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Italy bridge: Genoa motorway collapse kills 35
At least 35 people are killed and others are injured when a motorway bridge falls in Genoa.

Westminster car crash: Man arrested on suspicion of terror offences
Searches take place in Birmingham and Nottingham as a man is held after a crash outside Parliament.

Cricketer Ben Stokes found not guilty of affray
The England cricketer shakes hands with co-accused Ryan Ali as they are cleared of all charges.

Google tracks users who turn off location history
A study from Associated Press suggests that users are still tracked even if they turn off location history.

Babies in prams 'exposed to more pollution'
Infants in prams can be exposed to up to 60% more pollution than adults, a study suggests.

Watch: Moment car crashes into Parliament
Rooftop camera captures moment car crashes into barrier outside Parliament.

Jeremy Corbyn will not apologise over Tunisia wreath row
The Labour leader says he was at an event in 2014 in order to promote peace in the Middle East.

Hatton Garden raider Daniel Jones given more jail time
Daniel Jones, 63, has been sentenced to a further six years and 287 days for failing to pay back £6,599,021.

Dina Asher-Smith: Sprinter on childhood race
British sprinter Dina Asher-Smith recalls her very first race when she was eight.

Tonga PM challenges Pacific Island leaders to lose weight
Akilisi Pohiva says leaders of some of the most obese countries of the world should lead by example.

Director lets kids in free to defy 15 rating
Bafta-nominated Sean McAllister is letting under-15s watch his film for free, after BBFC classification.

Uber Eats cyclist pictured pedalling on M5 in Oldbury
A watch commander at Oldbury Fire urged Uber to "educate riders".

In pictures: Genoa motorway bridge collapse
Officials say many people are feared dead in Genoa after a motorway bridge gave way in bad weather.

Ben Stokes trial: Fight outside nightclub caught on camera
Both Stokes and another man, Ryan Ali, from Bristol, have been found not guilty of affray.

Fortnite used by company for job interviews
An advertising agency is conducting job interviews in the video game Fortnite.

Parrot swears at London firefighter trying to rescue it from roof
Macaw parrot Jessie "kept swearing, much to our amusement", the London Fire Brigade says.

Adele spotted my postpartum psychosis
Adele has posted an Instagram message supporting her best friend who's recovering from postpartum psychosis.

Five tips on going plastic-free with kids
Reducing your dependence on plastics can be daunting, especially if you've got a young family.

In pictures: Westminster car crash
A man is arrested after a car crashes into security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament.

Paris baulks at 'horrible' eco-friendly public urinals
Residents react with dismay to the newly-installed, and fully exposed, eco-friendly urinals.

Stars demand Walk of Fame place for Carrie Fisher
William Shatner joins Mark Hamill in calls for a posthumous star for the Princess Leia actress.

Strictly Come Dancing: YouTube star Joe Sugg joins line-up
The British author and vlogger is the fourth contestant confirmed for the forthcoming series.

Take a 360 virtual tour and experience life on an oil rig
Have you ever wondered what life is like on an oil rig in the North Sea? One worker takes you around the Shearwater platform.

Row over 'fairy doors' removed from Pembrokeshire wood
Trinkets put in a woodland to bring "a little bit of magic" are removed by a council.

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Omagh bomb: The day my home town changed forever
Aileen Moynagh remembers the day of the Omagh bomb, when she was working in the town.

A Bridge Too Far and five other films that left their inspirations fuming
A Bridge Too Far, The Social Network and other films that fell foul of the people who inspired them.

The dos and don'ts of the Situation Room
An insider’s guide to the Situation Room rules - and why violations of the security protocol matter.

How electric vehicles are moving into the fast lane
From battery-powered trucks to Formula E racing cars, electric vehicles are going mainstream around the world.

The African student trying to solve the food waste crisis
Has a 23-year-old engineering student come up with an invention that could tackle food waste problems?

Why Brexit is getting laughs at the Edinburgh Fringe
The Edinburgh festival known for its comedy is finding plenty of humour in the political hot potato.

'Grannies' on a mission to the US-Mexico border
The group travelled to the US-Mexico border to show their outrage against Trump immigration policies.

We're South Africa's backbone - so pay us more
Domestic workers are a key part of many South African homes, but many face abuse and extremely low wages.

A history of Manchester's Moss Side
Moss Side in Manchester once had the nickname "gunchester", but that's just a small part of its history.

Fernando Alonso: McLaren's Spanish driver to retire from Formula 1 at end of season
Spanish two-time world champion Fernando Alonso announces he is to retire from Formula 1 at the end of the season.

Ben Stokes: England all-rounder added to Test squad after not-guilty verdict
Ben Stokes will be added to England's squad for the third Test against India after being found not guilty of affray.

Women's Champions League: Lucy Bronze scores 'wonderful' volley for Lyon against Manchester City
Lucy Bronze fires home a brilliant volley to give Lyon victory against former club Manchester City in the second leg of their Women's Champions League semi-final.

Tyson Fury: British heavyweight says 'old Tyson Fury is gone, never to be seen again'
Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury says his old self is "never to be seen again in history" as he prepares to face Francesco Pianeta on Saturday.

Dina Asher-Smith says she has to get faster to win Olympic gold
Great Britain's Dina Asher-Smith says she will have to "get a little bit faster" to challenge for golds at the World Championships and Olympics.

Asian Games - Is this eclectic mix of 40 events the Olympics+?
Two-thirds of the world's population are represented across an eclectic programme of sports, but can late hosts Indonesia pull it off?

Jakarta, the fastest-sinking city in the world
With frequent floods, sinking markets and engulfed homes, by 2050 parts of Jakarta will be underwater.

Charlottesville remembered: 'A battle for the soul of America'
Last summer the far-right descended on Charlottesville. We revisited that weekend with those involved.

How smallpox claimed its final victim
How did British medical worker Janet Parker become the world's last victim of smallpox?

The troubled 29-year-old helped to die by Dutch doctors
In January Aurelia Brouwers drank poison supplied by a doctor and lay down to die. She was 29.

Barcelona attack: The jihadists and the hunt for a second gang
The gang behind the August 2017 attacks had contact with other jihadists, including in France.

'I was kidnapped in London and trafficked for sex'
Anna came to London from Romania in 2011 intending to study, but she was snatched off the street, flown to Ireland and sold for sex.


Death toll climbs after part of major bridge collapses in Italy

Crews race to free victims trapped under rubble

Trump calls Omarosa a 'dog' in latest attack on ex-aide

Late night comics take on Omarosa
Late night comedians poke fun at Omarosa Manigault Newman's media tour following her release of taped conversations with President Donald Trump and chief of staff John Kelly.

London crash being treated as terror incident, police say

Moment of London car incident caught on video
Video captures the moment a car crashes into a security barrier outside the Houses of Parliament in London, in what police are treating as a terrorist incident.

Her world ended when her kids were murdered. Raising dozens of orphans saved her life

Turkey's Erdogan pledges boycott on US electronics
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced a boycott of American electronics Tuesday after US President Donald Trump's decision to hike tariffs on Turkish steel imports.

The West cannot afford losing Turkey to Russia and Iran
Turkey's national currency, the lira, has tumbled by nearly 40% against the US dollar so far this year.

Escape from the Mayo Clinic: Parents break teen out of world-famous hospital
One winter afternoon last year, Duane Engebretson sat in his stepdaughter's hospital room at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, trying to figure out how she could escape.

41 deaths from Ebola in Congo, health officials 'worried'
Fifty-seven cases of Ebola have been identified in the ongoing outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, WHO said Tuesday.

Aretha Franklin is in hospice care, source says
Aretha Franklin is in hospice care at her home, a source close to the 76-year-old singer told CNN's Don Lemon.

Face transplant for teen after failed suicide

US state's first execution using lethal injection
Nebraska is scheduled to carry out its first execution using lethal injection in state history on Tuesday.

This 14-year-old is running for governor
Ethan Sonneborn is 14, and he wants to be the next governor of Vermont. Vermont and Kansas are the only states that don't have age restrictions on gubernatorial candidates.

Lennon and McCartney sons come together for selfie
Hey Jude, John Lennon and Paul McCartney's kids are friends.

Cars set on fire in 'very organized' operation in Sweden

Most Americans say Mueller should try to end probe by November
Two-thirds of Americans, including majorities across party lines, would like to see special counsel Robert Mueller try to finish the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election before voters go to the polls to elect a new Congress this November.

Selfie fight at Rome's Trevi Fountain

Crop-destroying worm reaches Asia
After leaving a trail of ruined crops in Africa and the Americas, an invasive worm has been found in India, prompting concern that it could have a devastating effect on the country's agriculture.

Women's rescue on a unicorn goes viral

Facebook to show La Liga for free in India

Rescue ship stripped of flag amid dispute over migrants
Gibraltar has moved to strip a stranded migrant rescue ship of its registration amid a row over which country is responsible for taking in the 141 desperate migrants, including dozens of children, on board.

Floods ruin bride's wedding day
Police helped a bride escape rising flood waters on her wedding day in Bogota, New Jersey.

Netanyahu slams UK opposition leader for laying wreath at terrorist grave
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has taken the unusual step of criticizing a UK opposition politician after pictures emerged showing the Labour Party leader at a 2014 wreath-laying ceremony for terrorists who killed Israeli athletes in the 1970s.

Elephants rarely get cancer. Here's why this matters to humans
You'd think elephants would be getting cancer left and right: They are giants of the animal kingdom and have trillions more cells than humans -- cells that, in theory, could turn into cancer over their decades-long lifespans.

South Korea bans thousands of BMWs

Eco-friendly open air urinals cause uproar in Paris
An attempt to tackle public urination by officials in Paris by installing open air urinals, or "uritrottoirs," has outraged some residents of the French capital.

Look out Apple! Amazon may soon be worth $1 trillion too

Can 'detox teas' help you lose weight?
They call her "Cardi Bardi, banging body / Spicy mami, hot tamale" -- and she's got an image to maintain.

The man voguing for his freedom
Seven years ago, Hoedy Saad started teaching himself how to vogue after watching "Paris is Burning" -- a seminal 1990 documentary that spotlights the drag ball scene in 1980s New York City.

When African fabric isn't actually African

#1 food experience in the world

Striking photos show young, rebellious China

Golf's hot property and the struggle to be famous
He's the hottest golfer on the planet, though you might struggle to recognize him.

The world's most liveable cities in 2018
Melbourne has finally lost the title of world's most liveable city after a seven-year reign.

The Russia eggs worth millions
For over a century, the name Faberge has evoked wealth, opulence and the world's most extravagant Easter eggs. The small, intricately decorated objets d'art -- which Russia's royal House of Romanov commissioned from the jeweler and goldsmith Peter Carl Faberge -- are, still today, some of the most exquisite decorative works ever created.

Dubai plans for $2B tech-driven mega mall
Plans for a sprawling "high-tech-meets-retail" metropolis have been unveiled in Dubai. The mega mall will be the largest leasable retail space in the world, spanning over 100 soccer fields in size.

Extraordinary buildings in far flung places
Like to get your heart rate going while you sight-see? For the intrepid architectural adventurer, we've pulled together the most spectacular mountain landmarks that are a fitting reward for a long hike. Prefer adventures on four wheels? We've added some remote roadside marvels with killer views.

The world's fastest plane
In 1976 an Air Force SR-71 Blackbird spy jet set the world aviation speed record of 2,193 mph. Nearly 40 years later, the record still stands.

Crews are racing to free victims after a major bridge broke into rubble during a thunderstorm in Italy

Number of casualties expected to grow, official says
At least 35 people died after a section of a highway bridge in northern Italy partially collapsed Tuesday, the office of the Governor of the northwestern Liguria region said on its official Twitter account, citing unnamed sources from the fire department.

Footage captures moment bridge fell

Before and after images show scale of destruction
A large section of a highway bridge in northern Italy collapsed during torrential rains Tuesday, causing a number of fatalities, authorities said.

In photos: Rescuers work scene at Morandi bridge
A large section of a highway bridge in northern Italy collapsed during torrential rains Tuesday, crushing several vehicles and causing a number of fatalities, authorities said.

Trump calls Omarosa a 'dog' in latest attack on ex-aide
President Donald Trump on Tuesday referred to former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman, the only African-American to have served in a senior role in the White House, as a "dog."

US President's Omarosa obsession is telling

Trump campaign taking legal steps
President Donald Trump's campaign said Tuesday it has filed for arbitration, accusing Omarosa Manigault Newman, the former campaign aide and White House official, of breaching a 2016 nondisclosure agreement with the campaign.

Manafort trial: Defense rests (without presenting a case)

Fernando Alonso: Spanish star to leave F1
Formula One is to lose one of its bona fide stars after two-time world champion Fernando Alonso announced he will not race in the sport next year.

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Egypt arrests 13 on anniversary of 2013 'Rabaa massacre'
Alleged Muslim Brotherhood members arrested including some who had been sentenced in absentia to 10 to 15 years in jail.

Italy: Bridge collapse near Genoa kills dozens
Search for survivors under way after Morandi bridge breaks in Genoa, sending vehicles 100 metres to the ground.

Spain, Portugal to accept more rejected Aquarius refugees
France, Germany and Luxembourg also to take in some on board rescue ship, after it was refused by Italy and Malta.

Ecuador bus crash outside Quito kills 24, injures 19: officials
Tuesday's crash is the second highway tragedy in less than three days in the country.

Car crash outside UK's parliament treated as terrorist attack
At least three people were injured after a vehicle drove at cyclists and pedestrians near the UK's Houses of Parliament.

Hong Kong activist renews calls for independence
Andy Chan called on the UK and US to help semi-autonomous region from being annexed and 'destroyed' by mainland China.

Does Labour have an anti-Semitism problem?
Britons speak out about the anti-Semitism storm that has engulfed the UK's main opposition Labour Party.

Venezuela's Maduro announces curbs to cheap gas
Venezuelan president says move is necessary to fight smugglers, but many worry it will make fuel unaffordable for most.

'We won't survive': Residents speak of ongoing battle in Ghazni
Fighting enters a fifth day as desperate civilians flee to safety from the besieged eastern city.

US: Torrential rain, flooding to continue across northeast
Stagnant weather pattern responsible for record rain for many cities on the east coast.

Taiz governor survives roadside bomb in Yemen's Aden
Witnesses say no deaths have been recorded so far but a few people were injured as a result of the blast.

Gaza halts treatment for cancer patients as siege worsens
Chemotherapy drug shortages put the lives of more than 8,200 cancer patients at risk, Gaza health officials say.

A filmmaker's six-year journey filming with Asia's 'comfort women'
Equipped with a camera, Tiffany Hsiung dives into a dark chapter of Asian history to understand the painful legacy of sexual crimes against women.

Turkey crisis: Erdogan vows to boycott US electronics
Lira recovers slightly against the dollar but Turkish president fires a new volley at the US over electronics imports.

Australian archbishop avoids prison after concealing child abuse
Philip Wilson was sentenced to 12 months for covering up sexual abuse of children by priest from the Catholic Church.

Sex slavery: South Korea marks first 'comfort women' day
New monuments unveiled commemorating Asian women forced into sexual slavery by imperial Japan during World War II.

Cuba proposes biggest constitutional reform in decades
New draft constitution stirring public debate on modernising Cold War-era constitution.

What next for Sudan after Bashir's nomination for a third term?
Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir's insistence on holding on to power will have grave consequences for his country.

Egypt: Five years since 'Rabaa massacre'
Half a decade after deadly crackdown of supporters of ex-president Morsi, human rights activists still call for probe.

Philippines: Tens of thousands displaced in deadly floods
At least three dead and more than 50,000 forced from homes after tropical storm Yagi hit the country's northern islands.

Egypt marks five years since 'Rabaa massacre'
Human Rights Watch said attack on a sit-in protest of Mohamed Morsi supporters in Cairo in 2013, was 'the largest mass killing in Egypt's modern history'.

Trump calls ex-White House aide 'wacky' and a 'lowlife'
US president's comments on Omarosa Manigault Newman come in response to the former aide's tell-all book.

Argentina ex-leader Kirchner appears in court over corruption
Former president's administration is accused of accepting millions of dollars in bribes from businessmen.

FBI agent fired over 'anti-Trump texts'
Veteran FBI agent Peter Strzok was removed from the Russia inquiry after his texts criticising US president were discovered.

'This is a revolution': Who are Nicaragua's student protesters?
In Nicaragua, students at the heart of the anti-government protests say they want another revolution.

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The Year of the Pig for Chinese couples could mean a third child

The stamps were issued ahead of the forthcoming Year of the Pig in the Chinese lunar calendar, which begins in February 2019 A series of postage stamps featuring two pig parents and three happy piglets has prompted speculation that China may be about to further ease its restrictions on the number of children to deal with its rapidly ageing population.

Pentagon chief in Brazil and Argentina to strengthen bilateral relations

Defense Secretary Mattis (R) and Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes met on Monday at the Itamaraty Palace in Brazil to reaffirm long-standing bilateral relationship United States Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes of Brazil met on Monday at the Itamaraty Palace in Brazil to reaffirm the long-standing bilateral relationship between their nations, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said.

Wed killer forces Bayer shares to drop sharply

Bayer owns Monsanto, which was ordered by a California judge to pay US$ 289m damages to a man who said ingredients used in a weed killer had caused his cancer Shares in German pharmaceutical group Bayer have dropped sharply following a US verdict linking a product to cancer. By mid-morning on Monday, Bayer's shares had lost 10.4% of their value.

Argentina pledges US$ 500 million on Tuesday to stabilize the forex market

Argentine central bank chairman Luis Caputo announced a battery of measures for Tuesday to contain the run on the dollar, including the sale of US$ 500 million. Argentina's peso hit an all-time low on Monday as Latin American currencies sank amid a broader sell-off in emerging markets that have been rattled by the Turkish lira's plunge.

Argentine ex president accompanied to court by close associates of the Pope

Juan Grabois is an advisor of Pope Francis and Eduardo Valdés is a former ambassador to the Vatican during the last period of Cristina Fernandez president (Pic Infobae) Argentine ex president Cristina Fernandez over the weekend called on her followers not to accompany her on Monday when she attended the Court House to testify before Judge Claudio Bonadío in reference to the so called "K corruption notebooks".

Cristina Fernandez in a written statement denies charges and claims they are politically motivated

Cristina Fernandez appeared in court and in a written statement said the accusations by Federal Judge Claudio Bonadio are false and politically motivated. Former President Cristina Fernandez on Monday denied any wrongdoing following recent accusations that she was responsible for a corruption scheme involving public works contracts that has trapped many of Argentina's former officials and business elite.

Brazil's development bank plans to sell US$ 2.6bn stakes in local companies

BNDESPar owns stakes in some of Brazil's largest companies, such as state-owned Eletrobras, meatpacker JBS SA and miner Vale SA Brazil's development bank BNDES plans to sell up to 10 billion reais (US$ 2.6 billion) in stakes its investment holding company owns in local companies, a senior executive announced. Investment director Eliane Lustosa said the holding company BNDESPar has already sold 6 billion reais in stocks owned in Brazilian companies this year.

Bayer confident glyphosate is safe for use and does not cause cancer

Bayer said it trusts glyphosate based on the strength of the science, the conclusions of regulators around the world and decades of experience Pharmaceutical group Bayer has dismissed claims that an ingredient used in weed killers is carcinogenic. The German company, which owns agriculture giant Monsanto, says herbicides containing glyphosate are safe.

High seas fisheries not as important as believed, says joint scientific report

The study paired a global database of marine catches developed by researchers at the University of British Columbia with a seafood trade database from FAO According to a recent study undertaken by a team of fisheries and social scientists from Dalhousie University, New York University, and National Geographic, fishing fleets operating outside of national waters contribute less than 3% to the world's seafood supply.

Venezuela appealing US$ 1.4bn compensation ruling, threatening Citgo

U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware ruled that Crystallex could attach shares of PDVH, owner U.S. refiner Citgo, to collect a US$1.4 billion compensation Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA is appealing a decision allowing Canadian miner Crystallex to take control of shares in U.S. subsidiary PDV Holdings as part of a 10 year dispute over the state takeover of Crystallex assets, a court filing shows.


Fears for food security and the future of farming families, as Fall Armyworm spreads to Asia
An “invasive pest” that devours more than 80 different plant species, including many staple crops, could threaten the food security and livelihoods of millions of small-scale farmers in Asia, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Tuesday.

Militias force nearly 2,000 to leave Libyan capital’s largest shelter for internally-displaced: UNHCR
Libyan militias have forced nearly 2,000 people from an ethnic minority likely targeted for their alleged links to the former Gadaffi Government, to flee long-established shelters in the capital Tripoli, the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, said on Tuesday.

UN chief appeals for calm as Mali presidential election draws to a close
Following the conclusion of the second round of presidential elections in Mali, political leaders in the West African country are being encouraged by the UN Secretary-General to promote a peaceful atmosphere and avoid incendiary rhetoric.

UNICEF appeals for end to ‘war on children’ in Syria and Yemen
Attacks against children caught in the conflicts in Syria and Yemen must stop, the UN children’s agency, UNICEF, appealed on Monday.

Somalia: UN urges steps to ensure future elections not ‘marred’ by rights abuses seen in recent polls
In a report released on Monday, the United Nations urged Somalia to take steps to ensure future elections are not marred by the human rights violations and abuses committed during the 2016-2017 electoral process.

To beat hunger and combat climate change, world must ‘scale-up’ soil health – UN
Healthy soils are essential to achieve ‘Zero Hunger’ – and other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – peace and prosperity, the United Nations agriculture agency chief underscored in Brazil at the World Congress of Soil Science.

Free and secure access needed in DR Congo conflict zone to tackle Ebola – WHO
After seeing first-hand the complexities of the Ebola response in the conflict-affected region of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Head of the World Health Organization (WHO) called for “free and secure” access to the disease-affected people. 

FROM THE FIELD: Sailing a traditional and sustainable path in Fiji’s tropical waters
Young people in Fiji are helping to revive indigenous cultural practices of the Pacific Ocean island while learning about sustainable transport thanks to an initiative supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

Safe spaces offer security and dignity for youth, and help make the world ‘better for all’: Guterres
The world’s young people need safe spaces – both physical and digital - where they can “freely express their views” and “pursue their dreams” was the core message of United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to mark this year’s International Youth Day.

Central Africa: Security Council concerned by 'grave security situation', calls for better agency cooperation
With Central African countries beset by ongoing terrorist activity, instability and the effects of climate change, the Security Council has asked the United Nations Secretary-General to review the work of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), and recommend areas for improvement.

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