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Yemen – Al-Qaida Claims Responsibility For Paris Attacks

January 9, 2015 at 03:55 PM
Yemen - A member of al-Qaida's branch in Yemen says the group directed the attack against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris "as revenge for the honor" of Islam's Prophet Muhammad. The member on Friday provided to The Associated Press a statement in English saying "the leadership of AQAP directed the operations and they have chosen their target carefully." He says the...

Paris, France – European Leaders To Join French President At Unity Rally

January 9, 2015 at 03:45 PM
Paris, France - British Prime Minister David Cameron and other European leaders have announced plans to join French President Francois Hollande at a unity rally in Paris. The rally Sunday comes after the massacre of 12 people at the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper in Paris, and two hostage-taking incidents that left four hostages dead. Cameron said on Twitter Friday the event will...

France – ‘I Saw Horror’ Says Survivor Of Paris Magazine Massacre

January 9, 2015 at 03:00 PM
Paris - When a masked gunman burst into the Charlie Hebdo editorial meeting shouting "Allahu akbar" and fired off a hail of bullets, journalist Laurent Leger threw himself behind a corner table and hid as horror unfolded around him. The journalists were wrapping up their weekly meeting when they heard what sounded like "fireworks" outside, said Leger, whose reflex to hide would make him one of...

New York – Essential Traffic Being Allowed Back On Part Of NY Thruway

January 9, 2015 at 02:55 PM
New York - Some western New York roads are re-opening to limited traffic after a blustery, snowy morning commute, but authorities say the storm isn't over yet. Authorities say the over 60-mile stretch of Thruway from outside Rochester to Buffalo, along with Interstate 190, re-opened to essential travel at 1 p.m. Friday after being closed since midnight. But the nearly 70-mile stretch between...

Berlin – Gorbachev Warns Of Major Nuclear War In Europe Over Ukraine

January 9, 2015 at 02:30 PM
Berlin - Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev warned that tensions between Russia and European powers over the Ukraine crisis could result in a major conflict or even nuclear war, in an interview to appear in a German news magazine on Saturday. "A war of this kind would unavoidably lead to a nuclear war," the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize winner told Der Spiegel news magazine, according to excerpts...

Paris – Hollande: Kosher Deli Attack An Anti-Semitic Act, Confirms Four Dead

January 9, 2015 at 02:28 PM
Paris - French President Francois Hollande confirmed reports on Friday that four hostages were killed at a siege of a kosher supermarket in eastern Paris. Hollande called for national unity and said the country should remain "implacable" in the face of racism and anti-Semitism. "It is indeed an appalling anti-Semitic act that was committed," he said of the hostage-taking by an Islamist...

New York – Oil Prices Hit New Five Year Low In Tumble After Two-day Break

January 9, 2015 at 02:28 PM
New York - Oil prices slumped again on Friday after two days of relative stability, hitting 5-3/4 year lows in search of a bottom to the market's six-month-long rout. Benchmark Brent crude fell more than $2 to $48.90 a barrel, its lowest since April 2009. U.S. crude was down $1.43 at $47.36 a barrel, after sliding to $47.16, also a low since April 2009...

Washington – Obama Picks Treasury Official Former NYPD Official David Cohen As CIA Deputy Director

January 9, 2015 at 02:20 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama is tapping the current U.S. "sanctions czar" to be the No. 2 in command at the CIA. The White House says David Cohen is Obama's pick for deputy director of the CIA. He's currently the Treasury Department's undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence. He's been the architect of the Obama administration's economic sanctions against Russia, Iran and...

Paris – Israeli Official: 15 Hostages Freed From Kosher Market In Paris

January 9, 2015 at 02:05 PM
Paris - An Israeli government official said 15 hostages were rescued from the kosher grocery in eastern Paris where a gunman was holed up. The official, recounting a conversation between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the French president, said four hostages were killed and 15 freed in at the market near the Porte de Vincennes neighborhood. The Israeli official spoke on condition of...

Paris, France – Charlie Hebdo Shooter Says Financed By Qaeda Preacher In Yemen

January 9, 2015 at 02:01 PM
Paris, France - One of the two brothers who killed 12 in a massacre at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo this week has said he received financing by al Qaeda preacher Anwar al Awlaki in Yemen. Cherif Kouachi, who was killed along with his older brother by police on Friday after a siege at a printing works in north France following a three-day manhunt, made the assertion to BFM-TV before...

Montpellier, France – Police: 2 Hostages Held In Jewelry Shop In Southern France

January 9, 2015 at 01:16 PM
Montpellier, France - A police officer says two hostages are being held by a gunman in a jewelry store in the southern French city of Montpellier. The officer, who could not be named speaking about an ongoing situation, said the attacker has locked himself inside the downtown shop, with police ready to intervene outside. He said it is unclear whether the hostage-taking is related to the...

Beirut – Hezbollah Chief: Extremists Harm Islam More Than Cartoons

January 9, 2015 at 01:15 PM
Beirut - The leader of the Lebanese Hezbollah group says Islamic extremists have insulted Islam and the Prophet Muhammad more than those who published satirical cartoons mocking the religion. Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah did not directly mention the Paris attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo that left 12 people dead, but he said Islamic extremists who behead and slaughter people — a reference...

Paris – Police Union: Female Suspect Still At Large

January 9, 2015 at 12:01 PM
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Paris – Official: 2 Brothers In French Printing Standoff Came Out Shooting

January 9, 2015 at 11:59 AM
Paris - A security official says the two brothers suspected in the Charlie Hebdo massacre came out firing, prompting the assault on the building where they had holed up with a hostage. The official was not authorized to speak about the sensitive operations and spoke on condition of anonymity. Officials say the brothers died in the assault. Crepin spoke to LCI televison...

Paris – Police Forces Storm Paris Kosher Grocery, Several Dead, Some Freed

January 9, 2015 at 11:19 AM
Paris - Explosions and gunshots were heard as police forces stormed a kosher grocery in Paris where a gunman was holding at least five people hostage. A woman was seen leaving the building. The assault came moments after a similar raid on the building where two brothers suspected in the Charlie Hebdo newspaper massacre were cornered. The gunman at the market had threatened to kill those...

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