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The Charlie wave

Thousands of demonstrators have used the hash tag Je Suis Charlie (I am Charlie) on the streets of Paris and other European cities to show their solidarity with the fallen cartoonists who were most brutally murdered on January 7 by  Islamic fundamentalists. While sympathising with the grieving French peopel and condemning the dastardly attack it is indeed difficult to unreservedly declare one's affinity with the philosophy or the modus operandi of the Charlie Hebdo magazine. The points are clear—should...

4 killed in Niger anti-French riots

4 killed in Niger anti-French riots

Muslim anger flared over a French satirical weekly's latest caricature of the Prophet Muhammad, with four people reported killed and dozens injured at a protest Friday in the West African country of Niger, and violent clashes between demonstrators and police in Pakistan, Jordan and Algeria. Supporters say the cartoon on the cover of Charlie...

'Islamist cyber attacks' hit France: Charlie Hebdo

'Islamist cyber attacks' hit France: Charlie Hebdo

Numerous French media websites have gone down a day after warnings of a wave of Islamist cyber attacks. The sites of Le Parisien, Marianne and 20 Minutes were among those affected, although most were soon restored. The French government said some 20,000 sites had been targeted after terror attacks in Paris left 17 dead. The media...

2 die in Belgian anti-terror raid

2 die in Belgian anti-terror raid

Two suspected jihadists have been killed in an anti-terror operation in eastern Belgium, officials say. A third person had been arrested in the raid in Verviers and weapons are reported to have been recovered. Prosecutor Eric Van Der Sypt told reporters police had targeted a group returning from Syria who had been about to launch...

French post office hostage crisis ends

French post office hostage crisis ends

An armed man who earlier took several hostages at a post office northwest of Paris on Friday has surrendered with no one hurt, a French police official told Reuters. The man equipped with a military weapon took an unconfirmed number of hostages at the post office in the town of Colombes, just outside the...

Hollande hails 'reborn' Charlie Hebdo

Hollande hails 'reborn' Charlie Hebdo

French President Francois Hollande has insisted Charlie Hebdo and its values will survive, after the new edition of the satirical weekly sold out in hours. "Charlie Hebdo is alive and will live on," Hollande said. Millions more copies of the magazine are being printed because of demand. It comes a week after Islamist gunmen murdered 12...

With Prophet cover, Charlie Hebdo's new edition irks Muslim groups

With Prophet cover, Charlie Hebdo's new edition irks Muslim groups

French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo returns to newsstands with a record run on Wednesday, but its first edition since Islamist gunmen massacred its staff has already drawn ire from Muslim groups. The front cover shows a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed holding a sign that says "Je suis Charlie" ("I am Charlie"), the slogan...

Paris attacks: France to deploy 10,000 troops

Paris attacks: France to deploy 10,000 troops

France is mobilising 10,000 troops to boost security after last week's deadly attacks, and will send thousands of police to protect Jewish schools. Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said troops would be in place from Tuesday evening in sensitive areas. It is the first time troops have been deployed within France on such a scale. Seventeen...

France faces double hostage crisis

A gunman has seized hostages at a kosher supermarket in Paris as police in northern France cornered the two Charlie Hebdo massacre suspects yesterday. A police officer told the BBC that two people were confirmed dead after a gunman believed to be the killer of a policewoman in Montrouge entered the supermarket near Porte de Vincennes. Armed police have flooded the area. In Dammartin-en-Goele, 35km north-east of Paris, the Charlie Hebdo suspects are also holding a hostage. The Islamist militants are inside...

Green school in heart of urban Paris

Green school in heart of urban Paris

A new primary school opened its doors in September 2014, in Boulogne Billancourt, a commune in the western suburbs of Paris. Topped with a large green roof, the building seeks to be much more than a school, intending to promote science, biodiversity and sustainable development through its architecture and the teaching to be...

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