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Notre-Dame's Restoration Ready to Start as Safety Work Completed

Work to shore up the Notre-Dame de Paris has been finished, allowing restoration to start at the cathedral two years after a fire destroyed the attic and sent its spire crashing through the vaults below, officials said on Saturday. Soon after the April 2019 blaze, President Emmanuel Macron said t

Saudi Arabia to Become Global Leader in Carbon Trading

In light of international demands to reduce carbon emissions, experts affirmed that Saudi Arabia was leading expectations with a higher growth rate and a rising economic value, through policies that promote carbon neutrality and meet local and global green initiatives. As Saudi Arabia appears to

Tom Cruise Gets Sneak Preview from SpaceX’s 1st Private Crew

Tom Cruise got a sneak preview of what it’s like to circle Earth in a SpaceX capsule. Representatives for SpaceX’s first privately chartered flight revealed Friday that the actor took part in a call with the four space tourists orbiting more than 360 miles up.

Guardiola Says Defender Dias Added to City's Leadership Group

Manchester City center back Ruben Dias will be one of five players sharing the captain's armband this season, manager Pep Guardiola said. Dias joined City from Benfica last year and was a mainstay of Guardiola's defense as he helped the club win the Premier League title. The Portugal defender,

US Capitol on High Alert as Pro-Trump Demonstrators Converge for Rally

Hundreds of police officers will be on duty around the US Capitol on Saturday braced for a rally by supporters of the hundreds of people who breached the building on Jan.

More to Come from 'World-Class' Thiago, Says Liverpool Boss Klopp

Liverpool will soon see the best of "world-class" midfielder Thiago Alcantara after a serious knee injury and COVID-19 interrupted his first year at the Premier League club, manager Juergen Klopp said. It has been a year to the day since Thiago arrived at Liverpool from Bayern Munich in a reporte

What Life is Like Aboard the SpaceX Dragon Capsule

The first space tourism mission by Elon Musk's SpaceX blasted off from Florida on Wednesday and the four crew members -- a billionaire and three other Americans -- have already seen more than 25 sunsets and sunrises. SpaceX has released few details about their adventure since they reached an orbi

Sotheby's to Auction Rare First Printing of US Constitution

An extremely rare official first-edition printed copy of the US Constitution will be put up for bid by Sotheby's in mid-November, the auction house said on Friday. Announcing the upcoming sale of the document on the 234th anniversary of its signing by delegates to the Constitutional Convention, S

Bombs Kill at Least 3 in Eastern Afghanistan

Witnesses said a series of three explosions that targeted Taliban vehicles in the capital of Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province has left at least three dead and 20 wounded, No one immediately took responsibility for the attack Saturday in Jalalabad, but the increasingly violent ISIS group a

India Gives 25M Vaccine Doses on Modi's Birthday

India gave out 25 million doses during a special COVID-19 vaccination drive organized on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday. The campaign took place Friday as Modi turned 71.

France Says Australia-US Submarine Deal ‘Huge Mistake’

France’s ambassador to Australia has described as a “huge mistake” Australia’s surprise cancellation of a major submarine contract in favor of a US deal, as the diplomat prepared to leave the country in an unprecedented show of anger among the allies. French envoy Jean-Pierre Thebault delivered h

Israel Establishes Rapid Intervention Force to Prevent Hezbollah Incursion

The Israeli army spokesman announced the establishment of a “rapid intervention unit”, with the aim of confronting an expected scenario, in which a Hezbollah force, in the event of war, would penetrate the Galilee region. The unit is made up of a few hundred soldiers - most of whom are demobilize

Google Pulled Russia Opposition App under 'Extraordinary Duress'

Google blocked new downloads of a Russian opposition voting app under "extraordinary duress," sources close to the matter said Friday, as international outrage and concern built over the decision. The company faced public threats from the Russian government and private threats of serious crimina

Australian Police Clash with Anti-Lockdown Protesters, Arrest Nearly 270

Australia's police arrested 235 people in Melbourne and 32 in Sydney on Saturday at unsanctioned anti-lockdown rallies and several police officers were injured in clashes with protesters. Victoria police said six officers required hospitalization. Several officers were knocked to the ground an

Fitch Maintains Pessimistic Forecast for Turkish Inflation

Fitch Ratings revised up Turkey's 2021 economic growth forecast to 9.2 percent, according to the rating agency's Global Economic Outlook for September, released on Sept. 16. The new figure is a massive upward revision from the agency's previous upgrade made on Aug.

Baghdad, Washington Agree to Reduce US Forces in Ain Al-Assad, Erbil

The fourth round of meetings of the Joint Technical Committee between Iraq and the United States kicked off in Baghdad on Friday, based on the outcomes of the strategic agreement, which was signed by Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi and US President Joe Biden at the White House in July. T

Abu Dhabi Cancels COVID-19 Entry Testing for UAE Travelers

Abu Dhabi will cancel COVID-19 testing requirements to enter the emirate for travelers from the UAE starting on Sunday, the United Arab Emirates' state news agency WAM said on Saturday. The UAE's capital had restricted entry into the emirate to those with a negative PCR test.

Pele Briefly Back in ICU But Now 'Stable', Says Hospital

Brazilian football legend Pele, 80, was briefly transferred back to an intensive care unit Friday after suffering breathing difficulties but is now stable, said the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo, where he underwent surgery earlier this month. The transfer was a temporary "preventative mea

Algeria Prepares New Investment Law

Algeria is preparing a new investment law to improve its business climate and attract foreign investors with the aim of boosting the non-energy sector, Prime Minister Ayman Benabderrahmane said on Thursday.

Liliane Nemri: Appreciation Comes from the People

Liliane Nemri had many dreams she did not fulfill, but says she has no regrets. The Lebanese actress dreamed of becoming a pediatrician or the leader of a traditional dance (dabke) troupe, but her dreams remained in her imagination.

US Firefighters Optimistic over World's Biggest Tree

Firefighters battling to protect the world's biggest tree from wildfires ravaging the parched United States said Friday they are optimistic it can be saved. Flames are creeping closer to the majestic General Sherman and other giant sequoias, as man-made climate change worsens California's fearsom

Egypt Stresses Importance of Preventive Measures to Combat COVID-19

Egypt on Friday stressed the importance of implementing preventative measures to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19, also calling on the population to get vaccinated. The appeal came as the number of daily infections continued to rise. The Health Ministry said Friday that 569 new corona

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar to Become SCO Dialogue Partners

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), which concluded its 21st summit in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on Friday, approved the launch of the formal accession for Iran’s full membership in the organization and granting of dialogue partner status to Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Qatar. Russia’s TASS news a

Photos Show North Korea Expanding Uranium Enrichment Plant

Recent satellite images shows North Korea is expanding a uranium enrichment plant at its main Yongbyon nuclear complex, a sign that it’s intent on boosting the production of bomb materials, experts say. The assessment comes after North Korea recently raised tensions by performing its first missil

One Stunning Afternoon: Setbacks Imperil Biden’s Reset

It was an hour President Joe Biden would no doubt like to forget. On Friday, the Pentagon acknowledged that a drone strike in Afghanistan killed 10 civilians, including seven children, not terrorists.

Memorabilia of Karl Lagerfeld to Go under Hammer in 8 Auctions Starting Fall

This autumn, Sotheby's will bring to auction the collection of Karl Lagerfeld staged across Monaco, Paris and Cologne.

Critics Warn of Apple, Google 'Chokepoint' Repression

The global dominance of tech giants serves as a convenient online chokepoint for authoritarian governments to crack down on dissent or rig elections, critics of Apple and Google said Friday. The companies were facing international outrage after pulling a Russian opposition voting app off their on

UAE, UK Ink Deals to Develop Clean Hydrogen Hubs

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), BP and Masdar have announced the signing of strategic framework agreements to expand upon the United Arab Emirates and UK’s partnership in energy sustainability. The deals include the potential development of clean hydrogen hubs in both the UK and UAE a

Iran’s Petrochemical, Fuel Sales Boom as Sanctions Hit Crude Exports

Iranian fuel and petrochemical exports have boomed in recent years despite stringent US sanctions, leaving Iran well placed to expand sales swiftly in Asia and Europe if Washington lifts its curbs, trading sources and officials said.

Pentagon Reverses Itself, Calls Deadly Kabul Strike an Error

The Pentagon has retreated from its defense of a drone strike that killed multiple civilians in Afghanistan last month, announcing that a review revealed that only civilians were killed in the attack, not an ISIS extremist as first believed. “The strike was a tragic mistake,” Marine Gen.

UN Meet to Test Whether Iran Nuclear Deal Can Be Saved

After months of difficult negotiations, can the United States and Iran find a way to salvage the 2015 nuclear accord? Next week's annual summit at the United Nations could offer clues as Iran's new hardline government makes its international debut. - Where are the negotiations at?

Egypt Says Backs Iraqi Efforts in Development, Enhancing Security

Egypt has announced that it supports all efforts exerted by the Iraqi government to achieve development, and enhance security and stability. Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly made the remarks during talks with Iraqi Parliament Speaker Mohamed Al-Halbousi in Cairo on Thursday. The meetin

Lawyer Demands Release of Syrian Held over Germany Synagogue Threat

The lawyer of a 16-year-old Syrian in Germany, who was detained on suspicion of planning an attack on a synagogue, demanded his client's release on Friday. The fear of what the state interior minister of North Rhine Westphalia, Herbert Reul, described as an "Islamist-motivated threat" led to a la

Argentina's President Reshuffles Cabinet after Political Crisis

Argentina's president Alberto Fernandez announced a new cabinet on Friday in a bid to smother a political crisis that pitted him bitterly against his vice president this week after an electoral defeat in legislative primaries. The reshuffle came one day after Vice President Cristina Kirchner wrot

Palestinian Municipal Polls in West Bank, Gaza Set for December

The Palestinian electoral commission announced municipal elections will be held in December in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, if Hamas allows the vote to take place in the enclave. The last municipal vote was held in in the West Bank four years ago, but Hamas have prevented such an election sin

China Enters Taiwan Air Defense Zone a Day after Military Budget Boost

Taiwan's air force scrambled on Friday to warn away 10 Chinese aircraft that entered its air defense zone, Taiwan's defense ministry said, the day after the island announced a $9 billion boost to military spending to counter the threat from China. Chinese-claimed Taiwan has complained for a year

Amnesty Condemns ‘Impunity’ Over Deaths in Custody in Iran

Amnesty International has condemned the climate of impunity that prevails in Iran over more than 70 deaths in custody reported in the past 10 years. "Iranian authorities have failed to provide accountability for at least 72 deaths in custody since January 2010, despite credible reports that they

The Afghan Elephant in the Syrian Room

Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon are awaiting a written waiver from the Joe Biden administration exempting the passage of “Arab gas” through Syrian territories from the Caesar Act sanctions. These countries wanted written pledges, rather than oral ones, in wake of the fallout of the US withdrawal from A

Amal Clooney Named Sudan Adviser to ICC Prosecutor

The International Criminal Court's new prosecutor on Friday named prominent rights lawyer Amal Clooney as a special adviser on Sudan's Darfur conflict. Clooney has previously been involved in a number of cases at The Hague-based ICC, the world's only permanent war crimes tribunal. Her post foc

‘Bright Star’ Military Drill Concludes in Egypt

The Bright Star 2021 multinational military drill concluded in Egypt on Friday. The exercise, held at the Mohammed Naguib base, witnessed the participation of Saudi Arabia, the United States, Britain, Greece, Jordan, Pakistan and Cyprus, as well as 13 observer nations. The drill was significan

Taliban Shut Down Ministry of Women's Affairs

The Taliban appeared Friday to have shut down the government's ministry of women's affairs and replaced it with a department notorious for enforcing strict religious doctrine during their first rule two decades ago. And in a further sign the Taliban's approach to women and girls had not softened,

Saudi Arabia: 10 Mln People Performed Umrah Since Easing of Pandemic Restrictions

The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced on Friday that ten million people have performed the Umrah since the launch of the “safe version” of the pilgrimage as the Kingdom started to ease restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. Deputy Minister of Hajj and Umrah, Abdulfattah Mashat

Ex-Algerian President Bouteflika Dies

Former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who was ousted amid pro-democracy protests in 2019 after two decades in power, has died at age 84, state television announced Friday. The report on ENTV, citing a statement from the office of current President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, did not provide t

WHO Director: Lebanon’s Brain Drain Threat to Health Sector

The World Health Organization’s director general on Friday expressed deep concern about the impact of Lebanon’s economic meltdown and multiple crises on the wellbeing of the nation, and said the brain drain among the country’s health workers is particularly worrisome. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus s

Mikati: Iran's Fuel Shipments Violate Lebanon's Sovereignty

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati said Iranian fuel shipments imported by Hezbollah constitute a breach of Lebanon's sovereignty, according to comments published by his office. "The violation of Lebanon's sovereignty makes me sad," Mikati told CNN in an interview, his office said in a posting