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Young, pregnant urged to take blood tests for lead after Notre-Dame fire

Paris - The Paris health authorities have urged children and pregnant women living around Notre-Dame cathedral to have the levels of lead in their blood checked amid concerns over the impact of the fire.

Indian police charge owners as school fire toll hits 20

Surat - Indian police on Saturday charged the owners of a private school which turned into an inferno that killed 20 teenagers, some who died jumping from the building in a desperate bid to escape the flames, officials said.

Mexican navy helicopter crashes fighting forest fire

Mexico - A Mexican navy helicopter with five crew on board crashed Friday while helping to fight a forest fire.The navy said it was searching for any survivors from the crash, which occurred in the north-central state of Queretaro.

At least 19 students die in India fire: medical officer

Ahmedabad - At least 19 students -- most of them female -- died Friday in a fire at an Indian building housing a college, officials said, as images showed people jumping to escape the blaze.

Brazil's gutted National Museum seeks funds in Europe

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's National Museum director headed to Europe Tuesday for a two-week fundraising trip to help finance the rebuilding of the institution devastated by fire last year.

Most Notre-Dame pledges not yet collected: archbishop

Paris - Most of the money pledged towards the reconstruction of Notre-Dame Cathedral has yet to be collected, the Archbishop of Paris said in a statement Wednesday.Donors had pledged about a billion euros ($1.

French MPs debate law on speedy Notre-Dame restoration

Paris - French lawmakers on Friday debated a controversial draft law for restoring Notre-Dame within five years, after the iconic Paris cathedral sustained major fire damage last month.

Officials warn of lead pollution risks after Notre-Dame blaze

Paris - The fire that ravaged the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris last month released lead particles that have settled in potentially dangerous amounts in areas surrounding the church, officials said Thursday.

Fire breaks out on Britain-Spain ferry, no-one hurt

Brest - A fire broke out Monday on a cruise ferry carrying hundreds of passengers from Britain to Spain, but the blaze was brought under control with no-one hurt, French maritime authorities said.

Clean your homes: police warn Notre-Dame neigbours over lead risk

Paris - Neighbours of the fire-stricken Notre-Dame Cathedral should use wet wipes to clean surfaces at home or the office where lead-laden dust from the blaze may have settled, Paris police advised Saturday.

Rome 'under attack' from criminals, says mayor

Rome - Rome's mayor vowed Friday to defend the Italian capital from criminals following a fire at an illegal landfill, the latest blow to an already beleaguered city."Rome is under attack.

Notre-Dame organ dusty but undamaged: organist

Washington - Notre-Dame's grand organ will be cleaned of dust but will probably not have to be taken apart after the inferno that ravaged the Paris cathedral, the organist who was playing the it when the blaze broke out said Thursday.

Workers smoked at Notre-Dame cathedral, admits contractor

Paris - Workers renovating Notre-Dame flouted a ban on smoking at the monument, a contractor admitted on Wednesday, while denying any link with last week's devastating blaze that ripped through the cathedral.

Serbia pledges 1 million euros for Notre-Dame restoration

Belgrade - Serbia on Monday said it will donate one million euros to help restore Notre-Dame Cathedral, after pro-government tabloids said the fire was "God's punishment" to France.The donation, equivalent to $1.

In shadow of burned Notre-Dame, Paris Catholics pray for Easter renewal

Paris - French Catholics on Sunday celebrated Easter mass in Paris in the shadow of the badly burned Notre-Dame Cathedral, praying that the landmark monument -- and along with it the entire Catholic Church -- can be renewed.

Notre-Dame paintings removed amid lead pollution fears

Paris - French art experts headed into the stricken Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris to remove all the remaining paintings on Friday despite warnings from an environmental group that the site could be a toxic health threat.

France's 'yellow vest' protesters banned from Notre-Dame: police

Paris - For their 23rd consecutive Saturday protest, France's yellow vests have been told they will be banned from the area around Paris's fire-damaged Notre-Dame cathedral.

In Notre-Dame's shadow, a 'village' faces uncertain future

Paris - Days after the catastrophic fire at Paris's Notre-Dame, around 30 business owners on Thursday gathered at a cafe in the shadow of the burned cathedral.

NY archbishop starts relief fund after Notre Dame fire

New York - The archbishop of New York on Thursday said he has set up a fund to help rebuild Notre-Dame cathedral, meant to give New Yorkers a way to help.

Bee-wildering! Hives of Notre-Dame in miraculous survival

Paris - Some 200,000 bees inhabiting hives in Notre-Dame cathedral survived the inferno that engulfed the heritage landmark in a miraculous escape, their beekeeper said Thursday."The bees are alive.

France salutes 'exemplary' firefighters for saving Notre-Dame

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday hailed as "exemplary" hundreds of firefighters who saved Notre-Dame in the devastating blaze, as efforts intensified to shore up the still fragile cathedral.

Rich vs poor: Donations row shatters French unity over Notre-Dame

Paris - France's culture minister pleaded Thursday for an end to the controversy over the 850 million euros (950 million dollars) pledged to restore Notre-Dame cathedral, which critics have suggested would be better spent on the poor.

Notre-Dame esplanade to get 'ephemeral' wooden cathedral during rebuild

Paris - Catholic worshippers feeling orphaned by the fire that ravaged part of Notre-Dame will be welcomed in an "ephemeral cathedral" of wood in front of the Paris monument until it reopens, Notre-Dame's chief priest said Thursday.

Scammers preying on Notre-Dame donors, France warns

Paris - Fraudsters are taking advantage of the Notre-Dame fire to fool donors into handing over cash believing they are helping to rebuild the gutted Paris cathedral, officials have warned.

Can Notre-Dame be restored in just five years?

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron has promised to complete a painstaking renovation of Notre-Dame within five years after the historic cathedral suffered a monstrous fire that destroyed its spire and roof.

Disney offers $5 mn for the Notre-Dame it once immortalized on film

New York - Disney, which scored millions with the 1996 animated blockbuster "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," said Wednesday it would give $5 million to restore the fire-damaged Paris cathedral.

French artisans gear up to restore Notre-Dame

Paris - Thanks to a small yet enduring corps of artisans specialised in traditional stone and woodwork techniques, France's ambitious goal of restoring the fire-ravaged Notre-Dame cathedral within five years may be within reach, experts say.

Skill shortage could hold up Notre Dame rebuild: UK architect

London - One of the architects who helped restore Windsor Castle after a devastating fire said a shortage of craftsmen could hold up the reconstruction of Notre-Dame.

Firefighters form human chain to rescue priceless treasures

Paris - Risking their own lives as they toiled through the night, firefighters formed a human chain to rescue a swathe of Notre-Dame's "priceless treasures.

'Legendary' Notre-Dame roof astounded Middle Ages: carpenter

Paris - The charred roof of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris was once a legend that "astounded the Middle Ages" and still fascinates master carpenters, Thomas Buechi of the Charpente Concept group told AFP.What does the roof represent for master carpenters?
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