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Notre-Dame scaffolding workers were smoking on the job before fire, firm says

A scaffolding firm that has worked on the roof of Notre-Dame said some of its workers had smoked on the site, but ruled out that a cigarette butt might have started the fire that destroyed the cathedral's oak-framed roof last week.
Source: Reuters | 2019/4/25 20:58:41

Passport plan upsets Kiev

Russia on Wednesday made it easier for people living in eastern Ukraine's separatist territories to obtain Russian passports, drawing swift condemnation from Kiev only three days after it elected a new president.
Source: AFP | 2019/4/25 20:58:40

OSCE welcomes Ukraine's newly-elected president to continue Minsk process

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on Wednesday welcomed the statement by Ukraine's newly-elected president Volodymyr Zelensky on the continuation of the Minsk process.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/4/25 12:33:19

Scotland's first minister calls for new independence vote before 2021

People in Scotland should be given the chance before 2021 to vote for independence from the United Kingdom, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said in a major speech Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/4/25 11:33:29

Majority of French people believe "Yellow Vest" protests must stop: poll

Six out of ten French people were in favor of an end of weekly protests orchestrated by "Yellow Vest" movement which has turned to social rebellion against French President Emmanuel Macron's leadership, a poll released on Wednesday showed.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/4/25 10:58:32

Human error occurs over first fire alarm at Paris' Notre-Dame

The person in charge of checking the fire alarm did not go to the right place after Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris caught fire on April 15, French news channel BFMTV reported on Wednesday, citing a source close to the investigation.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/4/25 8:33:18

Belarusian president to visit China

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is going to have a working visit to China, the press service of the head of state said on Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/4/25 8:31:24

UK PM May survives latest bid to ease her out of Number 10

British Prime Minister Theresa May survived the latest bid on Wednesday night to see her ousted from 10 Downing Street.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/4/25 8:29:47

North Macedonian PM to reshuffle cabinet after presidential elections

North Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev announced Wednesday that he will reshuffle his cabinet after the second round of presidential elections following the low turnout of voters in the first round held on Sunday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/4/25 8:27:24

Ukrainian president-elect calls for talks with IMF on lower gas prices

Ukrainian President-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Wednesday called on the government and state energy company Naftogaz to hold talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on lowering household gas prices from May 1.
Source: Reuters | 2019/4/24 21:38:41

Armenia remembers

People take part in a torchlight procession as they mark the anniversary of the killing of 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman forces, in Yerevan, Armenia on Tuesday. Armenians commemorated the 104th anniversary of the killing, as a fierce dispute still rages with Turkey over Ankara's refusal to recognize the mass murder as genocide.
Source: AFP | 2019/4/24 21:33:39

Trump to visit Britain, France in early June

US President Donald Trump will visit Britain and France in early June, said the White House on Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/4/24 8:46:44

France determined to implement Iran nuclear deal despite Washington's sanctions

France reiterated its commitment to the Iran nuclear deal, despite United States' decision to end sanction waivers on the import of Iranian oil, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/4/24 8:27:05

Blame game continues as search for Brexit solution goes on in London

Politicians returned to Westminster Tuesday after their Easter recess with no progress reported during the latest round of talks between the two main parties seeking to end the Brexit deadlock.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/4/24 8:15:14

Chronic disorder

Every month, when his respiratory medicine runs out, Dionysis Assimakopoulos heads to the most unlikely pharmacy in Athens.
Source: AFP | 2019/4/23 20:58:40

Luxembourg's Grand Duke Jean dies at 98

Luxembourg's Grand Duke Jean, who reigned over his country for 36 years before abdicating in 2000, has died aged 98, his son Henri announced Tuesday. He had been admitted to hospital earlier this month for a pulmonary infection.
Source: AFP | 2019/4/23 19:23:40

Ukraine's presidential election competitive, well-organized: int'l observers

Members of international election observation missions said Monday that the recent presidential election in Ukraine has been competitive and properly organized.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/4/23 8:59:41

Iranian defense minister to visit Moscow for security conference

Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami will leave Tehran for Moscow on Tuesday to attend the eighth Moscow Conference on International Security, Tehran Times daily reported Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/4/23 8:59:11