Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, April 16

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PARIS -- Spire of Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris collapsed in a huge fire on Monday afternoon.

The fire broke out at around 1700 GMT local time, according to French media. It may be linked to renovation works being carried out at the medieval cathedral, one of the capital's tourist magnets. Firefighters were still fighting to put the fire under control, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said. (France-Notre Dame-Fire)

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UNITED NATIONS -- The 2019 Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) financing for development forum opened here Monday and its participants called for efforts to reform the multilateral trading system.

Many of the attendees' speeches started with stating economic risks and tensions which the world currently faces.

ECOSOC President Inga Rhonda King said that "debt levels have risen, as has vulnerability, stifling investment in developing countries, trade tensions meanwhile are dampening economic growth." (UN-ECOSOC-Trade)

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JAKARTA -- The presidential campaign has ended peacefully in Indonesia before the national election day on Wednesday that would choose the country's next leader and new parliament members.

Concluding a long campaign period started from September last year, incumbent President Joko Widodo and his arch-rival Prabowo Subianto had their last debate that discussed economic strategies to govern the nation broadcast live on Saturday evening. (Indonesia-Election-Campaign)

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KIGALI -- At least 69 Rwandans were arrested over alleged genocide ideology crimes during the mourning week of the 25th commemoration of the 1994 Rwandan genocide against Tutsi that closed on Saturday, Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) said Monday.

Seventy-two cases of genocide ideology were reported countrywide during the mourning week with some suspects still at large, RIB spokesperson Modeste Mbabazi said on Rwanda national television RTV. (Rwanda-Genocide ideology) Enditem

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