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Rescues work among the rubble of the collapsed Morandi highway bridge in Genoa, northern Italy, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. A large section of the bridge collapsed over an industrial area in the Italian city of Genova during a sudden and violent storm, leaving vehicles crushed in rubble below. (Luca Zennaro/ANSA via AP)

Cars plunge as Italian highway bridge collapses; 20 killed

- Associated Press

A highway bridge collapsed Tuesday in the Italian city of Genoa during a violent storm, sending vehicles plunging 45 meters (nearly 150 feet) into a heap of rubble. Authorities said at least 20 people were killed, although some people were found alive in the debris.

In this July 28, 2018, photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during the State Prize awards ceremony in Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, Pool) ** FILE **

Could Russian ‘inspector satellite’ actually be space weapon?

- The Washington Times

A top State Department official warned Tuesday that Russian “space apparatus inspector” satellites are behaving unlike anything seen before, and that current international inspection protocol makes it virtually impossible to know for sure whether they could actually be space-weapon prototypes.

Taliban blindside U.S. forces with surprise Afghan offensive

- The Washington Times

The Taliban are on the verge of dramatically expanding their control over southern and eastern Afghanistan in a surprise offensive that has caught Afghan and U.S. forces off guard and thrown a vexing new wrench into the Trump administration’s strategy for ending the nearly 17-year-old war there.

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Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivers a broadcast speech through a giant screen, during a rally marking the12th anniversary of the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war, in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group says U.S. sanctions against Iran and his group will not have major effects on them. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Hezbollah downplays US sanctions on Iran

Associated Press

The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah movement said Tuesday that U.S. sanctions against Iran and his Iran-backed group will not have major effects on them and will not lead to regime change in Tehran.

Board of County Commissioners 1st District Commissioner Ron Shaffer, left, talks with Barbara Holzmark, of Leawood, Kan., following the Johnson County Board of Canvassers meeting, Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, in Olathe, Kan. County election officials across Kansas on Monday began deciding which provisional ballots from last week's primary election will count toward the final official vote totals, with possibility that they could create a new leader in the hotly contested Republican race for governor. Secretary of State Kris Kobach led Gov. Jeff Colyer by a mere 110 votes out of more than 313,000 cast as of Friday evening. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Unaffiliated voters key to outcome of Kansas' GOP primary

- Associated Press

Nearly 31 percent of registered voters in Kansas have no party preference but they are allowed to vote in the Democratic and Republican primaries if they declare allegiance to one of the parties before casting their ballot.

People drive their motorcycles in Damascus, Syria, Monday, Aug. 13, 2018. Syrian government officials vowed Monday to ensure the safe return of refugees and urged Western countries to encourage the process by lifting sanctions. Public Administration Minister Hussein Makhlouf said authorities are working to rebuild hospitals, schools and other infrastructure to help accommodate refugees. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Lebanon rejects UN stance, says Syrians should return

Associated Press

Lebanon has rejected the position of the head of the U.N. refugee agency, who said it was too early to talk about a mass return of Syrian refugees because the war-torn country is still too dangerous.

Arizona secretary of state primary challenge

- Associated Press

Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan is facing a primary challenge from a Republican businessman who claims that her tenure has been marked by missteps in state's elections division.

Ethiopian special police force kills 41, official says

Associated Press

An Ethiopian official says a notorious special police force in the country's Somali region killed 41 people and wounded 20 others as ethnic violence poses a challenge to the reformist new prime minister.

FILE - In this May 10, 2018 file photo, Michael Avenatti is interviewed on the Cheddar network, Thursday, May 10, 2018, in New York. Avenatti, the attorney taking on President Donald Trump on behalf of an adult film star, offered some details on his policy views Tuesday as he weighs an outsider Democratic bid for the White House. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Avenatti discusses policy views as he weighs 2020 bid

- Associated Press

Michael Avenatti, the attorney taking on President Donald Trump on behalf of adult film star Stormy Daniels, offered some details on his policy views Tuesday as he weighs an outsider Democratic bid for the White House.

UK foreign minister: New European Brexit approach needed

Associated Press

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt says "we need a change in approach by the European Commission if we are going to have a pragmatic deal that works for everyone" as talks about Britain leaving the European Union have stalled.

China urges Malaysia to address project woes through talks

Associated Press

China said Tuesday that Malaysia should handle any problems it has with multibillion-dollar Chinese-backed infrastructure projects through talks, a day after the Southeast Asian country's leader told The Associated Press his government wants to cancel such deals.