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Firefighters honored for saving Notre Dame

International | Their decision to focus on the two bell towers avoided a ‘chain collapse’
by Mindy Belz
Posted 4/19/19, 12:59 pm

FRANCE: The country paid tribute Thursday to the 600 firefighters who helped save Notre Dame from collapse. Firefighters and experts on the scene made a decision that likely saved the structure: As fire spread on the roof, they gave up fighting it there to focus on saving the cathedral’s two iconic bell towers.

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Death toll in Mali grows

International | Plus, China closes another church and other international news and notes
by Mindy Belz
Posted 3/27/19, 02:30 pm

MALI: The death toll in an attack on the village of Ogossagou in central Mopti has risen to more than 160, according to local sources, in what appears to be Muslim-on-Muslim violence. Despite the deployment of a multinational stabilization force late last year, Mali remains the epicenter for jihadists in the Sahel.

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Ethnic violence kills women and children in Mali

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/25/19, 11:11 am

More than 130 people died in a weekend attack on an ethnic Peulh village in central Mali. It was the deadliest instance yet of recent ethnic and jihadi violence. Attackers wielding guns and machetes targeted the village of Ogossagou in the central Mopti region. The casualties included “pregnant women, young children, and the elderly,” said Abdoul Aziz Diallo, president of a Peulh Fulani group known as Tabital Pulaaku.

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