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Only 2 Cities Are Still Bidding to Host 2024 Olympics

Budapest says bye-bye to controversial bid

(Newser) - The International Olympic Committee is due to meet in September to vote on the site of the 2024 Olympics—but if one more city drops out, they won't need to. The Hungarian government confirmed Wednesday that Budapest's bid has been withdrawn, leaving Paris and Los Angeles as the... More »

Artist Begins Weeklong Stay ... in a Boulder

Abraham Poincheval hopes to 'find out what the world is'

(Newser) - A French artist has kicked off a weeklong stay inside a 13-ton boulder. Sounds awful, right? Well, it's only the start of what Abraham Poincheval calls "an inner journey to find out what the world is." After seven days confined to a sitting position in a limestone... More »

10 Best Cities for Students

After 5 years on top, Paris is dethroned

(Newser) - A French city has been replaced by a French Canadian one at the top of the QS Best Student Cities Ranking , a list of the best cities in the world for international students, based on university rankings, employment, affordability, and—for the first time this year—student opinions. To be... More »

Paris Plans Glass Wall Around Eiffel Tower

It would replace anti-terror metal fencing

(Newser) - Paris authorities say they want to replace the metal security fencing around the Eiffel Tower with a more visually appealing glass wall. A statement from Paris City Hall issued Thursday said see-through panels could replace the existing fences at the north and south of the famed monument that were installed... More »

Soldier Opens Fire on Paris Attacker

Machete-wielding man shouted 'Allahu akbar'

(Newser) - A French soldier shot and seriously wounded a man in a shopping mall beneath the Louvre Museum on Friday after he tried to attack a patrol and shouted "Allahu akbar," officials say. The man was carrying two backpacks and had two machetes, and when soldiers and police officers... More »

Guy Says He Threw $100M Worth of Stolen Art Away

But no one's really buying Yonathan Birn's story

(Newser) - A co-defendant in one of the world's biggest art heists testified in court Monday he destroyed and threw away five art masterpieces worth more than $100 million that were stolen by a thief nicknamed "the spider-man" by French media. Yonathan Birn, accused of receiving stolen goods, was among... More »

How to Buy a Piece of Parisian Real Estate for $75

Old cobblestones from the city are for sale

(Newser) - Parisian streets have been paved with stones since the 12th century, and while asphalt now covers large swaths of the city, the cobblestones still adorn squares, boulevards, and alleyways. For years as the city dug them up (about 10,000 tons a year) to continue building or repaving, it paid... More »

France Arrests 16 in Kardashian Robbery

Suspects accused of robbing star in Paris residence

(Newser) - Looks like police in France have finally caught up with the Kardashian robbers. Officials say 16 people have been arrested in connection with the Oct. 3 robbery at a Paris residence of Kim Kardashian West, who was tied up and locked in a bathroom by armed attackers who made off... More »

Kardashian Breaks Silence on Paris Robbery

She recounts terrifying experience in reality show trailer

(Newser) - Kim Kardashian West has broken her silence on her terrifying Paris robbery experience —in a trailer for her reality show. "They're going to shoot me in the back," she says in the Keeping Up With the Kardashians promo, recounting the October incident to her sisters. "... More »

5 Best Cities in the World for Culture

Kyoto tops the list

(Newser) - Looking for some culture in the new year? Travel + Leisure lists the 10 best world cities offering just that. The top five:
  1. Kyoto, Japan
  2. Rome, Italy
  3. Jerusalem
  4. Florence, Italy
  5. Paris, France
Click for the complete list , which does include two US cities. More »

Paris Thieves Nab $5.6M in Highway Heist

Luxury car with two Qatari sisters is forced off the road

(Newser) - Armed robbers near Paris made off with $5.6 million Monday—from a highway, not a bank. Police say two Qatari sisters in their 60s were traveling along the A1 motorway from Paris' Le Bourget airport when robbers forced the driver of their Bentley to pull over near a service... More »

A Year Later, Paris Remembers

City of Lights honors those killed in horrific coordinated attacks at Bataclan, soccer stadium

(Newser) - On Nov. 13, 2015, Paris saw the music, food, sport, and revelry of a normal Friday night dissolve into screams, suicide bombs, gunfire, terror, and a staggering amount of death as Islamic State terrorists targeted various locations in the City of Light: Cafes, a soccer stadium, a concert hall. On... More »

DNA Found on Recovered Kardashian Jewelry

Police hope it will lead them to the robbers

(Newser) - Police may have their first decent lead in the armed robbery of Kim Kardashian West after a passerby found one of her pendants, the Telegraph reports. The diamond cross—believed to be worth more than $32,000—was stolen as part of an $11 million heist of Kim K's... More »

Kardashian Robbery Lasted 6 Terrifying Minutes

She was scared she would be raped, sources say

(Newser) - Kim Kardashian's robbery ordeal in Paris on Sunday night lasted only six minutes, but they were six minutes of pure terror, sources tell TMZ . The sources say she was only wearing her robe and feared she would be raped when masked men broke into the apartment where she was... More »

Details Emerge in Kardashian Robbery

Some are whispering Paris incident may have been an inside job

(Newser) - More details are emerging about Kim Kardashian's terrifying ordeal in Paris on Sunday night, report E! Online and NBC News . The 35-year-old reality-TV star was said to have been bound, gagged, and held at gunpoint, with NBC noting she was robbed in a room in a private mansion. A... More »

Kim Kardashian Robbed of $11M at Gunpoint

Cops say Paris robbers made off with $11M in valuables

(Newser) - Kim Kardashian is "badly shaken but physically unharmed" after being held up by robbers disguised as police officers Sunday night, a spokesperson says. Police in Paris are searching for the robbers, who tied up Kardashian and locked her in the bathroom of a private residence, not a hotel room... More »

Paris to Get a Clothing-Free Zone

City councilors approve plan for creation of naturist park

(Newser) - Paris, a place for fashionistas and nudists alike? Maybe. Parisian city councilors have given the green light to a plan that would see the creation of a clothing-free zone somewhere within the city limits, the BBC reports. The location of the nudist area has yet to be determined, but Deputy... More »

Police: Boy, 15, Was Planning Paris Terrorist Attack

He was arrested Saturday

(Newser) - French police have arrested a 15-year-old boy at his Paris home to thwart what they feared was a planned weekend attack, as the prime minister warned on Sunday some 15,000 people in the country could be in the process of being radicalized, the AP reports. The arrest of the... More »

ISIS Attack on Paris Meant to Be Much Worse: Report

CNN probe into terror strikes reveals more operatives and more targets—including the Netherlands

(Newser) - The Paris terror attacks last November were horrifying, but Islamic State operatives had planned for even more devastation, an in-depth CNN investigation reveals. The news group says it spent months sifting through about 90,000 documents and photos culled from cellphone records, interviews, and European sources looking into the attacks.... More »

10 Best Places to Visit in the World

See the Great Barrier Reef before it's gone

(Newser) - Visited New York City? Then you've already hit one of the top travel destinations in the world, according to US News & World Report . NYC sits at the No. 9 spot on its list, based on votes from editors and users, though it's actually No. 6 on this... More »

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