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Prosecutors investigate hiker deaths in Italy gorge flood

Aug. 21, 2018 6:05 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italian prosecutors on Tuesday opened a criminal investigation into the deaths of at least 10 people swept away by a flash flood as they hiked through a narrow gorge in the southern region of Calabria. Italy's civil protection agency said at least three people were missing, although the number...

Italian coast guard ship with migrants arrives in Sicily

Aug. 21, 2018 5:57 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The Italian coast guard ship Diciotto has made port in the Sicilian city of Catania with 177 migrants awaiting word on which countries will take them following another standoff between Malta and Italy. Though the ship made port late Monday, the Italian government is not allowing the migrants...

Flash flood hits hikers in gorge in southern Italy; 8 dead

Aug. 20, 2018 6:15 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Heavy rain flooded a gorge filled with hikers Monday in the southern region of Calabria, killing at least eight, Italy's civil protection agency said. At least another five were missing. The prefect's office said 23 people were rescued from the flash flood in the Raganello Gorge. They included...

Report: Experts knew Genoa bridge had weakened 20 percent

Aug. 20, 2018 4:25 PM EDT

GENOA, Italy (AP) — Engineering experts determined in February that corrosion of the metal cables supporting the Genoa highway bridge had reduced the bridge's strength by 20 percent — a finding that came months before it collapsed last week, Italian media reported Monday. Despite the findings,...

Italian officials say at least 5 dead in flash flood that struck hikers in a gorge in southern Italy

Aug. 20, 2018 1:39 PM EDT
MILAN (AP) — Italian officials say at least 5 dead in flash flood that struck hikers in a gorge in southern Italy.

Europe sees sharp rise in measles: 41,000 cases, 37 deaths

Aug. 20, 2018 1:16 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The World Health Organization says the number of measles cases in Europe jumped sharply during the first six months of 2018 and at least 37 people have died. The U.N. agency's European office said Monday more than 41,000 measles cases were reported in the region during the first half of the...

EU seeks hosts for migrants amid new Italy, Malta standoff

Aug. 20, 2018 10:59 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The European Union is trying to find countries willing to take 177 people rescued at sea after Italy sought its help to deal with yet another migrant standoff with Malta. The Italian coast guard ship Diciotti has been sitting off Italy's Lampedusa island since rescuing the migrants last week....

Italy bridge designer warned in 1979 of risk of corrosion

Aug. 19, 2018 3:54 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Italian engineer who designed the Genoa bridge that collapsed and killed dozens warned four decades ago that it would require constant maintenance to remove rust given the effects of corrosion from sea air and pollution on the concrete. RAI state television broadcast excerpts Sunday of the...

Italy threatens to return migrants to Libya in new standoff

Aug. 19, 2018 11:25 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy's firebrand interior minister threatened Sunday to return to Libya 177 migrants who have been aboard an Italian coast guard ship for days following another standoff with Malta. Interior Minister Matteo Salvini demanded that other European countries take in the migrants after his Maltese...

French audit warns 840 bridges may face risk of collapse

Aug. 19, 2018 8:59 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — An audit commissioned by the French government says about 840 French bridges are suffering from serious damage and at risk of collapse in the coming several years. President Emmanuel Macron's government had already promised new infrastructure spending, but is coming under new pressure after...