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UNESCO Experts Ready to Assist Reconstruction of Iconic Notre Dame

Two-thirds of the largely medieval roof of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris have "gone" after the devastating fire in Paris on Monday evening, but UN cultural experts are standing by to offer help where it is needed in rebuilding the iconic structure.

SOP newswireDeputy Leader of Al-Qaeda Calls for More Attacks - Osama bin Laden's right-hand man Ayman al-Zawahiri issued a vehement video Wednesday calling for attacks on Western interests worldwide and regime change in Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
SOP newswireGov't's final word on incursion: NO - Turkey's top civil and military officials discuss additional measures in the fight against terrorists. PM Erdoðan dismisses a possible incursion into northern Iraq while the PKK declares a ceasefire
SOP newswireNew UNICEF-backed initiative to provide water for Djibouti's poor - A partnership between the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), the European Union and the Government of Djibouti is paving the way for at least 25,000 of the poorest and most
SOP newswirePew Poll in 47 Nations: Global View of U.S. Plummets - Attitudes toward Americans are often more positive than attitudes toward their country. This distinction is particularly evident in Western nations.
SOP newswireAfghanistan, Taliban Continue Human Shield Tactics - Taliban terrorists continue to use innocent civilians as shields, NATO officials in Afghanistan said today.
SOP newswireAsia sees drop in poverty but rising inequality - Rapid economic growth has spurred progress in the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger in Asia, where the proportion of people living on a dollar a day has been cut by half, but inequality is also
SOP newswireAfghans: 62 Taliban, 45 civilians dead - KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - A local investigation into airstrikes that slammed into Afghan homes where Taliban fighters sought shelter found that 62 insurgents and 45 civilians were killed, two Afghan officials said Sunday
SOP newswireIraq: Security Council ends mandate of United Nations weapons inspectors - Closing a chapter it opened over 16 years ago, the Security Council today terminated the mandate of United Nations weapons inspectors in Iraq, with the Russian Federation
SOP newswireRocket attack against Ivorian leader - The Security Council, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire joined forces to denounce today’s deadly rocket attack on a plane carrying the country’s Prime Minister Guillaume Soro.
SOP newswireSerious incident in central London - In the early hours of 29 June 2007, an explosive device was discovered in a vehicle parked outside a club in Haymarket, London W1. It was safely defused by Metropolitan Police explosives officers and the suspect vehicle has since been removed from the scene.
John LillpopGas Rationing In Iran? - Limited refining capacity? Iran sits on some of the largest and most valuable oil reserves in the world, and cannot meet its own gasoline needs?
SOP newswireCentral Asian countries Need to Deal With Old Uranium Sites - The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is helping Central Asian countries to take steps toward securing millions of tonnes of uranium tailings – a potential
SOP newswireSurprise Visit to Afghanistan by Ban Ki-moon - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made a surprise visit to Afghanistan today, meeting with top officials there ahead of a planned conference on the country he will attend early next month in Rome.
SOP newswireElection Observation Teams to monitor in all 13 Districts for East Timorese election - The International Solidarity Observer Mission for East Timor (SOMET) has begun deployment of teams to all 13 districts of Timor-Leste ahead of Saturday’s Parliamentary elections
SOP newswireThousands flee Mogadishu amid renewed violence - Escalating violence in the Somali capital of Mogadishu this month has forced more than 3,500 people to flee in recent weeks, the United
SOP newswireNorth Korean Nuclear Facility Could Be Disabled Before 2008 - Washington -- North Korea’s Yongbyon nuclear reactor could be disabled and a peace mechanism for resolving the decades-old Korean conflict could be in place by the end of 2007, U.S. envoy Christopher Hill says.
SOP newswireviolence forces locals to flee Colombia's Arauca region - Violence between guerilla groups in Colombia has forced approximately 1,000 people to flee the eastern Arauca region over the past year and a half, the United Nations refuge
SOP newswireSecurity Council, Ban Ki-moon condemn deadly attack on UN peacekeepers - The Security Council, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) have strongly condemned yesterday’s bomb attack in southern Lebanon
SOP newswireSecurity Council urges greater protection of civilians in armed conflict - The United Nations Security Council today called for greater protection for civilians, who continue to account for the majority of casualties in situations of armed conflict.
SOP newswireOne in Five Timorese Needs Food Assistance - A new United Nations report says one in five people in East Timor needs food assistance, blaming crop losses on persistent drought and locust plagues.
SOP newswireUN appeals to Kenya to allow food into Somalia - The United Nations food relief agency today appealed to Kenyan authorities to allow assistance for more than 100,000 people to be trucked into Somalia, where piracy is hampering deliveries by sea.
SOP newswireMiddle East: UN envoy voices concern on highly volatile region - Hamas’ violent seizure of de facto political authority in Gaza, the demise of the Palestinian National Unity Government and the declaration of a state of emergency by President Mahmoud
SOP newswireSecretary-General welcomes new round of monitoring Nepalese combatants - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the beginning of the second stage of monitoring by the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) of Maoist army personnel to ensure that no minors are serving.
SOP newswireThe Turks of Tuscany - A just-released DNA study appears to prove that Greek historian Herodotus was right about the origins of the ancient Etruscans of Northern Italy: they really did come from Turkey.
SOP newswireQuartet concerned at welfare of Palestinians affected by crisis - Members of the diplomatic Quartet – the United Nations, European Union, Russian Federation and United States – today voiced “deep concern over the welfare and
SOP newswireDeploring Gaza situation, Ban Ki-moon calls for aid access, end to violence - Voicing deep concern at the deadly violence that has engulfed the Gaza Strip this week, especially its effect on ordinary Palestinians, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for an immediate restoration of calm, renewed
SOP newswireSoviet-era radar station in Azerbaijan might break missile shield deadlock - Washington – President Bush welcomed an offer from Russian President Vladimir Putin that could transform a dispute over a proposed European missile defense system into
SOP newswireClimate Deal Struck by World's Richest Nations - As they began their three-day summit in Heiligendamm, Germany, leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom
SOP newswireYemen's worst locust outbreak in years threatens crops - Yemen faces its worst outbreak of crop-devouring locusts in nearly 15 years, a United Nations agency warned today, urging action to head off the
SOP newswireRisk reduction is key to addressing climate change, Ban Ki-moon says - Risk reduction is critical to addressing climate change and other hazards, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message to
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