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PARIS (AP) — France's trade minister says a huge free trade deal between the U.S. and Europe is probably doomed, and France would reject the current version because it's too friendly to U.S. business.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art reopens in mid-May after an ambitious $305 million expansion and facelift that aims to rival the world-class art spaces of New York, Paris or London. The revamped museum will be unveiled May 14 following a three-year upgrade entrusted to the Norwegian architecture firm Snohetta -- best known for the dramatic new Alexandria Library in Egypt -- that included more than doubling the exhibition space. The brick structure that has housed the SFMOMA since 1995 in downtown San Francisco is now attached to a huge 10-floor "annex." Outside, a wavy white facade made of more than 700 fiberglass-reinforced polymer panels seems to come alive as the light bounces off at different angles.
Fighting erupted east of Damascus on overnight Tuesday despite a temporary truce announced by the Syrian army in that area, a war monitor said, and rebel group Jaish al-Islam said it had lost ground to the government there. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also said seven people were killed in heavy rebel shelling of government-held areas of Aleppo, which was not one of areas where temporary truces were announced last week. An air strike south of Aleppo meanwhile killed at least three people, it said.