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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.

Mother out shopping hit by huge concrete chunk of Genoa bridge

Rome - An Italian mother told Thursday how she was out shopping when an enormous piece of concrete from the collapsing Genoa bridge hit the store she was in, trapping her and leaving her daughter entombed beneath the rubble.

Shattered lives after Genoa bridge tragedy

Genoa - When huge slabs of Genoa's most famous bridge suddenly crashed to the ground carrying cars and trucks with them, people living in the shadow of the crumbling structure thought they were in the grips of a natural disaster.

Atlantia, Italy's motorway operator with global ambitions under scrutiny

Paris - Italian group Atlantia, whose operation of half of Italy's motorways is under risk following the collapse of a bridge in Genoa killing at least 39 people, is a major operator of toll roads and airports which is expanding rapidly internationally to beco...

Italy minister fears 'immense tragedy' after Genoa bridge collapse

Rome - Italy's transport and infrastructure minister said Tuesday that he fears the collapse of a bridge in Genoa could be an "immense tragedy" as local media report 11 dead.

Impact of technological change on future infrastructure

London - The U.K. government has embarked upon a series of reviews examining how infrastructure is being impacted by technological change. The review includes a review of integrated transport.

Electric vehicles and drones set to disrupt transport

Dublin - The wider use of electric vehicles and drones is among the technological innovations set to disrupt the transportation sector and aligned businesses in the near future, according to a new poll of industry leaders and consumers.

New shipping solution based on blockchain

Technology giant IBM has teamed up with the integrated transport and logistics company Maersk for a new blockchain shipping solution.

Hyperloop to build $500 million research centre in Spain

Madrid - Virgin Hyperloop One, a US startup developing a near-supersonic rail transit system, has reached an agreement with Spanish state-owned rail infrastructure company Adif to build a $500 million research centre in Spain, its first in Europe, the two compa...

Tanker truck driver dies in Bologna motorway inferno

Rome - The driver of a tanker truck that exploded sending a fireball across a busy motorway in Bologna was killed in the crash and 145 others injured, the Italian government said Tuesday.

Ex-Guatemala president, arrested over graft, leaves detention

Guatemala City - Former Guatemalan president Alvaro Colom, arrested in February over corruption allegations, left preventative detention Friday night after his bond was paid, the state penitentiary system said.

Record Arctic heat drives reindeer into cool tunnels

Oslo - Norwegian authorities have urged motorists to watch out for reindeer that are seeking refuge in tunnels to cool themselves amid extreme heat in the nation's far north.

Eritrea's crumbling Massawa port hopes for peace revival

Massawa - In the centuries-old Eritrean port of Massawa, the streets are so quiet that pedestrians' footsteps can be heard echoing off the buildings in its crumbling old town.

Uber hits brakes on self-driving trucks

San Francisco - Uber on Monday said it is hitting the brakes on self-driving trucks, shifting gears to focus just on autonomous cars.

French train chaos for vacationers as key station crippled

Paris - Thousands of people hoping to hit beaches along France's Atlantic coast faced massive train cancellations and delays Monday as workers struggled to restore electricity to a key Paris station after a fire last week.

French train chaos for vacationers as key station still crippled

Paris - Thousands of people hoping to hit beaches along France's Atlantic coast were still facing train cancellations and delays Monday as workers struggled to restore electricity to Paris's Gare Montparnasse after a fire on Friday.

Madrid taxis join Barcelona strike against Uber

Madrid - Taxi drivers in Madrid went on strike Saturday in solidarity with Barcelona cabbies protesting against "unfair competition" from Uber and Cabify.

Fire blocks major Paris station at height of holiday exodus

Paris - A major fire in the Paris suburbs paralysed traffic in and out of the city's Montparnasse train station Friday, just as thousands of French travellers head off on their holidays this weekend.

Russian trains to end dependence on Moscow time

Moscow - Russia on Tuesday announced that it will stop running all long-distance trains across its 11 time zones on Moscow time (GMT+3), ending a frequent cause of confusion for travellers.

UAE port operator signs deal for logistics hub in Mali

Dubai - Dubai's global ports operator DP World said on Wednesday it has signed a deal to build a logistics hub outside Bamako, the capital of Mali.

French rail strike cost SNCF nearly 800 million euros: report

Paris - An unsuccessful strike by rail workers this year against President Emmanuel Macron's reform plan for the heavily indebted state operator SNCF cost the company 790 million euros ($920 million), according to an internal document seen by AFP.

Belgian airspace closed over computer glitch

Apo - Belgium on Thursday closed its airspace following a computer glitch linked to problems downloading data related to flight plans, said Belgocontrol, the company tasked with controlling the country's skies.

25 survivors of ship sinking reach ports in South America

Montevideo - The 25 survivors of the sinking of a Spanish ship off the Argentine coast reached the mainland Sunday aboard two ships that had picked them up in storm-tossed seas, a Uruguayan navy spokesman said.

'Kennels': Venezuela's dangerous answer to transport chaos

Caracas - Packed inside a barred pick-up truck that looks like a mobile cage, passengers are risking their lives in Venezuela's perilous solution to a public transport crisis.

Canadians looking forward to benefits of automotive technologies

INFINITI LAB has released a report which details that Canadians are looking forward to the enhanced safety and cost saving benefits associated with smart city and automotive technologies.

E-commerce and the logistical dilemma: Q&A Special

The age of Amazon (boom of e-commerce) has created massive delivery challenges and logistical issues with a 48 percent increase in package deliveries in the last two years. Among the solutions is a digital locker system. Package Concierge explains more.

Six-year boom pushes New York to mull Uber regulation

New York - Should Uber be forced to pay drivers better? After years of untamed growth, app-based for-hire services have brought New York's iconic yellow cabs to their knees and the city is mulling regulatory action.

Paving the way: Syria highway traces winning regime strategy

Beirut - From second city Aleppo all the way down to the border with Jordan, Syria's longest highway cuts through fertile fields of green, buzzing industrial zones and four major cities.

Road rage: Drivers seethe as France lowers speed limit

Paris - The Nationale 7 holds a cherished place in France's popular culture as the Vacation Highway, leading generations of families south toward summer holidays on the Riviera before multi-lane motorways became the norm.
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