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Italy bridge: State of emergency follows Genoa disaster (1 hour 45 minutes old)

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte says it will last 12 months, and promises €5m to the region.

Kabul suicide bomber kills 48 in tuition centre attack (2 hours old)

Many of those killed are believed to be teenagers who were preparing for university entrance exams.

Putin to attend Austrian minister's wedding (2 hours old)

The Russian president will attend Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl's wedding on Saturday.

World's 'poorest' ex-president Mujica turns down pension (3 hours old)

Uruguay's former President José Mujica resigns from the Senate saying he does not want a pension.

NZ bans house sales to foreigners (4 hours old)

The move is aimed at cooling house prices and making properties more affordable to New Zealanders.

Four shot in argument at Walmart checkout near Philadelphia (2 hours old)

Police say a man pulled a gun from his sister's waistband and opened fire in the crowded building.

Sudanese schoolchildren drown in Nile (3 hours old)

They were on their way to school in northern Sudan when the boat capsized in a strong current.

Paraguay ex-dictator aide's son takes power (2 hours old)

Right-wing politician Mario Abdo Benítez is sworn in as president after victory in April elections.

Threats to transgender student shut Oklahoma school (1 hour 18 minutes old)

The FBI was contacted to help investigate the threats made in a Facebook group against the student.

Taner Kilic: Amnesty Turkish chair to be released from prison (5 hours old)

After 14 months in prison on terrorism charges, human rights activist Taner Kilic will be released.

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Italy bridge collapse: furious ministers blame highways firm (1 hour 58 minutes old)

Ministers attacks Genoa bridge operator Autostrade per l’Italia as accounts of survival emergeFurious ministers from Italy’s coalition government have rounded on the company that manages the country’s motorways, as authorities struggled to quell growing anger over the bridge collapse in Genoa on Tuesday that killed 39 people.A vast span of the Morandi bridge caved in during a heavy rainstorm in the northern port city, sending about 35 cars and several trucks plunging 45 metres (150ft) on to railway tracks below. A 12-month state of emergency has been declared in the region. Continue reading...

Turkish lira rallies as Qatar makes $15bn loan pledge (1 hour 29 minutes old)

Ankara officials will channel money ‘into Turkey’s financial markets and banks’Turkey’s beleagured currency has bounced back from record lows after Qatar pledged to shore up the banking sector’s shaky finances with loans worth $15bn (£11.8bn).A week after a diplomatic spat with the US sent the lira into a tailspin, the agreement with Qatar was calculated to help Turkey avoid having to ask the International Monetary Fund for emergency funding. Continue reading...

Child drownings in Germany linked to parents' phone ‘fixation’ (7 hours old)

Lifeguards warn parents to put phones away, after more than 300 people drowned this yearGerman lifeguards have issued a warning that a growing number of child drownings this summer are linked to their parents’ obsession with mobile phones.More than 300 people have drowned in Germany this year, with hardly a day passing during the current heatwave when a swimmer has not died. Continue reading...

Kabul suicide bomber kills 48 at education centre (4 hours old)

Bomber on foot blows himself up at an education centre in Afghan capitalAt least 48 people have died after a suicide bomber targeted an education centre in a minority Shia area of western Kabul, in the latest assault in Afghanistan’s war-weary capital.“We can confirm the attack was caused by a suicide bomber on foot. The bomber detonated himself inside the education centre,” said a police spokesman, Hashmat Stanikzai. Continue reading...

Brazil's Lula launches presidential bid from jail as thousands march in support (2 hours old)

Lula plans to run again but judges say corruption conviction makes him ineligible – opening door to far-right Jair BolsonaroAs thousands of his supporters rally in Brazil’s capital city on Wednesday, former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva will officially register his candidacy for October’s presidential election from behind bars.Official campaigning in Brazil’s most unpredictable election in decades begins on Friday with almost half the electorate still undecided. Continue reading...

Hottest of 'ultra-hot' planets is so hot its air contains vaporised metal (1 hour 57 minutes old)

The temperature on Kelt-9b is 4,000C and its atmosphere contains iron and titanium vapours, say astronomersNew observations of the hottest known planet have revealed temperatures similar to those typically seen at the surface of a star, as well as an atmosphere of vaporised iron and titanium.The findings add to the diverse and, in some cases, extreme conditions seen on planets far beyond our own solar system. Continue reading...

US women’s rights campaigner accused of sexual harassment (2 hours old)

Eminent sociologist Michael Kimmel steps down from board of gender equality campaign groupAn eminent sociologist and high profile women’s rights campaigner has stepped down indefinitely from the board of a gender equality group following allegations of sexual harassment.Michael Kimmel, distinguished professor of sociology at Stony Brook University in New York, has resigned from the board of Promundo, an initiative that promotes gender justice by engaging men and boys. Continue reading...

EU rebuffs idea of escalating Brexit talks to leaders' summit (4 hours old)

Officials dismiss hopes that May could break deadlock by negotiating with states directly European officials have poured cold water on hopes that Theresa May could negotiate Brexit with other EU leaders in September to break the deadlock over Britain’s departure.Diplomatic sources have rejected suggestions that May could hold direct talks on Brexit with the 27 other EU heads of state and government at a summit in Salzburg next month. Continue reading...

'Tenants on our own land': New Zealand bans sale of homes to foreign buyers (10 hours old)

Law aims to boost housing affordability after prices in some areas rise by over 75%The New Zealand government has banned the sale of existing homes to foreign buyers, saying New Zealanders were sick of being “tenants in our own land”.Associate minister of finance David Parker said the ban would mean housing would become more affordable for locals, and supply would increase. Continue reading...

Austria rejects Afghan's asylum bid because he 'did not act or dress gay' (7 hours old)

Teenager fearing persecution has claim rejected as official did not believe he was gayAn Afghan teenager who said he feared being persecuted in his home country for being gay has had his asylum application rejected by Austria after an official said he did not “walk, act or dress” like a gay man, according to reports.An official in Lower Austria found no grounds for fear of persecution based on the sexual orientation of the 18-year-old, the Falter newspaper reported. Continue reading...

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