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Ibtissem Guenfoud/ABC News (BEIRUT, Lebanon) — An explosion of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate in Lebanon’s biggest seaport in 2020 has left deep trauma in the Lebanese psyche. Opera singer Michel Bou Rjeilly says Beirut will never be the same. “It was all gone,” he said. “The café shops, the boutiques, the little scribbles on the […]

BENOIT TESSIER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images (PARIS) — Three years after flames engulfed Notre Dame, investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the devastating fire at Paris’ most famous cathedral. French President Emmanuel Macron will visit the Notre Dame Cathedral on Friday to mark the third anniversary of the blaze, which tore through the […]

Chesnot/Getty Images (PARIS) — French President Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, a far-right presidential candidate, took the top two spots in the first round of the presidential elections on Sunday, according to preliminary results. The two, who led a crowded field of twelve candidates, will advance to a second and final round of voting […]

Katalina speaks to ABC News in Chisinau, Moldova, March 24, 2022. – Ibtissem Guenfoud/ABC News (NEW YORK) — Omar Alshakal was just 17 when he left war-torn Syria behind before swimming his way to Europe. Almost a decade later, the Syrian refugee and his non-governmental organization welcome Ukrainian families fleeing Russian bombardment as they enter […]

Al Bello/Getty Images (BEIJING) — Kevin Rolland, a French halfpipe star, found out how dangerous and unforgiving a discipline freestyle skiing can be after a serious fall in April 2019. The freestyle-skiing champion and five-time X Games gold medalist had been training to break the world record of the highest jump, around 36 feet. After […]

iStock/Pornpak Khunatorn (PARIS) — Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic could be barred from competing in the French Open following the French Parliament’s adoption of a vaccine pass on Sunday. Professional athletes, regardless of nationality, will now have to show their credentials and present a vaccine pass to access sports venues, France’s Minister of Sports Roxana […]

Francois LOCHON/ Getty Images (PARIS) — After 2 1/2 years of cleaning and consolidating — and a pandemic that halted French workers for a few months — the restoration phase of the Notre Dame cathedral is set to kick off this winter. The night of April 15, 2019, a massive fire tore through the roof […]

iStock (PARIS) — Twenty-six looted royal treasures will return to their country of origin this week after nearly 130 years of French ownership, as debate continues over repatriating artifacts. The pieces were looted following the war fought by France against the Kingdom of Dahomey, a former African kingdom situated in the south of present-day Benin, during […]