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story.lead_photo.caption A clergyman stands next to the Crown of Thorns relic during a presentation ceremony Friday in St. Germain l’Auxerrois church in Paris.

Cathedral's rescued relic shown in Paris

PARIS -- A venerated relic saved from flames during the April fire at Notre Dame Cathedral has been presented to the public in Paris.

The Crown of Thorns is purported to be the one placed on the head of Jesus at his crucifixion. King Louis IX delivered it to Paris in the 13th century.

Firefighters rescued the relic and other treasures as Notre Dame's spire collapsed and roof burned away.

It's been kept in a safe at the Louvre museum and was removed for only the second time for a veneration ceremony Friday at St. Germain l'Auxerrois church.

The crown is made of rushes wrapped into a wreath and tied with gold filament. Parts of it are held in places besides the Louvre.

Deadline past, Iran to set new nuke steps

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Iran's foreign minister defended his country's plan to take further steps away from the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers as Europe worked to provide a solution on reviving it by a deadline that expired Friday.

The remarks by Mohammad Javad Zarif came as Iran is poised to begin work on advanced centrifuges that will enrich uranium faster as the nuclear deal unravels.

The crisis stems from President Donald Trump's pullout from the accord over a year ago and the imposition of escalated U.S. sanctions on Tehran that have choked off Iran's ability to sell its crude oil abroad and sent its economy into free fall.

Meanwhile, a last-minute French proposal offering a $15 billion line of credit to compensate Iran over the choked-off crude sales looked increasingly unlikely.

In Jakarta, Zarif insisted Iran's nuclear program remained peaceful and lashed out at the U.S.

"Unfortunately, the U.S. not only doesn't normalize economic relations with Iran, but punishes others for normalizing economic relations with Iran, which is totally unacceptable," Zarif said.

Iran's atomic energy agency was to make an announcement today detailing its next nuclear step.

European Commission spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said Friday that the European Union notes "with great concern the announcement made by Iran."

"We urge Iran to reverse all activities that are inconsistent with its commitments" under the accord and to "refrain from any further measures that undermine the preservation and full implementation of the nuclear deal," she said.

Norway raises alert on extremist attack

COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Norway's domestic security agency warned Friday about the possibility of a terror attack from right-wing extremists "in the coming year."

In a statement, the PST agency said it "now considers it possible that Norwegian right-wing extremists will try to carry out terrorist acts in the coming year."

The agency said its heightened assessment stemmed from the fact that several Norwegian right-wing extremists have recently expressed support for perpetrators behind attacks in New Zealand, the United States and the failed attack last month in the Norwegian capital, Oslo.

On Aug. 10, Philip Manshaus stormed an Oslo mosque with guns before being overpowered. The suspect also has been tied to the slaying of his stepsister.

The agency said "meeting places for Muslims and non-Western immigrants," political parties or persons, Jews and gay and transgender communities are "symbolic targets."

The service updated its assessment hours after it said a Norwegian citizen in his 20s had been arrested for "terrorist association" Thursday afternoon. It was not known whether that case was linked to the heightened assessment.

Nations meet on Amazon crisis, do little

LETICIA, Colombia -- Leaders of several South American nations that share the Amazon gathered Friday in Colombia to boost protection of the world's largest rain forest.

But the one-day summit in Leticia -- a town on the Amazon River where the borders of Colombia, Peru and Brazil meet -- ended with little concrete action.

While Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno, who was born in the Amazon, offered an homage to the diverse plant and animal life with which he was raised, his Brazilian counterpart, Jair Bolsonaro, attacked first-world leaders for allegedly conspiring against the nations' sovereignty over the region.

"We are killing the earth," said Moreno, who recounted flying over the Amazon River, which he compared to a giant, dead Anaconda snake, "and all of us are responsible."

Host Ivan Duque and his Peruvian counterpart, Martin Vizcarra, called the one-day summit after global anger over a surge in the number of fires in the Amazon this year, which triggered a wave of protests at Brazilian diplomatic missions worldwide this week.

Bolsonaro on Friday lashed out at critics who he said alternately want to appropriate for themselves the Amazon's riches or shut off from the modern world a region that's home to more than 34 million people.

-- Compiled by Democrat-Gazette staff from wire reports

Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno (right) signs the Leticia Pact for the Amazon while sitting beside Colombian President Ivan Duque on Friday in Leticia, Colombia.

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