Italy's Autostrade to announce plan for victims, city after bridge collapse

Aug 18 2018 | 54 mins ago

Italy’s Autostrade per l’Italia said it would hold a news conference in Genoa on Saturday to announce initiatives it would take after the collapse of a motorway bridge.

Iran says navy mounts new defense system on warship

Aug 18 2018 | 1 hrs ago

Iran’s navy has mounted a locally built advanced defensive weapons system on one of its warships for the first time, the Iranian navy chief was quoted as saying on Saturday, as tensions mount with the U.S. military in the Gulf.

Qatar accuses Saudis of barring haj pilgrims, Riyadh says untrue

Aug 18 2018 | 1 hrs ago

Qatar has accused Saudi Arabia of barring its citizens from this year’s haj, something Riyadh denies, saying a diplomatic dispute is not stopping Qataris from making the pilgrimage to Mecca.

U.N. chief suggests options for improved Palestinian protection

Aug 18 2018 | 1 hrs ago

The protection of Palestinian civilians could be improved by the deployment of U.N.-mandated armed forces or unarmed observers, a beefed-up U.N. civilian presence or expanded U.N. assistance, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres wrote in a report.

Taiwan's president lauds Belize amid dwindling support

Aug 18 2018 | 1 hrs ago

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen thanked the government of Belize on Friday for backing Taiwan’s claim to independence from China for 29 years.

China complains about Pentagon report, says it is 'pure guesswork'

Aug 18 2018 | 1 hrs ago

China’s Defence Ministry has lodged a complaint with the United States about a Pentagon report that said China’s military was likely training for strikes against the United States and its allies, saying it was “pure guesswork”.

Maduro orders 96 percent devaluation in hyperinflation-stricken Venezuela

Aug 18 2018 | 1 hrs ago

Venezuela’s president Nicolas Maduro announced on Friday a single exchange rate pegged to his socialist government’s petro cryptocurrency, effectively devaluing by 96 percent in a move economists said would fan hyperinflation in the chaotic country.

China sacks six senior officials at food and drug regulator over vaccine scandal

Aug 18 2018 | 1 hrs ago

China said on Saturday it has sacked six senior officials at its food and drug regulator after a safety scandal at vaccine maker Changsheng Biotechnology Co Ltd revealed failings at the government body including inadequate supervision.

Strong winds stoke bushfires on Australia's east coast

Aug 18 2018 | 1 hrs ago

Strong winds intensified bushfires burning across much of the Australian state of New South Wales on Saturday, with the Rural Fire Service (RFS) upgrading warnings on three of more than 70 fires to emergency level.

Tencent-backed Qutoutiao files for U.S. IPO

Aug 18 2018 | 2 hrs ago

Chinese content aggregator Qutoutiao Inc, which is backed by technology giant Tencent Holdings Ltd, filed for an initial public offering of up to $300 million with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday.