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Genoa bridge: Renzo Piano to lead new construction

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Morandi bridge in Genoa was said to have been damaged by sea air Renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano has agreed to oversee the construction of a new Genoa bridge to replace one that collapsed and killed 43 people.A section of the 51-year-old Morandi bridge fell down on 14 August, crushing vehicles and buildings underneath.The new project will cost over €200m ($230m; £180m)
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Michael Flynn: Judge suggests ex-Trump aide ‘sold out’ US

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Michael Flynn arrives at court on Tuesday A judge has suggested US President Donald Trump's former national security adviser sold out his country when he lied to the FBI about Russia contacts.The judge agreed to postpone sentencing upon request from Michael Flynn's lawyers at court in Washington DC.Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying about his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the
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Transgender women pray at India’s Sabarimala temple

[ad_1] Image copyright A S Satheesh Image caption The transwomen were accompanied by some 20 police officers Four transgender women have been allowed to pray at an Indian temple at the centre of a bitter row over whether women should be permitted to enter.Despite a Supreme Court ruling allowing women devotees into the Sabarimala shrine in Kerala state, they have been blocked repeatedly by mobs.The transgender women, all wearing black
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White House backs down on US government shutdown threat

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP US President Donald Trump is backing down on his threat to shut down the government after Democrats refused to grant him the funding to build the wall he wants on the border with Mexico. The White House has identified other funding sources for the project, says spokeswoman Sarah Sanders. Mr Trump is seeking $5bn (£3.95bn) from Congress to start work on the wall. Several federal agencies
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Cloud of smoke covers city of Toluca, Mexico after warehouse fire

[ad_1] Thick black smoke engulfed a Mexican city after a warehouse fire. The incident which occurred in Mexico's fifth largest city, Toluca, happened after a fire in a fabric storage facility on Monday afternoon.Mexican news outlets reported that one person was taken to hospital with smoke inhalation.Local authorities are carrying out an investigation into what caused the fire. [ad_2] Source link
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Trump’s embattled foundation to shut down

[ad_1] US President Donald Trump's troubled charity foundation is to close down amid allegations that he misused its funds.The move comes after a deal reached with the attorney general of New York State, Barbara Underwood, who will supervise the distribution of its remaining monies.She has accused Mr Trump and family members of using it for private and political gain.The case against them will continue.This breaking news story is being updated
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Lion King: Petition calls on Disney to drop ‘hakuna matata’ trademark

[ad_1] Image copyright iStock Image caption Film merchandise and franchising are lucrative spin-offs A petition accusing Disney of "colonialism and robbery" for trademarking a phrase used in the film The Lion King has attracted more than 30,000 signatures."Hakuna matata" means "no problem" or "no worries" in the Swahili language, which is spoken across East Africa.Disney first applied to trademark the catchphrase in 1994 - the same year it released The
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China’s staggering 40 years of change in pictures

[ad_1] Forty years ago, China introduced major economic reforms - lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty and leading to it becoming the second-largest economy in the world.Here's the story of how China changed - in pictures.1. Wheels and more wheels This is what Chang'an Avenue - a major street in the capital Beijing - looked like in 1978. Image copyright Getty Images Four decades on, the street
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Hamid Ansari: ‘Love-struck’ Indian home after Pakistan jail ordeal

[ad_1] Image caption Hamid Ansari reunited with his family at the border on Monday An Indian man held for six years in Pakistan after illegally entering the country has returned to his family.Hamid Ansari was convicted on charges of spying after he was found with a fake Pakistani identity card.But his supporters said he had entered the country to pursue "blind and stupid" love with a woman he met online.It