The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Wednesday April 17)

April 17, 2019

A look at today’s biggest headlines.

Fire at Notre Dame cathedral: Live updates

What we’re covering here What we’re covering here What happened: There is a fire at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. About the cathedral: Built in the 13th century, the medieval cathedral is considered a feat of architecture as much as a religious symbol.

Paris mourns its ‘Lady’ after Notre Dame inferno

At dawn on Tuesday, as the first blush of sunrise illuminated Notre-Dame de Paris, residents gathered on the left bank of the river Seine to see the damage wrought by a devastating fire that engulfed the historic cathedral overnight.

How to rebuild a gothic cathedral

Rebuilding Notre Dame will take years. Yet, for a structure that took decades to construct, and then stood for centuries more, this may simply mark the latest evolution of a building that has been reshaped many times during its 850-year history.

French billionaires and companies pledge $450 million to rebuild Notre Dame

French billionaires and companies have pledged over $450 million to help rebuild Paris’ Notre Dame after the cathedral was badly damaged in a fire.

How much would you pay to watch Lionel Messi?

For many football fans, the opportunity to watch their team take on Barcelona at Camp Nou is a bucket list dream.

India election 2019: latest updates

What we’re covering here What we’re covering here It’s official. The world’s largest exercise in democracy has kicked off. The first polls opened on April 11, and voting will continue for the next month. We’ll be following every twist and turn as up to 900 million people vote to choose their next leader.

African Union gives Sudan 15 days to establish civil rule

The African Union has threatened to revoke Sudan’s membership unless the country’s military establishes civil rule within 15 days

Scenes cut from Game of Thrones in China

China-based fans of “Game of Thrones” missed out on six minutes of violence, prostitutes and coarse language which was cut from the premiere of the show’s final season on Sunday.

Aston Martin unveils its first electric car

Aston Martin unveiled the British luxury brand’s first electric car at the Shanghai Motor Show, but don’t expect to see many more. Only 155 of the four-door Rapide E will ever be produced.

The entire wooden interior of Notre Dame Cathedral has been destroyed

A “forest” of wooden latticework inside Notre Dame Cathedral fueled the fire that consumed the iconic church. The medieval roof structure “has been lost,” according to Monsignor Patrick Chauvet, the rector of the cathedral. The cathedral’s wooden frame, which primarily consisted of oak, contains beams that date as far back as the first frame built for the cathedral.

We will rebuild Notre-Dame, says Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to rebuild the medieval cathedral of Notre-Dame after a major fire partially destroyed the Paris landmark. Firefighters managed to save the 850-year-old Gothic building’s main stone structure, including its two towers, but the spire and roof collapsed. The fire was declared under control almost nine hours after it started.

Measles cases triple in 2019, says UN

The number of measles cases reported worldwide in the first three months of 2019 has tripled compared with the same time last year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The UN body said provisional data indicated a “a clear trend”, with all regions of the world seeing outbreaks.

‘Not privilege’: Kim K defends studying law

Kim Kardashian has responded to critics who have claimed she is only able to study law because of her wealth and celebrity status. Kim revealed she’s studying to become a lawyer last week, and will be taking her bar exam in 2022. The reality star says her move into law is nothing to do with privilege or money.

Russia jails Norwegian for spying on submarines

A Moscow court has sentenced a 63-year-old Norwegian, Frode Berg, to 14 years in a strict-regime labour camp for spying on Russian navy submarines. Berg, arrested in Moscow in 2017, denied the accusation. He formerly worked as a guard on the Norwegian-Russian border.

Africa Live: AU threatens Sudan junta with suspension

The condition of 154 Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) fighters who are being treated at a hospital in south-western Ethiopia for suspected “chemical poisoning” is improving, a doctor has told BBC Afaan Oromoo. Dr Abdulatif Isiak’s comments came as the Oromia regional government denied that the group had been poisoned at the Tollay camp.

The gender fight behind Sicily’s most iconic snack

Danilo Festa felt moved when, last August, while participating in a sit-in protest against Italy’s anti-migrant policies and to welcome asylum seekers in eastern Sicily, he saw many of his fellow citizens show up to the docks of Catania’s port with , a local fried rice ball made with savoury fillings like green peas and meat.

Daenerys’ execution of the Tarlys could be her downfall on ‘Game of Thrones’

For a couple seasons now, we’ve been waiting for the Mad Queen Daenerys to implode her own chances at the throne. Now, finally, the Season 8 premiere and promo for next week’s episode hint at just how it might happen. Poetically, it’s an act that directly parallels the downfall of her father, the Mad King Aerys.

The most striking newspaper tributes to Notre-Dame

850 years of history went up in smoke on Monday when a fire ravaged the medieval Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, France. The fire caused the building’s spire and roof to collapse, but the main structure and two bell towers have been saved, per officials.

‘Game of Thrones’ star Isaac Wright has tweeted about all those Bran Stark memes

If there’s one thing the Game of Thrones fanbase loves (possibly) even more than theories, it’s roasting Bran Stark. With his thousand-mile stare and habit of coming out with largely unnerving sentences, the kid is just very meme-worthy. The good news? You can now be safe in the knowledge that Isaac H.

Pete Buttigieg responds to the Notre Dame fire in perfect French

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has just set the gold standard when it comes to responding to the devastating fire at Paris’ famous Notre Dame cathedral. Speaking to a reporter for French station BFM TV, Buttigieg, who is currently the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, delivered his condolences and solidarity with the French people in perfect, fluent French.

Twitter secretly verified Jack Dorsey’s mom and thousands of others despite ‘pause’

Jack Dorsey’s mother and father, the ’80s band Whitesnake, a “war room” associated with Donald Trump’s reelection campaign – these are a few of the more than 10,000 accounts Twitter has quietly verified in recent months, despite putting its verification program on hold.

Facebook is testing a feature that combines Stories and News Feed posts

Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. Facebook Stories still aren’t being used widely, but the social network is nonetheless committed to experimenting with new ways to distribute them.

A ridiculous amount of people watched the ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 premiere

If it felt like everyone and their mother (of dragons) was watchingthe Game of Thrones onSunday night, it’s because they were. According to HBO, a staggering 17.4 million viewers across cable, HBO Go, and HBO Now tuned into the Game of Thrones: Season 8 premiere on Sunday – surpassing Thrones’ previous ratings record from the finale of Season 7, which brought in 16.9 million viewers in July 2017.

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