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World Apr 17Doubts rise over Macron’s 5-year plan to rebuild Notre Dame
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…
World Apr 16Notre Dame fire extinguished, but much work lies ahead
Firefighters put out the inferno that claimed Notre Dame's spire and roof, but spared its bell towers.
World Apr 04U.S. absences raise questions about G-7’s relevance
Neither Secretary of State Mike Pompeo nor Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen are attending the meeting of foreign and interior ministers from the Group of Seven countries.
World Apr 01Algeria’s leader, ceding to protests, vows to step down by month’s end
It's unclear if the stunning move will appease the masses of protesters whose vociferous calls for Bouteflika and his cadre of loyalists to quit have expanded to demand an overhaul of the entire political system.
World Mar 16French rioters set fire to Paris bank; mother, child saved
French yellow vest protesters set life-threatening fires, smashed up luxury stores and clashed with police Saturday in the 18th straight weekend of demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron. Large plumes of smoke rose above the rioting on Paris’ landmark Champs-Elysees Avenue,…
Arts Feb 19Iconic couturier Karl Lagerfeld dies at 85
Chanel's iconic couturier, Karl Lagerfeld, whose accomplished designs as well as trademark white ponytail, high starched collars and dark enigmatic glasses dominated high fashion for the past 50 years, has died. He was around 85 years old.
World Feb 05Arson suspected in Paris apartment fire that killed 10
The fire is the deadliest in Paris since the April 2005 hotel fire near the capital's famed Opera that killed 24 people.
Politics Jan 01U.S. and Israel officially withdraw from UNESCO
The withdrawals will not greatly impact UNESCO financially, since it has been dealing with a funding slash ever since 2011 when both Israel and the U.S. stopped paying dues after Palestine was voted in as a member state.
Politics Nov 10UNESCO chief says U.S. ’empty chair’ can’t last
New UNESCO chief Audrey Azoulay has rebuked the U.S. for its decision to withdraw from the U.N. cultural body for alleged anti-Israel bias and says America is "affected by everything" the agency does.
World Oct 18U.S., Israel to exit UN agency over alleged anti-Israel bias
The United States said Thursday it is pulling out of the U.N.'s educational, scientific and cultural agency because of what Washington sees as its anti-Israel bias and need for "fundamental reform." Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel plans to…