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Death Toll Rises to 35 in Italy Bridge Collapse

A frantic search was underway Wednesday for survivors under the shattered remains of a motorway bridge in Genoa as the death toll rose to 35 and investigators probed what caused the catastrophic collapse.

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Two Greek Soldiers Return Home after Turkey Release

Two Greek soldiers held in a Turkish prison for more than five months on espionage charges landed home early Wednesday, after a court ordered their release.

The two had been detained since March for illegally crossing the border in a case that has stoked tensions between Athens and Ankara.

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Putin Ready to Meet N. Korea's Kim at 'Early Date', Says KCNA

Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "at an early date", the North's state media reported Wednesday, amid a rapid diplomatic thaw on the peninsula.

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Venezuelan General, Colonel Arrested over 'Attack' on Maduro

Venezuela has arrested a general and a colonel as part of a probe into an alleged attempt to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro, the Supreme Court said Tuesday.

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Moon Says Pyongyang Summit to Be 'Bold Step' towards Ending War

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Wednesday his visit to Pyongyang next month will be a "bold step" towards formally ending the decades-old war with the nuclear-armed North.

The two Koreas agreed earlier this week to hold a third meeting between Moon and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in September as a rapid diplomatic thaw builds on the peninsula following their first summit in April.

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Deadliest Bridge Collapses over Past 20 Years

The collapse of a motorway bridge on Tuesday in Italy's northwestern port city of Genoa is the most deadly of its kind in Europe since 2001.

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Venezuelan General Arrested over 'Attack' on Maduro

A Venezuelan general has been arrested over the alleged assassination attempt on President Nicolas Maduro, Attorney General Tarek William Saab said on Tuesday.

National Guard Major General Alejandro Perez Gomez joined opposition politician Juan Requesens and colonel Pedro Javier Zambrano in appearing before a judge on Monday, Saab told a press conference.

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Turkey Court Orders Release of 2 Greek Troops Held since March

A Turkish court on Tuesday ordered the release of two Greek soldiers detained since March on espionage charges for illegally crossing the border, in a case that has added to tensions between Athens and Ankara.

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30 Dead in Italy Motorway Bridge Collapse 'Tragedy'

Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said Tuesday that "around 30" people had been killed after a motorway bridge collapsed in the northwestern port city of Genoa.

"Unfortunately there are around 30 dead and many injured in a serious condition," Salvini told reporters in the Sicilian city of Catania.

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Taliban 'Showing Strength' with Assault on Afghan City, Analysts

A major Taliban assault on Ghazni has triggered five days of fighting with Afghan security forces, with reports of scores dead and the strategic centre left a "ghost city".  

Kabul insists it remains in government hands, but residents have told AFP the insurgents remain entrenched in the streets, burning buildings and targeting civilians. The United Nations said unverified reports put civilian casualties at more than 100. 

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