Italy: Gravestone maker accused of hiding drugs at cemetery

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Italian police say officers found more than a kilogram (2.4 pounds) of cocaine allegedly hidden at a Rome cemetery and arrested a 42-year-old gravestone maker

Italy: Gravestone maker accused of hiding drugs at cemetery

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Italian police say officers found more than a kilogram (2.4 pounds) of cocaine allegedly hidden at a Rome cemetery and arrested a 42-year-old gravestone maker

Reshuffle in Pakistani cabinet after finance minister quits

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Pakistan’s prime minister reshuffled his cabinet, changing the portfolios of some key ministers just hours after the country’s finance minister stepped down

Reshuffle in Pakistani cabinet after finance minister quits

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Pakistan’s prime minister reshuffled his cabinet, changing the portfolios of some key ministers just hours after the country’s finance minister stepped down

3 climbers presumed dead after Banff avalanche

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Outdoor apparel company The North Face says three members of its global athlete team are presumed dead after an avalanche in Alberta’s Banff National Park

3 climbers presumed dead after Banff avalanche

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Outdoor apparel company The North Face says three members of its global athlete team are presumed dead after an avalanche in Alberta’s Banff National Park

Dubai arena is latest project unveiled despite weaker growth

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New Dubai arena is latest megaproject to be unveiled despite concerns of economic slowdown

Dubai arena is latest project unveiled despite weaker growth

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New Dubai arena is latest megaproject to be unveiled despite concerns of economic slowdown

Canadian sentenced to life in prison for US airport attack

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Canadian man convicted of terrorism for nearly killing a Michigan airport police officer sentenced to life in prison after declaring he had no regrets, only wished he’d had a machine gun

Canadian sentenced to life in prison for US airport attack

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Canadian man convicted of terrorism for nearly killing a Michigan airport police officer sentenced to life in prison after declaring he had no regrets, only wished he’d had a machine gun

France pays tribute to firefighters who saved Notre Dame Cathedral

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CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON/AFP/Getty Images(PARIS) — France is paying tribute Thursday to the hundreds of firefighters who saved the world-renowned Notre Dame Cathedral from utter collapse.

Nearly 500 firefighters battled a massive fire at the 12th century Catholic cathedral in Paris for several hours Monday night. The flames devoured its oak-ribbed roof and 300-foot spire, but the overall facade of the medieval edifice, including its iconic belfries and rose-stained glass windows, was mostly kept intact. The famed 18-century organ as well as many priceless artwork, artifacts and relics were also spared or rescued.
 
French President Emmanuel Macron thanked firefighters and security forces during a tribute ceremony at the presidential Elysee Palace on Thursday. He also met privately with some of the men and women gathered there who had helped quell the blaze.

“The country and the entire world were watching us and you were exemplary,” Macron said in his speech at the ceremony.

Also on Thursday, Paris City Hall hosted a ceremony in honor of the firefighters that included a Bach violin concert and readings from French writer Victor Hugo’s 19th-century literary classic, The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Bells at all of the churches and cathedrals across France rang out in unison on Wednesday night in honor of the Notre Dame Cathedral.

The fire erupted at the Gothic church during a mass Monday evening at the start of Holy Week, the busiest and most important period of the liturgical year. Although the flames caused extensive damage, which will take years to repair, no one was killed.

The cause of the blaze is still under investigation. Paris prosecutor Remy Heitz told reporters Tuesday that it was “likely accidental.”

During Thursday’s ceremonies, crews continued their work to secure key sections of the fire-ravaged structure, which still stands but remains very fragile. The Notre Dame Cathedral was already undergoing a $170 million renovation and was partially encased in scaffolding at the time of the blaze.

France’s president said he wants to see the 850-year-old landmark rebuilt in time for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris. Nearly $1 billion in donations from around the world has already been pledged to aid the restoration process.

“During our history, we have built cities, ports, churches. Many have burned or been destroyed by wars, revolutions or the faults of men. Each time, each time, we rebuilt them,” Macron said in a televised address Tuesday. “So yes, we will rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral even more beautiful, and I want it to be completed within five years.”

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North Korea’s weapon test claim attempt to get US back to table: Analysts

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MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — North Korea’s announcements this week that its leader Kim Jong Un had inspected military sites and overseen the test-firing of a new weapon appear to be an attempt to get the United States back to the negotiating table, analysts said.

The North’s state media reported this week that Kim inspected the country’s military sites two days in a row, with the official Korean Central News Agency underlining the importance of “strengthening combat power.”

KCNA reported Thursday that North Korea test-fired a new type of tactical guided weapon the day before, while on Tuesday, state media said Kim inspected an air force training site.

Analysts in South Korea said North Korea was trying to send a message to the U.S. and South Korea.

North Korea’s message was directed at getting the U.S. to return to the negotiation table, Shin Beom Chul, the director of the Center for Security and Unification at Asan Institute for Policy Studies, in Seoul, South Korea, told ABC News.

“Through their tactical guided weapons test, they want to let the international community know, they are capable of finding a new path if the negotiations continue like the way it is now,” Shin said. “It was air force inspection yesterday and short-range missile test today, so we can even go on to guess there may be a nuclear provocation next year.”

The message is indirect, but obviously targeting the U.S., analysts said.

“North Korea is displaying a passive military demonstration with jets and conventional weapons, since they cannot provoke U.S. directly with nuclear weapons or long-range missiles,” Park Hwi Rak, a political science professor at Kookmin University, in Seoul, told ABC News. “By that they want to let others know, they are not satisfied with the stalled sanctions negotiations with the U.S.”

North Korean media introduced the tests as tactical guided weapons, implying that the weapons may be for battlefield purposes, not posing actual threats on the U.S. mainland.

“Firing ballistic missile may provide reason for additional sanctions from the international community so North Korea chose to voice their opinion without receiving negative response on their military actions,” Moon Sung-muk, an arms-control expert at Korea Research Institute for Strategy, told ABC News.

South Korean experts added that Kim’s consecutive inspection at military sites not only aimed for voicing their presence, but also to relieve anxiety among the North Korean people by reassuring the leader’s determination in strong national defense.

“Kim Jong Un chose to strengthen its bargaining power and at the same time boost its military spirits by giving spotlight to its powerful leader,” Moon said.

South Korea’s presidential office took a cautious approach, declining to issue an official comment on the test. The country’s Joint Chiefs of Staff told reporters they are “analyzing North Korean leadership’s movement from various angles, and and also the newly introduced tactical guided weapons.”

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Prince Harry and Meghan may break from tradition with royal nanny: Report

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Karwai Tang/WireImage(LONDON) — Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, may look beyond the normal pool of royal nannies when selecting someone to care for their first child, according to a new report in the U.K.’s The Daily Mirror.

“Meghan and Harry have actually said that they actually favor an American over a Brit and also the nanny could be female or male I understand,” Daily Mirror reporter Russell Myers told ABC News’ Good Morning America. “So we could be seeing a royal first on both counts and even a manny.”

Meghan, 37, a native of California, is due to give birth to the couple’s first child in a matter of weeks. She and Harry have been working with an agency in London to find a nanny for their first-born, according to Myers.

The royal couple has also indicated to the agency that they want their nanny to feel like more a member of their family than hired help, Myers’ reports.

Buckingham Palace has not commented.

If Meghan and Harry were to choose an American or a male nanny, it would be yet another way the couple is paving their own way as members of Britain’s royal family.

Harry and his older brother, Prince William, had female nannies throughout their childhood, including Olga Powell and Tiggy Legge-Bourke.

William, and his wife, Duchess Kate, selected Maria Borrallo, a graduate of the prestigious Norland College, to care for their three children, starting in 2013 with the birth of Prince George.

Norland College, located in Bath, about 100 miles west of London, is largely considered the Harvard for English nannies. It is affectionately known as the Mary Poppins school because of the quality of the nannies who come from its ranks.

“The nannies are taught everything from defensive driving to security issues to how to care for a future king or queen,” ABC News royal contributor Victoria Murphy said in 2015, the year William and Kate’s second child, Princess Charlotte, was born. “So she just really knows everything that you could possibly need to know about bringing up a child.”

Norland nannies train for three years before receiving their diploma.

ABC News’ Amy Robach went inside the famous school before Prince George’s birth and learned that the nannies in training could only wear minimal makeup with their hair up, one pair of stud earrings and flat lace-up shoes. Their distinctive Edwardian brown uniform, complete with bow tie, felt hat and white gloves, has barely been updated since the college’s conception in 1892.

Nannies are taught to push the large Silver Cross prams — or strollers — favored by the royals and fold a cloth nappy or diaper, using cotton wool instead of wipes to clean a baby’s bottom.

Most importantly, they learn to live by the Norland motto, “love never faileth.”
 
“It isn’t about the strict discipline and nanny knows best,” Liz Hunt, the college’s principal told ABC News in 2013. “What we look for, in particular, is someone who is warm, caring, fun-loving; somebody who will enable the child to grow and to be empowered.”

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India enters 2nd phase of elections with Kashmir in lockdown

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Voting has begun in the second phase of India’s general election amid massive security and a lockdown in parts of the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir

The Latest: German military plane on standby for Madeira

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff says a German military medevac plane is on stand-by and could be sent to Madeira to bring those affected by Wednesday’s bus crash back to Germany.

Populists expected to gain seats in May’s EU elections

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The European Parliament is predicting that nationalist, populist and anti-migrant groups will make significant gains in the May 23-26 EU elections but says it thinks mainstream parties will keep control over the assembly

North Korea test-fires new tactical guided weapons, state media reports

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Oleksii Liskonih/iStock(SEOUL, South Korea) — North Korea reportedly test-fired a new type of tactical guided weapon on Wednesday in a move that could dampen the prospects of a successful denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

Hours later, the isolated nation outright called for U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to be replaced in negotiations between the two countries.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspected and directed the test-firing, state media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Thursday, although U.S. officials have not confirmed those reports.

If confirmed, the test would mark the country’s first public weapons test since its second summit with President Donald Trump ended without an agreement earlier this year.

A senior North Korean diplomat called for Pompeo to be replaced on Thursday, calling for a more “careful and mature” negotiator, according to South Korean media outlet Yonhap. Pompeo has overseen much of the negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea over denuclearization, taking multiple trips to Pyongyang to speak with Kim’s government.

North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui was critical of Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton following the collapse of talks in Vietnam earlier this year. Both disputed last month that there were any issues between the two sides.

“Following that, we continued to have very professional conversations, where we tried our best to work together and represent our respective sides. I have every expectation that we’ll be able to continue to do that,” Pompeo said in March.

KCNA did not publish images from the test site or disclose details about the type of weapon tested. South Korean news agency Yonhap also reported on the testing, calling the development an “event of very weighty significance” in North Korea’s efforts to beef up its military power.

The term “tactical” implies that the weapon may have been a battlefield or short-range type of weapon and not a long-range ballistic missile that could pose a threat to the U.S., experts said.

The Pentagon is not yet confirming what test may have taken place, but an official told ABC News that it had ruled out a ballistic missile test.

A White House official would not comment on the reported test beyond acknowledging that they are aware of the reporting.

“We are aware of the report, and have no further comment,” the White House official said.

Trump laid out an all-or-nothing strategy when he met with Kim in Vietnam two months ago, telling the North Korean leader that he would have to give up all weapons of mass destruction if he wanted sanctions relief.

“He said the testing will not start,” Trump said at a press conference after the summit. “He said he is not going to do testing of rockets or missiles or anything having to do with nuclear.”

The summit ended abruptly with Trump leaving ahead of schedule without a reaching a deal. The president dismissed the idea that the breakdown of his talks with Kim meant their relationship has soured.

“We just like each other,” Trump said at the time. “We have a good relationship. It’s a totally different system to put it mildly but we like each other.”

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Pakistan’s finance minister quits amid criticism

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Pakistan’s finance minister says he will step down amid a wave of criticism over the government’s handling of a financial crisis that has sent prices soaring

Indonesian President Joko Widodo says he won election with 54% of votes, world leaders have called to congratulate him

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo says he won election with 54% of votes, world leaders have called to congratulate him

Peru’s ex-president is dead after shooting himself before being arrested

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Former president Alan García was to be detained in a corruption probe.

North Korea says it test-fired new tactical guided weapon

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North Korea says it test-fired a new type of "tactical guided weapon" in its first such test in nearly half a year and a possible sign of its displeasure with deadlocked nuclear talks

Colombians stage kiss-a-thon in support of LGBT rights

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Dozens of same sex couples kissed simultaneously outside an upscale shopping mall in Colombia’s capital, in the latest demonstration calling for LGBT rights in the South American country

APNewsBreak: Ivanka Trump says she passed on World Bank job

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APNewsBreak: White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump says her father asked her if she was interested in the job of World Bank chief but she passed on it

Vineeta Deepak to lead AP’s coverage of South Asia region

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The Associated Press named Vineeta Deepak, an experienced video journalist and bedrock member of its Indian staff, as its South Asia news director

Greek PM says he will revive bid for German WWII reparations

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Greece’s prime minister says his government will formally revive a long-standing demand for Germany to pay vast reparations for the World War II Nazi occupation of Greece

Saudi runaway sisters plead for help on social media

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There has been a spate of Saudi young people fleeing the country.

US officials seek extradition of murder suspect in Pakistan

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Authorities in Michigan are attempting to have woman extradited from Pakistan to stand charges in her husband’s 2002 slaying

Michigan governor open to allowing Great Lakes oil tunnel

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she’s open to allowing construction of an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the channel where Lakes Huron and Michigan meet

London climate protesters glue themselves to train as 300 arrested

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Matthew Chattle / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images(LONDON) — Over 300 climate change activists have been arrested during three days of demonstrations in London.

Protesters have been attempting to disrupt transportation in the city, including gluing themselves to trains and blocking off a major intersection at Waterloo Bridge.

The action is being led by the radical Extinction Rebellion group with the aim of moving governments worldwide to “take decisive action on the climate and ecological emergency.”

On Monday, police imposed a 24-hour “condition” on Waterloo Bridge and Oxford Circus, two of London’s busiest locations, to prevent protesters from gathering, but videos published on the Extinction Rebellion Twitter page show protests are still going strong.

The videos show activists singing and dancing, as well as some being dragged away and arrested by police.

What are the police doing?

β€œThis is a human rights issue. You should not be arresting us. What are you doing? Why are you doing it? Long live Extinction Rebellion!”

The corporations destroying the earth reside here. Let us act in solidarity.#InternationalRebellion pic.twitter.com/t5MoNgbolu

— Extinction Rebellion πŸβŒ›οΈπŸ¦‹ (@ExtinctionR) April 17, 2019

Loving the vibe on #WaterlooBridge #ExtinctionRebellion pic.twitter.com/RBtFkhpUui

— Andrew Harmer (@andrew_harmer) April 16, 2019

Meanwhile, one activist glued himself to a train window in Canary Wharf, one of London’s busiest financial centers, and two activists glued themselves to the top of the train unfurling a banner that read “Climate Emergency.”

BREAKING: #ExtinctionRebellion activists peacefully lock on to London's DLR overground trains in Canary Wharf, the city's financial hub. pic.twitter.com/MvphBz7aAT

— Extinction Rebellion πŸβŒ›οΈπŸ¦‹ (@ExtinctionR) April 17, 2019

Two men and one woman were arrested “on suspicion of obstructing the railway” after specialist teams “trained in protest removal” arrived on the scene, British Transport Police said in a statement.

And the protests could continue for the foreseeable future, according to Extinction Rebellion activist Roger Hallam, who said they were protesting to “inform the British people that they will die if we do not stop the government from putting greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.”

“We are in ongoing rebellion against the government,” he told ABC News. “It will end when we get the demands met. This particular mobilization will continue for one to two weeks depending on whether many people join in mass civil disobedience.”

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, said Tuesday while he shared the protesters’ “passion” for the need to tackle climate change, he was “extremely concerned” by the disruption to London’s public transport.

“It’s one of the biggest challenges we face — and Governments around the world are failing to take the action we need,” he said in a statement. “However … targeting public transport in this way would only damage the cause of all of us who want to tackle climate change, as well as risking Londoners’ safety, and I’d implore anyone considering doing so to think again.”

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London climate protesters glue themselves to train as 300 arrested

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Matthew Chattle / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images(LONDON) — Over 300 climate change activists have been arrested during three days of demonstrations in London.

Protesters have been attempting to disrupt transportation in the city, including gluing themselves to trains and blocking off a major intersection at Waterloo Bridge.

The action is being led by the radical Extinction Rebellion group with the aim of moving governments worldwide to “take decisive action on the climate and ecological emergency.”

On Monday, police imposed a 24-hour “condition” on Waterloo Bridge and Oxford Circus, two of London’s busiest locations, to prevent protesters from gathering, but videos published on the Extinction Rebellion Twitter page show protests are still going strong.

The videos show activists singing and dancing, as well as some being dragged away and arrested by police.

What are the police doing?

β€œThis is a human rights issue. You should not be arresting us. What are you doing? Why are you doing it? Long live Extinction Rebellion!”

The corporations destroying the earth reside here. Let us act in solidarity.#InternationalRebellion pic.twitter.com/t5MoNgbolu

— Extinction Rebellion πŸβŒ›οΈπŸ¦‹ (@ExtinctionR) April 17, 2019

Loving the vibe on #WaterlooBridge #ExtinctionRebellion pic.twitter.com/RBtFkhpUui

— Andrew Harmer (@andrew_harmer) April 16, 2019

Meanwhile, one activist glued himself to a train window in Canary Wharf, one of London’s busiest financial centers, and two activists glued themselves to the top of the train unfurling a banner that read “Climate Emergency.”

BREAKING: #ExtinctionRebellion activists peacefully lock on to London's DLR overground trains in Canary Wharf, the city's financial hub. pic.twitter.com/MvphBz7aAT

— Extinction Rebellion πŸβŒ›οΈπŸ¦‹ (@ExtinctionR) April 17, 2019

Two men and one woman were arrested “on suspicion of obstructing the railway” after specialist teams “trained in protest removal” arrived on the scene, British Transport Police said in a statement.

And the protests could continue for the foreseeable future, according to Extinction Rebellion activist Roger Hallam, who said they were protesting to “inform the British people that they will die if we do not stop the government from putting greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.”

“We are in ongoing rebellion against the government,” he told ABC News. “It will end when we get the demands met. This particular mobilization will continue for one to two weeks depending on whether many people join in mass civil disobedience.”

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, said Tuesday while he shared the protesters’ “passion” for the need to tackle climate change, he was “extremely concerned” by the disruption to London’s public transport.

“It’s one of the biggest challenges we face — and Governments around the world are failing to take the action we need,” he said in a statement. “However … targeting public transport in this way would only damage the cause of all of us who want to tackle climate change, as well as risking Londoners’ safety, and I’d implore anyone considering doing so to think again.”

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