ROME -- EU countries are divided and evidently increasingly at odds with the EU Commission in Brussels over extra-budget financing for FAO activities including relief of emergencies, diplomatic sources say.
JOAO PESSOA - The ‘ndrangheta boss Rocco Morabito has been arrested in a hotel in Joao Pessoa, the capital of the state of Paraiba in Brazil. He is the second most wanted man in Italy - after Matteo Messina Denaro, aka Diabolik - and considered one of the most important drug traffickers in South America.
GOMA - Several people have been arrested in the Congo for the murder on Feb. 22 of the Italian Ambassador Luca Attanasia, his Carabinieri guard, Vittorio Iacovacci, and their Congolese driver Mustapha Milambo, according to local authorities.
ROME - After a year of streaming and anxiety, live cinema is returning with the launch of a new film festival in Porto Turistico in Rome, Cinelido.
Cinelido - Festival of Italian Cinema, will take place from July 16-18. It will be dedicated to the promotion and appreciation of short film and emerging Italian talents, with a particular homage paid to its evocative location, Rome’s Porto Turistico. It will be hosted in the port’s 800-seat open-air amphitheatre.
ROME - The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the European Union (EU) will provide 26.5 million euros worth of liquidity and debt relief to rural financial institutions to protect jobs and safeguard livelihoods during the Covid-19 pandemic.
SANA’A – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is increasing the level of food assistance in Yemen’s worst hunger hotspots in an effort to prevent a devastating famine.
ROME - It all came down to the final day of this year’s Serie A, as AC Milan managed to steal second place from Atalanta, after beating them 2-0. Napoli’s 1-1 to Verona wasn’t enough to hold on to their Champions League spot, allowing Juventus to sneak into fourth after beating Bologna 4-1.
Meanwhile champions Inter Milan signed off in style with a 5-1 victory over Udinese, amid wild celebrations outside the stadium where fans had gathered to cheer the arrival of the team. Celebrations also for the return of fans, with 1,000 allowed inside the stadium.
ROME – Dominic Republic Ambassador Mario Arvelo Caamano is the favourite in the race with two EU candidates (Netherlands and Hungary) for the influential post of independent chairman of the FAO Council to be elected by the FAO Conference, diplomatic sources say.
Ambassador Marie Arvelo, an attorney, has an impressive curriculum published in Conference documents and long and wide experience in FAO affairs as chair of bodies like the Committee on Agriculture and the Committee on World Food Security.
LAKE MAGGIORE - As many as 14 people have died after a cable car derailed and crashed to the forest floor of Mount Matterone in the Piedmontese Alps.