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French architects want Notre-Dame roof rebuilt in wood

Paris - French architects want the roof of the fire-ravaged Notre-Dame cathedral to be rebuilt in wood and not in metal or concrete.

No Christmas Mass at Notre-Dame for first time in two centuries

Paris - Notre-Dame cathedral will fail to hold a Christmas mass for the first time since 1803, French officials confirmed on Saturday, as workers continue to repair and rebuild the Paris landmark eight months after a devastating fire.

Trump threatens to withhold emergency aid from fire-hit California

Washington - US President Donald Trump threatened once again Sunday to withhold federal aid from California after its Democratic governor criticized his environmental policies.

Police fight running battles with youths outside Paris

Versailles - French police fought running battles Saturday night in a poor suburb northwest of Paris with groups of young men who burnt a circus school and wounded two officers, the authorities said Sunday.

Six months on, Notre-Dame's rebirth still years away

Paris - One day after the blaze that scarred Notre-Dame, President Emmanuel Macron addressed a nation in shock at the damage to one of its great cultural landmarks, with a promise that rang as clearly as the peal of the cathedral's bells.

Collateral damage from Haiti political crisis: ruined businesses

Port-au-prince - Tens of thousands of dollars of work reduced to ash: a devastating fire at a handicrafts company in Port-au-Prince illustrates the struggles faced by Haiti's private sector as the country's political crisis has spiralled into social unrest.

Anxiety, questions linger after French chemicals inferno

Rouen - Farmers have been banned from selling produce, locals stock up on surgical masks from pharmacies and an acrid smell of pollution hangs in the air.

Pressure mounts on French govt over chemical factory fire fallout

Rouen - French officials faced growing pressure Tuesday over their response to pollution concerns following a massive fire at a chemicals plant, which spewed huge clouds of smoke and soot across the northern city of Rouen.

French minister admits possible health risk after chemical plant fire

Rouen - France's health minister on Friday said she could not guarantee there was no risk to the public after a massive fire ravaged a chemicals factory in the northern city of Rouen, spewing smoke and soot.

Chemical plant fire in northern France threatens Seine

Rouen - Acrid black smoke billowed over the northern French city of Rouen on Thursday after a spectacular fire broke out at a chemical factory, forcing authorities to close schools and warn of potential pollution risks for the nearby Seine river.

Chemical plant fire breaks out in northern France

Caen - Black smoke billowed over the northern French town of Rouen on Thursday after a spectacular fire broke out at a chemical factory, leading authorities to close schools and recommend people nearby stay in their homes.

Prized Notre-Dame tapestry out of danger after water worries

Paris - A rare royal tapestry housed at Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris has been spared the water damage officials feared, after firefighters doused the great mediaeval edifice to extinguish last April's devastating blaze.

One dead, several injured in fire by Paris hospital

Paris - A woman died and several people were injured after a huge fire broke out inside a renowned hospital complex on the outskirts of Paris, French officials said Thursday.

Workers in masks return to polluted Notre-Dame site

Paris - French construction workers wearing protective masks returned to the site of stricken Notre-Dame cathedral on Monday after a three-week pause due to the risk of lead contamination.

5,000 evacuated as Canary Islands wildfire rages

A raging wildfire on the Spanish holiday island of Gran Canaria forced the evacuation of some 5,000 people, authorities said Sunday, warning it could take days for the blaze to be brought under control.

Strong winds fan fierce wildfire in southern France

Carcassonne - More than 500 firefighters battled Thursday to contain a fire sweeping through a pine forest in southern France, with officials warning that strong winds could hinder efforts to bring the blaze under control.

Paris launches Notre-Dame lead decontamination work

Paris - French workers on Tuesday began efforts to remove lead from the area around Notre-Dame cathedral which was contaminated by the devastating April fire, sparking public health concerns and forcing the suspension of restoration work.

Pilot of firefighting plane dies in France

G - The pilot of a firefighting plane died Friday when his aircraft crashed while trying to put out a blaze that has been raging in southern France for four days, the local authorities said.

French MPs warn of threat to democracy after offices attacked

Paris - A group of French MPs complained Tuesday that the country was becoming "used to the intolerable" after a rash of attacks on the offices of lawmakers from President Emmanuel Macron's party by opponents of a free-trade agreement with Canada.

French MPs agree Notre-Dame restoration as controversy swirls

Paris - French MPs on Tuesday approved a law on the reconstruction of Notre-Dame, three months after flames ravaged the great Paris cathedral, but with the rebuilding process still mired in controversy.

French MPs to agree Notre-Dame restoration as controversy swirls

Paris - French MPs were on Tuesday set to approve a law on the reconstruction of Notre-Dame, three months after flames ravaged the great Paris cathedral, but with the rebuilding process still mired in controversy.

Only 9% of millions pledged for Notre-Dame handed over

Paris - Less than a tenth of the hundreds of millions promised to help rebuild Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris has been donated, the French culture ministry said Friday.

French will have say on Notre-Dame restoration: minister

Paris - French citizens will be consulted on how Notre-Dame should be rebuilt after the iconic cathedral was ravaged by a fire on April 15, Culture Minister Franck Riester said Friday.

French want Notre-Dame rebuilt as it was: survey

Paris - A narrow majority of French people want the fire-ravaged Notre-Dame cathedral to be rebuilt exactly as it was, a survey said Tuesday.

On American hard drives, a precise 3-D model of Notre-Dame

Washington - At Vassar College in the United States, a university team gathered the week before the devastating fire at Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris to plan an ambitious project: inventorying about a terabyte of 3-D modeling data of the famed Gothic masterpiece.

Donations for gutted Brazil museum a fraction of Notre-Dame's

Rio De Janeiro - As donations for the restoration of the Notre-Dame cathedral top $900,000, the director of Brazil's devastated National Museum can only hope for such deep pockets in his own country.

Notre-Dame's precious rooster statue found 'battered' in debris

Paris - A wrought copper statue of a rooster that sat atop Notre-Dame has been found "battered" in the debris of the Paris cathedral following its devastating fire, France's culture ministry said.

On American hard drives, the most accurate 3-D model of Notre-Dame

Washington - At Vassar College in the United States, a university team gathered the week before the devastating fire at Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris to plan an ambitious project: inventorying about a terabyte of 3-D modeling data of the famed Gothic masterpiece.

New fire at restaurant of French chef critical of 'yellow vests'

Toulouse - The restaurant of a Michelin-starred French chef was again targeted in a suspected arson attack on Wednesday, two weeks after it was set ablaze in what was thought to be retaliation for his public criticism of the "yellow vest" protest movement.

Woman with history of psychiatric care charged over deadly Paris fire

Paris - A woman with a history of psychiatric problems has been charged with starting a fire in a Paris apartment building in which ten people died, French prosecutors said.
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