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Paris: French investigators interviewed construction workers involved in renovation work at the Notre-Dame cathedral on Tuesday as they sought to identify the source of a devastating blaze at the monument that has sent shockwaves through France and the world.

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Fear of army action as Sudan protesters toughen stand

Khartoum: Sudanese protesters have hardened their stand, demanding a transitional military council be scrapped and immediately replaced with civilian rule as Tuesday they refused to end a days-long sit-in outside army headquarters.

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Ex-Republican Governor’s presidential bid

Washington: Bill Weld, the former governor of the US state of Massachusetts, has announced that he was officially entering the 2020 presidential race, becoming the first Republican to challenge President Donald Trump who he thinks “mocks the law”.

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Finland eyes left-right coalition to keep populists out

AFP Helsinki Finns can expect a broad, ineffective coalition government for the next four years as the Social Democrats, who narrowly won weekend elections, focus on keeping the surging anti-immigration populists out, analysts said. The polls were closely watched to see how the nationalists would do ahead of European Parliament elections in May when many believe they and the eurosceptic …

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China hails Pak’s action to fight terrorism

PTI Beijing China on Monday hailed its all-weather ally Pakistan for  announcing new guidelines for implementing the UNSC sanctions targeting proscribed individuals and entities operating in the country and urged the international community to back Islamabad’s “great efforts” in combatting terrorism. Amid intense global pressure to rein in terror outfits, Pakistan on Friday launched guidelines for implementing the UNSC sanctions …

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Red Cross makes appeal for staff abducted in Syria

IANS Geneva The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is making an appeal over information about three staff members abducted in Syria more than five years ago. In its first detailed statement on the incident, the ICRC said on Sunday night Louisa Akavi, Alaa Rajab and Nabil Bakdounes were seized in October 2013 while travelling to Idlib province in …

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Seychelles President’s underwater speech

Desroches Island (Seychelles): In a striking speech delivered from deep below the ocean’s surface, the Seychelles president on Sunday made a global plea for stronger protection of the “beating blue heart of our planet.”

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Co-pilot, 2 policemen killed in plane crash in Nepal

Kathmandu: A small passenger plane veered off the runway while taking off and hit two parked helicopters at Lukla airport in Nepal’s Everest region on Sunday, killing a co-pilot and two policemen, officials said.

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‘I was the new kid, asked for advice from fellow superheroes’

Seoul: In the recently released footage of “Avengers: Endgame”, War Machine calls Captain Marvel the “new girl” and Brie Larson says she felt just that when she joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and even asked her co-stars for advice on “how to be a superhero”.

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Assange will cooperate with Sweden

London: Julian Assange would cooperate with Swedish authorities if they reopen a rape case against him but will continue to resist any bid to extradite him to the United States, his lawyer said Sunday.  “We are absolutely happy to answer those queries if and when they come up,” Jennifer Robinson told Sky News television about the rape claims.

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