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Hong Kong mega bridge launch announcement sparks backlash

Fpo - China has finally announced the opening ceremony for the world's longest sea bridge, which will connect Hong Kong, Macau and the mainland, but critics hit back Thursday over the secrecy surrounding the project.

On Lake Victoria ferries, passengers pray and hope for the best

- Time-worn and weather-beaten, the MV Mbita III tilts slightly to the left as it creaks out of its Kenyan port on Lake Victoria.

Italy motorway operator chief faces jail for bus crash

Rome - Italian prosecutors called Wednesday for the head of the country's beleaguered Autostrade motorway operator to serve 10 years in jail for a bus crash in 2013 in which 40 people died.

How European cities are battling diesel-polluted air

Berlin - A Berlin court ruled Tuesday that older diesel cars must be banned from some major roads in the German capital. Here is how other major cities around Europe are looking to bring down harmful nitrogen oxides (NOx) pollution.

Court orders diesel ban on major Berlin roads

Berlin - Diesel drivers in Berlin faced the prospect of bans from major arterial roads as a court Tuesday ordered the German capital must follow in the footsteps of Hamburg, Frankfurt and Stuttgart with exclusion zones.

Spanish cities grapple with invasion of electric scooters

Madrid - Cities across Spain are grappling with electric scooters that have popped up on sidewalks across the country, helping riders zip around but exasperating drivers and pedestrians.

Uber, Cabify drivers protest in Madrid against rule changes

Madrid - Hundreds of drivers for ride-hailing services Uber and Cabify marched down a central Madrid avenue on Thursday to protest plans by the Spanish government to tighten regulations in the sector.The demonstrators chanted "Let us work!

Russia's 'blockade' of Sea of Azov ports angers Ukraine

Mariupol - Seagulls whirl over the docks of Ukraine's port of Mariupol on the Sea of Azov as huge cranes once used to unload ships' cargoes stand idle.

After years-long wait, Israelis board new fast train

Jerusalem - Israelis climbed aboard the country's new high-speed train on Tuesday as it partially opened to whisk passengers from Jerusalem to Ben Gurion airport, a massive project years in the making.

Indonesia teen rescued after seven weeks adrift at sea

Jakarta - An Indonesian teenager survived seven weeks adrift at sea after his tiny fishing trap lost its moorings and ended up some 2,500 kilometres (1,500 miles) away in waters near the Pacific island of Guam, his family said Monday.

Ivory Coast looks to solar vehicles to replace bush taxis

Dabou - Hi-tech, cheap -- and quiet. The Ivorian resort of Jacqueville just outside Abidjan is betting on solar-powered three-wheelers as it looks to replace traditional but noisy and dirty bush taxis."It's cheaper and relaxing!

Fear and fanfare as Hong Kong launches China rail link

Fpo - A new high-speed rail link between Hong Kong and mainland China launched Sunday, a multi-billion-dollar project that critics say gives away part of the city's territory to an increasingly assertive Beijing.

Fear and fanfare as Hong Kong launches China rail link

Fpo - A new high-speed rail link between Hong Kong and mainland China will launch Sunday, a multi-billion dollar project that critics say gives away part of the city's territory to an increasingly assertive Beijing.

Netanyahu tests Israeli fast train from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv

Jerusalem - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tested Israel's new high-speed train from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv on Thursday, but much work remains before it is fully operational.

Rockets target airport despite fragile truce in Libya capital

Tripoli - The Libyan capital's only working airport has come under rocket fire just days after reopening following a UN-backed ceasefire between rival armed groups vying for influence in the oil-rich country.

50 dead as Indian bus plunges into valley

New Delhi - Fifty people died when a bus carrying Hindu pilgrims plunged into a valley in southern India on Tuesday, one of the deadliest accidents on the country's notorious roads in recent years.

Indian bus plunges into valley, 43 dead

New Delhi - Forty-three people died in southern India on Tuesday when a bus taking pilgrims from a temple plunged into a valley, an official said, in the latest horrific crash on the country's roads.

China suspends carpool services following murders

Shanghai - China has ordered the suspension of carpool services offered by ride-hailing firms until tighter safety measures are implemented, seeking to ease fears after two users of sector leader Didi Chuxing's Hitch service were murdered.

French police disperse protesters opposed to motorway construction

Kolbsheim - French police used tear gas early Monday to disperse around 200 protesters blocking the construction of a ring road near the eastern city of Strasbourg, an AFP journalist said.

Light at the end of the tunnel for Syria's war-ravaged railways

Damascus - Abu Abdo eases himself into the driver's seat, itching to try out freshly laid train tracks between two suburbs of Syria's capital, Damascus.

Italian architect Renzo Piano presents Genoa bridge plan

Rome - World-famous Italian architect Renzo Piano on Friday presented his plan for a replacement for the motorway bridge outside Genoa that partly collapsed in August, killing 43 people.

French rappers brawled at Paris airport to avoid losing face online: prosecutor

Cr - Two of France's biggest rap stars were both responsible for a brawl between their entourages that forced a partial shutdown of a Paris airport, each driven both by a fear of losing face, a French court heard on Thursday.

French bus driver fined for making kids do breathalyser

Blois - A French court has fined a former school bus driver for asking his youthful passengers to take a breathalyser test in his place, it emerged Wednesday.

Tourists stranded as seamen extend Greek ferry strike

Atenas - Tourists and locals in Greece were left stranded Monday as ferry workers halted inter-island transport and voted to extend a paralysing strike by 24 hours, union and industry officials said.

Greek ferries laid up as sailors strike for more pay

Atenas - Greek ferries will stay in port Monday, bringing inter-island links to a halt after the powerful federation of Greek seamen called a 24-hour strike over pay demands.

Greek ferry limps to port after fire on board

Atenas - Hundreds of passengers were safely evacuated early Wednesday from a Greek ferry after a fire broke out in the car deck, officials said.

Hair-raising! Japan bullet train staff made to sit by tracks

Apo - A Japanese rail company has defended a safety exercise that requires employees to sit beside tracks in tunnels as bullet trains speed by at 300 kilometres (186 miles) an hour.

French rappers freed after brawl shuts Paris airport

Paris - Two of France's biggest rap stars were released on bail Thursday after a brawl between their entourages forced a partial shutdown of a Paris airport.

After Genoa disaster, locals look differently at city's bridges

Genoa - Jacopo Strumia never gave much thought to the giant suspension bridge that looms over the ground floor apartment he lives in with his wife and two young children in a sleepy suburb of Genoa."But the bridge collapse has made us a little nervous.

Lack of funding leaves world's roads in disrepair

Paris - In an age of austerity and budget cutbacks, the deadly bridge collapse in Genoa, Italy, has put the spotlight clearly on the lack of public funding for road networks across the globe, from France and Germany, to the United States and beyond.
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