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3 kids heading on summer vacations among Italy bridge dead

Simone Somekh, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 1:13pm

Authorities in Italy, France and Albania have confirmed their citizens are among the 39 victims of Tuesday's highway bridge collapse in Genoa. They include three children, traveling with their respective families on summer holidays. Here are some of their stories:

British Columbia declares state of emergency over wildfires

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 12:47pm

The Canadian province of British Columbia has declared a state of emergency due to hundreds of wildfires burning across the Pacific Coast province.

Illegal border crossings in Canada rise from June to July

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 12:40pm

The number of border crossers entering Canada illegally from the U.S. rose from June to July, but remained sharply below the pace of last summer.

Palestinian president lashes out at US over Gaza situation

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 12:18pm

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has lashed out at the United States over its proposals to alleviate the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza.

A partial list of victims in the Genoa bridge collapse

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 10:43am

A partial list of the 39 people who died in the collapse of the Genoa highway bridge on Tuesday. Italian officials have released the names of 21 citizens whose identities have been confirmed and families informed. Four French citizens and two Albanians also were confirmed dead.

New president takes over in Paraguay, vows to cut poverty

Pedro Servin, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 10:39am

Mario Abdo Benitez took over as Paraguay's new president on Wednesday, replacing a seemingly disgruntled Horacio Cartes, who left the inauguration ceremony before it finished.

US official says UAE paid Yemen tribes to push al-Qaida out

Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 10:38am

A senior U.S. official acknowledged Wednesday that the United Arab Emirates had paid money to tribal leaders in Yemen to rout al-Qaida militants from their strongholds in the war-torn county.

Russia says it's trying to help Syrian refugees' return home

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 10:30am

The Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday it is coordinating efforts to help Syrian refugees return home and rebuild the country's infrastructure destroyed by the civil war.

Israel: No criminal action in deadly Gaza 2014 war incident

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 10:14am

The Israeli military said on Wednesday its investigation into one of the bloodiest incidents of the 2014 war in the Gaza Strip found no criminal wrongdoing by Israeli forces and there were no grounds to prosecute any troops.

UK arrests Romanian who is one of Europe's most wanted men

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 9:42am

Britain's National Crime Agency says it has arrested one of Europe's most wanted men, nabbing the suspected head of a Romanian organized crime network.

Mattis pledges closer defense cooperation with Argentina

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 9:35am

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday pledged closer defense cooperation with Argentina.

Flash flood sweeps away 11 picnickers in India

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 9:34am

At least 11 people were swept away by a flash flood while picnicking at a waterfall in central India on Wednesday, an official said.

Unified Korean women's basketball team wins at Asian Games

Niniek Karmini, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 9:34am

Three North Korean basketball players were part of a unified Korean women's basketball team that defeated Indonesia 108-40 on Wednesday at the Asian Games.

Publisher John Calder, champion of edgy authors, dies at 91

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 9:22am

Influential publisher John Calder, who championed avant-garde authors and battled censorship, has died, a colleague said Wednesday. He was 91.

Forgotten remnant of Berlin Wall found in central district

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 9:00am

A local official has discovered a forgotten remnant of the Berlin Wall close to the new headquarters of Germany's foreign intelligence service. It's the second long-lost piece of the barrier to be identified and given protected status this year.

The Latest: UNICEF: Kabul attack on children 'deplorable'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 8:39am

The Latest on the war in Afghanistan (all times local):

Cambodian election results give ruling party sweep of seats

Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 8:33am

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen's ruling party has won all 125 seats in the National Assembly, official results released Wednesday by the state election board confirmed.

Putin to attend Austrian foreign minister's wedding

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 8:25am

The Kremlin says that President Vladimir Putin will attend the Austrian foreign minister's wedding this week.

New Amnesty International leader's 1st move targets Zimbabwe

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 8:15am

Amnesty International's new leader said Wednesday his first act is writing to Zimbabwe's next president about the disappearance of activist Itai Dzamara: "Whoever leads the new government must move to undo the injustices of the past."