Italy launches investigation into motorway bridge collapse

​Italy’s government opened an investigation on Thursday into the country’s biggest toll-road operator, hours after saying it could face a heavy fine or lose its concession over a bridge collapse that killed at least 38 people. A section of the bridge gave way on Tuesday in busy lunchtime traffic, plunging dozens of vehicles 50m (160… Read More Italy launches investigation into motorway bridge collapse

‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin passes on at 76

Aretha Franklin, the preacher’s daughter whose powerful voice made her the long-reigning ‘Queen of Soul’ with such hit songs as ‘Respect’ and ‘Chain of Fools’, died on Thursday at the age of 76, officials said. Franklin, who won 18 Grammys and had some 25 gold records, died at her home in Detroit surrounded by family… Read More ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin passes on at 76

Japanese regulators probe Apple over alleged pressure on rival games platform

Japanese regulators are investigating Apple Inc over allegations it unfairly pressured Yahoo Japan Corp to slow the expansion of its online games platform, which competes with Apple’s App Store, Japanese media reported on Thursday. The Fair Trade Commission (FTC) is looking at whether Apple interfered in Yahoo Japan’s operations by pressuring it to cut back… Read More Japanese regulators probe Apple over alleged pressure on rival games platform

Gunmen attack intelligence training center in Afghan capital Kabul

​Gunmen attacked an area around a security base and training center for Afghanistan’s intelligence service on Thursday in the capital Kabul, officials said. Staff and officials at the center took shelter in a protected area of the compound as gunfire came from a half-finished building near the site. Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai said the… Read More Gunmen attack intelligence training center in Afghan capital Kabul