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Draining will turn Paris Canal Saint-Martin into puddle, then dry ditch for cleaning

PARIS A Paris canal will be drained this week for cleaning, first into a puddle and then into a dry ditch.

Canal Saint-Martin, popular with Parisians and visitors alike for its arched bridges, locks and trendy surrounding neighbourhood, will be emptied for the first time in 14 years beginning Monday.

After Saudi-Iran cut, kingdom’s allies start scaling down their ties to Iran as tensions soar

TEHRAN, Iran Allies of Saudi Arabia followed the kingdom’s lead and on Monday began scaling down their diplomatic ties to Iran in the wake of the ransacking of Saudi diplomatic missions in the Islamic Republic, violence that was sparked by the Saudis’ execution of a prominent Shiite cleric.

19 levees in Illinois, Missouri monitored for flooding

ST. LOUIS Federal officials were monitoring 19 vulnerable levees on the rising Mississippi River and its tributaries, warning that hundreds of homes in Illinois and Missouri could be threatened by a rare winter flood that already forced the partial closure of interstate highways and widespread evacuations.