M. Griffith Investment Services
August 16, 2018

Deadly bridge collapse in Italy prompts finger-pointing over design flaws, funding

iStock/Thinkstock(GENOA, Italy) -- As rescue efforts continue for people still missing after the deadly Morandi Bridge collapse in Genoa, Italy, the questions of who bears responsibility for the accident remain unanswered. Families of victims are preparing for funerals in the coming days, while a political dispute escalates over who is to blame. Senior figures in Italy's populist government have placed blame on both the EU's austerity cuts and Autostrade, the private company given gov..
August 16, 2018

Brussels rolls out stunning flower carpet

Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- For a few days every two years, the Grand-Place in Brussels rolls out the red carpet -- of flowers, that is. This year's masterpiece contains more than 2,000 square yards of begonias, dahlias, grass and bark. The impressive display was created in less than four hours by 120 hard-working volunteers and is composed of nearly 1 million begonias, according to organizers. The first flower carpet in Brussels was created in 1971 by landscap..
August 16, 2018

After Israel detains US journalist, questions raised about other Americans stopped at border

iStock/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) -- Israel’s recent detention of a high-profile American journalist – and his decision to speak out about it – has prompted scrutiny of other instances where Israeli officials have stopped Americans at its border, and charges that it targeted them for their political views. In recent months, Israel’s agency in charge of internal security, the Israel Security Agency, has questioned a number of prominent U.S. figures upon their arrival to or departure from Israel regard..
August 16, 2018

With large-scale attacks, is the Taliban experiencing a resurgence?

ABCNews.com(WASHINGTON) -- A series of high-profile Taliban attacks throughout Afghanistan this week that killed at least 200 Afghan security forces have raised questions about whether those forces can contain what appears to be a resurgent Taliban. The attacks come at a time when U.S. officials had indicated that the Trump administration's South Asia Strategy had created progress toward peace talks to end the 17-year war in Afghanistan. The string of violence began last Friday with a highl..