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At least 26 dead after cars plunge off collapsed bridge in Italy: Officials

At least 26 dead after cars plunge off collapsed bridge in Italy: Officials

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A section of a towering highway bridge collapsed in Italy Tuesday, sending vehicles plunging nearly 300 feet to the ground and killing at least 26 people, officials said. The collapse of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa occurred around midday during strong storms moving through the area of northwest Italy, according to authorities. At least 30 vehicles were on the bridge in a port section of the city when the span gave way, Amalia Tedeschi, a firefighter, told the Italian news agency ANSA. Several people were pulled from the rubble alive and taken to a hospital by helicopter, Tedeschi added. Construction involving a crane was occurring on the bridge at the time of the collapse, but it was too early to pinpoint what caused the span to fail, Italian authorities said. At least 26 people wer...
12 children among 42 dead in weapons depot blast

12 children among 42 dead in weapons depot blast

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An explosion at a weapons depot in Syria has killed at least 39 civilians including a dozen children, a monitoring group has said. Three militants were also killed, according to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).Rescue workers used bulldozers to remove rubble and get people out of two damaged buildings.Five people were pulled out alive.One of the buildings was scorched black after a fire followed the explosion.White Helmet rescue workers attempted to lift part of the floor of one of the buildings with a crane.SOHR said the weapons depot was housed in a residential building in the northwestern town of Sarmada, in Idlib province.Its head, Rami Abdel Rahman, said the cause of the blast was "not yet clear", and that most of those killed were family ...
Three dead in Zimbabwe as president blames opposition

Three dead in Zimbabwe as president blames opposition

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Three people have been killed as Zimbabwe's president blamed the opposition for the violence after the country's general election. The military swept into the capital Harare to disperse protesters after the Zanu-PF won a parliamentary majority in the vote.Soldiers opened fire with guns, water cannon and tear gas, as opposition demonstrators burned cars and threw rocks at helicopters hovering above. Police have invoked a strict security act that forbids public gatherings amid the violence.The United Nations has urged political leaders and Zimbabweans to reject any form of violence.Weeping family members have been seen at the Parirenyatwa Hospital in the capital where a man's body lay on a stretcher.He has been identified locally as street vendor Ishmeil Kumeni, 42, who was...
Indonesia earthquake: 13 dead on tourist island of Lombok

Indonesia earthquake: 13 dead on tourist island of Lombok

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A powerful earthquake has struck a popular tourist destination in Indonesia, killing at least 13 people.The 6.4 magnitude quake hit the central island of Lombok just before 07:00 local time (00:00 GMT) on Sunday.The island attracts tourists from around the world due to its beaches and hiking trails, and is located about 40km (25 miles) east of Bali.Hundreds of people are injured and thousands of homes are damaged, officials say.A Malaysian tourist who was on a hiking trip to Mount Rinjani is among those killed. The US Geological Survey said the epicentre of the earthquake was 50km (31 miles) north-east of the city of Mataram, in northern Lombok.It was followed by more than 60 smaller earthquakes, with the largest recorded at a ma...
Two Palestinians, including teen, dead in Gaza protests

Two Palestinians, including teen, dead in Gaza protests

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July 27 (UPI) -- Clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli troops Friday at the Gaza border left at least two dead and hundreds more injured, the Gaza health ministry said. The ministry identified the dead as Yassin Tahsin Abu Armana, 14, and Razi Abu Mustafa, 43, both killed by Israeli gunfire. Israel Defense Forces said Palestinian protesters opened fire on Israeli soldiers in the northern Gaza Strip. Others threw stones, tear gas canisters or burning tires. "No injuries were reported. In response, an IDF aircraft targeted an observation post in the northern Gaza Strip," the IDF said on Twitter. The Gaza health ministry said about 264 Palestinians sustained injuries Friday, 90 by live fire. Eleven people were in serious condition. The protests were part of the Great March of R...