April 16, 2019 - Daily News Brief

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019 Notre Dame cathedral burns, and Israeli scientists print a 3D heart. This is TRT World’s Daily News Brief for Tuesday day, April 16th. Notre Dame burns A fire at the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris has destroyed parts of the iconic structure. It broke out Monday and destroyed much of the church's 13th-century roof. Its landmark spire fell. Firefighters brought the blaze under control after eight-and-a-half hours. The French government says it will be rebuilt. AU calls for civilian government in Sudan The 55-member African Union is threatening to suspend Sudan from the body if the military does not hand power to a civilian government within 15 days. Protesters are still camping outside the defence ministry and are demanding an end to military rule. The army ousted long-time president Omar al Bashir in a coup last Thursday. Egypt's parliament to increase the president's power Egypt's parliament is set to vote on constitutional changes on Tuesday that could strengthen the presidency. Supporters say the changes will allow the president to finalise economic reforms and major development projects. Critics argue they will entrench authoritarian rule and further empower Egypt’s military. President Abdel Fattah el Sisi came to power in 2013 in a military coup, when he ousted and jailed Egypt's democratically elected Mohamed Morsi. Parliament is expected to pass the changes. The public will then vote on them in a referendum. Israeli researchers print 3D heart Israeli researchers have printed the world's first 3D heart with blood vessels. The 'prints' are only about the size of a rabbit's heart. The scientists from Tel Aviv University say hearts suitable for human transplant are still a long way off. Tour of Turkey cycles out of Istanbul And finally, The Tour of Turkey gets underway today, with the first leg cycling out of Istanbul, 157 kilometres west to Tekirdag on the Marmara Sea coast. The 6-day 1,000-kilometre event is part of the UCI World Tour. This year 119 riders in 17 teams are competing. The event crosses from Europe into Asia then ends back in Istanbul on Sunday. And that’s your daily news brief from TRT World... For more, head to TRTWorld.com.

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