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Italian bridge company under fire as rescuers toil for third day

Anger is mounting over the tragedy and the structural problems that have dogged the decades-old Morandi bridge, which buckled without warning.

Who are the victims of the Genoa bridge collapse?

ROME: A family setting off on holiday, young French nationals who came over for a music festival, a couple returning from their California honeymoon; two days after the horrific collapse of a bridge in Genoa, officials and the media have…

Chinese bombers likely training for US strikes: Pentagon

The annual report to US Congress highlights China's growing military, economic and diplomatic clout and how Beijing is leveraging this to rapidly establish regional dominance.

Hundreds of US newspapers hit back at Trump, defend free press

WASHINGTON: US newspapers big and small hit back on Thursday (Aug 16) at Donald Trump's attacks on the news media with a coordinated campaign of editorials, triggering a fresh tirade from the president on Twitter.

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Vatican feels "shame and sorrow" over US grand jury report on abuse

The Vatican, in its first response to a damning report by a U.S. grand jury on sexual abuse of children by priests in Pennsylvania, on Thursday expressed "shame and sorrow".

US senators pledge to fight Trump push to cut foreign aid

Leaders from both parties on a powerful U.S. Senate committee pledged on Thursday to push back if President Donald Trump moves ahead with plans to bypass Congress and roll back billions of dollars from the foreign aid budget, including…

US Senate Democrats threaten to sue for info on Supreme Court nominee

Democrats in the U.S. Senate said on Thursday they were prepared to sue the National Archives if it does not honour their request for information on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.


'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies aged 76

NEW YORK: Aretha Franklin, the preacher's daughter whose powerful voice made her the long-reigning "Queen of Soul" with such hit songs as "Respect" and "Chain of Fools," died on Thursday (Aug 16) at the age of 76.

'Greatest vocalist I've ever known': Celebrities lead tributes to Aretha Franklin

NEW YORK: Tributes have poured in from across the world following the death of iconic singer Aretha Franklin on Thursday (Aug 16).


Facebook says it was 'too slow' to fight hate speech in Myanmar

YANGON: Facebook has been “too slow” to address hate speech in Myanmar and is acting to remedy the problem by hiring more Burmese speakers and investing in technology to identify problematic content, the company said in a statement on…


Gunmen attack intelligence training centre in Kabul

Gunmen launched an attack on an intelligence training centre in Kabul Thursday, officials said, just a day after a suicide bomber killed dozens of students in the war-weary Afghan capital.


Tefe, a town afloat in the Brazilian Amazon

To get around town, the 60,000 people of Tefe -- in the heart of Brazil's Amazon -- hop into boats. Even the outside world is only reachable by water or air.


Investors turn on Italy bridge operator after disaster

GENOA, Italy: Italy's biggest toll-road operator came under heavy stock-market attack on Thursday (Aug 16) after Rome criticised it for a deadly bridge collapse this week, moving to revoke its concession and accusing it of failing to…

US blacklists Russian, Chinese companies for breaking North Korea embargo

WASHINGTON: The US Treasury announced sanctions on Russian and Chinese companies on Wednesday (Aug 15) for violating the economic embargo on North Korea as Washington seeks to maintain pressure on Pyongyang over its nuclear programme.


The art of living and thriving in the Amazon river basin

Learning to swim in the Amazon river basin also means learning to avoid flesh-eating piranhas and snapping caimans.


'My Hair, Your Hair': Bosnians weave wigs for kids with cancer

Ajla Nizic did not know what cancer was when she was diagnosed with it at age four.


Iraq religious tourism squeezed by Iran sanctions

With hotels facing mass cancellations, Iraqis in the holy city of Najaf are being hit hard by US sanctions on neighbouring Iran, which have forced cash-strapped pilgrims to stay home.


Trump loosens limits on when US can deploy cyber weapons: Report

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump took steps on Wednesday (Aug 15) to loosen limits on when the US government can deploy cyber weapons against adversaries, reversing Obama-era guidelines, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

Commentary: How the 1MDB scandal brought down a century-old Swiss bank

The world's largest financial scandal has toppled a government, threatened a currency, and revealed deeply problematic failings at a buccaneering Swiss bank, say two observers from IMD Business School.


Trump blacklists critical ex-CIA chief Brennan

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Wednesday (Aug 15) revoked the security clearance of former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan, and warned several other prominent critics they too risk being blacklisted.

Thursday, Aug 16

Commentary: Planning rules are driving the global housing crisis

Some analysts insist there is no problem with supply. They are wrong, says one observer at the Financial Times.

Wednesday, Aug 15

Anger grows in Italy as bridge toll rises to 39

Search operations, meanwhile, were due to enter a second night with rescuers digging through mountains of crushed concrete.

Shattered lives after Genoa bridge tragedy

When huge slabs of Genoa's most famous bridge suddenly crashed to the ground carrying cars and trucks with them, people living in the shadow of the crumbling structure thought they were in the grips of a natural disaster.

Floodlight search for survivors after deadly Italy bridge collapse

GENOA: Italian rescuers searched through the night Wednesday (Aug 15) for any survivors under the shattered remains of a motorway bridge in Genoa as investigators probed what could have caused such a catastrophic collapse.

Dozens killed in Italy motorway bridge collapse 'tragedy'

GENOA: Italy was in shock on Tuesday (Aug 14) after dozens of people were killed when a motorway bridge collapsed in heavy rain in the Italian city of Genoa in what the government called an "immense tragedy".

Tuesday, Aug 14

Erdogan says Turkey to boycott US electronic goods

ISTANBUL: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday (Aug 14) said Turkey would boycott US electronic goods like the iPhone in retaliation for punitive sanctions from Washington, as the Turkish lira finally clawed back some of the ground…

Police probe 'terrorist' car attack outside UK parliament

LONDON: British police said they believe a man deliberately drove a car into pedestrians and cyclists on Tuesday (Aug 14) before ramming it into barriers outside London's parliament in what appeared to be the second terrorism attack on the…

Singapore loses lead over Hong Kong in list of world's most liveable cities

SINGAPORE: Hong Kong has reclaimed its lead over Singapore in an annual global survey of liveable cities, with a marginal difference of 0.1 per cent.

Commentary: Are women still expected to do most of the housework?

The gender gap in housework seems to be narrowing but women still carry the load, says one observer from the University of Melbourne.

Monday, Aug 13

Erdogan accuses US of seeking to stab Turkey 'in the back'

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday accused the United States of seeking to stab Turkey "in the back" over a diplomatic row sparked by the detention of an American pastor that has sent the lira into a tailspin.

Turkey central bank ready to take 'all necessary measures' as lira slumps again

ISTANBUL: Turkey's central bank announced on Monday (Aug 12) a raft of measures aimed at calming markets rattled by the precipitous plunge of the Turkish lira but the currency again plunged on the back of defiant comments by President…

Counter-protest overwhelms white supremacist rally in Washington

A small white supremacist rally took place outside the White House on Sunday (Aug 12) when only some 20 far-right supporters showed up, but they were massively outnumbered by counter-protesters.

Commentary: A trade war is bad news for working-class Americans

US President Donald Trump says he's fighting his trade war because a generation of free trade has failed working-class Americans. An economist explains why tariffs will only make things worse.

Sunday, Aug 12

Hundreds of Sikh separatists rally in London for referendum

LONDON: Hundreds of Sikh separatists and their supporters gathered in London's Trafalgar Square on Sunday (Aug 12) to demand a referendum on an independent homeland to be carved out of India.

Netanyahu demands 'total' Gaza ceasefire

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday demanded a "total" ceasefire from Gaza's Hamas rulers in his first public comments on another deadly flare-up between the two sides.

Airline worker who stole plane was adventurer, bakery owner

SEATTLE: The airline worker who stole an empty airplane from a Seattle airport on a flight that ended in his death once ran a bakery with his wife and enjoyed the benefits that came with his job to travel the world, social media posts…

'Suicidal' airport worker steals, crashes empty plane from Seattle airport

SEATTLE: A 29-year-old "suicidal" airport worker who commandeered an empty plane from Seattle's main airport and took it on an hour-long flight chased by F-15 fighter jets before crashing into a small island did not commit any security…