Europe

Role for Peruvian ex-first lady at UN food agency postponed

A U.N. food agency says it is putting off the start of work for the former first lady of Peru after the South American country's government asked for her appointment to be scrapped.

The Food and Agricultural Organization said, however, that Nadine Heredia would remain a FAO employee while it "continues to monitor" her situation.

Heredia arrived in Geneva this month to head the FAO liaison office at the U.N. European headquarters.

In Peru, she is being probed for allegedly receiving illegal payments from Brazilian construction firms and from the Venezuelan government when her husband, Ollanta Humala, was running for president in 2006 and 2011.

She is under a court order to appear every 30 days before judicial authorities in Peru. Peru's foreign minister has said her hiring constitutes interference in a judicial probe.