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Paris mourns over Notre Dame fire

Efforts to rebuild Notre Dame cathedral have already begun.

Good morning, NBC News readers. There's one story leading the agenda today: the partial destruction of the beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

Here's what you need to know:

Shocked and saddened, Paris begins to recover after the Notre Dame fire

Image: A woman cries near Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
A woman weeps as Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is engulfed in flames on Monday.AFP - Getty Images

Parisians woke up to images of their beloved Notre Dame Cathedral ravaged by fire and smoke, after the blaze that engulfed the 850-year-old building.The destruction may not be as bad as originally feared — the fire is now extinguished, and the structure appears to be intact — but this doesn't diminish the trauma of seeing the landmark and religious center damaged.NBC News has comprehensive coverage of the fire and its impact from our reporters on the ground, including:

An overview of the night and how the fire spread

• How the cathedral's structure and its two bell towers remained remarkably unscathed

• How ongoing refurbishments made Notre Dame was vulnerable to fire

• How Parisians responded to the blaze

Why restoring Notre Dame is possible but won't be easy

Image: Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
Fire-damaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 16, 2019.GONZALO FUENTES / Reuters

How does Notre Dame recover from this? With great difficulty and as part of a long and arduous process, according to architects and historians — but it is possible.

Jonathan Foyle, an architectural historian and author, told NBC News: "This building has been through the French Revolution, the Huguenots and two world wars. I have no doubt it will rise again."

Image: Firefighters at Notre-Dame Cathedral on Tuesday
Firefighters at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Tuesday.YVES HERMAN / Reuters

Video: How 850 years history went up in flames

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Quote of the day

"So with pride I tell you tonight that we will rebuild this cathedral, all together. It's part of the fate, the destiny of France, and our common project over the coming years. And I am committed to it."

— French President Emmanuel Macron

One fun thing

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Would you let a robot make your coffee in the morning? That could soon be reality according to researchers who have developed a new two-armed robot called Blue.

The team at the University of California, Berkeley believe that Blue could pave the way for household robots that people use to carry out a range of domestic tasks.

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