Is there anything firefighters could have done to control the blaze that tore through Paris’ historic Notre Dame Cathedral sooner? Experts say the combination of a structure that’s more than 850 years old, built with heavy timber construction and soaring open spaces, and lacking sophisticated fire-protection systems left firefighters with devastatingly few options Monday once the flames got out of control. “Very often when you’re confronted with something like this, there’s not much you can do,” said Glenn Corbett, a professor of fire science at John Jay College. Fire hoses looked overmatched — more like gardening equipment than firefighting apparatus — as flames raged across the cathedral’s wooden roof and burned bright orange for hours. The fire toppled a 300-foot (91-meter) spire a
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main challenger Benny Gantz both claimed victory in Israel's election on April 9. Israeli TV exit polls produced differing results about who will emerge as the leader of the largest single party, and the polls have been wrong in the past. So both sides still have all to play for. However, there are indications that Netanyahu has a clearer path to forming a coalition government with other right-wing, far-right and religious parties. Here's a quick guide to what happens next: How long does it take the results to come in? Final results are expected by Friday, but partial results are published by the Knesset as the vote-counting proceeds, so a clearer picture will begin to emerge before the final tally. How are results calculated and why does...
China and US claimed progress in talks to end their trade war, with President Xi Jinping pushing for a rapid conclusion and President Donald Trump talking up prospects for a “monumental" agreement. Through a message passed to Trump via Vice Premier Liu He, Xi called for an early conclusion to negotiations and said that strategic leadership is needed to ensure healthy and stable US-China relations. Liu, who took part in talks this week in Washington, himself said a “new consensus" had emerged, according to the Xinhua News Agency Friday morning. Trump said any trade deal with China is probably still weeks away, though both sides are making progress on an accord that could be “very monumental." “We have a ways to go," Trump told reporters at a meeting Thursday with Liu at the White House
In an op-ed published in the Washington Post, Facebook's chief says the responsibility for monitoring harmful content is too great for firms alone. He calls for new laws in four areas: "Harmful content, election integrity, privacy and data portability." It comes two weeks after a gunman used the site to livestream his attack on a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. "Lawmakers often tell me we have too much power over speech, and frankly I agree," Mr Zuckerberg writes, adding that Facebook was "creating an independent body so people can appeal our decisions" about what is posted and what is taken down. Facebook charged with discrimination over housing ads Can you stop your parents sharing photos of you online? Amol Rajan: The constant influence of dark ads He also desc
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s suggestion that an interim administration in Afghanistan could help end an impasse in talks with the Taliban prompted angry reactions on Tuesday from Afghan politicians, who accused him of interfering in their country’s internal affairs. Afghanistan’s ministry of foreign affairs summoned the deputy ambassador of Pakistan late on Tuesday over Khan’s remarks. “Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed its grave objection on Pakistani PM’s recent reckless statements about the peace process and establishment of an interim government, deemed such statements an obvious example of Pakistan’s interventional policy and disrespect to the national sovereignty and determination of the people of Afghanistan,” it said, also recalling Afghanistan’s ambassador from Isla
NEW DELHI: The International Cricket Council on Thursday confirmed the full schedule of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, which will be staged in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14. England will open the tournament at The Oval on May 30 when they will take on South Africa, while Australia will launch their title defence on June 1 against the ICCCricket World Cup Qualifier champions Afghanistan in a day/night match in Bristol. India, the 1983 and 2011 world champions, will play their first match on June 5 against South Africa at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton. Their feature match against archrivals Pakistan will be on June 16 at Old Trafford in Manchester. The World Cup will span 48 matches in all, of which 45 will make up the group stage. Each team will play nin