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Young couple and their seven-year-old son named among 38 killed in Genoa bridge collapse

Young couple and their seven-year-old son named among 38 killed in Genoa bridge collapseA young Italian couple and their seven-year-old son are among the 38 or more victims of the catastrophic Genoa bridge collapse. Roberto Robbiano, his wife Ersilia Piccinino and their son Samuele all died when their car plummeted 150ft to the ground after a 260ft section of the Morandi bridge suddenly disintegrated in a thunderstorm on Tuesday. The family was heading to lunch with grandparents when the bridge, which spans a broad valley of apartment blocks, warehouses and railway lines, collapsed. Firefighters found Samuele’s favourite football, decorated with images of Spiderman, inside the smashed remains of their car, Italian media reported. Two employees of a waste management company, who were working in the valley beneath the bridge when it collapsed, were also killed. They were named as Bruno Casagrande, 57, and Mirco Vinci, 30. They were doing shift work in place of regular workers who had gone away on their summer holidays. “They had only just started their contracts,” said Tiziana Merlino, the director of the waste management company AMIU. With Genoa and the surrounding Liguria region in shock, the mayor of the port city declared two days of mourning, starting today. Andrea Cerulli, 48, an avid fan of the local football team, was also killed in the tragedy. His girlfriend and son had gone on holiday but he had stayed behind in Genoa to work. He was killed as he drove to work. Three children were among the dead, according to the Italian media. Among them was an unnamed boy from Florence in Tuscany. Dario Nardella, the mayor of Florence, offered his condolences to the boy’s family but did not say if any of his relatives were among the victims.



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Wildfire victims among those stung by Trump's trade war

Wildfire victims among those stung by Trump's trade warSANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Add this to the challenges facing California



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Two police officers among four fatally shot in Canada

Two police officers among four fatally shot in CanadaPolice in Fredericton, a city of about 56,000 that is the capital of the province of New Brunswick, said a suspect was in custody and was being treated for serious injuries. A local health official said multiple shooting victims were being treated at one hospital. Officials identified the slain officers as Sara Mae Burns, 43, and Lawrence Robb Costello, 45.



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Seattle plane crash: Hijacker had security clearance to be among aircraft but did not hold pilot’s licence

Seattle plane crash: Hijacker had security clearance to be among aircraft but did not hold pilot’s licenceThe hijacker of an empty Horizon Air turboprop plane in Seattle had clearance to be among aircraft but did not hold a pilot’s licence, authorities said. The 29-year-old man used a machine called a pushback tractor to first manoeuvre the aircraft so he could board and then take off from Sea-Tac International Airport on Friday evening.



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Death toll rises to 319 from Lombok earthquake, as 5.9-magnitude aftershock causes panic among evacuees 

Death toll rises to 319 from Lombok earthquake, as 5.9-magnitude aftershock causes panic among evacuees The Indonesian island of Lombok was shaken by a third big earthquake in little more than a week Thursday as the official death toll from an earlier quake topped 300. The 5.9-magnitude quake struck at a shallow depth in the northwest of the island, the US Geological Survey said, even as relief agencies raced to find survivors among the wreckage from Sunday's quake. It was the strongest of some 355 aftershocks that have rattled the island since Sunday, national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said. Evacuees at a shelter in northern Lombok's Tanjung district ran out onto the road crying and screaming, an AFP reporter at the scene said. Motorcycles parked on the street toppled over and the walls of some nearby buildings collapsed. A woman wearing a motorbike helmet was seen crying with her two daughters in her arms. An Indonesian woman cries next to her children shortly after an aftershock hits the area in Tanjung on Lombok island on August 9 Credit: ADEK BERRY/ AFP "We were stuck in the traffic while delivering aid, suddenly it felt like our car was hit from behind, it was so strong," witness Sri Laksmi told AFP. "People in the street began to panic and got out of their cars, they ran in different directions in the middle of the traffic." The aftershock comes just four days after a devastating 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck Lombok, which relief agencies said had wiped out entire villages in the worst-hit regions in the north and west. An Indonesian man tries to calm a woman shortly after an aftershock hits the area in Tanjung on Lombok island on August 9  Credit: ADEK BERRY/AFP The death toll from the first earthquake rose dramatically on Thursday.  "The latest update is that 319 people died," said Indonesia's chief security minister Wiranto, who like many Indonesians goes by one name. A further 1,400 are seriously injured and more than 150,000 displaced. 'Exceptionally destructive' Local authorities, international relief groups and the central government have begun organising aid, but shattered roads have slowed efforts to reach survivors in the mountainous north of Lombok, which bore the brunt of the quake. Aid begun trickling into some of the most isolated regions, officials said midday Thursday, but many people displaced by the quake still lack basic supplies. In some parts of northern Lombok, survivors can be seen standing on the road with cardboard boxes asking for donations and food. "We are still waiting for assessments from some of the more remote areas in the north of the island, but it is already clear that Sunday's earthquake was exceptionally destructive," Christopher Rassi, the head of a Red Cross assessment team on Lombok, said in a statement. "I visited villages yesterday that were completely collapsed." Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team look for victim of the recent quake in Tanjung on Lombok island on August 9 Credit: ADEK BERRY/AFP Tens of thousands of homes, businesses and mosques were levelled by the quake, which struck on Sunday as evening prayers were being said across the Muslim-majority island. There are fears that two collapsed mosques in north Lombok had been filled with worshippers. Rescuers have found three bodies and also managed to pull one man alive from the twisted wreckage of one mosque in Lading Lading village, while at least one body has been spotted under the rubble in Pemenang. Authorities are gathering information from family members with missing relatives to determine how many more people may have been in the buildings when they collapsed, national search and rescue agency spokesman Yusuf Latif told AFP. Waiting for aid  Across much of the island, a popular tourist destination, once-bustling villages have been turned into virtual ghost towns. Many frightened villagers are staying under tents or tarpaulins dotted along roads or in parched rice fields, and makeshift medical facilities have been set up to treat the injured. Evacuees in some encampments say they are running out of food, while others are suffering psychological trauma after the powerful quake, which struck just one week after another tremor surged through the island and killed 17. There is a dire need for medical staff and "long-term aid", especially food and medicine in the worst-hit areas, government officials said. Some evacuees have complained of being ignored or experiencing long delays for supplies to arrive at shelters. A man inspects the ruin of his house destroyed by an earthquake in North Lombok, Indonesia Credit: Firdia Lisnawati/ AP "There has been no help at all here," said 36-year-old Multazam, staying with hundreds of others under tarpaulins on a dry paddy field outside West Pemenang village. "We have no clean water, so if we want to go to the toilet we use a small river nearby," he said, adding they needed food, bedding and medicine. The Indonesian Red Cross said it had set up 10 mobile clinics in the north of the island. A field hospital has also been established near an evacuation centre catering to more than 500 people in the village of Tanjung. Kurniawan Eko Wibowo, a doctor at the field hospital, said most patients had broken bones and head injuries. "We lack the infrastructure to perform operations because (they) need to be performed in a sterile place," Wibowo told AFP. Aid groups say children are particularly vulnerable, with many sleeping in open fields and suffering illnesses from lack of warm clothing and blankets.



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Two American Cyclists Were Among Four Killed in a Hit-and-Run in Tajikistan

Two American Cyclists Were Among Four Killed in a Hit-and-Run in TajikistanOfficials believe it may have been a deliberate attack



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Mexican Official Says Girl With Down Syndrome Among Detainees

Mexican Official Says Girl With Down Syndrome Among DetaineesMexico's Foreign Affairs Secretary Luis Videgaray said at a press conference



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Kim Jong Un Utterances Among First Ever Heard by World Audience

Kim Jong Un Utterances Among First Ever Heard by World AudienceSue Mi Terry, former director for Korea, Japan, and Oceanic affairs at the National Security Council, points out that the mere fact of hearing Kim Jong Un speak out loud in public is a rare occurrence.



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Full Flake Interview: 'Behind the scenes there is a lot of alarm' among Republicans in Congress

Full Flake Interview: 'Behind the scenes there is a lot of alarm' among Republicans in CongressIn an exclusive interview with Meet the Press, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) told Chuck Todd that Congress needs to push back against the president more often.



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Poll finds minimal interest in royal wedding among Britons

Poll finds minimal interest in royal wedding among BritonsTwo in three Britons are “not interested” in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding this weekend, according to a new poll published on Tuesday. The YouGov survey found 66 percent of British people were uninterested in the upcoming nuptials — with around a third “not interested at all”. The poll, commissioned by anti-monarchy campaign group Republic, questioned 1,615 Britons over two days late last week.



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