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Toll rises to 42 in Italy bridge collapse ahead of funerals

© The Associated Press People attend a funeral service for some of the victims of a collapsed highway bridge, in Genoa’s exhibition center Fiera di Genova, Italy, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. Saturday has been declared a national day of mourning in Italy and includes a state funeral at the industrial port city’s fair grounds for those who plunged to their deaths as the 45-meter (150-foot) tall Morandi Bridge gave way Tuesday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia) A few hours earlier, the bodies of an Italian couple and their 9-year-old daughter were found in their smashed car under a big block of concrete, part of tons of material that crashed 45 meters (150 feet) into a dry riverbed and nearby areas when the heavily trafficked major highway span gave way. Relatives had said the family, from ...

N. Korea urges Trump to be ‘bold’ on denuclearisation

© Provided by AFP North Korea has accused the US of failing to reciprocate a series of its ‘goodwill measures’ North Korean state media blamed Donald Trump’s political opponents for the “deadlock” over denuclearisation on Saturday, urging the US President to act boldly to make progress on the thorny issue. Trump and the North’s leader Kim Jong Un held a groundbreaking summit in Singapore in June, which the US leader touted as a historic breakthrough. At the meeting the pair struck a vague agreement to denuclearise the Korean peninsula, but there has been little movement since. Meanwhile the North has criticised Washington for its “gangster-like” and “unilateral” demands for the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantling of ...

2 Chainz Dropping a Fortune on Wedding at Versace Mansion

2 Chainz Dropping a Fortune on Wedding With a Versace Vibe 8/18/2018 12:50 AM PDT Exclusive Details 2 Chainz is spending some big bank on his weekend wedding in Miami … and he’s got some big names on the guest list, too. The rapper and his fiancee, Kesha Ward, are tying the knot Saturday at the famed Gianni Versace Mansion … aka the Villa Casa Casuarina. We’re told he and his family — the couple has 3 kids together — are also spending Friday night at the luxurious crib. 2 Chainz’ friends Kim Kardashian West, Kanye West and Pusha T will be front and center at what’s expected to be a pretty intimate ceremony … with a bigger reception to follow. By the way — if you’re wondering why the Versace Mansion … Chainz LOVES rocki...

Nicki Minaj and Safaree Both Attending MTV VMAs Calls for Increased Security

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Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dies at age 80

Kofi Annan, one of the world’s most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become the first black African secretary-general, has died. He was 80. His foundation announced his death in Switzerland on Saturday in a tweet , saying that he died after a short unspecified illness. “Wherever there was suffering or need, he reached out and touched many people with his deep compassion and empathy,” the foundation said in a statement. Annan spent virtually his entire career as an administrator in the United Nations. His aristocratic style, cool-tempered elegance and political savvy helped guide his ascent to become its seventh secretary-general, and the first hired from within. He served two terms from Jan. 1, 1997, to Dec....

George Papadopoulos: Mueller proposes sentence for ex-Trump aide

Image copyright Twitter Image caption George Papadopoulos said he was told the Russians had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton US special counsel Robert Mueller has recommended a prison sentence of up to six months for former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos. Mr Mueller, head of an investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election, said such a sentence was “warranted and appropriate”. Mr Papadopoulos has admitted lying about his contacts with Russians while a member of the Trump campaign team. Sentencing is due to take place on 7 September. “The government does not take a position with respect to a particular sentence to be imposed, but respectfully submits that a sentence of incarceration within the applicable guidelines range of zero to six mont...

Kofi Annan, former UN chief, dies at 80

Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary-general who won the Nobel Peace Prize for humanitarian work, has died aged 80, international diplomats say. Annan was the first black African to take up the role of the world’s top diplomat, serving two terms from 1997 to 2006. He later served as the UN special envoy for Syria, leading efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts.

Urban Meyer investigation at Ohio State to be completed Sunday

An independent investigation into how Ohio State’s national championship-winning head football coach Urban Meyer handled domestic violence accusations against a staff member will be completed Sunday, the school said Friday. The school’s Board of Trustees appointed an independent group to investigate how Meyer, one of the highest-paid coaches in college football, treated allegations of abuse by the wife of former Ohio State assistant football coach Zach Smith. Courtney Smith, now Zach’s ex-wife, told Stadium on Aug. 1 that she believed Meyer was aware of a 2015 claim of abuse against her then-husband. Courtney Smith said she spoke to Meyer’s wife, Shelley, showed her pictures of bruises allegedly from the abuse, and told Shelley to speak to her husband. Meyer was pla...

China’s Xi set to visit North Korea in September

© REUTERS/Themba Hadebe/Pool via REUTERS Chinese President Xi Jinping claps during the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, July 26, 2018. REUTERS/Themba Hadebe/Pool via REUTERS (Bloomberg) — Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to visit Pyongyang next month as ties between the two countries improve amid mounting U.S.-China trade tensions, The Straits Times reported, without citing anyone. Xi has been invited by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the country’s founding on Sept. 9, the paper said. The visit would be the first by the Chinese leader to the North Korean capital since Xi took power in 2012, it said. North Korea also asked South Korean President Moon Jae-in to visit for the celebrations during high-level talks earlier this month, Asa...

Candlelight vigil held for slain Colorado mother, daughters

© Copyright2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. A photo of Shanann Watts and her daughters sits amid other tributes outside the family’s home in Frederick, Colo., Aug. 16, 2018. More than 100 people gathered outside the Watts family’s home in Frederick, Colo., Friday night to remember a woman and her two daughters — all of whom were found dead this week. Prosecutors believe Christopher Watts, 33, murdered his pregnant wife Shanann, 34, and their two daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3.  Throughout the day, neighbors, friends, and the general public placed flowers, stuffed animals, and handwritten notes in the front yard, the Denver Post reported. “This is to celebrate, mourn and get closure for a family that didn’t deserve this,” Kelley Trippy, who organi...

David Wells to Luis Severino, ‘S**t Happens’

David Wells To Luis Severino ‘S**t Happens’ 8/18/2018 12:35 AM PDT EXCLUSIVE We spotted NY Yankees legend David Wells out in NYC — and asked if he had any advice for Luis Severino, the Yankees ace who’s been struggling recently.  Wells told us he doesn’t watch much baseball these days … but did drop a few pearls of wisdom for the 24-year-old fireballer.  “S**t happens when you struggle … find a way out of it!”  The clip is pretty great … Wells talks locker room stories, golf and even gives props to our photog for dodging obstacles in the street.  Good stuff …