently, foreign lecturers in Italy are denied equal pay and pension rights to Italian lecturers, a law which the European Court of Justice has also ready ruled is illegal six times.

9 Dec 2011
ALYX BARKER

ROME -- The World War II British Army veteran Harry Shindler recently presented his latest book ‘My war is not over’, co written with Marco Patucchi, at the American University of Rome (AUR). The book tells dozens of stories of people who Mr Shindler has helped truly 'end their war' by discovering what happened to their loved ones, and also covers Mr Shindler's own memories of the war, where he participated in the landing at Anzio and the Liberation of Rome. Patucchi, a journalist from La Repubblica newspaper, collaborated with Shindler in his research.

10 Nov 2011
Philip Willan

ROME --The ongoing eurozone crisis is putting an unexpected squeeze on The Monte dei Paschi Bank, an institution that was set up to protect the needy from usurers and that has been run with admirable caution and social conscience for more than five centuries.

 The Monte dei Paschi di Siena SpA, Italy's third-largest lender, needs to raise around 3 billion in fresh capital to compensate for its exposure to Italian sovereign debt and satisfy the stress test demands of the European Banking Authority.

10 Nov 2011
Anonymous

By DALEELA FARINA and ALYX BARKER

ROME -- The UN Security Council Resolution on women and peace and security has now been in place for 11 years, but international women’s organisations say governments are still "dragging their feet" in implementing it.

1 Nov 2011
JAN FILIPOWICZ

ROME– Kanayo Nwanze, the director general of the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development, refused an offer of a free Alfa Romeo saloon car from the Italian Government, insisting that the poverty-fighting agency use vital funds to buy him a 50,000 euro BMW limousine, IFAD sources say.

 “The money could have been used for the rural poor, but Nwanze insisted he wanted a new German car rather than the perfectly adequate and smart Alfa Romeo on offer at no charge from Italy,” said a senior source at the Rome-based agency.

1 Nov 2011

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