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1 Italy bridge:

Work is un­der way to re­move what is left of the Mo­randi Bridge, the key high­way span in the Ital­ian city of Genoa that col­lapsed in Au­gust, killing 43 people. En­gi­neers spent hours over the week­end low­er­ing a 118-foot long seg­ment of road, the start of de­mo­li­tion ef­forts to clear the way for a new bridge to be built. The del­i­cate, time­con­sum­ing op­er­a­tion was nec­es­sary given the un­sta­ble re­mains of the bridge that crosses a pop­u­lated area. The cause of the Aug. 14 col­lapse still hasn’t been de­ter­mined, but pros­e­cu­tors are in­ves­ti­gat­ing poor main­te­nance or de­sign flaws in the 51-year-old struc­ture. Home­town ar­chi­tect Renzo Pi­ano has de­signed a new span that re­sem­bles the bow of a ship, in homage to Genoa’s sea­far­ing tra­di­tions.

2 Tu­nisia ter­ror­ism:

Seven sus­pects have been sen­tenced to life in prison in a trial for two at­tacks in Tu­nisia in 2015 that killed 60 people, mainly tourists. Samir Ben Amor, the lawyer for one of the 44 de­fen­dants, said the ver­dicts were handed down Satur­day for the deadly at­tack against the coun­try’s fa­mous Bardo Mu­seum and a mas­sacre at a pop­u­lar sea­side re­sort. Other de­fen­dants re­ceived jail terms rang­ing from 16 years to six months, while the charges against 27 of the sus­pects were dis­missed, ac­cord­ing to Ben Amor. The sus­pected mas­ter­mind of both at­tacks, Chamsed­dine Sandi, hasn’t been caught and is thought to be hid­ing in Libya.

3 Civil­ians killed:

At least 10 civil­ians were killed and sev­eral oth­ers were wounded over the week­end dur­ing U.S. air strikes in south­ern Afghanistan, of­fi­cials and res­i­dents in Hel­mand province said Sun­day. Two res­i­dents of the San­gin dis­trict said eight mem­bers of a sin­gle fam­ily were killed by strikes in one house and two more in a nearby struc­ture, among them women and chil­dren. Mo­ham­mad Hasim Alokozai, a mem­ber of par­lia­ment from Hel­mand, put the death toll higher, say­ing in an in­ter­view that 14 civil­ians were killed and six wounded in the two houses. A U.S. mil­i­tary spokes­woman in Kabul said that U.S. air­craft had con­ducted airstrikes in the province late Fri­day and early Satur­day, but that she could not con­firm that civil­ians had been killed. The spokes­woman said strikes were called in af­ter a Tal­iban in­sur­gent fired at Afghan and Amer­i­can forces.

4 France fire:

The Paris prose­cu­tor’s of­fice says the sus­pect in the fire that killed 10 people in the French cap­i­tal last week has been handed pre­lim­i­nary ar­son charges. The sus­pect, a woman who pros­e­cu­tors say has been hos­pi­tal­ized at least 13 times in the past decade for men­tal health is­sues, was placed in pro­vi­sional de­ten­tion in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the fire at the nine-story apart­ment build­ing. Be­sides the deaths, 96 other people were in­jured in the blaze, in­clud­ing eight fire­fight­ers. Po­lice say she in­di­cated dur­ing the first part of her de­ten­tion that she wasn’t be­hind the fire early Tues­day that was the dead­li­est in Paris since 24 people died in a 2005 ho­tel fire.

5 Al­ge­ria pol­i­tics:

Ail­ing Pres­i­dent Ab­de­laziz Boute­flika an­nounced Sun­day that he will seek a fifth five-year term in April’s elec­tion in the gas-rich North African na­tion. Boute­flika has faced ques­tions over whether he is fit enough to re­main in of­fice af­ter two decades in charge. The 82-year-old suf­fered a stroke in 2013 and has been seen in pub­lic only a few times a year through­out his fourth term. His top chal­lengers are for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Ali Ben­flis, the run­ner-up in the 2014 elec­tion; in­flu­en­tial re­tired Gen. Ali Ghediri; and the leader of a mod­er­ate Is­lamist party, Ab­der­azak Makri.

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