PARIS -- Tycoons, companies, local authorities and individuals have stepped forward with large donations totalling almost €900 million, while other pledges include free transport, timber and renovation work.
YONGBYON -- Activity detected at North Korea’s main Yongbyon nuclear site suggests that Pyongyang may be reprocessing radioactive material into bomb fuel, according to U.S. think tank Beyond Parallel.
HISTORY -- Leonardo da Vinci, renowned Renaissance artist and polymath, died on May 2, 1519, aged 67. His prodigious talents also included music, maths, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany and cartography.
BRUSSELS -- Carmakers must cut average fleet emissions to less than 95 grammes per kilometre of carbon dioxide from 2021, or face a €95 fine for every gramme of CO2 that exceeds the target, multiplied by the number of cars sold.
PARIS -- France has announced an international architecture competition to rebuild the spire of Paris’s Notre-Dame Cathedral after President Emmanuel Macron pledged to rebuild the 850-year-old cathedral within five years.
ABINGDON -- Sabre is an experimental air-breathing rocket engine, designed to power a craft from standstill on a runway to hypersonic flight at over Mach 5 (6,300km/h), before switching over to rocket mode to reach Mach 25.
PARIS -- It took 182 years to build and has stood for more than eight centuries. The cathedral was commissioned by King Louis VII, and the first stone is believed to have been laid by Pope Alexander III in 1163. Notre-Dame now stands in ruins.
MELBOURNE -- A drive-by shooting in Melbourne, Australia, killed a security guard and wounded three others on Sunday. There are around 3.15 million civilian-held firearms in Australia – many of them owned illegally.
LONDON -- HBO aired episode one of the final season of Game of Thrones simultaneously in the U.S. and UK with British fans waiting until 01:00GMT to return to the Westeros winter for the first time since August 2017.
HAWAII -- The U.S. military has renamed its former Pacific Command as the Indo-Pacific Command, reflecting Washington’s growing attention to China’s “two-ocean” strategy in both the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
LONDON -- A fungus called Candida auris, often acquired in hospitals and preying on people with weak immune systems, is spreading across the globe. It can be resistant to the three major classes of anti-fungal drugs.
PARIS -- The art world's most famous weapon, a 7mm pocket revolver believed to have been used by Vincent van Gogh to take his own life in 1890, is to go under the hammer at an auction in Paris on June 19.
ST LOUIS -- Burger King has become the first global quick-service restaurant to embrace plant-based “meats” from startups including Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat -- both backed by Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
INDIA -- India’s general election pits Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling BJP against a raft of opposition parties under the Indian National Congress banner. Around 900 million people will vote during the five-week election.
ATHLETICS -- Over 35,000 elite, club, and fun runners are expected to participate in the 39th London Marathon, which starts from Blackheath in Greenwich and finishes on the Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.
SOCCER -- Napoli take on Arsenal aiming to use home advantage to recoup a two-goal deficit, while elsewhere, Benfica travel to Frankfurt while Chelsea and Valencia host Slavia Prague and Villarreal respectively.
TOKYO 2020 -- The venues for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics are focussed in the “Heritage Zone” which includes iconic venues used at the Tokyo 1964 Games and the “Tokyo Bay Zone”, a model for exciting new urban development.
SOCCER -- Juventus host Ajax with the away goal advantage, Barcelona take on Manchester Utd with a 1-0 lead, while Manchester City must overturn the same score against Tottenham, and Liverpool go to Porto 2-0 up.
CRICKET -- Ten teams will take part in the round-robin contest in England and Wales, to be crowned World Champions with England, currently the top-ranked One Day International team, seeking their first World Cup on home soil.