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Autostrade earmarks 500 million euros for Genoa after bridge disaster

Italian toll-road operator Autostrade per l'Italia, which managed a bridge that collapsed in Genoa this week, has set aside about 500 million euros (448.52 million pounds) worth of investment for the port city to help it recover from the disaster.


Posted 2018/08/18 15:51:21

Priyanka Chopra confirms engagement to Nick Jonas

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas have confirmed their engagement on social media.

Posted 2018/08/18 15:35:00

Autostrade voices sadness, sets up fund for Italy bridge victims

Top executives of Italian toll-road operator Autostrade per l'Italia, which managed a bridge that collapsed in the port city of Genoa this week, voiced profound sadness for the victims on Saturday and said it would set up a fund for their families.


Posted 2018/08/18 15:26:15

Muslim pilgrims flock to Mecca ahead of haj

Hisham Mostafa briefly forgot the war in Syria and his financial worries as he looked upon Islam's holiest sites for the first time, standing among hundreds of thousands of white-clad Muslims gathered in Mecca ahead of the haj pilgrimage.


Posted 2018/08/18 13:55:11

Jeers for ex-officials at Genoa bridge state funeral

Members of Italy's former government were jeered by the families of victims of the Genoa bridge collapse as four more bodies were found on Saturday.

Posted 2018/08/18 11:49:00

Qatar accuses Saudis of barring haj pilgrims, Riyadh says untrue

Qatar has accused Saudi Arabia of barring its citizens from this year's haj, something Riyadh denies, saying a diplomatic dispute is not stopping Qataris from making the pilgrimage to Mecca.


Posted 2018/08/18 08:04:27

Iran says navy mounts new defence system on warship

Iran's navy has mounted a locally built advanced defensive weapons system on one of its warships for the first time, the Iranian navy chief was quoted as saying on Saturday, as tensions mount with the U.S. military in the Gulf.


Posted 2018/08/18 08:03:27

Pakistan and China: Will Imran Khan stick or twist?

It is a relationship "sweeter than honey". One is an "irreplaceable all-weather friend" and together, they are "iron brothers".

Posted 2018/08/18 07:47:00

Chinese President Xi to visit North Korea next month - Straits Times

Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to visit Pyongyang next month at the invitation of North Korea leader Kim Jong Un to attend the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of North Korea's founding, Singapore's Straits Times newspaper reported.


Posted 2018/08/18 06:28:11

Cricket legend Imran Khan sworn in as Pakistan PM

Cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan has been sworn in as Pakistan's prime minister.

Posted 2018/08/18 05:25:00

Trump doubles down on security clearances; former officials slam move

President Donald Trump faced an unprecedented outcry from former intelligence officials on Friday after stripping the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, but Trump defended his move and said he planned another one soon.


Posted 2018/08/18 02:09:08

Rain continues as India mourns 324 dead in floods

Hundreds of people have been killed in flooding in India and authorities have warned that the weekend will bring more challenging conditions.

Posted 2018/08/17 10:50:00

Turkey will emerge stronger from lira crisis, finance minister tells investors

Finance Minister Berat Albayrak assured international investors on Thursday that Turkey would emerge stronger from its currency crisis, insisting that the country's banks were healthy.


Posted 2018/08/16 14:28:29

Gunmen attack intelligence service centre in Afghan capital Kabul

Gunmen attacked an area around a security base and training centre for Afghanistan's intelligence service in the capital Kabul on Thursday, holding off security forces for hours before being killed.


Posted 2018/08/16 14:21:34

U.S. tariffs to stay on Turkey, Qatar offers Ankara aid

The United States on Wednesday ruled out removing steel tariffs that have contributed to a currency crisis in Turkey even if Ankara frees a U.S. pastor, as Qatar pledged $15 billion in investment to Turkey, supporting a rise in the Turkish lira.


Posted 2018/08/16 14:16:47

Germany wants an economically stable Turkey, Scholz tells counterpart

German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz told his Turkish counterpart Berat Albayrak in a telephone call on Thursday that Germany has an interest in an economically stable Turkey, a German finance ministry spokesman said.


Posted 2018/08/16 14:16:20

Newspaper editorials across U.S. rebuke Trump for attacks on press

Hundreds of U.S. newspapers on Thursday launched a coordinated defence of press freedom and a rebuke of President Donald Trump for denouncing some media organizations as enemies of the American people.


Posted 2018/08/16 14:11:08

Afghan schools hit as militants seek soft targets

A suicide bomb attack on a group of teenagers studying for university exams in Kabul on Wednesday shocked Afghanistan but it was only the latest in a series of attacks on schools which have proved an easy target for militant groups.


Posted 2018/08/16 14:07:07

Special Report - Children poisoned by lead on U.S. Army bases as hazards ignored

Army Colonel J. Cale Brown put his life on the line in two tours of duty in Afghanistan, earning a pair of Bronze Stars for his service. In between those deployments, Brown received orders to report to Fort Benning, the sprawling Georgia base that proudly describes itself as the century-old home of the U.S. infantry.


Posted 2018/08/16 14:05:49

Turkey will stand by its public banks if needed, Albayrak says

Turkey's government will stand by its public banks if they need help, Finance Minister Berat Albayrak said on Thursday.


Posted 2018/08/16 13:58:49