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Officials knew collapsed Italian bridge was weaker

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 8/20/18, 11:10 am

An Italian news magazine reported Monday that the bridge that collapsed last week in Genoa was known to have weakened by 20 percent, but engineering experts did nothing about it. In February, engineers determined that corrosion had degraded the metal cables supporting the bridge, but they did not try to limit traffic on it. A large section of the Morandi Bridge collapsed Tuesday during a heavy downpour, killing 43 people and forcing the evacuation of 600 nearby residents.

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Italy blames highway company for bridge collapse

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/16/18, 12:10 pm

The Italian government accused a highway company of putting financial interests before safety standards after a bridge collapsed in Genoa, killing at least 38 people and injured 16 others. A portion of the bridge that links heavily traveled highways leading to France and Milan collapsed Tuesday, trapping some drivers beneath the rubble. Genoa Prosecutor Francesco Cozzi said an investigation into the incident will focus on design flaws and inadequate maintenance.

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Brunson remains the focus of U.S.-Turkey feud

International | The NATO ally retaliates with tariffs while a Turkish court refuses to free the American pastor
by Mindy Belz
Posted 8/15/18, 04:18 pm

TURKEY: Ankara raised tariffs on U.S. imports following U.S. sanctions imposed for Turkey’s continued detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson. A Turkish court Wednesday rejected another appeal for Brunson’s release.

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