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Brazil slams G7 aid offer as Amazon fires rage

Brazil on Monday rejected aid from G7 countries to fight wildfires in the Amazon, with a top official telling French President Emmanuel Macron to take care of “his home and his colonies.”
Demonstrators clash with police as they march through Paris during annual May Day protests on Wednesday [Christopher Furlong-Getty Images]

Zamfara governor urges Nigeria to embrace biofuel, electric cars

Clouds of tear gas billowed near the Montparnasse Tower on Wednesday as police used force to suppress violence during annual May Day demonstrations marking workers' rights.

Sri Lanka social media shutdown raises fears on free expression

Sri Lanka’s decision to block social media following deadly suicide attacks highlights a growing distrust of online platforms, but critics said the move is likely to restrict the flow of important news and information as well as abusive content.

Google searches for Notre Dame outnumber Sri Lanka attacks

The fire which ravaged France’s iconic Notre Dame Cathedral received seven times more searches on Google than the bombings which rocked Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday and killed nearly 300 people.
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Paris Saint-Germain pay tributes to Notre Dame

Kylian Mbappe scored a hat-trick as Paris St-Germain celebrated winning Ligue 1 by beating Monaco on a day of tributes to Notre Dame cathedral.
Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame fire cause may be electrical – official

Investigators think an electrical short circuit may have caused the fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral, according to a judicial police official.
Firefighters arrive at the Elysee palace before a meeting with French president on April 18, 2019 in Paris. (Photo by Christophe PETIT TESSON - POOL - AFP)

Paris honours ‘exemplary’ firefighters for saving Notre-Dame

French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday hailed as “exemplary” hundreds of firefighters who saved Notre-Dame in the devastating blaze, as efforts intensified to ensure there was no further damage to the still fragile cathedral.
St Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Richard Drew-AP

Man caught walking into New York Cathedral with petrol, lighters

A 37-year old man was arrested on Wednesday night after walking into St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City with two full gasoline cans, lighter fluid and lighters, police said.
A deacon pours the fragrances into the vessel filled with oil to make the Chrism (Vatican Media)

Pope celebrates Holy Thursday ahead of foot-washing ritual

Pope Francis is ushering in the most solemn period in the Catholic liturgical calendar by celebrating a Holy Thursday Mass, made more poignant this year following the devastation of Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral.
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France launches global contest to design new Notre-Dame spire

France will invite architects from around the world to submit designs for rebuilding the spire of Notre-Dame cathedral that was destroyed in a devastating blaze, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said Wednesday.
French President Emmanuel Macron reacts as he arrives at the front entrance of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral in Paris, as flames engulf its roof on April 15, 2019. – A colossal fire swept through the famed Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019, causing a spire to collapse and threatening to destroy the entire masterpiece and its precious artworks. The fire, which began in the early evening, sent flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the Paris sky as stunned Parisians and tourists watched on in sheer horror. (Photo by PHILIPPE WOJAZER / POOL / AFP)

France’s Emmanuel Macron to address nation on Notre-Dame fire

French President Emmanuel Macron will address the nation on Tuesday evening over the fire that ripped through Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, the presidency said.
French President Emmanuel Macron reacts as he arrives at the front entrance of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral in Paris, as flames engulf its roof on April 15, 2019. – A colossal fire swept through the famed Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019, causing a spire to collapse and threatening to destroy the entire masterpiece and its precious artworks. The fire, which began in the early evening, sent flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the Paris sky as stunned Parisians and tourists watched on in sheer horror. (Photo by PHILIPPE WOJAZER / POOL / AFP)

Donald Trump expresses Notre Dame ‘condolences’ to Emmanuel Macron

President Donald Trump on Tuesday relayed Americans’ “condolences” to French President Emmanuel Macron over the fire at Notre-Dame cathedral, the White House said.
Damage to the exterior of the Cathedral on Tuesday morning.BERTRAND GUAY-AFP-Getty Images

Paris Saint-Germain to lead French football fundraising after Notre Dame fire

Paris Saint-Germain have promised fundraising initiatives to aid the restoration of Notre Dame cathedral following Monday's fire.
Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral reconstruction’ll take decades – chief architect

The chief architect at Germany’s Cologne Cathedral on Tuesday reckoned the reconstruction after the fire in Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral will take decades.
Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre-Dame counts cost as daylight reveals damage

Shards of stained glass from priceless medieval windows, and a gaping hole above the choir area where the spire crashed down: daylight reveals the extent of damage at Notre-Dame cathedral on Tuesday morning as firefighters put out the last smouldering remains of the fire.
Damage to the exterior of the Cathedral on Tuesday morning.BERTRAND GUAY-AFP-Getty Images

Billionaires and private donors mobilise to rebuild Notre-Dame

Billionaires and private donors pledged hundreds of millions of euros on Tuesday to help rebuild Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris which has been devastated by fire.
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Jordan Nwora named most improved basketball player in ACC

Cardinal Louisville and D’Tigers forward Jordan Nwora has been named the 2019 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) most improved player of the year.

8 killed in crackdown on anti-Kabila protests in DR Congo

Eight people were killed Sunday and dozens arrested as security forces in DR Congo cracked down on Catholic worshippers who gathered at churches across the country to demand that President Joseph Kabila leaves power, a UN source said.

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Sports minister approves fund to refund IAAF overpayments

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Lagos-Ibadan rail: We’re overcoming impediments in Lagos section – CCECC

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Police declare four cultists wanted in Lagos

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rules out coalition as he forms new Canadian government

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