Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe flew into Rome for a global food summit on Sunday, his first official trip abroad since elections condemned by Western and opposition leaders as fraudulent. A British Foreign Office spokesperson said: ''It is a matter of concern to us and we would prefer that he did not attend.''
Italians have a last chance to vote on Monday in a two-day parliamentary election that could restore conservative billionaire Silvio Berlusconi as prime minister of a country on the brink of recession. Many Italians doubt, however, that Italy's 62nd government since World War II will revive the economy.
Amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius, known as the world's ''fastest man on no legs'', is understandably nervous ahead of his first race abroad against able-bodied athletes, due to take place in Rome on Friday. But how he races, scientifically speaking, could be far more important than who crosses the finish line first.
An Italian contact of poisoned former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko said he believed both were targeted with a radioactive substance because of secrets they shared. Mario Scaramella said on Saturday urine tests showed he had received a potentially lethal dose of polonium 210, the rare radioactive isotope that killed Litvinenko.