‘Charlie Hebdo’ Unveils Message To ISIS On Issue Cover

French publication Charlie Hebdo has unveiled the cover of its next issue, which responds to the deadly attacks the Islamic State group, or ISIS, carried out in Paris on Friday. The upcoming issue of the French satirical publication is scheduled to hit newsstands on Wednesday.

In French, the cover reads, “They have weapons … Fuck them, we have champagne!” Some translations put that a touch more lightly, reporting that the cover reads “screw them.”

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Charlie Hebdo May Face Legal Action For Mocking Drowned Syrian Boy

The controversial French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo may face legal action for inciting hate crimes after publishing cartoons about drowned Syrian toddler Alan Kurdi in its latest issue.

The first cartoon shows a clown and what appears to be the toddler with a sign: “Welcome immigrants, so close to his goal. Promotion: Two children for the price of one.”


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“Family Reunion In The Mediterranean”, Charlie Hebdo Mocks Africans Who Died In The Mediterranean

Charlie Hebdo, notable satire french newspaper in their latest edition ridiculed the African migrants who drowned in the Mediterranean see on their quest to enter Europe for better opportunities. They wrote ‘Family Reunion in the Mediterranean’. This is coming after all the solidarity and #JesuisCharlie hashtag, shown to them by Africa and the world.

Two Months After Attack, Splits at Charlie Hebdo Over Money

Two months after the jihadist attack in which staff at the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo were murdered, a split has emerged in the newsroom over the nearly 30 million euros received since the killings.

Eleven staff members have called for all employees to become equal shareholders in the magazine, setting them up for a battle with the current management.

Charlie Hebdo is currently 40 percent owned by the parents of Charb, the former director of the magazine who was killed in the January 7 attacks, 40 percent by cartoonist Riss, who is recovering in hospital from shoulder wounds and 20 percent by joint manager Eric Portheault.

But one of the Charlie Hebdo journalists, Laurent Leger, stunned the editorial conference on Wednesday by announcing the creation of a group to open talks on an equal division of the magazine’s capital.

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Police Clash with Anti-Charlie Hebdo Protesters in Pakistan

One person was shot and another injured in clashes between anti-Charlie Hebdo protesters and police outside the French consulate in Pakistan’s Karachi on Friday, an AFP correspondent at the city’s main hospital said.

 Police fired water cannon and tear gas into the air as they clashed with protesters from the student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami religious party, which is holding nationwide rallies against the depiction of the Prophet Mohammed by the French satirical weekly. An AFP correspondent at the port city’s Jinnah Hospital said at least two people were injured.

The rallies come a day after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif led parliament in condemning the cartoons, regarded by many Muslims as offensive, in Charlie Hebdo, whose offices were attacked last week leaving 12 people dead. Thousands of religious party activists are expected to turn out nationwide, including followers of Jamaat-ud-Dawa, the charitable wing of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group which masterminded attacks on Mumbai in 2008.

The Jamat-ul-Ahrar faction of the Pakistani Taliban meanwhile issued a statement lauding the two brothers who carried out the Charlie Hebdo assault, saying “they freed the earth from the existence of filthy blasphemers”. “O enemies of Islam beware! Every youth of this Ummah (Muslim community) is willing to sacrifice himself on the honour of (the) Prophet,” said the statement, which was sent via email by spokesman Ehsanullan Ehsan. Protesters in the northwest city of Peshawar and central Multan have burnt French flags on the streets. Rallies are also being carried out in the capital Islamabad and the eastern city of Lahore.

In addition to rallies held by religious parties, lawyers have vowed to boycott court proceedings to show their displeasure over the sketches. Insulting the Prophet carries the death penalty under Pakistan’s tough blasphemy laws, with 14 people currently languishing on death row. Rights groups say they are used to persecute minorities and wage personal vendettas.Mobs often take matters into their own hands and lynch those accused of blasphemy, and such killers are widely feted.

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Charlie Hebdo Cartoonist Buried in Unusual Coffin (See Photos)

Friends of a slain Charlie Hebdo cartoonist scrawled drawings and messages on his wooden casket Thursday to pay tribute to his life as an artist.

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Thousands gathered outside Bernard “Tignous” Verlhac’s private family funeral service at Montreuil City Hall outside Paris and the large crowds broke into applause when pallbearers carried the decorated casket from the town hall building into the light drizzle. Verlhac, 57, was buried at Paris’ Père Lachaise cemetery, the final resting place of many great writers and artists, including Marcel Proust, Oscar Wilde and Victor Hugo.

The cartoonist was among 12 who lost their lives Jan. 7, when masked terrorists stormed the offices of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. Muslim extremists were outraged by the publication’s depictions of the Prophet Muhammad. Verlhac’s surviving colleagues lent their pens to adorn his coffin with the same kinds of caricatures and jokes that he made in life.

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Chloé Verlhac, the artist’s widow, spoke at the funeral while the large crowds lay flowers beneath a large portrait of the cartoonist outside, Agence France Presse reported. She said it is everyone’s responsibility to make sure her husband’s death is not in vain and that all the slain Charlie Hebdo journalists are remembered as messengers of hope.

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Charlie Hebdo: “One Cannot Make Fun of Faith”- Pope

There are limits to freedom of expression when religion is insulted, Pope Francis has said in reference to the cartoons in the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. However, he also pointed out that killing in God’s name is an “absurdity.” Pope Francis spoke to reporters on a flight from Sri Lanka to the Philippines.

Answering questions on the Paris attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, he said that freedom of expression was a “fundamental human right” like freedom of religion, but it should be exercised“without giving offense,” the Catholic News Service reports.

One cannot provoke, one cannot insult other people’s faith, one cannot make fun of faith,” Francis said, adding that every religion “has its dignity.” The Pope said that one can react violently when being offended. He offered an example, referring to his trip planner saying that if his “great friend says a swear word against my mother, then he is going to get a punch. But it’s normal, it’s normal.

However he added that “one cannot offend, make war, kill in the name of one’s own religion, that is, in the name of God.”

In the wake of the deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo’s offices over its Prophet Muhammad caricatures, the satirical magazine published a record 3 million copies of its new edition Wednesday. The latest cover depicted the Prophet crying. Pope Francis was among other figures caricatured in the magazine.

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Shekau Hails Paris Terror Attacks

The leader of Nigeria’s brutal Islamist sect Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, praised the perpetrators of last week’s Paris terror attacks in a video posted online Wednesday.

The video, verified by jihadi monitoring group Flashpoint Intelligence, featured an animated eight-minute speech from Abubakar Shekau, the little-known figure believed to be the group’s commander. He said the group was pleased by the attacks. The footage was posted hours after the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo published its first edition since its offices were attacked.

Muslims Stage Angry Protests Over Charlie Hebdo’s Mohammed Cartoon As Shekau Hails Paris Massacre

Charlie Hebdo’s decision to depict the Prophet Mohammed on its front cover today has angered Muslims around the world who called it a renewed insult to their religion.

Around three million copies of the French satirical newspaper hit the stands this morning for the first since the terror attack on its office which killed 12 people.

The front cover showed a weeping Mohammed, holding a sign reading ‘I am Charlie’ with the words ‘All is forgiven’ above him.

Such was its immediate popularity, the print run has since been increased to five million after issues sold out within minutes.

Copies have since been changing hands on eBay for three-figure sums as customers rush to get their hands on the edition.

But many Muslims believe their faith forbids depictions of the prophet and reacted with dismay – and occasionally anger – to the latest cover image.

Some felt their expressions of solidarity with Charlie Hebdo after last week’s attack had been rebuffed, while others feared the cartoon would trigger yet more violence.

‘You’re putting the lives of others at risk when you’re taunting bloodthirsty and mad terrorists,’ said Hamad Alfarhan, a 29-year old Kuwaiti doctor.

It came as Nigerian extremist group Boko Haram hailed the Paris massacres.

‘We are indeed happy with what happened in France,’ the group’s leader Abubakar Shekau said in a video posted online.

‘We are happy over what befell the people of France… as their blood was shed inside their country as they (try to) safeguard their blood,’ he said.

Meanwhile, Abbas Shumann, deputy to the Grand Sheik of Cairo’s influential Al-Azhar mosque, said the new image was ‘a blatant challenge to the feelings of Muslims who had sympathised with this newspaper.’

Al Qaeda Branch Claims Responsibility for Charlie Hebdo Attack

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility Wednesday for last week’s deadly rampage at France’s Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper — and said the attack was years in the making. AQAP commander Nasr Ibn Ali al-Ansi made the claim in a video, with pictures of the two gunmen — Said and Cherif Kouachi — in the background. “When the heroes were assigned, they accepted. They promised and fulfilled,” al-Ansi said.

He praised that attack, saying it was revenge for Charlie Hebdo’s depictions of the Prophet Mohammed. And according to the video, the late Anwar al-Awlaki masterminded the attack before his death in 2011. If true, that means the planning for the massacre started at least three years ago.

 The AQAP leader did not claim responsibility for Friday’s siege at a kosher grocery store in Paris, which left four hostages dead. But “it was a blessing from Allah” that the two attacks took place about the same time, al-Ansi said. Al-Ansi blamed not only Charlie Hebdo, but also France and the United States in his statement.

“It is France that has shared all of America’s crimes,” al-Ansi added. “It is France that has committed crimes in Mali and the Islamic Maghreb. It is France that supports the annihilation of Muslims in Central Africa in the name of race cleansing.”

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Obama Attacked for Missing Unity Rally in Paris Sunday

World leaders – forty of them (French station BFM said 44) – joined the people in Paris, including French President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. The Ukraine sent President Petro Poroshenko and Russia, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Though French President Holland asked them not to, according to Haaretz, even Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu put aside their differences long enough to join in common purpose in a march down Boulevard Voltaire.

But not President Barack Obama. It was not a secret or a surprise, since Agence France-Presse had reported he would not be there, and even the Russian news agency, Tass, had reportedhe would be absent.

It is not clear why he did not attend, whether it was security concerns (critics point out other world leaders were able to get around this concern) or for some other reason. WhiteHouse.gov shows no public schedule for the president on Sunday.

Secretary of State John Kerry was in India for a trade conference, meeting with another absent world leader, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but the White House has not explained President Obama’s absence, or that of Vice President Joe Biden. Attorney General Eric Holder was in Paris and attending security meetings as well as taping interviews for American news shows,excluding Fox News.

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Wife of Charlie Hebdo Attacker Condemns Deadly Strikes

The wife of Charlie Hebdo attacker Cherif Kouachi, held for 72 hours after the deadly assault, has condemned her husband’s actions and expressed her feelings for the victims, her lawyer told AFP on Sunday.

Speaking after she was released from custody on Saturday, Christian Saint-Palais said the young woman had “expressed her indignation and condemnation of violence” to investigators.

She had also noted her “thoughts for the victims” and said her response to the attack “was the same reaction as that of the entire nation,” Saint-Palais said as he joined hundreds of thousands of people in a march of solidarity for the victims on Sunday.

According to the lawyer, Cherif Kouachi’s wife Izzana Hamyd said she had never seen any sign in her husband to suggest that he might undertake such terrorist activity, and described herself as “stupefied” by the attack.

Cherif Kouachi, 32, and his brother Said killed a dozen people, including two police officers, during their attack on the office of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris January 7.

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US, France On Alert As ISIS Issues More Threats

New York City Police Department and other law enforcement personnel responded to a threat from ISIS after someone re-released a September 2014 message that tells followers to “rise up and kill intelligence officers, police officers, soldiers, and civilians.”

The threat specifically named the United States, France, Australia and Canada as targets.

NYPD employees were told to “remain alert and consider tactics at all times while on patrol,” especially in light of the attacks in France last week, in an internal memo.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a similar bulletin to law enforcement across the country. That bulletin and the NYPD memo makes it clear that this new message is consistent with previous threats that ISIS and others, including al Qaeda, have issued.

NYPD deputy-commissioner for counterterrorism, John Miller, tempered fears of a threat to officials in New York City.

“I don’t think that we are under any more threat… or any less threat than we were the day before,” he said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

Miller said that the department is on a “heightened security posture on a normal day compared to almost any other police department.”

More than 1,000 police officers and civilian analysts are assigned to a counterterrorism mission every day and officers have studied the recent attacks in France, he said.

France was hit with three days of terror after three suspects killed 17 civilians in multiple attacks last week.

“ISIS appears to be renewing or recycling previous threats made in an audio tape released by ISIS spokesman Abu Mohammed al Adnani in September which called for attacks by supporters on France and other Western countries in retaliation for air strikes in Syria and Iraq,” said CNN terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank.

“They are hoping that the attacks in Paris by a group which included a self-professed ISIS follower will inspire other attacks in the West,” Cruickshank added.

Miller did say, however, that the video re-release shows ISIS is “using the momentum from the Paris attacks in part of their messaging strategy to see: ‘who can we get to follow this?’”

“Adnani’s fatwa calling for lone-wolf attacks back in September was a game-changer,” Cruickshank said. “Since then, we’ve seen ISIS-inspired attacks in all the Western countries he specifically mentioned: Canada, the United States, Australia and France. In October we also saw United Kingdom police break up a plot to target soldiers and police by extremists who British authorities say were deeply influenced by Adnani’s fatwa,” Cruickshank added.

The spree began in Paris, France, on Wednesday at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine, after two brothers stormed the building, killing 12 and later escaping.

Early Thursday, a female police officer was killed after a suspect dressed in all black and wearing bulletproof vests shot her in a Paris suburb.

Charlie Hebdo Terror Suspects Killed in Police Raid

Cherif and Said Kouachi, suspects in the Charlie Hebdo massacre, were killed Friday when French police raided a warehouse where the brothers were holding one person captive. A third suspected terrorist was killed by police at a Kosher grocery in Paris. Hostages at both locations were freed, but others are reportedly dead.

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