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Italy bridge collapse tragedy could force new policies on infrastructure

Tuesday's deadly collapse of a bridge is likely to cause the Italian government to reevaluate policies on infrastructure development and maintenance, analysts said.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/15 8:33:13

UK police raid three properties after car-crash terrorism

British counter-terror police searched three properties in the Midlands late Tuesday after a car crashed into security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament in central London, injuring at least 3 persons.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/15 7:29:42

White House: Bolton to meet Russian counterpart as "follow-up" to Helsinki summit

The White House said Tuesday that US National Security Advisor John Bolton will meet his Russian counterpart in Geneva of Switzerland next week as a "follow-up" to the Helsinki summit last month between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/15 6:25:11

Provisional death toll in Italy's Genoa bridge collapse rises to 26

The provisional toll of a bridge collapse in Italy's northwest city of Genoa rose to 26, local authorities said late on Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/15 6:22:35

London police start terror probe after car crashes into parliament security barrier

London counter-terror police have initiated an investigation after a car ploughed into people and crashed into security barriers outside the British House of Parliament on Tuesday morning in the downtown area of the British capital.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/15 0:42:12

Bridge tragedy

A photo taken on Tuesday in Genoa, Italy shows a section of a giant bridge that collapsed earlier. Rescuers scoured through the wreckage after part of a viaduct of the A10 freeway collapsed, and about 30 persons dead as of press time, while images from the scene showed an entire section lying on railway lines below (see story on page 7).
Source: AFP | 2018/8/14 23:43:40

Suspected terror attack injures pedestrians outside UK parliament

A car crashed into barriers outside Britain's Houses of Parliament in a suspected terror attack on Tuesday, injuring a "number of pedestrians" yards from where five people were killed last year.
Source: AFP | 2018/8/14 23:08:41

EU steps up case against Poland over court changes

The European Commission on Tuesday stepped up its latest legal case against Poland, where the ruling nationalists stand accused of bulldozing the independence of courts and judges, thereby undercutting democracy.
Source: Reuters | 2018/8/14 23:08:40

EU faces new migrant boat crisis

European countries faced pressure on Tuesday to resolve a fresh standoff with the operators of the migrant rescue ship Aquarius which is stranded for the second time in the Mediterranean carrying 141 people.
Source: AFP | 2018/8/14 22:58:40

Italy denies entry to NGO migrant ship Aquarius, says UK should provide for it

Italian authorities on Monday said the country will not offer a safe port to a migrant rescue ship carrying 141 people on board, and Britain should provide assistance to the Gibraltar-flagged vessel.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/14 8:36:46

Audi CEO to remain in German police custody

The Munich District Court rejected on Monday a request by Audi CEO Rupert Stadler to be released from police custody after being imprisoned eight weeks ago in the course of ongoing "dieselgate" investigations in Germany.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/14 8:36:10

Portuguese new ride-hailing service law comes into force in November

The law governing ride-hailing service in Portugal for companies such as Uber and Cabify is scheduled to come into force on Nov. 1 after months of discussion and massive protests by traditional taxi drivers, Portuguese Lusa News Agency reported on Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/14 8:31:19

New Brexit talks planned to find way of resolving Northern Ireland border issue

A crucial round of negotiations to try to resolve the issue of a post-Brexit border between Northern Ireland and the neighboring Irish Republic are to be held Thursday in Brussels, Britain's Department for Exiting the European Union said Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/14 8:29:22

3 unexploded World War II bombs found at Polish seaside

Three massive unexploded bombs dating back to World War II were lifted from the bottom of the Baltic Sea close to the resort town of Kolobrzeg, north-western Poland on Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/14 0:55:25

France plans penalties on non-recycled plastic next yr

France plans to introduce a penalty system next year that would increase the costs of consumer goods with packaging made of non-recycled plastic, part of a pledge to use only recycled plastic nationwide by 2025, an environment ministry official said Sunday.
Source: AFP | 2018/8/13 22:43:40

Italy refuses safe harbor to charity ship with migrants

Italy on Monday said it would not offer safe harbor to the 141 people rescued by the humanitarian ship Aquarius off the coast of Libya last week, urging Britain or other European Union allies to take them in.
Source: Reuters | 2018/8/13 22:43:40

Strange surfers

Costumed stand up paddle boarders take part in the 2018 Fontanka-SUP surfing festival in the Moika and Fontanka rivers, and the Kryukov and the Griboyedov canals. Stand up paddle boarding is an offshoot of surfing that originated in Hawaii. Unlike traditional surfing where the rider sits until a wave comes, stand up paddle boarders stand on their boards and use a paddle.
Source: VCG | 2018/8/13 22:38:40

Convention on Caspian Sea establishes legal groundwork for regional security, closer cooperation

The heads of all five countries bordering the Caspian Sea on Sunday signed a landmark convention on the legal status of the world's largest inland body of water after two decades of negotiations, settling a long-standing dispute over whether the Caspian is a sea or a lake.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/13 20:33:20