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World Dec 22Notre Dame fire wakes the world up to dangers of lead dust
It took a blaze that nearly destroyed Paris’ most famous cathedral to reveal a gap in global safety regulations for lead, a toxic building material found across many historic cities.
World Dec 20Notre Dame Cathedral to miss first Christmas in centuries
Notre Dame kept Christmas going even during two world wars — a beacon of hope amid the bloodshed. It was an accidental fire in peacetime that finally stopped the Paris cathedral from celebrating Midnight Mass this year.
World Dec 11French government ups retirement age as strikes grind on
Major unions were quick to reject government proposals and vowed to strike on.
World Dec 05Paris police arrest scores amid strike over pension reform
Police said 65,000 people took to the streets of the French capital, and over 800,000 nationwide.
Economy Jul 17U.S. objects to France’s tax on tech giants
The tax on Facebook, Google and other U.S. tech giants, has provoked a strong rebuke from the White House, which said it could lead to U.S. tariffs on French imports.
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,…