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  • 'Virtual trees' turn the Eiffel Tower green for COP21

    PARIS: The Eiffel Tower turned green Sunday for the opening of the Paris climate conference, marking the launch of an art project that will see "virtual trees" grow on the landmark to support reforestation...

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Oscar-winning French actress Marion Cotillard attended the launch of the week-long "1 Heart 1 Tree" project, which allows smartphone users to "plant a tree" on the tower...

  • ‘Full French experience’ at strike-hit Eiffel Tower

    PARIS: Tourists discovering Paris for the first time this week have had an unwelcome introduction to France’s strike culture: a four-day stoppage at the Eiffel Tower has left thousands disappointed...

    At this time of year, 6,000 people per day ascend the famed iron tower, completed in 1889, but the Christmas rush starts this weekend when as many as 20,000 are expected daily...

  • Two-metre glass security wall to shield Eiffel Tower

    PARIS: The Eiffel Tower, the symbol of Paris, will soon be surrounded by a bullet-proof glass wall eight feet high, part of a plan to prevent attacks at the iconic monument, the city said on Thursday...

    4 million wall to be erected this autumn will replace the metal fences thrown up around the 1,063-foot tower during the Euro football tournament in France last year...

  • Eiffel Tower to go dark after Kabul bombing

    PARIS: The Eiffel Tower was to cut its lights on Saturday night to commemorate those killed and wounded in a devastating ambulance bombing in Kabul, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said on Twitter...

    “Tonight at midnight the Eiffel Tower will go out in hommage to the victims of the horrific attack that struck Kabul,” Hidalgo tweeted on Saturday...

  • Eiffel Tower staircase piece sells for 169,000 euros in auction

    PARIS: A piece of the original spiral staircase from the Eiffel Tower, Paris’s most famous attraction, was sold for 169,000 euros on Tuesday, a spokesman for auction house Artcurial said, three times the initial estimate...

    The piece, which came from a private collection in Canada, had connected the top two floors of the Eiffel Tower...

  • Fireworks factory explosion kills seven in Italy

    ROME: At least seven people died in an explosion at a fireworks factory near Bari, on Italy’s Adriatic coast, on Friday...

    The factory was in full swing as many of Italy’s small towns celebrate religious festivals at this time of year with fireworks shows...

  • Blasts at fireworks factory claim 47 lives in Indonesia

    KOSAMBI: Two explosions and a fire at a fireworks factory on the western outskirts of Indonesia’s capital killed 47 people and injured dozens on Thursday, police said, and the death toll was expected to rise...

    Fireworks are frequently used in Indonesia for religious and other celebrations, and are widely available...

  • Fireworks factory blast claims 11 lives in India

    KOLKATA: An explosion at an illegal fireworks factory in eastern India has killed 11 people and injured six others, a senior police officer said on Thursday...

    Fireworks are a major feature of religious and other celebrations held throughout the year in India...

  • No fireworks for capital markets

    Equity investors are unlikely to celebrate the much-awaited arrival of the budget when the market opens for trading today...

    Their worst fears materialised as Finance Minister Ishaq Dar announced a hike in the capital gains tax (CGT) to 15pc from 12
  • Two visually impaired girls die in fireworks blast

    OKARA: Two blind girls died, while their four sisters who were also visually impaired suffered serious injuries in a blast when they were helping their father in making fireworks and crackers in Mandar locality of Haveli Lakkha on Monday...

    District Police Officer Faisal Rana told reporters the incident occurred in the house of Abdul Sattar, who had been earning his livelihood by manufacturing fireworks and crackers for the last 20...

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