France

90% of first Notre Dame restoration payment came from U.S. donors

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U.S. donors have given 90% of the cash behind the first $4.1 million restoration payment for Paris' fire-ravaged Notre Dame cathedral, the AP reports.

Why it matters: French billionaires pledged hundreds of millions of dollars to rebuild the cathedral after the April fire, but their donations have yet to materialize as squabbles continue over the direction of the cathedral's reconstruction and the contracts to support it.

What to watch for in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

This image shows a fish-eye lens view of a large stadium that will hold the 2019 FIFA games.
Parc des Princes stadium ahead of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. Photo: Joosep Martinson/FIFA via Getty Images

The 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup kicks off Friday at 3pm ET, with host France taking on South Korea.

Why it matters: This year's World Cup seems poised for a breakout moment, as the sport has gained greater acceptance globally. For the first time, each match will stand on its own, as doubleheaders — designed to limit costs and boost attendance in past years — have been phased out.