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Notre Dame Cathedral: 'lot of work' before rebuild can begin

Sep. 20, 2019 10:48 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Notre Dame Cathedral has far to go to recover from a destructive fire but a hardy copper rooster that once topped the spire is serving as a reminder that all wasn't lost. Roosters are a symbol of France. The small bird that adorned Notre Dame plunged to the ground in the April fire that...

Climate change will grab globe's focus with summit, strikes

Sep. 20, 2019 10:42 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Get ready to hear about global warming — or the "climate emergency " as the United Nations is calling it. In the next week, there will be climate strikes, climate summits, climate debates, a dire climate science report, climate pledges by countries and businesses, promises of...

French president says committed to helping Lebanon's economy

Sep. 20, 2019 9:17 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's president says Paris "is fully committed" to implementing the decisions taken during a conference last year to help Lebanon improve its economy. Emmanuel Macron made his comments Friday while receiving Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who is on an official visit to Paris seeking...

A stitch in time: Tapestry immortalizes "Game of Thrones"

Sep. 20, 2019 5:25 AM EDT

BAYEUX, France (AP) — Famously, Arya Stark always preferred her sword Needle to needlework. Still, even she would be impressed with the giant tapestry now on show in France that recounts the plot of "Game of Thrones" in glorious and, of course, gory and salacious detail. With the award-winning saga about...

Paris police gird for weekend protests over Macron, climate

Sep. 20, 2019 4:35 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Paris is deploying thousands of police to protect landmarks and government buildings as yellow vest groups, unions and environmental activists plan a multitude of weekend protests. Yellow vest organizer Thierry-Paul Valette told The Associated Press Friday that demonstrators hope their...

The Latest: Top Iranian officials get US visas for UN event

Sep. 19, 2019 7:37 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 3:29 a.m. Iran says its president and foreign minister have received visas from the United States to attend next week's U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York. A spokesman at Iran's mission to the U.N said...

Cat burglar: Black panther caught prowling French rooftops

Sep. 19, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Emergency workers caught an unusual prowler lurking around rooftops in northern France: a black panther. Firefighters and a veterinarian responded after residents of a neighborhood near Lille reported that a big cat had been spotted "strolling on residential gutters" on Wednesday night. Photos...

Prices exceed expectations at Mexican relics sale

Sep. 19, 2019 12:22 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Not only did Mexico fail to stop a French auction house's sale of about 120 pre-Hispanic artifacts, many sold for well above their estimated prices. The Millon auction house says a stone statue of an Aztec goddess had an estimated pre-sale price of 40,000 to 60,000 euros. It sold for...

Belgian fighter jet crashes in France, pilot hits power line

Sep. 19, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A Belgian F-16 fighter jet crashed in western France Thursday, damaging a house, setting a field ablaze and leaving one of the two pilots dangling by his parachute from a high-voltage electricity line for two hours, French authorities said. But neither of the pilots, both who were able to...

What to watch in Europe's top soccer leagues this weekend

Sep. 19, 2019 10:48 AM EDT

What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe this weekend: ENGLAND Chelsea has conceded on average more than two goals a game under new manager Frank Lampard this season, and the team's fragile defense will be tested this weekend by the most devastating front three in the Premier League. Liverpool...