An arson attack on a German tabloid Sunday for republishing the Charlie Hebdo cartoons, days after terror attacks in France that began with a massacre at the French satirical magazine's office last week, has sparked fears of more such occurrences across Western Europe.
The firebombing at the headquarters of the regional daily Hamburger Morgenpost in the northern German port city of Hamburg took place when no one was in the building and caused only minor damage, according to Agence France Presse.
"Rocks and then a burning object were thrown through the window," a police spokesman was quoted as saying. "Two rooms on lower floors were damaged but the fire was put out quickly." more >>
Declaring a war on Islamist terrorist websites and social media accounts, hacking group Anonymous blocked a French "jihadist" website in response to last week's terror attacks in France.
The loosely organized group of hackers with no known leaders have announced an operation codenamed #OpCharlieHebdo. They have also created a Twitter account with the same codename and have shared a video paying tribute to the staff of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and two police officers killed in the attack.
The first website they have targeted is ansar-alhaqq.net, which, after the cyber-attack, is redirecting to the "Duck Duck Go" search engine. more >>
The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Jos has accused the western world of focusing on mourning last week's terror attack in France, while ignoring the ongoing massacre of Nigerians, including many Christians, at the hands of terror group Boko Haram. As many as 2,000 people are believed to have been killed and several churches were burned in one of the deadliest attacks last week in Baga.
"It is a monumental tragedy. It has saddened all of Nigeria. But we seem to be helpless. Because if we could stop Boko Haram, we would have done it right away. But they continue to attack, and kill and capture territories with such impunity," Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama said, according to BBC News.
Over 40 world leaders joined with a million French citizens who marched in Paris on Sunday to honor the 17 people killed in terror attacks in the French capital last week. Twelve of the victims were cartoonists working for satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, who are believed to have been targeted by jihadist gunmen for illustrations of the prophet Muhammad that had angered some in the Islamic world. more >>
World leaders, including presidents and prime ministers, led more than a million people through Paris on Sunday to show their solidarity against terrorism days after the Charlie Hebdo massacre. U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. attended the French Interior Ministry's security summit, but not the rally.
The rally, led by French President François Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, came days after 17 people, including journalists and police, were killed in three days of violence that began Wednesday with an attack on the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.
Leaders from more than 40 nations participated in the march, with about 2,200 police and soldiers patrolling the streets of Paris and police snipers keeping a watch from rooftops, according to The Associated Press. more >>
France has told law enforcement officers to remain alert and armed all the time, as terror groups have allegedly activated sleeper cells in the country. The gunman involved in a deadly standoff at a kosher market in eastern Paris is also believed to have told hostages before being killed that "more and more" militants are now going to come.
Authorities have asked French officers to remove their social media presence and be ready with weapons due to the activation of sleeper cells over the last 24 hours in the country, according to CNN.
Hostages at the kosher market also heard gunman Ahmedy Coulibaly – before he was killed by forces Friday – speaking on phone with unknown people discussing targeting of police officers in France, says another report by the news channel. more >>
Paris has offered an "honorary citizen" to the Charlie Hebdo magazine even as French forces were hunting for the girlfriend of one of the gunmen on Saturday, the day after they managed to kill three hostage takers, including two suspects involved in Wednesday's massacre supposedly to take revenge for mocking Prophet Mohammad.
The French government is granting the satirical weekly one million euros, or $1.18 million, to help it run "next week and the week after that and the week after that," Reuters quoted Culture Minister Fleur Pellerin as saying.
Honorary citizenship of the capital is given rarely but mostly to "distinguished great resistance fighters against dictatorship and barbarism," Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo was quoted as saying. more >>