@Reuters French billionaire Pinault pledges 100M euros toward rebuilding Notre Dame Cathedral, according to a statement - @AFP

Witness image shows fire burning and smoke billowing from historic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
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Tens of thousands in center of Khartoum on Thursday, cheering and clapping in celebration as the military said it had forced longtime autocratic President Omar al-Bashir to step down after 30 years in power.
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The destruction in Beira is "massive and horrifying," Jamie LeSueur, who led a Red Cross team that had to assess the damage by helicopter because of the flooded-out roads, says.
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@AFP @BBCBreaking @AP Police say they are searching for Gökman Tanis, 37, born in Turkey, in connection with the Utrecht tram shooting.
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@AFP @BBCBreaking @AP Dutch police say the investigation into the Utrecht shooting is considering the possibility of a terrorist motive.
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@Reuters Multiple children are being carried through crowds to ambulances after being pulled from rubble of school building collapse in Nigerian commercial capital of Lagos - (corrects: commercial capital, not capital)

@Reuters Multiple children are being carried through crowds to ambulances after being pulled from rubble of school building collapse in Nigerian capital of Lagos.

FAA says no basis to ground Boeing 737 Max model: "Thus far, our review shows no systemic performance issues and provides no basis to order grounding the aircraft."
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Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort sentenced to 47 months in prison on bank and fraud charges.
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Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek announces that he has Stage 4 pancreatic cancer: "I'm going to fight this."
NBCNews.com

Actor Luke Perry, star of 'Beverly Hills, 90210', has died at age 52 after suffering a massive stroke, spokesperson tells @NBCNews.
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@wsfa12news At least 14 killed in Alabama tornadoes, coroner tells @Kasie on @MSNBC: "I expect that number to go higher," but survivors are still being found.
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Parents of Otto Warmbier speak out after President Trump's comments on Kim Jong Un and responsibility for Warmbier's death:

"Kim and his evil regime are responsible for the death of our son Otto ... No excuses or lavish praise can change that."
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Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated Israeli attorney general's decision regarding PM Netanyahu; he plans to issue the indictment, but has not yet done so. Previous tweet, seen here, will be deleted.
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White House reports "no agreement was reached" between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at Vietnam summit.
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RT @NBCNews: BREAKING: President Trump and Kim Jong Un meet again in Hanoi.

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