JOSEPHINE MCKENNA

ROME--The Eternal City is a treasure trove for history lovers and culture buffs. I was thrilled to start combing its museums and startling array of ruins when I moved here five years ago. But the city hides plenty of ancient secrets.

 Rome's Ancient Treasures  -  A Travel Guide takes you inside temples and tombs that are tucked away where you would least expect to find them and gives you new insights into places you may have already seen.

10 Aug 2012
INSIDER NEWSDESK

ROME – As many as 290 Italian athletes are taking part in the Olympics in 34 disciplines eligible for up to 522 medals.

Under particular spotlight are the Italian male volleyball team, Valentina Vezzali, an already gold-medal winner, for the fencing category, Niccolo Campriani for air rifle shooting, and obviously Federica Pellegrini for swimming.

31 Jul 2012
Maria Trecca

ROME– The British Second World War veterans' leader, Harry Shindler, has been made an honourary citizen of Porto d’Ascoli in tribute to decades of work toward Anglo-Italian friendship.

Mr Shindler, aged 90, born in the Lambeth district of south London, served with the British Eighth Army during the liberation of Italy in 1944, taking part in the Battle of Anzio.

15 Jul 2012
JAMES WALSTON

ROME- As bad puns go, this one is old and stale, I know, but the would-be seceders are not exactly fresh, some more than others. The Lega Nord (Northern League, LN) has for most of its 20 years aimed at an independent state of northern Italy, Padania. Roberto Maroni has just taken over from Umberto Bossi as secretary and immediately reiterated independence as the party’s strategic goal.

11 Jul 2012
JOE GOWDRIDGE

It is a fantastic opening line: both frank and evasive, full of inquisition and thoroughly modern in scope and approach. We relax back into the chair and bash out the second, which follows neatly on from the first. Who was it that said that every line should either propel the story forward or else develop a character? Well there are no characters yet, so forget about it.

6 Jul 2012
JAN FILIPOWICZ

ROME– FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva has strongly denied he is favouring Latin Americans since he took office at the food agency in January.

 “I assess managers and staff members by the work they do and not by the post they have,” Senior Graziano, a Brazilian, told a meeting of a recent FAO Council earlier this year.

“In the spirit of FAO’s global mandate I see no Brazilian, no American, no Italian, no French, no Chinese, no Canadian, but only International Civil Servants.”

6 Jul 2012
Gianfranco Nitti

ROME- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of the United States will visit Finland
on today at the invitation of Minister for Foreign Affairs Erkki Tuomioja.

The two foreign ministers will discuss current foreign and security policy
issues, including promotion of the position of women, Syria, Iran and
Afghanistan, the state of negotiations concerning the international Arms
Trade Treaty as well as the results of the Rio Conference on Sustainable
Development.

27 Jun 2012
JAN FILIPOWICZ

 ROME– Christian Mersmann, the respected head of the UN’s Global Mechanism combating desertification, was sacked with two days’ notice by IFAD chief Kanayo Nwanze, UN sources said.

 Mr Mersmann, a German national with diplomatic status who previously worked at the FAO, had led the Global Mechanism for some six years. He was informed just two days before his existing contract with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) was due to expire in May that the agency would not renew his contract.

1 Jun 2012
John Phillips

ROME– Kuwait is optimistic the Arab Spring will usher in political democracy throughout the Middle East with many countries following the Kuwaiti example of a parliamentary constitution and freedom of speech, Sheikh Jaber Dnaij Al-Ibrahim says.

 “We have had experience of democratic political life for 50 years,” the Sheikh, Kuwait’s Ambassador to Italy, told the Italian Insider. “We follow the situation in the Arab world, the Arab Spring, through the Arab League and we help Libya and Yemen through the Arab League and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC),” he said in an interview.

31 May 2012

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