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Death toll in Italy bridge collapse rises to 37

ROME (AP) -- The Latest developments following the deadly collapse of a highway bridge in Italy (all times local): Italian authorities have raised the death toll in the Genoa highway bridge collapse to at least 37.

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August 15, 2018
- Pedestrians injured in crash outside parliament in London
LONDON (AP) -- A motorist crashed into pedestrians and cyclists near the Houses of Parliament in London on Tuesday, heightening tensions in a city that has seen four vehicle-based terror attacks in less than 18 months... More >>>

August 14, 2018
- Charlottesville anniversary: Peaceful protests, few arrests
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Thousands of people wanting to send a message that racism isn’t welcome in the United States gathered in a park outside the White House to protest a white nationalist rally on the anniversary of the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia... More >>>

August 13, 2018
- US authorities probe how airline employee could steal plane
OLYMPIA, Washington. (AP) -- Investigators are piecing together how an airline ground agent working his regular shift stole an empty Horizon Air turboprop plane, took off from Sea-Tac International Airport and fatally crashed into a small island in the Puget Sound after being chased by military jets that were quickly scrambled to intercept the aircraft... More >>>

August 11, 2018
- Disaster warnings as storm raises flood threat in 37 provinces
Thailand (The Nation) -- ISASTER WARNINGS have been issued as heavy downpours threaten to bring flash floods and landslides to 37 provinces across Thailand, and the Meteorological Department said yesterday... More >>>

August 10, 2018
- US says to impose new sanctions on Russia for nerve attack in UK
WASHINGTON (China Daily) -- Washington said on Wednesday it would impose fresh sanctions on Russia by the end of August after it determined that Moscow had used a nerve agent against a former Russian agent and his daughter in Britain... More >>>

August 09, 2018
- Journalists visit Singapore to promote its role as Asean chair
Singapore:  Thirteen journalists from Asean nations are here to report on Singapore’s National Day tomorrow as part of a-six-day progammeorganised by the Ministry of Communications and Information... More >>>

August 08, 2018
- Largest wildfire in California history still growing
LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) -- Wildfires tearing through trees and brush, rampaging up hillsides and incinerating neighborhoods: The place-names change but the devastation is showing signs of becoming the new normal in California... More >>>

August 07, 2018
- At least 91 dead after quake rocks Indonesian tourist island
MATARAM, Indonesia (AP) -- Rescuers still haven’t reached some devastated parts of the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok after a powerful earthquake flattened houses and toppled bridges, killing at least 91 people and shaking neighboring Bali, authorities said Monday... More >>>

August 06, 2018
- Extent of flooding and water level rise from dam break in southern Laos
Initial and preliminary analysis of the extent of the water level rise in Stung Treng, Cambodia, due to the dam break shows about 20 cm compared to normal conditions Vientiane, Laos, (Mekong River Commission) -- On July 23, 2018, Saddle dam D, one of the five auxiliary dams of the Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy hydropower project in Attapeu province, Laos, failed and flooded several villages along the Xe Pian river (5 km from the dam), a tributary of the Xekong River, which flows into the Mekong mainstream... More >>>

August 04, 2018
- Child marriage remains common in Vietnam’s Son La
SON LA, Vietnam (Vietnam News/ANN) -- Children as young as 13 from remote mountainous areas in Son La province still see marriage as the only route out of poverty... More >>>

August 03, 2018
- White House says Trump’s call to end Russia probe “not an order”
WASHINGTON (Xinhua) -- White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s tweet earlier this morning urging Attorney General Jeff Sessions to shut down the ongoing Russia probe is an “opinion,” not an “order.”.. More >>>

August 02, 2018
- Aeromexico plane crashes in north-central Mexico with no fatalities
MEXICO CITY (Xinhua) -- An Aeromexico plane carrying more than 100 people crashed in the north central Mexican state of Durango on Tuesday afternoon, injuring 85 with no deaths, authorities said... More >>>

August 01, 2018
- China, UK to safeguard global trade
China (China Daily) -- Beijing and London agreed on Monday to continue jointly safeguarding multilateralism and global free trade as well as the World Trade Organisation rules during the 9th China-UK Strategic Dialogue in the Chinese capital... More >>>

July 31, 2018
- Head of Egypt’s railway authority sacked after train accident
CAIRO (Xinhua) -- Head of the Egyptian Railway Authority Sayed Salem was fired on Sunday after a train accident in Egypt earlier in the day, official Ahram Online news website reported... More >>>

July 30, 2018
- Korea’s medical team leaves for Laos to assist flood recovery
South Korea (The Korea Herald) - A South Korean medical team left for Laos on Sunday to assist with recovery from the deadly flooding that resulted from the collapse of a dam that was under construction by a Korean builder, Seoul’s foreign ministry said... More >>>

July 28, 2018
- Asia-Pacific media talk tactics in battle against fake news
A large group of journalists, academics and NGOs from the Asia-Pacific region this week gathered in the island nation to discuss how to combat misinformation which was widely spreading on the internet. .. More >>>

July 27, 2018
- Death toll of IS attacks in Syria’s Sweida rises to 215
DAMASCUS (Xinhua) -- At least 215 people were killed and 180 others injured Wednesday in a spate of attacks and bombings carried out by the Islamic State (IS) in Syrian’s southern province of Sweida, according to the Health Department of Sweida... More >>>

July 26, 2018
- Thai poised to help Laos: PM
(The Nation/ANN) -- Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was ready to support Laos following the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam collapse, said government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd on Wednesday... More >>>

July 25, 2018
- AIDS drugs show more promise for preventing new infections
USA (AP) -- New research shows more promise for using AIDS treatment drugs as a prevention tool, to help keep uninfected people from catching HIV during sex with a partner who has the virus... More >>>

July 24, 2018
- Chinese, Senegalese presidents pledge to create better future for ties
DAKAR (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping and Senegalese President Macky Sall held talks here Saturday, vowing to create a better future for China-Senegal ties... More >>>

July 23, 2018
- Downpour hitting northern region, causing widespread flooding
Hanoi (Vietnam News) --  Heavy rain continued to batter the northern region overnight causing widespread flooding... More >>>

July 21, 2018
- Iowa tornadoes hit unexpectedly, causing damage and injuries
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A flurry of unexpected tornadoes swept through central Iowa, injuring at least 17 people, flattening buildings in three cities and forcing the evacuation of a hospital... More >>>

July 20, 2018
- EU fines Google a record US$5 billion over mobile practices
BRUSSELS (AP) -- European regulators came down hard on another US tech giant Wednesday, fining Google a record US$5 billion for forcing cellphone makers that use the company’s Android operating system to install Google search and browser apps... More >>>

July 19, 2018
- UK’s May faces down revolt over Brexit trade bill
LONDON (AP) -- British Prime Minister Theresa May faced down more rebellion Tuesday over her plans for the country’s exit from the European Union, as lawmakers narrowly rejected a measure that could have kept Britain in a customs union with the 28-nation bloc... More >>>

July 18, 2018
- Trump, Putin content with summit despite lack of concrete results
HELSINKI (Xinhua) -- US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday voiced their satisfaction with their first one-on-one meeting here, though acknowledged problems remain... More >>>

July 17, 2018
- Syrian government targets rebels near Israel-occupied Golan
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian government forces unleashed hundreds of missiles on a rebel-held area near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Sunday, activists said, the latest phase in an offensive to clear southern Syria of insurgents... More >>>

July 16, 2018
- Snapping up culture as lenses focus on central Thailand
Some 30 photographers from countries including Laos last week took part in a photography project to learn more, exchange understanding and promote the intangible cultural heritage of Thailand’s central provinces... More >>>

July 14, 2018
- Trump brings his chaotic road show to Britain
BLENHEIM PALACE, England (AP) -- Dishing up a fresh dose of chaos on his European tour, President Donald Trump left behind a contentious NATO .. More >>>

July 13, 2018
- Sun, moon and Mars: Three celestial treats lined up in July
New Delhi (The Statesman) -- July is bringing in celestial treats, starting with a partial solar eclipse on July 13, a longest total lunar eclipse on July 27-28 and Mars coming closest to the Earth in 15 years on July 31... More >>>

July 12, 2018
- Courts finds suspect in neo-Nazi trial guilty of 10 killings
MUNICH (AP) — A Munich court has found the main defendant in a high-profile neo-Nazi trial guilty of murder over the killing of 10 people — most of them migrants — gunned down between 2000 and 2007 in a case that shocked Germany... More >>>

July 11, 2018
- Mission Day 3 begins to evacuate final five
Thailand (The Nation) -- Efforts resumed on Tuesday morning to evacuate the remaining five Mu Pa Academy football club members from Tham Luang Cave in the hope of bringing them all to safety within hours, the mission chief said... More >>>

July 10, 2018
- Over 72 percent of Syria’s Daraa returns under gov’t control
DAMASCUS (Xinhua) -- The Syrian army has expanded its control over 72 percent of the entire Daraa area in southern Syria, state news agency SANA said on Sunday... More >>>

July 8, 2018
- Cambodian political parties begin campaigns for general election
PHNOM PENH (Xinhua) -- Cambodian political parties launched a three-week campaign on Saturday for the July 29 general election.
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July 7, 2018
- Tourist boat sinks in Thailand leaving ten dead, dozens missing
PHUKET, Thailand (AP) -- Thai divers scoured the wreckage of a boat with Chinese tourists that sank in a storm off the resort island of Phuket, as the death toll rose to 10 with about 45 others missing on Friday, officials said... More >>>

July 6, 2018
- Rescuers race to drain water inside Thai cave before rains
MAE SAI, Thailand (AP) -- With more rain coming, Thai rescuers are racing against time to pump out water from a flooded cave before they can extract 12 boys and their football coach with minimum risk, officials said Thursday... More >>>

July 5, 2018
- Malaysian ex-PM Najib charged with breach of trust, graft
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was charged Wednesday with criminal breach of trust and corruption, two months after a multibillion-dollar graft scandal at a state investment fund led to his shock election defeat... More >>>

July 4, 2018
- Boys, coach in stable health after 10 days lost in Thai cave
(China Daily) -- Thai authorities say they are committed to “100 percent safety” when they consider how to extract a youth soccer team from the partially flooded cave... More >>>

July 3, 2018
- Divers with extra supplies advance in Thai cave passageway
MAE SAI, Thailand (AP) -- Rescue divers on Monday were making progress through a key passageway inside the flooded mountain cave in northern Thailand where 12 boys and their soccer coach have been missing for more than a week... More >>>

July 2, 2018
- Tens of thousands across US protest Trump’s immigration policy
WASHINGTON (Xinhua) -- From coast to coast, in the rain or under the burning sun, tens of thousands of Americans marched and rallied across the country.. More >>>

June 30, 2018
- Gunman kills five in attack targeting Maryland newspaper
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- A man armed with smoke grenades and a shotgun attacked a newspaper in Maryland’s capital Thursday, killing four journalists and a staffer before police quickly stormed the building and arrested him, police and witnesses said... More >>>

June 29, 2018
- US, UK teams join Thailand’s search for missing cavers
MAE SAI, Thailand (AP) -- A US military team and British cave experts joined the search in northern Thailand for 12 boys and their soccer coach missing for five days inside a cave being flooded by near-constant rains... More >>>

June 28, 2018
- Travel ruling could boost other immigration suits
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The US Supreme Court’s ruling upholding President Donald Trump’s travel ban may have a silver lining for people fighting other administration immigration policies after the 5-4 majority ruled that the president’s prior comments about Muslims were not off limits when evaluating the ban, legal experts said... More >>>

June 27, 2018
- UN chief urges Security Council to act with one voice on Middle East, North Africa
UNITED NATIONS (Xinhua) -- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday urged the Security Council to find "much-needed consensus" to resolve the myriad challenges in the Middle East and North Africa... More >>>

June 26, 2018
- Texas group takes in about 30 parents separated from kids
EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- A Texas charitable organization says 32 immigrant parents separated from their children after crossing the US-Mexico border were freed into its care, but they don’t know where their kids are or when they might see them again despite government assurances that family reunification would be well organized... More >>>

June 25, 2018
- Displaced families stranded in Sanaa after fleeing war in Yemen’s Hodeidah
SANAA (Xinhua) -- Thousands of families arrived on Saturday in the rebel-held capital Sanaa, after fleeing military confrontations between pro-government forces and armed rebels in Yemen’s Hodeidah port city... More >>>

June 23, 2018
- Trans-Siberian Railway to Busan mooted as Moon arrives in Russia
(The Korea Herald) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in was set to hold a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, following the two countries’ pledge to improve bilateral ties on economic cooperation and denuclearisation of North Korea. .. More >>>

June 22, 2018
- ASEM strengthens Asia-Europe response to climate change
CAN THƠ CITY (Vietnam News) -- ASEM’s pioneering role as a key driver of economic growth and innovation in the 21st century and its contributions to international efforts to address global challenges were highlighted at a two-day conference that ended in Can Tho City yesterday... More >>>

June 21, 2018
- Xi Jinping, Kim Jong Un hold talks in Beijing
BEIJING (Xinhua) -- Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Chinese president, held talks with Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), in Beijing on Tuesday... More >>>

June 20, 2018
- Asean, Chinese journalists explore beauty of Laos and Thailand
Thailand: Journalists from Asean countries and China this month are exploring the charms and beauty of Thailand and Laos as they experience world-famous tourist attractions... More >>>

June 19, 2018
- Inequality dominates discussions at German global media event
Inequality around the world was the topic of discussion last week as 2,000 participants from 120 nations took part in the 11th Global Media Forum (GMF) in Bonn, Germany. .. More >>>

June 18, 2018
- Greek gov’t survives no confidence motion over Macedonia name deal
ATHENS (Xinhua) -- Greece's government survived on Saturday a no confidence motion tabled by main opposition party.. More >>>

June 16, 2018
- DPRK, US mutual respect urged
China (China Daily) -- President Xi Jinping said China hopes the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea will meet halfway, mutually respect each other and make further unwavering efforts in seeking a political settlement to the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.
Xi made the remark in a meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday night in Beijing... More >>>

June 15, 2018
- Mars could have supported life: NASA
WASHINGTON (China Daily/Sputnik ) - The best evidence that life once existed on Mars has been revealed in 3-billion-year old organic matter.. More >>>

June 14, 2018
- Yunnan, China playing host to Mekong media training
The first “One River, One Family” themed seminar for media officials and journalists from Mekong countries got underway in Yunnan, China, on Tuesday... More >>>

June 13, 2018
- Trump, Kim ink document on denuclearisation, security
(China Daily) -- US President Donald Trump and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea leader Kim Jong-un signed a document after their historic summit covering both the complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula and US security guarantees to the DPRK... More >>>

June 12, 2018
- Ethiopia PM vows not to harm Egypt’s share of Nile water
CAIRO (Xinhua) -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali vowed on Sunday that Ethiopia will not harm Egypt’s share of the Nile River water through the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD)... More >>>

June 11, 2018
- Facebook closes some accounts of Myanmar hard-liners
(Asia News Network/Eleven) -- Facebook has blacklisted a group of Myanmar Buddhist hardliners including monks notorious for bilious hate speech against Bengali Muslims, the company said on June 7, as it scrambles to show it is tackling inflammatory content... More >>>

June 09, 2018
- London fights back against moped crimewave
(China Daily) -- London has experienced a huge rise in crimes committed by people riding mopeds in the last 12 months, police statistics have revealed... More >>>

June 08, 2018
- Death toll of Baghdad explosion rises to 14
BAGHDAD (Xinhua) -- The death toll of a huge explosion in eastern Baghdad on Wednesday rose to 14, while more than 90 others were wounded, an Interior Ministry source said... More >>>

June 07, 2018
- Italian new gov’t clears first big hurdle, winning confidence vote in Senate
ROME (Xinhua) -- The new Italian government led by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Tuesday won the confidence vote in Senate.
Nearly nine hours after debate started, Italy’s Senate, the upper house of parliament, backed Conte’s government by a vote of 171-117, mostly along party lines. A total of 25 senators abstained from voting. The outcome was widely expected... More >>>

June 06, 2018
- Political hate crimes spike as elections near
South Korea (The Korea Herald) -- A series of attacks on politicians have taken place in South Korea, heightening concerns about a rise in hate crimes as local elections close in. .. More >>>

June 05, 2018
- Russian president’s upcoming visit is of great significance: China’s top diplomat
JOHANNESBURG (China Daily/Xinhua) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin’s upcoming state visit to China is of great significance to the planning of the next-phase growth of China-Russia relations, said China’s top diplomat Wang Yi on Sunday... More >>>

June 04, 2018
- New Italian govt vows to create jobs, deport migrants
ROME (AP) -- Italy’s new populist leaders commemorated the founding of the Italian republic by attending a pomp-filled military parade Saturday — and then promised to get to work creating jobs and expelling migrants... More >>>

June 02, 2018
- Italian president reappoints Giuseppe Conte as PM-designate to lead coalition gov’t
ROME (China Daily/Xinhua) -- The Italian president reappointed law professor Giuseppe Conte as Prime Minister-designate on Thursday in order to lead a coalition government... More >>>

May 31, 2018
- Death toll due to Nipah virus now 15 in Kerala
New Delhi (The Statesman) --The deadly Nipah has claimed two more lives in Kerala, with two men succumbing to the virus, a health department official said on Thursday. .. More >>>

- Belgian shooter killed 4th person before attack: minister
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambon said Wednesday that a man who shot dead two police officers and a bystander in the eastern city of Liege had already killed another person the day before the attack... More >>>

May 30, 2018
- Asean, China’s Anhui enhance relationship through media tour
Anhui Province, China: An Asean-China media tour programme kicked off on Sunday in China’s eastern province of Anhui to promote relationships and mutual understanding between the 10-member regional bloc and China... More >>>

May 29, 2018
- Flash flood surges through Maryland community
ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) -- Flash floods struck a Maryland city on Sunday that had been wracked by similar devastation two years earlier, prompting emergency rescues as raging waters engulfed cars and rose above the first floor of some buildings, authorities said... More >>>

May 28, 2018
- Second giant panda born in Malaysia makes public debut
KUALA LUMPUR (Xinhua) -- The second giant panda born in Malaysia made her first public appearance at the national zoo here on Saturday.
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May 26, 2018
- Explosion in Canadian restaurant wounds 15 people
TORONTO (AP) -- An explosion caused by “improvised explosive device” ripped through an Indian restaurant in a mall in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga, wounding 15 people, Canadian police said... More >>>

May 25, 2018
- UN chief calls for rooting out corruption
UNITED NATIONS (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday asked countries to root out corruption on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention Against Corruption... More >>>

May 24, 2018
- Two trains derailed after collision in Pakistan’s Lahore
ISLAMABAD (Xinhua) -- Two trains were derailed after an accident in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore on Tuesday afternoon, an official from the Pakistan Railways said... More >>>

May 23, 2018
- Tearful Malaysia anti-graft chief says he got death threats, witnesses went missing during 1MDB probe
PUTRAJAYA (the Straits Times) - Death threats, missing witnesses and sackings - these were obstacles faced by Malaysia’s anti-graft agency while probing the 1MDB financial scandal in 2015, revealed the agency’s new chief in a dramatic account on Tuesday (May 22)... More >>>

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