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France pays tribute to firefighters who saved Notre Dame Cathedral

CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON/AFP/Getty Images(PARIS) — France is paying tribute Thursday to the hundreds of firefighters who saved the world-renowned Notre Dame Cathedral from utter collapse. Nearly 500 firefighters battled a massive fire at the 12th century Catholic cathedral in Paris for several hours Monday night. The flames devoured its oak-ribbed roof and 300-foot spire, but…read more »

North Korea’s weapon test claim attempt to get US back to table: Analysts

MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — North Korea’s announcements this week that its leader Kim Jong Un had inspected military sites and overseen the test-firing of a new weapon appear to be an attempt to get the United States back to the negotiating table, analysts said. The North’s state media reported this week that Kim inspected…read more »

Prince Harry and Meghan may break from tradition with royal nanny: Report

Karwai Tang/WireImage(LONDON) — Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, may look beyond the normal pool of royal nannies when selecting someone to care for their first child, according to a new report in the U.K.’s The Daily Mirror. “Meghan and Harry have actually said that they actually favor an American over…read more »

North Korea test-fires new tactical guided weapons, state media reports

Oleksii Liskonih/iStock(SEOUL, South Korea) — North Korea reportedly test-fired a new type of tactical guided weapon on Wednesday in a move that could dampen the prospects of a successful denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Hours later, the isolated nation outright called for U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to be replaced in negotiations between the…read more »

French prime minister announces competition to rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral’s iconic spire

Dan Kitwood/Getty Images(LONDON) — France’s prime minister has announced “an international architecture competition” to rebuild the iconic arrow-like spire atop the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, which caught fire on Monday evening.“Should we reconstruct an arrow? The same? Adapted to the techniques and challenges of our time? An international architecture competition for the reconstruction of…read more »

London climate protesters glue themselves to train as 300 arrested

Matthew Chattle / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images(LONDON) — Over 300 climate change activists have been arrested during three days of demonstrations in London.Protesters have been attempting to disrupt transportation in the city, including gluing themselves to trains and blocking off a major intersection at Waterloo Bridge.The action is being led by…read more »

Rare 20-carat blue diamond unveiled in Botswana

Okavango Diamond Company(NEW YORK) — Botswana unveiled the largest rare blue diamond ever discovered within its borders: a super rare “Fancy blue” diamond weighing more than 20 carats. The unique gemstone was discovered at Botswana’s Orapa mine as a 41.11-carat rough stone. Its unusual and vibrant blue color is created by the molecular inclusion of…read more »