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Incas valley, Yazidi shrine: foundation warns of threatened sites

New York - From the Sacred Valley of the Incas, threatened by a proposed airport, to a Yazidi shrine in Iraq, a foundation warned Tuesday of 25 sites in urgent need of protection.

Renaissance masterpiece found in French kitchen goes under the hammer

Paris - An art auction opens on Sunday for an early Renaissance painting by the Italian master Cimabue, just weeks after the rare work was discovered in an unsuspecting elderly Frenchwoman's kitchen.

Aria that cost Marie-Antoinette her head is sung again at Versailles

Versailles - The last time the strains of the aria "Oh Richard! Oh my king!" echoed around the Opera Royal at Versailles it was for Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette just before they were dragged off to Paris and their doom by their revolting subjects.

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.

'Black bloc' protesters spoil Paris climate march amid violent clashes

Paris - A climate march in Paris turned violent on Saturday when anarchist "black bloc" protesters joined and provoked clashes with police, prompting the rally's organisers to call for demonstrators to leave the event.

Thousands of Paris police deployed over 'yellow vest' clash fears

Paris - More than 7,000 police officers are to be deployed for rallies in Paris on Saturday over fears that yellow vest protesters and their radical, anarchist "black blocs" could try to infiltrate a march against climate change in the French capital.

Thieves nab 2-mn-euro haul from vaunted French chateau

Bobigny - The owners of a 17th-century French palace said to be the model for Versailles were tied up as their opulent home was ransacked Thursday by robbers who fled with a haul worth two million euros ($2.2 million), police said.

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.

French rooster triumphs in battle over right to crow

Rochefort - The owner of famed French rooster Maurice emerged victorious on Thursday from a legal battle with her neighbours over his early-morning crowing, with a court upholding the bird's right to sing in the day.

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.

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.

Benin readies for return of treasures taken by France

Abomey-calavi - The display cases at the royal palaces in Benin's sleepy southern town of Abomey are coated in dust and the exhibition halls plunged in darkness.

Paris's Notre-Dame holds first mass since devastating blaze

Paris - The Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris hosted its first mass on Saturday exactly two months after a devastating blaze, with priests and worshippers wearing hard hats to protect themselves against possible falling debris.

Paris's Notre-Dame to celebrate first mass after fire

Paris - The Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris will host its first mass on Saturday, exactly two months after the devastating blaze that shocked France and the world.

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.

Notre-Dame of Paris to celebrate first mass since fire

Paris - The Notre-Dame cathedral will host its first mass this weekend since a fire ravaged the Paris landmark almost two months ago, the city's diocese said Tuesday.

Noisy cockerel exposes tensions in rural France

Rochefort - A French court is set to rule this week on whether an early-rising cockerel should be considered a neighbourly nuisance in a case that has led to crows of protest in the countryside.

Eiffel Tower climber 'admitted to psychiatric unit'

Paris - A man, believed to be Russian, who sparked a mass evacuation of the Eiffel Tower by scaling the iconic Paris landmark has been admitted to a psychiatric unit, legal sources said Tuesday.

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.

Egyptologist in Canada presents theory of two queen rule before Tutankhamun

Montr - Tutankhamun, the boy king of ancient Egypt, came to power only after two of his sisters jointly held the throne, according to an Egyptologist at Canada's Universite du Quebec a Montreal (UQAM).

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.

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.

Macron on trip to woo E.Africa amid China's African expansion

Gonder - President Emmanuel Macron visited former French colony Djibouti on Tuesday with promises of a "respectful" partnership in the face of growing African indebtedness to China, which is fast expanding its foothold on the continent.

Italy's Conte discusses IS 'insurgency' with Iraqi leaders

Baghdad - Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte visited Baghdad on Wednesday, meeting his Iraqi counterpart Adel Abdel Mahdi and President Barham Saleh for talks on the fight against the Islamic State group.

Black heritage museum, 'crucible of creativity', opens in Dakar

Dakar - A museum showcasing black heritage from the dawn of time to the modern era opened in the Senegalese capital Dakar on Thursday.

Black heritage museum opens in Dakar

Dakar - A museum showcasing black heritage from the dawn of time to the modern era was inaugurated in the Senegalese capital Dakar on Thursday, as demands by African countries for the restitution of artwork by their former colonial masters gain traction.

Rubbish-collecting crows a star attraction at French theme park

Saint-mars-la-r - Visitors to a theme park in western France this week have a new attraction to enjoy: six crows that have been specially trained to pick up cigarette ends and rubbish.
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