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Notre Dame fire was probably caused by electrical short-circuit, police official says
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 10:40:00 PDT

Paris police investigators think an electrical short-circuit most likely caused the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, a police official said Thursday as France paid a daylong tribute to the firefighters who saved the world-renowned landmark.

A French judicial police official told the Associated Press...

2nd phase of Indian elections ends amid Kashmir lockdown
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 09:30:00 PDT

Voting in the second phase of India's general election on Thursday remained largely peaceful amid massive security and a lockdown in parts of the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Indian officials said the turnout was more than 60% across 13 Indian states where voting took place.


The spirit houses of Bangkok keep watch over a frenetic modern Thai city
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 05:00:00 PDT

In the shadows of Bangkok's glinting high-rises, the plazas of sprawling shopping malls and the cozy courtyards of simpler neighborhoods sit countless tiny monuments to Thais' enduring belief in the supernatural.

These miniature shrines, perched on pedestals and topped with sloping roofs, are known...

This cafe in India is fully run by acid attack survivors
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 04:00:00 PDT
India has one of the highest rates of acid attacks in the world. Victims often cover their faces out of shame and are unable to get jobs.

North Korea test-fires new 'tactical guided weapon,' with Kim Jong Un there to observe
Wed, 17 Apr 2019 20:35:00 PDT

In its first public display of military might since nuclear talks with the United States collapsed in February, North Korea has test-fired a new "tactical guided weapon," state media reported.

The country's leader, Kim Jong Un, presided over the testing of the unidentified weapon Wednesday and...

Peru's ex-President Alan Garcia kills himself as police try to arrest him
Wed, 17 Apr 2019 15:10:00 PDT

Former Peruvian President Alan Garcia died after shooting himself as police waited Wednesday to arrest him on corruption allegations involving a massive Latin American bribery scandal.

Garcia, 69, who served two terms as Peru's president, from 1985 to 1990 and from 2006 to 2011, shot himself in...

Trump administration targets Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua with new sanctions
Wed, 17 Apr 2019 13:25:00 PDT

The Trump administration on Wednesday intensified its campaign to oust the governments of Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, slapping a fresh set of economic sanctions on the three leftist-ruled countries.

John Bolton, President Trump's national security advisor, said several banks, companies and individuals...

Indonesia vote's initial results show President Joko Widodo cruising to reelection
Wed, 17 Apr 2019 06:45:00 PDT

Indonesian President Joko Widodo was poised to win a second term Wednesday as leader of the world's most populous Muslim nation, with initial election results showing the moderate incumbent comfortably ahead of his rival, a nationalist former military general.

Samples of votes tallied by independent...

Notre Dame fire: Charred beams, rescued relics and a vow to rebuild the cathedral
Tue, 16 Apr 2019 17:25:00 PDT

The day after the fire that caused Paris to hold its breath and drop to its knees to pray, Notre Dame Cathedral was smoldering, but still stood. Its spire and roof had collapsed, but the bells that rang at the crowning of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and the death of President Charles de Gaulle remained...

White House to allow U.S. citizens to sue over property confiscated in Cuba decades ago
Tue, 16 Apr 2019 14:40:00 PDT

Ending more than 20 years of practice, the Trump administration will allow U.S. citizens to sue over property confiscated from them in Cuba after the 1959 revolution, with potential defendants including the Cuban government and major European and Canadian companies.

President Trump will announce...

U.S. extends another large sale of military hardware, jet pilot training to Taiwan
Tue, 16 Apr 2019 13:50:00 PDT

The Trump administration has approved a $500-million package of services and parts for F-16 fighter jets for Taiwan in the latest sign of stronger bilateral relations.

If approved by the U.S. Congress, this package will enable Taiwan to upgrade older jets to fend off any attacks from the more militarily...

Before and after look inside the Notre Dame Cathedral damaged by fire
Tue, 16 Apr 2019 12:25:00 PDT
One of the world's most treasured architectural icons had survived nearly 900 years of tumultuous French history but was devastated in the blaze on the second day of Holy Week.

Egypt parliament OKs constitutional changes to extend President Sisi's power
Tue, 16 Apr 2019 12:20:00 PDT

Egypt's parliament on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved constitutional amendments that tighten President Abdel Fattah Sisi's grip on power and could keep him in office until at least 2030. The changes are to be put to the public in a national referendum expected as early as next week.

The proposals,...

In China, tattoos border on illegal — and they're his life's work
Tue, 16 Apr 2019 03:00:00 PDT

Ma Chao has a strange request for his customers: Are you sure you want to do this?

Sometimes he tactfully sends them away, especially women.

To the horror of his parents, an auto factory worker and a retired street cleaner from Jilin province in northeastern China, Ma left school at the age of...

Five things to know about Notre Dame Cathedral
Mon, 15 Apr 2019 19:30:00 PDT

On Monday, news broke that Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris had caught on fire. The 12th century Roman Catholic cathedral, distinguished for its size and French Gothic architecture, is one of Paris' most enduring and beloved landmarks, having survived more than 850 years of renovations and destruction...

Notre Dame Cathedral devastated by fire, but part of the Paris icon is saved
Mon, 15 Apr 2019 17:10:00 PDT

In the latticed shadows of the medieval masterpiece that was Notre Dame de Paris, centuries of history unspooled: two calamitous world wars, bubonic plague, revolution, the sprawling, messy intricacies of daily life. Its mighty bells clanged at momentous junctures — when Paris was liberated from...

Trump tweets advice for saving Notre Dame; Paris fire officials say it's a terrible idea
Mon, 15 Apr 2019 14:45:00 PDT

President Trump went on Twitter to offer his advice on saving Paris' iconic Notre Dame Cathedral, which was engulfed in flames Monday evening.

"So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris," Trump tweeted. "Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must...

Indonesia's election focuses on: Who will be more Islamic?
Mon, 15 Apr 2019 07:35:00 PDT

When the Christian governor of Jakarta was tried in 2017 on dubious charges of insulting Islam, an influential conservative Muslim cleric spoke out against him. With help from that testimony, the politician was convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to two years in prison.

The ruling signaled the...

Religious violence is rising in Narendra Modi's India. It might not hurt his reelection hopes
Mon, 15 Apr 2019 03:00:00 PDT

In this village in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, a house has sat abandoned for more than 3 years. It is locked from the outside, and a courtyard accessible from the back is full of geckos scurrying among unruly weeds.

This was the residence of Mohammad Akhlaq, a 50-year-old Muslim...

Duterte heeds pressure to confront China as midterms approach in the Philippines
Mon, 15 Apr 2019 03:00:00 PDT

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's embrace of China has hit a wall.

A year after joking about his country becoming a province of China and professing his "love" for Chinese President Xi Jinping, Duterte is heeding pressure at home to confront Beijing.

The Philippine strongman known for his...

A 500-pound bomb is detonated in Germany — more than seven decades later
Sun, 14 Apr 2019 17:05:00 PDT

A 500-pound bomb dropped by a U.S. warplane during World War II finally exploded in the Main River in the heart of Frankfurt on Sunday when a police munitions disposal crew tried to blow up its decaying detonator but instead set off the device.

The controlled explosion of the bomb, which police...

How the military piggybacked on populist uprisings in Algeria and Sudan
Sun, 14 Apr 2019 05:00:00 PDT

Within the last two weeks, protests that are being called "Arab Spring 2.0" have led to the fall of presidents in Algeria and Sudan. But these aren't just people's revolutions: In both cases, the army stepped in, purportedly in support of the anti-government demonstrators.

In Algeria, a general...

In Berlin, rising rents fuel a movement urging city government to buy back apartments
Sat, 13 Apr 2019 04:00:00 PDT

As rental prices across Berlin soar, a grass-roots movement that aims to pressure the city government to take back ownership of apartment buildings it had sold off to private housing companies in the years after the fall of the Berlin Wall is gaining momentum.

Within five days of the launch of...

Kim Jong Un says he's open to another summit with Trump
Fri, 12 Apr 2019 20:45:00 PDT

Kim Jong Un is willing to wait "with patience" until year's end for a breakthrough in talks with the U.S., the North Korean leader said in a speech before a party congress, state media reported Saturday.

In his most extensive public remarks on the stalled talks since a February summit in Hanoi...

Sudan general replaced as transitional leader a day after President Bashir is ousted
Fri, 12 Apr 2019 18:35:00 PDT

The Sudanese military on Friday swiftly replaced the country's transitional leader linked to the Darfur genocide after street rallies against him.

The military also said it would refuse to send ousted President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir to the International Criminal Court, where he faces charges...

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