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Global landmarks go dark for Earth Hour

Mar 31, 2019 - 12:23 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The Empire State Building in New York, Big Ben in London, Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong, Eiffel Tower in Paris, Opera House in Sydney, and others flick the switch for Earth Hour

EARTH HOUR. The Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and the ferris wheel are seen after their lights went out as seen from Sydney's Luna Park for the Earth Hour environmental campaign on March 30, 2019. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Last bongs for Big Ben as 4-year repairs begin

Aug 21, 2017 - 1:38 PM

UPDATED The 12 bongs from the famous bell rang out for midday in front of a hushed crowd of over a thousand people assembled in Parliament Square to mark the longest silence in its 157 year history

LONDON LANDMARK. A Union flag flies at half-mast from the roof of a building, in front of a face of the Great Clock of the Palace of Westminster's Elizabeth Tower, more commonly referred to as Big Ben, in London on August 18, 2017, following the August 17 attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils in Spain. Tolga Akmen/AFP

Rethink after British PM chimes in on Big Ben's bells

Aug 17, 2017 - 6:45 AM

British Prime Minister Theresa May joins several members of parliament in criticizing plans to shut down the iconic chimes for 4 years during conservation work on the structure

A general view of of the Palace of Westminster, with the Great Westminster Clock, more commonly known as "Big Ben" seen on April 5, 2015 in London. Niklas Halle'n/AFP

Britain's Big Ben to fall silent for 4 years

Aug 14, 2017 - 5:50 PM

It will be the longest period that Big Ben has been silent in its 157 year history

SILENT. A general view of of the Palace of Westminster, with the Great Westminster Clock, more commonly known as "Big Ben" seen on April 5, 2015 in London. Photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

London's Big Ben to fall silent during repairs

Apr 27, 2016 - 8:15 AM

The bell will be silenced as part of £29 million 37 million euros 42 million repairs starting in 2017 and lasting for 3 years

Fireworks over the Big Ben and The Houses of Parliament mark the coming of the New Year in Central London, Britain January 1, 2016. Hannah McKay/EPA