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29 German tourists killed in Portuguese bus crash

29 German tourists killed in Portuguese bus crash

April 18, 2019 3:19 pm

Lisbon: Twenty-nine German tourists were killed on Wednesday when a bus crashed on the Portuguese island of Madeira. Televised images showed the bus had spun off the road, apparently having flipped several times, before crashing into a house at the bottom of a slope. “Horrible news comes to us from Madeira,” a German government spokesman […]

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France launches global contest to replace Notre-Dame spire

France launches global contest to replace Notre-Dame spire

April 17, 2019 11:45 pm

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 if so, whether it should be identical […]

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France launches global contest to replace Notre-Dame spire

Notre-Dame blaze being treated as accident, not arson: prosecutor

April 16, 2019 11:13 pm

Paris: The Paris prosecutor said Tuesday that investigators were treating the devastating fire at the Notre-Dame cathedral as an accident not arson. “Nothing suggests that it was a voluntary act,” Remy Heitz told reporters outside the Gothic cathedral, adding that workers employed at the site were being questioned over Monday’s blaze.

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Huge fire engulfs Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris

Huge fire engulfs Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris

April 16, 2019 12:33 am

Paris: A huge fire swept through the roof of the famed Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on Monday evening, sending flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the sky. The flames and smoke plumed from the spire and roof of the gothic cathedral, visited by millions of people a year. A spokesman for the cathedral told AFP […]

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France launches global contest to replace Notre-Dame spire

Notre Dame cathedral blaze ‘so horrible’: Trump

April 16, 2019 12:24 am

Washington: US President Donald Trump called the blaze engulfing Notre Dame cathedral in Paris “horrible” on Monday and suggested the deployment of flying water tankers. “So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!” Trump tweeted. Fire spread rapidly through a major portion of the magnificent Gothic cathedral at the heart […]

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IMF: All-out US-China trade war could lift Canada and Mexico

IMF: All-out US-China trade war could lift Canada and Mexico

April 3, 2019 8:11 pm

Washington: An all-out trade war would severely damage the US and Chinese economies but could also be a boon to countries like Canada and Mexico, the International Monetary Fund said Wednesday. The world’s top two economies themselves would be the biggest losers in the event of a 25 per cent hike in duties on all […]

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Pope Francis

Pope promises ‘healing’ of Church amid sex abuse scandal

April 1, 2019 2:40 pm

Madrid: Pope Francis said a process of “healing” had started within the Catholic Church in the wake of a paedophilia summit, but acknowledged guilty priests had not been punished. The Argentine pontiff last week issued stringent child abuse legislation for Vatican City employees as part of the Church’s bid to address a wave of sex […]

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France's yellow vest protesters march despite bans, injuries

France’s yellow vest protesters march despite bans, injuries

March 30, 2019 10:07 pm

Paris: French yellow vest protesters are rallying to support an activist injured in a confrontation with police. The demonstrators are undeterred by protest bans or repeated injuries in 20 weeks of demonstrations. So they’re marching again Saturday in Paris, Bordeaux and other cities to keep pressing President Emmanuel Macron to do more to help the […]

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Pope's trip to Morocco to highlight Christian-Muslim ties

Pope’s trip to Morocco to highlight Christian-Muslim ties

March 30, 2019 9:03 pm

Vatican City: Pope Francis’s weekend trip to Morocco aims to highlight the North African nation’s tradition of Christian-Muslim ties while also letting him show solidarity with migrants at Europe’s door and tend to a tiny Catholic flock on the peripheries. Francis will address the first two items on the agenda Saturday when he begins his […]

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British MPs to vote on Brexit options

British MPs to vote on Brexit options

March 27, 2019 8:55 pm

London: British MPs will on Wednesday hold votes on various Brexit options even as Prime Minister Theresa May comes under pressure to announce a departure plan to get support for her unpopular divorce deal. Three years after a referendum in which Britain voted to leave the European Union, the country is gripped by painful uncertainty […]

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