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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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Indonesian president claims election victory

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/18/19, 10:52 am

Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Thursday said preliminary results indicated he won another five years in office. Widodo said he received 54 percent of the vote based on quick counts, which are a sample of polling stations by reputable survey organizations. But Prabowo Subianto, a former special forces general running for president, claimed he captured 62 percent of the vote based on his own count. Indonesia’s electoral commission will announce the final results in May.

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Iran’s terrorist army

International | Reaction to the United States’ new designation for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps
by Mindy Belz
Posted 4/10/19, 04:51 pm

IRAN: Lawmakers dressed in paramilitary uniforms chanted “Death to America” as they convened Tuesday following the U.S. announcement Monday it will designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization—the first time an official armed forces has been so named.

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