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Turkey is seeking to "build the future of Istanbul" with a brace of ambitious projects including a third bridge spanning the Bosphorus Strait linking Europe and Asia, Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan told AFP. The bridge -- once hailed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as "star project" and due to open on Friday -- is only one of the grandiose projects aimed at modernising the face of Istanbul and transforming the city of 16 million people. A former mayor of Istanbul, Erdogan has often boasted of pet mega projects under his rule that also include a new airport and even a Panama-style canal to relieve pressure from the Bosphorus.
The death toll from a powerful earthquake in central Italy rose to 250 as rescuers continued a grim search for corpses and powerful aftershocks rocked the devastated area. The bulk of the confirmed deaths -- 193 at the latest count -- were in the small town of Amatrice, where Rita Rosine, 63, wept as she mourned her 75-year-old sister, who was buried under the ruins of her house.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright lost his glove trying to tag out Yoenis Cespedes in a bizarre play and lost the game, too, when Alejandro De Aza's homer and five RBIs sent the New York Mets over St. Louis 10-6 Thursday night.