Police use tear gas in Paris to control May Day protesters

World 05/01/19, 06:21

Brief scuffles between police and protesters have broken out in Paris as thousands of people gather for May Day rallies under tight security measures.Police used tear gas to control the crowd gathering near Paris' Montparnasse train station. AP reporters saw groups of hooded, black-clad people shouting anti-police slogans, mixing with ...

France’s May Day protests placed under high security

Europe 04/30/19, 10:32

French authorities were planning high security measures Tuesday for May Day demonstrations in Paris and across the country, as anti-government yellow vest protesters are expected to join trade union activists.Paris police banned demonstrations in the Champs-Elysees avenue and the areas around the presidential palace and the Notre Dame Cathedral.The main ...

Lead from Notre Dame fire dictates area health precautions

Europe 04/27/19, 10:57

Paris police say areas near Notre Dame Cathedral with elevated lead levels after the fire that ravaged the famous monument will remain closed to the public until they are deemed safe.The fire sent large amounts of lead into the air because hundreds of tons of the metal were used in ...

French protests mark 24th week despite Macron’s pledges

Europe 04/27/19, 09:50

Yellow vest protests are taking place in France's main cities for the 24th consecutive week to challenge economic policies that President Emmanuel Macron stood by while unveiling measures intended to quell the anti-government movement.In Paris, a few thousand people participated in two peaceful demonstrations on Saturday. In the eastern city ...

Macron’s attempt to quell yellow vest protests satisfy few

Europe 04/26/19, 05:48

French President Emmanuel Macron is satisfying few of his critics as he tries to quell five months of yellow vest protests with a mix of tax cuts and attempts to bridge the gap between the Paris elite and the rest of the country.With promises of a tax cut for 15 ...

French police experts start Notre Dame checks after fire

Europe 04/25/19, 02:29

French police scientists and other expert investigators are starting to examine Notre Dame Cathedral for the first time since last week's devastating fire.A police official said teams from three different police agencies are entering the monument Thursday to take samples and search for clues as to what caused the fire. ...

New Zealand and France to call for an end to online terror

Tech 04/24/19, 00:48

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Wednesday that she and French President Emmanuel Macron will host a meeting in Paris next month seeking to eliminate acts of violent extremism and terrorism from being shown online.Ardern said she and Macron will ask world leaders and chief executives of technology companies ...

France: Far-right claims surface for Macron’s ally

Europe 04/23/19, 04:39

Nathalie Loiseau, who leads French president Emmanuel Macron's party in the May European Union parliament elections, faced criticism Tuesday after a report that she featured on a list alongside far-right candidates at a student's election 35 years ago.Mediapart reported Monday that the Former European Affairs minister appeared in sixth position ...

Homeless activists outside Notre Dame demand “a roof too”

Europe 04/22/19, 06:43

Dozens of public housing advocates are protesting outside the gutted Notre Dame in Paris to demand that France's poorest be remembered after donors pledged $1 billion to rebuild the cathedral and its destroyed roof.Around 50 people from a French homeless association gathered Monday with placards reading "1 billion in 24 ...

Outrage after some French protesters urge police suicides

Europe 04/21/19, 07:28

With French police suicides on the rise, officials are expressing shock and anger after some yellow vest protesters encouraged police to kill themselves. Radical protesters have clashed with police nearly every weekend for five months on the margins of largely peaceful yellow vest demonstrations for economic justice. On Saturday, Associated Press reporters ...

Pope celebrates Easter Sunday amid bloodshed in Sri Lanka

Europe 04/21/19, 03:27

Pope Francis is celebrating Easter Mass this year facing a fresh round of bloodshed targeting Christians in Sri Lanka.Hours after celebrating a late-night vigil, Francis processed into a flower-decked St. Peter's Square for the liturgy Sunday commemorating the resurrection of Christ after his crucifixion.This year the Easter season has been ...

Notre Dame’s Paris worshippers displaced for Easter Mass

Europe 04/21/19, 02:58

Displaced by a massive fire, Notre Dame Cathedral's Paris parishioners are gathering to celebrate Easter in another church and to pray for a speedy reconstruction of their beloved monument.The fire that engulfed Notre Dame during Holy Week has forced worshippers to find other places to attend Easter services. The Paris ...

Update: Fires, tear gas amid Paris yellow vest protests

Europe 04/20/19, 07:06

The Latest on the yellow vest protests in France (all times local):2 p.m.Protesters have set small fires and police have fired tear gas on the sidelines of yellow vest demonstrations in the French capital.Two protestors walk by a pile of wood burning in the street during a yellow vest demonstration ...

Tourists, Easter worshippers lament closure of Notre Dame

Europe 04/20/19, 05:12

Tourists, devout Catholics and others are looking on mournfully at Notre Dame Cathedral, regretting that they can't get inside the magnificent monument on this Easter weekend because of the damage caused by a violent fire.The Paris fire service said Saturday that the last hot points have been cooled, and firefighters ...

Paris: Yellow vest anger mixes with Notre Dame mourning

Europe 04/20/19, 03:13

French yellow vest protesters are marching anew to remind the government that rebuilding the fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral isn't the only problem the nation needs to solve.Multiple protest events are planned around Paris and other cities Saturday for the 23rd weekend of the yellow vest movement against wealth inequality and ...

Iconic Salt Lake Temple closing for major 4-year renovation

U.S. 04/19/19, 16:58

An iconic temple central to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints faith will close for four years for a major renovation to help it withstand earthquakes and be more welcoming to visitors, leaders said Friday. Authorities are also keeping a careful eye on construction plans after a devastating fire ...

Drunk on smoke: Notre Dame’s bees survive cathedral blaze

Europe 04/19/19, 08:55

Hunkered down in their hives and drunk on smoke, Notre Dame's smallest official residents — some 180,000 bees — somehow managed to survive the inferno that consumed the cathedral's ancient wooden roof.Confounding officials who thought they had perished, the bees clung to life, protecting their queen."It's a big day. I ...

Update: Computer glitch ‘one possible cause’ of fire

World 04/19/19, 06:07

The Latest on the fire that ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (all times local):1:05 p.m.The rector of Notre Dame says a "computer glitch" might have caused the fire that ravaged a large part of the cathedral this week.Workers prepare to remove a statue from the damaged Notre Dame cathedral, ...

Worth the risk? It’s not easy to put a value on a cathedral

Europe 04/19/19, 02:11

Rebuilding Notre Dame, the 800-year-old Paris cathedral devastated by fire this week, will cost billions of dollars as architects, historians and artisans work to preserve the medieval landmark.But contrary to what one might think, little of the money will come from insurance companies.Notre Dame and all of its pre-1905 artworks ...

More yellow vest protests despite Notre Dame fire

Europe 04/19/19, 01:43

For many yellow vest protesters, the stinging sadness that came with the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral has quickly given way to boiling anger.Some of the activists, whose violent protests against inequality have been shaking up France for months, said they cried in front of their TV sets as ...

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