ROME – Dutch influence at the FAO could be set to increase further with speculation that Netherlands wheeler-dealer Ilja Betlem may be promoted to Chinese DG Qu Dong Yu’s cabinet at the director level in the UN agency, FAO sources say.

30 Aug 2021

ROME —The statements made by the former Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on what he claims is the need to discuss with the Taliban, have aroused much controversy and earned the leader of the Five Stars, slanderous accusations, from support for terrorism to aiding a militia involved in acts of discrimination and violations against Afghan women and opponents.

25 Aug 2021
John Phillips

 ROME-- Italian special forces troops have rescued some of the hundreds of former Afghan interpreters with the Italian army who were waiting for several days with family members outside Kabul airport for flights to freedom though thousands of other Afghans with Italian connections are believed to be awaiting evacuation.

23 Aug 2021

 TREVIGLIO – “Bread, love and fantasy” is the 1953 film that thrust Italian sex symbol Gina Lollobrigida onto the international stage. This year’s Food Film Fest in Treviglio, in the province of Bergamo, draws inspiration from that award-winning romantic comedy. In a nod to the spirit and beauty of post-war Italy, the 2021 edition of the festival is dedicated to the rediscovery of traditional values.

 Running from 25 to 29 Aug., the first three days of the festival borrow their themes from the film title: bread (day 1), love (day 2) and fantasy (day 3).

20 Aug 2021

 PAOLA – A Carabiniere vacationing in Calabria collapsed and died of a suspected heart attack after a “violent verbal assault” over a cigarette butt discarded in the sea, Il Giornale reported on Wednesday.

18 Aug 2021

 ROME – As thousands scramble to flee Kabul after the Taliban took control of the Afghanistan capital, Italian church organisations are urging the EU to establish a ‘humanitarian corridor’ to safely evacuate Afghan citizens.

17 Aug 2021

 ROME -- The appointment of Iraqi 'hungercrat' Raschad Al-Khafaji as the head of the FAO liason office in Brussels in the wake of an influence-peddling scandal that damaged relations between the UN agency and the EU appears to be an unusual choice by the Director General Qu Dongyu, diplomatic sources say.  

17 Aug 2021
Cesira Colleluori

AGRIGENTO – The murder of a former president of the municipal council of Favara, in the province of Agrigento, Sicily, shot dead at a downtown bar on Sunday afternoon, has all the hallmarks of “plan” concocted by a person who knew the victim well, Agrigento News reports.

16 Aug 2021

 REGGIO CALABRIA – The deadly wildfires that continue to rage across southern Italy have claimed two more lives, taking the death toll to four in the last seven days, police said on Thursday.

 The body of an elderly shepherd (77) has been found at a farmhouse in Grotteria, some 60 kilometres northeast of Reggio Calabria, where he had sought refuge.

 The fires have continued to hit the whole region relentlessly for days with Aspromonte and the areas near the municipalities of Grotteria, Gioiosa Ionica in Locride hardest hit.

12 Aug 2021