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Paris Officials Consider Building Temporary Wooden Cathedral Outside Notre Dame

French officials are planning to construct a temporary wooden cathedral on the esplanade in front of the Notre Dame while the fire-ravaged landmark is being rebuilt.  Monsignor Patrick Chauvet, Notre Dame’s chief priest, has suggested building an “ephemeral cathedral” to give faithful Catholics a place to congregate until the 850-year-old architectural treasure reopens. “We mustn’t say […]

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Electrical Short-Circuit Likely Caused Notre Dame Cathedral Fire

A massive fire at Paris’ iconic Notre Dame cathedral on Monday was likely caused by an electrical short-circuit, according to multiple reports on Thursday. A French judicial police official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press the investigation was still ongoing. Investigators still have not been able to go inside the cathedral to search for […]

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North Korea says it tested new weapon, wants Mike Pompeo out of talks

SEOUL: North Korea said Thursday that it had test-fired a new type of “tactical guided weapon,” its first such test in nearly half a year, and demanded that Washington remove Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from nuclear negotiations.The test, which didn’t appear to be of a banned mid- or long-range ballistic missile that could scuttle […]

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66 minutes: The frantic race to save Notre Dame

PARIS: Fueled by a lattice of centuries-old timbers, the fire moved hungrily across Notre Dame’s rooftop toward the cathedral’s iconic spire. It belched yellow smoke, spitting out gritty particles of wood, stone, lead and iron and wanted more. Far below, their vision obscured by fumes and tears, firefighters, priests and municipal workers passed treasures hand-to-hand, […]

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France launches global contest to replace Notre-Dame spire

PARIS: France on Wednesday announced it would invite architects from around the world to submit designs for replacing the spire of Notre-Dame cathedral after a devastating blaze, as the government braced for a mammoth restoration challenge.Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said the contest would decide whether the monument should have a new spire at all and […]

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Macron Sets Five-Year Deadline To Restore Notre Dame

PARIS (AP) — Nearly $1 billion in donations have poured in for the vast restoration of the fire-ravaged Notre Dame cathedral — but a pledge by French President Emmanuel Macron that it will be completed within five years was facing accusations of being wildly off track. Macron said the renovations to restore iconic 19th century […]

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Donald Trump vetoes bill to end US support for Saudi-led Yemen war

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Tuesday vetoed a resolution from Congress directing him to end US support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, the second such move of his presidency.The resolution was a harsh bipartisan rebuke to Trump that took the historic step of curtailing a president’s war-making powers – a step he condemned in […]

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Chaplain Helped Save Relics From Burning Notre Dame

A Parisian chaplain who aided survivors during a 2015 terrorist attack in his city is being credited with running into the burning Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday to help rescue its priceless relics. Rev. Jean-Marc Fournier, the chaplain to the Paris Fire Brigade who previously served as a military chaplain in Afghanistan, entered the cathedral with firefighters […]

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Bahrain jails 138 for planning Iran-linked ‘terror’ group

DUBAI: The Gulf state of Bahrain on Tuesday jailed 138 people and revoked their citizenship for plotting to form a “terror” group with links to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, the public prosecutor said.The verdict was swiftly condemned by the Bahraini opposition, while human rights group Amnesty International decried the “mockery of justice” and “mass arbitrary denaturalisation”.The […]

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Book Sales For ‘The Hunchback Of Notre Dame’ Soar In France After Cathedral Fire

Victor Hugo’s classic novel “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” skyrocketed to the top of Amazon France’s bestseller list on Tuesday after the iconic cathedral was engulfed in fire the day before. The French landmark lost its spire to the flames, but city officials confirmed on Monday night that the main structure was “saved and preserved.” Hugo’s […]

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Erdogan’s AK Party submits appeal for rerun of Istanbul elections

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party has submitted its appeal for the annulment and rerun of Istanbul‘s municipal elections, broadcaster CNN Turk said on Tuesday, more than two weeks after the vote.Initial results showed the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) narrowly won control of Turkey‘s biggest city in the elections, seemingly ending 25 […]

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Pope Francis Responds To Fire At Notre Dame Cathedral

Pope Francis offered prayers as Paris’ iconic Notre Dame cathedral was engulfed in flames on Monday. “Today we unite in prayer with the people of France, as we wait for the sorrow inflicted by the serious damage to be transformed into hope with reconstruction,” stated a tweet from the pontiff’s account on Tuesday. Today we […]

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Nawaz Sharif may undergo heart surgery

LAHORE: Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif may undergo a heart surgery if his angioplasty is not possible, said his personal physician.Sharif, 69, who has been serving a seven-year imprisonment in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills graft case, was examined on Monday by the doctors of Aga Khan University at the Sharif Medical City in Lahore, […]