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Saturday, January 10, 2015
Key members of the French government will meet Saturday morning to decide on new measures aimed at thwarting a repeat of the attacks in Paris that culminated in a massacre of 12 people at a satirical newspaper, and a supermarket bloodbath that left four hostages dead.
France manhunt turns hostage crises
French security forces struggled with two rapidly developing hostage situations Friday, one northeast of Paris where two terror suspects were holed up with a hostage in a printing plant and the other an attack on a kosher market in Paris involving at least five hostages.
Four Ukrainian soldiers and two civilians were reported killed Friday in an upsurge in mortar and rocket attacks launched just days ahead of planned international talks on the crisis.
Russia has passed a controversial law banning transvestites and transsexuals from driving, prompting sharp criticism from rights activists, including a prominent Kremlin advisor.
Friday, January 9, 2015
With tensions high across Paris, French authorities hunted Thursday for two heavily armed brothers they feared would strike again after the methodical killing of 12 people at a satirical magazine that caricatured the Prophet Muhammad.
Muslim places of worship in two French towns were fired upon overnight, leaving no casualties, prosecutors said on Thursday.
The Danish newspaper that caused global controversy by publishing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed was the only major Danish daily Thursday not to carry any illustrations from the French weekly Charlie Hebdo.
The French satirical newspaper whose staff was decimated in an Islamist attack will publish as scheduled next week, one of its surviving staff members told AFP on Thursday.
Worldwide condemnation of 'barbaric' attack
The U.N. Security Council led global condemnation of the “terrorist” shooting at French magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday that left 12 people dead, in a shocking attack on freedom of speech in Europe.
Two heavily armed men in black, their faces hidden by ski masks, take down a police officer on a Paris sidewalk with a spray of bullets. One walks up to the victim, who is sprawled on the ground, and delivers a final shot to the officer's head despite the arm raised in a final plea for mercy.
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