Quotes of the Day from Xinhua World News, April 16

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PARIS -- "Like all our compatriots, I am sad tonight to see this part of us burning," French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted.

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

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PARIS -- "I say very clearly that nothing at this stage is going in the direction of a voluntary act."

Paris public prosecutor Remy Heitz on Tuesday said the blaze at Notre Dame Cathedral was probably caused by accident as no signs "at this stage" pointed to a criminal purpose.

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GAZA -- "We reject the cancellation of our people's rights of return."

Ismail Haniyeh, leader of the Islamic Hamas movement, announced Tuesday that his movement rejects the idea of establishing a Palestinian state in the Gaza Strip and parts of the Sinai Peninsula.

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UNITED NATIONS -- "The relief operation is running out of money. Barring changes, the end is nigh."

The humanitarian situation in Yemen is dire and the end is nigh for the Yemenis without more international support, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock told the Security Council on Monday.

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CANBERRA -- "Australia's national security always comes first but I am very mindful we are dealing with children here."

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Tuesday said he is working "behind the scenes" on having the orphaned children of Australian terrorists returned to their native country. Enditem

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