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Italy Government Blames Genoa Bridge Operator as Collapse Death Toll Rises

Rescuers hunted for survivors among towering slabs of wreckage on Wednesday after a bridge collapse that killed 39, as furious government ministers rounded on the viaduct’s operator, saying it should pay fines and compensation and lose its concession. The 50-year-old …

StarStone Launches Casualty Consortium for Australia, New Zealand Markets

StarStone, the global specialty insurer, has launched a casualty consortium targeted at the Australian and New Zealand markets. The consortium is led by StarStone’s Mark Hunt and has begun underwriting business. StarStone’s Lloyd’s coverholder in Australia – StarStone Underwriting Australia …

Capsicum Re’s Cyber Team Taps Paragon’s Goring as Broker, BMS’ Naidu as Wordings Director

Capsicum Re, the London-based specialist reinsurance broker, announced two new hires to its cyber division. Jasper Goring joins as a cyber broker and Prab Naidu was appointed as wordings director, both with immediate effect. They are based in London reporting …

Cyber Criminals Steal $13.5M from India’s Cosmos Bank

Cyber criminals hacked the systems of India’s Cosmos Bank and siphoned off nearly 944 million rupees ($13.5 million) through simultaneous withdrawals across 28 countries over the weekend, the bank has told police. The co-operative bank said unidentified hackers stole customer …

S. Korean BMW Owners Asked Not to Drive Until Fire Risk Inspections Completed

South Korea’s government will tell owners of some BMW AG cars in the country to keep the vehicles off the roads until the German carmaker completes safety checks to address a defect after reports of nearly 40 cases of fire …

Risk of ‘Chaotic’ No-Deal Brexit Increasing: UK Foreign Minister Hunt

The risk of a no-deal Brexit has been increasing and the European Union commission needs to change its attitude if a deal is to be reached, British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said on Tuesday. “Everyone needs to prepare for the …

Bridge Collapses in Genoa, Italy, with 35 Deaths Reported

A bridge on the main highway running down the Italian Mediterranean coast collapsed in Genoa, with the death toll reported to be 35 people while others were trapped in the rubble. A police video showed the viaduct connecting the A10 …

Canada Delays Sales of Recreational Cannabis in Retail Stores as Legalization Looms

Canada’s largest province is delaying the launch of private marijuana sales in bricks-and-mortar stores until April 2019, nearly six months after the drug is legalized for recreational use. Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government said Monday it will start cannabis sales with …

Indonesia Quake Losses Exceed Several Hundred Million Dollars; Deaths Pass 430

The death toll from the earthquake that rocked the Indonesian island of Lombok a week ago has passed 430 and the government is estimating economic losses will exceed several hundred million dollars. The national disaster agency said Monday the Aug. …

Hackers Could Target Fax Machines as Backdoor into an Organization’s Network

What could be less threatening than the old office fax machine? Nothing. That’s precisely why it’s used as a backdoor for hackers to get into an organization’s network. Check Point, a cyber security firm in Israel, said Sunday that their …

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