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Plans for Notre Dame spire reconstruction cause a fight among officials

(PARIS) -- The debate over the reconstruction of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris continues.Since the April fire that burnt down the roof of Paris' most beloved cathedral, causing the collapse of the 800 year-old spire, debates on its reconstruction have opposed France's conservatives and modernists.Emotions ran high Wednesday when…... Read More

Australia’s Melbourne Zoo welcomes first baby koala in eight years

(MELBOURNE, Australia) -- The first koala to be born at Australia’s Melbourne Zoo in more than eight years has just started to peek out from its mother's pouch -- and the footage captured by zookeepers is every bit as adorable as you’d expect. In video released by the wildlife park,…... Read More

Cirque du Soleil founder detained for growing cannabis on private island

(LONDON) — Canadian billionaire Guy Laliberte, co-founder of global circus company Cirque du Soleil, is being investigated for growing cannabis on his private island in French Polynesia.Laliberte, 60, turned himself in to police and was subsequently detained for questioning in the territory's capital of Papeete, located on the island of…... Read More

Could court case unlock the mystery of Dubai’s missing princesses Latifa and Shamsa?

(LONDON) — To the outside world, Princess Latifa of Dubai appeared to live a life of unbridled luxury. Whether it was skydiving over one of the world’s most scenic deserts or filming the exotic pets that ran free in her mother’s palace, she always appeared smiling, happy and carefree, at…... Read More

American teacher found dead in apartment after apparent robbery in Dominican Republic: Police

(CABARETE, Dominican Republic) -- An American teacher was found dead inside her apartment in the Dominican Republic following what appeared to be a robbery, local police said.Patricia Ann Anton, 63, had her hands and feet tied when police found her in Cabarete, a town on the northern coast of the…... Read More

Rare tornado leaves 2 dead, trail of destruction in South African Midlands

(NEW YORK) -- A rare tornado struck the KwaZulu Natal Midlands in South Africa on Tuesday, killing two people, injuring 20 more and leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. The KwaZulu Natal Province, on the east coast of South Africa, has been battered by severe weather conditions and…... Read More

Prince Harry, Meghan to skip Christmas with Prince William, Kate and royal family

(LONDON) -- Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, will spend this Christmas, their first as parents to son Archie, apart from the rest of the royal family.The duke and duchess will instead spend the Christmas holiday with Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, a spokesperson for the Sussexes…... Read More

Anguilla files for international arrest warrant for American charged in hotel employee's death

(LONDON) -- Authorities in Anguilla have declared an American man a "fugitive" after he failed to return to the British Caribbean territory for a court hearing in a manslaughter case.U.S. citizen Scott Hapgood, who is charged in the death of an Anguillan hotel employee, was due to appear in court…... Read More

Hong Kong protesters wielding bows and arrows hunker down at universities

(HONG KONG) -- Scores of masked protesters wielding makeshift weapons and armor barricaded themselves inside the Chinese University of Hong Kong on Wednesday after violent clashes with riot police overnight.The mostly-young protesters were clad in all black, wearing helmets, gas masks and padded vests. They have amassed a stockpile of…... Read More

Venice is being flooded by the highest tide in more than 50 years

(ROME) -- High tides and lashing rain struck Venice Tuesday night bringing the water level in some areas close to a 50-year record high and causing inestimable damage to the centuries-old city. Close to midnight Tuesday -- at its night-time peak -- the city recorded a high of 187 centimeters,…... Read More

Silver-backed chevrotain, last seen in wild more than 25 years ago, rediscovered in Vietnam

(NEW YORK) -- Scientists have rediscovered a deer-like species in southern Vietnam more than 25 years after it was last recorded. A camera trap captured images of the silver-backed chevrotain, also known as the Vietnamese mouse-deer, after it was "lost to science" since 1990, the Global Wildlife Conservation announced on…... Read More

US Army soldier killed in overturned armored vehicle accident in South Korea

(NEW YORK) -- A U.S. soldier was killed in South Korea last week after his armored vehicle overturned.Spc. Nicholas C. Panipinto, 20, of Bradenton, Florida, died from injuries sustained when the Bradley Fighting Vehicle overturned at Camp Humphreys on Nov. 6, the Army said in a statement. Two other soldiers…... Read More

Taliban to release US, Australian hostages in potential swap with Afghan government

(NEW YORK) -- The Taliban will release an American and an Australian hostage, held for over three years, in a prisoner swap with the Afghan government, according to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Their possible release comes after two U.S. special operations raids attempted to free both men, and it could…... Read More

Zimbabwe plans mass wildlife migration after hundreds of elephants die in drought

(NEW YORK) -- Hundreds of elephants in Zimbabwe have starved to death in recent weeks as one of the region's worst droughts in decades has dried up grazing land and water sources.Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority spokesperson Tinashe Farawo confirmed to ABC News on Tuesday that, as of last…... Read More