Paris launches Notre-Dame lead decontamination work Aug 14, 2019 0 400 12345 Paris: French workers on Tuesday began efforts to remove lead from the area around Notre-Dame cathedral which was contaminated by the devastating April fire, sparking public health concerns and forcing the suspension of restoration work. Barriers were set up in the central Paris area as a truck delivered pipes and pumps to be used in cleaning the esplanade in front of the great medieval cathedral, an AFP reporter said. Testing revealed dangerously high levels of lead at the site as well as at nearby schools and other buildings, prompting fears that workers and residents could have been contaminated by the toxic metal. (AFP) RELATED ARTICLES Most important trade deal is with the EU: British PM Aug 14, 2019 0 319 Climate campaigner Greta prepares to sail to the US on boat with no toilet Aug 14, 2019 0 675 29 US states and cities sue Trump over climate protections Aug 14, 2019 0 632 Germany’s Merkel defends 2015 migration policy DPA Stralsund German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended her migration policy on Tuesday, saying she believed her decision in September 2015 to open Germany’s borders to refugees and migrants stranded in Hungary was the .. Spain ignores call to take in minors stuck on rescue boat Madrid: Spain on Tuesday refused to consider a request from a Spanish rescue boat that it grant asylum to 31 minors stuck aboard the ship, arguing the demand was not valid. The captain of the Open Arms, Marc Reig, sent a .. Ukraine’s president offers citizenship to Russian political refugees KIEV: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy signed a decree on Tuesday offering citizenship to Russians suffering political persecution, and also to foreigners who fought on Kiev’s side in the conflict in eastern .. Italy delays no-confidence debate in rowdy Senate session AFP Rome A ROWDY Italian Senate on Tuesday rejected a call by far-right leader Matteo Salvini for a swift no-confidence vote, deciding instead that Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte would address the crisis on August 20. .. Trump official twists Statue of Liberty poem for new migrant policy Washington: The head of US immigration services on Tuesday twisted the words of a poem on the Statue of Liberty, a symbol of the US’ history of immigration, to justify the Trump administration’s latest moves to crack down ..