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Search for survivors as anger mounts over Italy bridge collapse

Aug 17, 2018 - 3:16 PM

The chance of finding survivors at this stage is slim and the unstable mountains of debris make the search operation dangerous

RESCUE ONGOING. This handout picture taken and released by the Vigili del Fuoco, the Italian fire and rescue service, on August 15, 2018, shows rescuers at work amid rubble and wreckage after the collapse of a section of the Morandi motorway bridge in Genoa. Handout photo by Vigili del Fuoco/AFP

Pope on side of victims of U.S. 'predator' priests

Aug 17, 2018 - 11:40 AM

'Those who have suffered are his priority, and the Church wants to listen to them to root out this tragic horror that destroys the lives of the innocent,' the Vatican says in a statement

POPE'S PRIORITY. Pope Francis is pictured during a weekly general audience at St Peter's square on April 11, 2018 in Vatican. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Chinese bombers likely training for U.S. strikes – Pentagon

Aug 17, 2018 - 11:05 AM

A Pentagon report says the People's Liberation Army may demonstrate the 'capability to strike US and allied forces and military bases in the western Pacific Ocean, including Guam'

No Canadians: Air France unions insist on a French CEO

Aug 16, 2018 - 11:53 PM

Nine out of 10 Air France unions say it is 'inconceivable' that the company falls into the hands of a foreign executive

NO WAY. File photo of Air France-KLM planes. AFP Photo

Mahathir to renegotiate or cancel mega-projects during China trip

Aug 16, 2018 - 8:30 PM

The 93-year-old Malaysian leader rails against a series of deals struck with Chinese state-owned companies by the administration of toppled leader Najib Razak

Mantan PM Malaysia Mahathir Mohamad. FOTO oleh Regina Safri/ANTARA

U.S. won't allow China to 'rewrite rules' in South China Sea

Aug 16, 2018 - 8:30 PM

'We'll fly, sail, and operate where international law allows.... Our guidance will be if we are operating legally, we will continue to operate legally,' says US Defense Assistant Secretary Randall Schriver

WEIGHING IN. US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs Randall Schriver in a roundtable with reporters at the US Embassy in Manila. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Nigerian police secretly arraign detained journalist

Aug 16, 2018 - 7:46 PM

Samuel Ogundipe, a journalist, is in police custody since his arrest for reporting on a takeover of parliament last week by masked security agents

Policemen from Nigeria are pictured at the International Police Cooperation Center on June 12, 2018 in Domodedovo outside Moscow, two days ahead of the the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament. Policemen from 32 countries will coordinate the safety matters for the Russia 2018 football World Cup. Vasily MAXIMOV / AFP

New Zealand curbs foreign property ownership to cool market

Aug 16, 2018 - 6:11 PM

The new restrictions mean an almost complete ban on non-nationals buying residential property in New Zealand, with only a couple of exemptions

Colombia says 19 citizens killed in tourist bus crash

Aug 16, 2018 - 5:36 PM

Ecuador's foreign ministry says 23 people were killed in the crash, instead of 24 as previously announced

BUS CRASH. Photo released by the Fire Brigade of Quito showing firefighters working at the scene of an accident where a bus crashed into another vehicle, in the road between Pifo and Papallacta, 30 kilometres east of Quito, leaving at least 24 people dead and 20 injured, on August 14, 2018. AFP PHOTO - Fire Brigade of Quito

Prosecutors focus on Manafort 'lies' as trial draws to a close

Aug 16, 2018 - 4:55 PM

Paul Manafort, a Republican political consultant and lobbyist, is charged with 18 counts of tax evasion and bank fraud

PAUL MANAFORT. Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort leaves the Prettyman Federal Courthouse following a hearing November 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Cambodia ruling party sweeps parliament after vote with no opposition

Aug 16, 2018 - 4:29 PM

The dissolved opposition is planning on ramping up efforts with governments abroad to put more pressure on Cambodian leader Hun Sen

HUN SEN. Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen delivers his address before a huge gathering for garment workers in Phnom Penh on August 15, 2018. AFP PHOTO

Imprisoned Lula registers Brazil presidential candidacy

Aug 16, 2018 - 3:28 PM

'I registered my candidacy for the presidency of the republic...certain that I can do a lot to pull Brazil from one of its worst crises in history,' Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva says in a letter

NEW CANDIDATE? This file photo shows Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva amid supporters as he arrives at a Federal Justice Court in Curitiba, Brazil for a hearing with senior 'Lava Jato' (operation Car Wash) Judge Sergio Moro, on May 10, 2017. File photo by Ricardo Stuckert/Instituto Lula/AFP

Malaysia court rules North Korea assassination trial can proceed

Aug 16, 2018 - 1:41 PM

Judge Azmi Ariffin says there is sufficient evidence to support a murder charge against Siti Aisyah from Indonesia and Doan Thi Huong from Vietnam, accused of murdering Kim Jong-nam with nerve agent VX

TRIAL. Indonesian national Siti Aisyah (left) and Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong (right) are taken to a Malaysian court where they will be tried for murder IF Kim Jong Nam. File photos from Agence France-Presse

China, U.S. to resume trade talks in late August

Aug 16, 2018 - 1:32 PM

The two countries are expected to launch a new round of tit-for-tat tariffs on $16 billion worth of goods from each country on August 23

Facebook turns to AI to fight hate and misinformation in Myanmar

Aug 16, 2018 - 1:28 PM

Artificial intelligence flags about 52% of all the content Facebook removes in Myanmar before it is reported by users, the company reports

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U.S. media counters Trump with #EnemyOfNone campaign

Aug 16, 2018 - 8:53 AM

More than 200 news organizations participate in a coordinated campaign with editorials about the importance of an independent media

Trump file photo by Jim Watson/AFP

At least 37 killed as suicide attacker targets school in Kabul

Aug 15, 2018 - 11:54 PM

Police Spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai: 'In the explosion 37 people were killed, more than 40 injured.' Most, he added, were students.

SUICIDE ATTACK. An Afghan resident (R) weeps for his relative following a suicide attack in Kabul on August 15, 2018.  Photo by AFP

22 children dead in Nile boat accident in Sudan

Aug 15, 2018 - 10:19 PM

(UPDATED) 'The accident was caused by engine failure halfway across because of a strong current,' the SUNA news agency reports

NILE. Panoramic view over Nile confluence in Khartoum. Photo from Shutterstock.

Man behind UK parliament attack accused of attempted murder

Aug 15, 2018 - 9:03 PM

Police said the man, a British national originally from Sudan, was initially arrested on suspicion of terrorism offenses but revealed he had been 'further arrested for attempted murder'

FORENSICS WORK. Police forensics officers work around a silver Ford Fiesta car that was driven into a barrier at the Houses of Parliament in central London on August 14, 2018. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Walk in the woods: Japan toddler missing for 3 days found alive

Aug 15, 2018 - 7:07 PM

The toddler's miraculous survival is all the more astonishing given the hot weather in Japan in recent weeks

Turkey hits back at U.S. with tariff hikes on key products

Aug 15, 2018 - 5:11 PM

Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay says the tariff hikes were ordered 'within the framework of reciprocity in retaliation for the conscious attacks on our economy by the US administration'

HITTING BACK. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures during a speech on June 24, 2018 in Istanbul. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Trump calls former aide Omarosa a 'dog'

Aug 15, 2018 - 3:48 PM

President Donald Trump ratchets up the war of words to a level of nastiness rarely seen, even from a president who has shown he does not pull punches when insulting his critics

BREACH OF TRUST? US President Donald Trump looks on during a press conference on April 3, 2018 in Washington, DC. File photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

Anger grows in Italy as bridge toll rises to 38

Aug 15, 2018 - 3:14 PM

(UPDATED) The government says it intended to revoke the contract of Autostrade per l'Italia, a private sector company owned by Atlantia, and slap it with a fine of 150 million euros ($170 million)

RUBBLE. Rescuers look at the rubble and wreckages by the Morandi motorway bridge in background after a section collapsed earlier in Genoa on August 14, 2018. Photo by Federico Scoppa/AFP

China blasts U.S. solar tariffs, takes WTO action

Aug 15, 2018 - 2:33 PM

China's commerce ministry accuses Washington of erecting trade barriers while subsidizing its domestic industry

WTO. The World Trade Organization (WTO) headquarters are seen in Geneva on April 12, 2018. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

India to send manned mission to space by 2022 – Modi

Aug 15, 2018 - 1:21 PM

Stepping up its rivalry with China, India has invested heavily in its space program in the past decade

SPACE EXPLORATION. Prime Minister Narendra Modi says India will send a manned mission into space by 2022. File photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Colombia's ELN says will free hostages after pressure from president

Aug 15, 2018 - 12:46 PM

The rebels' chief negotiator Pablo Beltran says the group is discussing how to carry out the releases with the International Committee of the Red Cross

PEACE TALKS. In this file photo, a man arranges a symbol of peace in the press center in Cartagena, Colombia, on September 24, 2016. Luis Robayo/AFP

U.S.: North Korea talks moving 'in right direction'

Aug 15, 2018 - 10:54 AM

'Conversations with the government of North Korea are becoming a far more normal matter,' State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert says

ON NORTH KOREA. In this file screenshot, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert addresses the media in a news briefing. Screengrab from state.gov

Nicaragua sharply cuts budget because of unrest

Aug 15, 2018 - 10:07 AM

It is the steepest cut seen in the past 11 years that President Daniel Ortega has been in power

UNREST. In this file photo, an anti-government demonstrator waves a flag while taking part in a protest in Managua, Nicaragua on June 17, 2018. File photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

U.S. denies China policy change after Taiwan leader speech in LA

Aug 15, 2018 - 9:16 AM

Beijing says that it has lodged an official protest with the United States over Tsai Ing-wen's August 13 speech in Los Angeles where she says Taiwan's freedom and future is not negotiable

POLITICAL SPEECH. This photograph by Taiwan agency CNA Photo taken on August 12, 2018 shows Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen speaking during her visit to Los Angeles, California during a stopover en route to allies Paraguay and Belize. AFP PHOTO / CNA PHOTO

Bus accident in Ecuador kills 24

Aug 14, 2018 - 11:07 PM

(UPDATED) The bus, which had foreign license plates, was on a downward stretch of highway 30 kilometers east of Quito when it struck an all-terrain vehicle and overturned, slamming into 3 houses on the side of the road, officials say

Erdogan says Turkey to boycott U.S. electronic goods

Aug 14, 2018 - 10:34 PM

The dispute between the US and Turkey raises questions over the future of their partnership and fans fears of a looming economic crisis in Turkey

BOYCOTT US TECH. President of Turkey and leader of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) in Ankara, on January 30, 2018. File photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Dozens killed in Italy motorway bridge collapse 'tragedy'

Aug 14, 2018 - 9:02 PM

(4th UPDATE) Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte says the official count stands at 25 dead but that the toll could rise as rescuers search through the tangled wreckage

COLLAPSE. Rescuers are at work amid the rubble of a section of a giant motorway bridge that collapsed earlier, on August 14, 2018 in Genoa. Photo by Andrea Leoni/AFP

Police probe 'terrorist' car attack outside UK parliament

Aug 14, 2018 - 5:06 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Prime Minister Theresa May says the suspected attack is 'shocking' and an 'appalling incident' as she condemns the 'twisted aim of the extremists'

STANDING GUARD. Police officers stand on duty at a cordon near to the Houses of Parliament following an incident where a car crashed into barriers in central London on August 14, 2018. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

40 children killed in Yemen bus strike – Red Cross

Aug 14, 2018 - 3:45 PM

The new casualty toll comes as a mass funeral is held for many of the dead children on Monday, August 13

AIR STRIKE. A man transports a child to a hospital after he was wounded in a reported air strike on the Iran-backed Huthi rebels' stronghold province of Saada on August 9, 2018. Photo by AFP

Ex-Australian archbishop avoids jail for concealing child abuse

Aug 14, 2018 - 3:25 PM

Magistrate Robert Stone has decided Philip Wilson will not need to spend time behind bars, with his age and prior good record taken into account

Vienna topples Melbourne in 'most liveable city' ranking

Aug 14, 2018 - 12:43 PM

It is the first time a European metropolis has topped the annual chart compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit which identifies the best urban playgrounds to live and work in

VIENNA. Austria's Vienna at sunset. File photo from Shutterstock

Omarosa's White House recordings fuel Trump woes

Aug 14, 2018 - 11:34 AM

The recording by former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman represents another stunning breach of presidential trust

Text-messaging FBI agent Peter Strzok fired – lawyer

Aug 13, 2018 - 11:59 PM

Aitan Goelman, Strzok's attorney, says the 21-year veteran of the Federal Bureau of Investigation was fired by FBI deputy director David Bowdich on Friday

PETER STRZOK. In this file photo taken on July 12, 2018 Deputy Assistant FBI Director Peter Strzok testifies before a joint committee hearing of the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/AFP

Amnesty International launches external probes after second staff suicide

Aug 13, 2018 - 10:19 PM

Roz McGregor, 28, from London, took her own life earlier this summer, following the May 26 death of Gaetan Mootoo, a well-known researcher for West Africa.

SUICIDE PROBES. The logo of NGO Amnesty International is projected onto the Palais Bourbon, the seat of the French national assembly, late on June 18, 2018. Photo by Geoffroy van der Hasselt/AFP

At least 100 security forces killed in fight for Afghan city

Aug 13, 2018 - 9:41 PM

Defense minister Tariq Shah Bahrami also says 194 insurgents had been killed and 147 wounded

GHAZNI BATTLES. This screen grab taken from AFPTV video on August 13, 2018 of video shot on August 12 shows an injured man (R) receiving medical treatment at Ghazni Provincial Hospital in the Afghan city of Ghazni. Photo by Mohammad Anwar Danishyar/AFP

China denies internment of 1 million Uighurs

Aug 13, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Chinese authorities have long denied the existence of such camps despite mounting evidence from both official documents and testimonies from those who have been held in them

PROTEST. Ethnic Uighurs take part in a protest march asking for the European Union to call upon China to respect human rights in the Chinese Xinjiang region and asking for the closure of "re-education center" where some Uighurs are detained, during a demonstration around the EU institutions in Brussels on April 27, 2018. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Koreas to hold Pyongyang summit in September

Aug 13, 2018 - 6:41 PM

The two sides 'agreed at the meeting to hold a South-North summit in Pyongyang in September as planned,' the joint statement says, without giving a precise date

DEMILITARIZED ZONE. In this photo taken on August 2, 2017, South Korean soldiers stand before the North Korean side of the truce village of Panmunjom, within the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Indonesia earthquake death toll tops 400 as more bodies recovered

Aug 13, 2018 - 5:26 PM

The total number killed in the quake is now 436, with more than 1,300 injured and nearly 353,000 displaced

EARTHQUAKE. Two residents look on as damaged houses are being destroyed by workers using an excavator after an earthquake hit the area of Gangga on August 12, 2018. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Catalogue of abuse: seeking justice for the Rohingya

Aug 13, 2018 - 2:51 PM

Different teams of investigators in the world's biggest refugee camp in Bangladesh are quietly documenting what the Myanmar Muslim minority suffered in 2017

NO HOME. In this photograph taken on November 12, 2017, women hold children at a makeshift camp in Rakhine state in Myanmar. File photo by Phyo Hein Kyaw/AFP

Trump endorses call for boycott of Harley-Davidson motorcycles

Aug 13, 2018 - 9:21 AM

The US President is mad that the Wisconsin-based manufacturer – once a presidential favorite – announced it is moving some production out of the US

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: A Harley-Davidson logo adorns a bike outside of the Harley-Davidson of New York City showroom store, June 25, 2018 in the Queens borough of New York City. The American motorcycle company announced on Monday that it will shift production of some of its bikes overseas in order to avoid retaliatory tariffs by the European Union in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum imported from the EU. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP  Drew Angerer / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Stormy Daniels lawyer wants to run vs Trump in 2020

Aug 13, 2018 - 7:58 AM

The lawyer of adult film star Stormy Daniels says he would 'hit harder' if he campaigns against Donald Trump when the US presidential comes

DANIELS AND TRUMP. This combination of pictures created on March 25, 2018 shows file photos of adult film actress Stormy Daniels and US President Donald Trump. Photos by Ethan Miller, Olivier Douliery/AFP

Children among 39 civilians killed in Syria arms depot blast

Aug 12, 2018 - 9:49 PM

The cause of the blast is not yet clear, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

Myanmar asks Bangladesh to stop aid to stranded Rohingya

Aug 12, 2018 - 9:41 PM

About 6,000 Rohingya are stuck in a narrow 'no mans land' and relies only on international aid sent by Bangladesh

Iran arrests 67 in corruption crackdown approved by Khamenei

Aug 12, 2018 - 8:44 PM

The arrests come after Ayatollah Ali Khamenei approved a request from the head of the judiciary to set up special revolutionary courts to try people for economic crimes

Pro-government demonstrators hold posters of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (L) and Iran's founder of Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini during a march in Iran's holy city of Qom, 130 kilometres south of Tehran on January 3, 2018, as tens of thousands gathered across Iran in a massive show of strength for the Islamic rulers after days of deadly unrest. Photo by Mohammad Ali Marizad/AFP

Venezuela's Maduro would take FBI help over 'murder plot'

Aug 12, 2018 - 7:38 PM

President Nicolas Maduro says threats against his life come from 'terrorist cells' in Florida