French prosecutors said on Monday that five teenagers are in police custody on suspicion of vandalizing hundreds of Jewish graves.
Over the weekend, nearly 300 tombs in the region of Sarre-Union in Alsace were defaced by the teens, who range in age from 15 to 17. The youngest suspected vandal came forward after seeing the public outcry and furor, authorities said.
"Apparently, he was very, very affected by the scale of the reaction to this affair, including the statements from the highest state authorities," prosecutor Philippe Vannier told reporters. "We don't know the motive of these adolescents who don't have past criminal records and we don't know of any ideological convictions that could explain their behavior. They are very, very shocked by the turn of events." more >>
Pope Francis has come out and officially condemned the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians by terrorist organization ISIS on Tuesday.
"Be they Catholics, Orthodox, Copts, or Lutherans, it does not matter. They are Christians, their blood is the same, their blood confesses [their faith in] Christ," Francis said in a statement. "Today I read about the execution of those 21 or 22 Coptic Christians," he added. "Their only words were, 'Jesus, help me!' They were executed for nothing more than the fact that they were Christian. The blood of our Christian sisters and brothers is testimony that cries out."
ISIS released the video of the beheadings on Sunday, showing the 21 Christians who had been kidnapped in December and January. Egypt responded by bombing the group's camps in Libya and promised to eliminate ISIS' presence in the Middle East. more >>
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for "mass immigration" of Jews to Israel from Europe after a deadly shooting at a synagogue in Denmark, the second synagogue shooting in Europe in two months after last month's synagogue shooting in Paris, sparking fear of growing anti-semitism in Europe.
"I would like to tell all European Jews and all Jews wherever they are: 'Israel is the home of every Jews. To the Jews of Europe and to the Jews of the world I say that Israel is waiting for you with open arms,'" Netanyahu told the Israeli cabinet Sunday, according to JewishPress.com.
Netanyahu's call comes the day after a gunman shot two police officers near a synagogue in the Danish capital of Copenhagen. The man then shot a civilian multiple times in the head before fleeing the scene. The officers were wounded but the civilian later died. more >>
MADRID--Deportivo La Coruña player Isaac Cuenca believes that his club can walk away with a win against Real Madrid entering their Liga BBVA clash at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
"I don't know if there's a good moment to go to the Bernabeu," Cuenca told ESPN about Deportivo's upcoming road game with the Real fans desperate to see their club get a win after a bad beat last week.
Real Madrid got bludgeoned, 0-4, at the hands of its cross-city rival Atletico Madrid, which made the race for the Spanish league championship more interesting, and Cuenca thinks this could be the right time to beat the league leader. more >>
Danish police say they have killed a man believed to be the gunman behind two separate shootings Saturday that left two people dead and is thought to be an act inspired by the Paris terror attacks last month.
Copenhagen authorities used surveillance images to track the suspect to his home Sunday where a shootout occured that left him dead, and no officers injured, according to CNN. The identity of the man believed to be the gunman has not yet been released at the time of this report.
"Denmark has been hit by terror," the Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said Sunday, according to The New York Times. "We do not know the motive for the alleged perpetrator's actions, but we know that there are forces that want to hurt Denmark. They want to rebuke our freedom of speech." more >>
HTC's next flagship phone, the HTC One M9, is set to launch just in time for the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain on March 2.
While the specific release date for the M9 has been set on the first day of March, price and specifications of the Taiwanese manufacturer's latest smartphone model are still under speculation despite HTC's preparation for its launch date following the MWC show.
Now going by the name Hima, after the smartphone and tablets company announced it will no longer be using M codenames, the device will be available for the rest of the U.K. several weeks after its official launch date. more >>