Fire Engulfs Notre Dame Cathedral In Paris; Spire Collapses, Towers Still Standing

Updated at 11:50 p.m. ET Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the world's most famous churches, erupted in flames Monday in Paris — and though its survival remains in question, authorities expressed hope. The commander of the Paris firefighter brigade said Monday night that the cathedral's main structure and two towers of the cathedral had been saved. Several hours later, firefighters said the fire was contained but not fully extinguished. Flames leapt through the roof and dark smoke billowed into...

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Like many of the estimated 350,000 undocumented migrants living in Greece, Mohammad Afzaal is trapped in a devastated economy.

He slipped into Greece 11 years ago, when he was 24, and found good work in Athens as a house painter. He wired a chunk of his earnings to his family in the northeastern Pakistani city of Gujrat.

"Each month, I sent 200 or 300 euros back home to my wife, parents and brothers and sisters," says Afzaal, a slight man with a trim black beard. That's around $270 to $400. "I supported seven people."

Forro in the Dark gets its name from the Forro, a type of dance and music that's been popular in northeastern Brazil for more than 100 years. The style's traditional incarnation involves a three-piece band with a triangle, an accordion and a bass-like drum called a zabumba.

This installment of the Latin Roots series for World Cafe explores bossa nova music, guided by Latin-music expert Ernesto Lechner. Lechner grew up in Buenos Aires, where his parents' record collection consisted of classical records and a solitary bossa nova LP. He later moved to Los Angeles, where he was immersed in Latin music and subsequently became a music journalist, publishing several books on the subject. Lechner co-hosts the radio show Latin Alternative and works as a contributing writer for Rolling Stone, L.A.

On this edition of All Songs Considered we get a preview of new music from the band from Iceland, Sigur Ros; We look back at the strange and comical music of Sparks, plus new music from Portland's Dandy Warhols, Wolf Parade, the gorgeous sounds of Eric Chenaux, and the Sardinian guitar, one of the world's largest guitars, performed by Paolo Angeli.

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