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Notre-Dame marks Good Friday one year after devastating blaze

The archbishop of Paris led a small prayer ceremony Friday at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, marking the start of the Catholic Easter weekend one year after a fire that nearly destroyed the world heritage monument. “There is still life here,” Archbishop Michel Aupetit said after he and a handful of priests entered the church wearing white hard hats for Good ...

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Syria denies toxic-gas airstrikes

DAMASCUS, Syria — Syria on Thursday denounced as misleading the first report from the global chemical weapons watchdog blaming its air force for a series of attacks using sarin and chlorine on a rebel-held town in 2017. The investigative team of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said in an 82-page report issued Wednesday that the Syrian air ...

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Saudi, Russia outline record oil cut as demand crashes

Dubai/Moscow/London: OPEC, Russia and other allies outlined plans on Thursday to cut their oil output by more than a fifth and said they expected the United States and other producers to join in their effort to prop up prices hammered by the coronavirus crisis. But the group, known as OPEC+, said a final agreement was dependent on…

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanks India for delivering hydroxychloroquine to Israel

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday thanked his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi for rushing a five-tonne cargo of medicines, including anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine, seen as a possible cure for Covid-19. “Thank you, my dear friend @narendramodi, Prime Minister of India, for sending Chloroquine to Israel. All the citizens of Israel thank you!”, Netanyahu said in a tweet Thursday ...

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US economy purged 17 mn jobs amid pandemic

Washington: US unemployment is rising at a jarring rate, with data released Thursday showing 17 million people have lost their jobs since mid-March as officials scramble to apply a tourniquet to stem the damage from the coronavirus pandemic. The Federal Reserve launched a series of new lending programs Thursday to pump $2.3 trillion into the damaged US economy, but Fed ...

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UN chief calls for unity of Security Council over COVID-19

UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for unity of the Security Council over the COVID-19 pandemic. “The engagement of the Security Council will be critical to mitigate the peace and security implications of the COVID-19 pandemic,” he told the council in a virtual briefing on Thursday, reported Xinhua news agency. Coronavirus lockdown: Latest updates “Indeed, a signal of unity ...

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