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Charlie Hebdo editor in chief, Gerard Briard, left, cartoonist, Renald Luzier aka Luz and journalist Patrick Pelloux, during a press conference held
at the Liberation offices in Paris. The press conference was held to announce the next issue following the terrorist attack last Wednesday against the
weekly paper where 12 people were killed.
Charlie Hebdo cover goes global
The Islamic State jihadist group has
released a video purporting to show a
young boy executing two men accused
of working for Russian intelligence
The video released overnight
shows the two men apparently being
shot dead by the child after being
interrogated on camera about their
alleged attempts to infiltrate the IS
group in Syria.
Entitled Uncovering an Enemy
Within in English, the video is
narrated in Russian and opens with
the interrogation of one of the men,
who says he is a Kazakh citizen.
He says he was recruited by Russia’s
Federal Security Ser vice (FSB) to get
close to an unnamed IS fighter.
The second man, who does not give
his nationality but says he worked for
the FSB in Russia previously, says he
was tasked with killing an unnamed
Both men say they were told to
collect and transmit information
about IS fighters in Syria.
After the interrogations, the video
cuts to an outdoors scene, where a
bearded adult IS fighter in military-
style clothes is standing next to a
young boy armed with a pistol.
The man recites religious verses and
says the two men are in the “custody
of the lion cubs” of IS’s self-declared
The boy has long hair and is dressed
in a black zip-up sweater and military-
The two men, dressed in matching
grey outfits, are kneeling before the
man and the child, who steps for ward
and shoots both men once in the head
and then several times again after
The end of the video appears to
feature footage of the same boy from
an earlier IS propaganda video telling
an inter viewer he wants to grow up to
That footage appears to come from a
video that emerged last year, showing
the boy participating in a training
camp for children, taking apart and
reassembling a gun. In that video, he
gave his name as Abdallah, and said
he was from Kazakhstan.
Russia’s FSB agency had no
comment on the video. — AFP
Isis video shows execution by young boy
Two climbers trying to become the first
to scale a 900m face of the El Capitan
rock formation in Yosemite National
Park in California without bolts or
climbing tools believe they will reach the
top today, representatives said.
Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson,
who began their latest attempt to
conquer El Capitan on December 27,
started climbing the final 11 “pitches”
of the so-called Dawn Wall early today,
spokeswoman Jess Clayton said.
The Dawn Wall of El Capitan is
divided into 32 climbing pitches, which
are varying lengths of rock that the
climbers are trying to master with only
their hands and feet. The wall has been
scaled before, first by legendary climber
Warren Harding in 1970, but never
before without climbing tools.
“ We will update you on their progress
as best we can, but it is likely that they
will finish up the climb tomorrow
evening,” she said last night.
Caldwell and Jorgeson are using safety
ropes in case of falls, and using ropes and
other tools to move back and forth from
their campsite perched high on the rock.
Because the warmth of the day can cause
their hands and feet to perspire, the two
often start climbing at dusk.
Jorgeson made it to the final 11 pitches
after struggling for several days last week
on difficult pitch 15, at one point being
forced to rest for two days while the skin
on his fingers healed after being ripped
off by razor-sharp ledges. — Reuters
Charlie Hebdo will publish a front
page showing a caricature of the Prophet
Mohammed holding a sign saying “Je
suis Charlie” in its first edition since
Islamist gunmen attacked the satirical
With demand surging for the edition
due tomorrow, the weekly planned
to print up to three million copies,
dwarfing its usual run of 60,000, after
news agents reported a rush of orders.
Digital versions will be posted in
English, Spanish and Arabic, while
print editions in Italian and Turkish will
France has drafted in thousands of
extra police and soldiers to provide
security after 17 people were killed in
three days of violence that began when
two Islamist gunmen burst into Charlie
Hebdo’s offices, opening fire in revenge
for the paper’s publication of satirical
images of Mohammed in the past.
In a parliamentary session honouring
the victims, Prime Minister Manuel
Valls said France was “at war against
terrorism, jihadism and radical Islamism”
but not the Muslim faith, the country’s
second-largest, which “has its place in
After his speech, lawmakers broke
into a spontaneous rendition of La
Marseillaise, a first in parliament ’s
The front page of Charlie Hebdo’s latest
edition shows a tearful Mohammed with
a sign “Je suis Charlie” (I am Charlie)
below the headline: “ Tout est pardonne”
(All is forgiven).
“I wrote ‘all is forgiven’ and I cried,”
Renald Luzier, who drew the image, told
journalists at the weekly’s temporary
office at the headquarters of the left-
wing daily Liberation.
“This is our front page. It ’s not the one
the terrorists wanted us to draw,” he said.
“ I’m not worried at all. I trust people’s
intelligence, the intelligence of humour.”
The new edition of Charlie Hebdo,
known for its satirical attacks on
Islam and other religions, will include
other cartoons featuring the Prophet
Mohammed and also making fun of
politicians and other religions, its lawyer
“ We will not back down, other wise
none of this has any meaning,” Richard
Malka told French radio. “If you hold
the banner ‘I am Charlie’, that means
you have the right to blaspheme, you
have the right to criticise my religion.”
There was no official reaction from the
French government on the new edition.
At a regular news briefing, United
States State Department spokeswoman
Marie Harf said: “ We absolutely support
the right of Charlie Hebdo to publish
things like this. Again, that ’s what
happens in a democracy. Period. ”
Egypt’s Grand Mufti warned Charlie
Hebdo against publishing a new
Mohammed caricature, saying it was a
racist act that would incite hatred and
upset Muslims around the world.
One Paris newspaper vendor said he
had received 200 advance orders for
Charlie Hebdo and was stopping there
as he could no longer cope.
French Muslim leaders urged their
community to keep calm and respect the
right to freedom of expression.
“ What is uncomfortable for us is
the representation of the Prophet,”
Abdelbaki Attaf said at the funeral in
the northern Paris suburb of Bobigny of
Ahmed Merabet, the Muslim policeman
shot trying to defend the Hebdo
“Any responsible Muslim will find it
hard to accept that. But we shouldn’t ban
it,” Attaf, an administrator at the mosque
in nearby Gennevilliers occasionally
visited by Cherif Kouachi, one of the
Hebdo killers, said.
A separate funeral was held in
Jerusalem for four Jewish victims of a
hostage-taking in a kosher grocery shop
On Monday, at least 3.7 million people
throughout France marched in support
for Charlie Hebdo and freedom of
expression. World leaders linked arms
to lead more than one million people
through Paris in an unprecedented
homage to the victims.
Three days of violence ended on Friday
with a siege at the Jewish grocery in Paris
where four hostages and a gunman were
killed. Shortly before that, police killed
the Hebdo attackers in a gun battle at
a printing works north-west of the city.
In the wake of the violence, Defence
Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said 10,000
troops were being deployed at sensitive
sites including synagogues, mosques and
government has avoided referring to the
Maghreb and African roots of the three
killers. It has also sought to discredit
their claim to be acting in the name of
Islam, calling them “fanatics”.
However, France’s Islamic council
called on the government to step up
protection of mosques, saying that at
least 50 anti-Islamic acts had been
reported since the attack.
Abdallah Zekri, head of the National
Obser vatory against Islamophobia, said
Muslim sites such as Paris’s main mosque
were not getting the same protection as
Jewish synagogues or schools.
Pope Francis called on Sri Lanka
to uncover the truth about its long
civil conflict and bring religious
communities closer together, as he
began a visit to the island nation
whose wartime leaders were voted
out of power only days ago.
Pope Francis, 78, looked tired at an
evening meeting of Buddhist, Hindu,
Muslim and Christian leaders, and
earlier he cancelled a meeting with
bishops after a long flight from the
Vatican and a sun-baked ride in a
jeep along packed roads from the
Soon after landing in Buddhist-
majority Sri Lanka, he appeared to
make the case for a truth commission
to investigate the 26-year civil war,
an election pledge of the government
voted into office last Thursday.
“The process of healing also needs
to include the pursuit of truth, not
for the sake of opening old wounds,
but rather as a necessary means of
promoting justice, healing and unity,”
he said, draped in a long garland of
yellow and white roses.
The Pope’s comments chimed with
his readiness to address contemporary
political and economic issues.
The Vatican played a key role in
the recent breakthrough in United
States-Cuban relations, and, in
comments made before he began his
trip to Asia, Pope Francis also said he
was keen for North and South Korea
to resume their dialogue.
Pope Francis spoke first at
Bandaranaike international airport,
where he was met by President
Maithripala Sirisena, troupes of
dancers and a children’s choir.
Sirisena said the visit was a blessing
for his new government.
The pontiff departed past a long line
of costumed elephants, reaching their
trunks towards his white jeep, which
briefly came to a halt surrounded
by crowds lining the road. The
motorcade’s slow progress through
the tropical heat took its toll.
“Due to the hot sun he could not
go,” Sri Lankan Church spokesman
Cyril Gamini said of the bishops’
meeting. The Pope later met the
president as scheduled.
Francis is the first pope to visit Sri
Lanka in 20 years.
Fighting between the mainly
Hindu Tamils and the mostly
Buddhist Sinhalese majority ended
in 2009 with a crushing defeat for
the Tamils. A 2011 United Nations
estimate put the death toll from the
final army assault at up to 40,000
Pope Francis had first-hand
experience of civil strife as a priest in
his native Argentina during its “Dirty
War”. A subsequent 50,000-page
truth report revealed shocking details
of kidnappings, rape and torture by
the military junta.
Late tomorrow, Pope Francis will
head to the Philippines as part
of a trip aimed at shoring up the
Church’s presence in developing
nations. The week-long tour is his
second to Asia.
The Pope carried a message of inter-
faith dialogue, chiming with the
new government ’s push for religious
About 70% of Sri Lankans are
Buddhists. Hindus make up about
13% and Muslims 10%. Catholics
are about 7%, split between ethnic
Sinhalese and Tamils.
Pope Francis will canonise Sri
Lanka’s first Catholic saint today, and
visit a pilgrimage site that was shelled
in 1999. — Reuters
Pope urges truth, reconciliation in Sri Lanka
A batch of home-brew liquor has killed
at least 31 people in northern India, with
more than 100 others ill in hospital,
police say, in the latest incident of alcohol
poisoning in the country.
The figure jumped from Monday ’s toll
of 14 after more people died in hospital
after drinking the toxic alcohol in a
village on the outskirts of Lucknow, the
capital of Uttar Pradesh state.
“ Till now 25 deaths have been reported
from Lucknow and six from Unnao
(district),” police inspector-general A
Satish Ganesh told the Press Trust of
India news agency overnight.
More than 100 people were still
in hospitals suffering from alcohol
poisoning after drinking the brew in
Kharta village on Monday, the report
said. Ganesh said two people have been
detained over the incident.
Akhilesh Yadav has also announced
an investigation and launched a State-
wide drive against illegal liquor in the
wake of the tragedy. Bootleg liquor is
widely consumed across India where it is
sometimes sold very cheaply, with deaths
often reported. — AFP
An Egyptian court has overturned
former president Hosni Mubarak’s
conviction on corruption charges
and ordered a retrial, but the ex-
strongman remained in detention
pending a judicial order.
Supporters of the 86-year-old broke
into cheers and chanted “Long Live
Justice!” as the Court of Cassation
in Cairo announced its decision
overnight, which concerns the last
remaining of a series of charges laid
against Mubarak following his 2011
Another court in November
dropped murder charges against
Mubarak over the deaths of
protesters during the uprising, which
ended his three decades of autocratic
If Mubarak walks free it would
spur accusations against President
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi that the former
army chief is reviving the Mubarak
era — something he has sought to
A lower court had convicted
Mubarak and handed him a three-
year jail sentence last May on charges
that he embezzled money earmarked
for the maintenance of presidential
It had also given four-year jail
sentences to the toppled leader’s
sons, Alaa and Gamal, whose
convictions were overturned as well
overnight. Four other defendants in
the case were acquitted.
The Court of Cassation did not
specify whether Mubarak was a free
man following its judgment and did
not set a date for a retrial.
His lawyer Farid al-Deeb said
Mubarak ought to be released as
he “has already ser ved” three years
in detention, including the time he
spent in custody awaiting trial.
But Deeb said that for now
Mubarak would remain in the
military hospital where he currently
“The possible release of Mubarak
is a double-edged sword for the Sisi
administration,” Issandr El Amrani,
the North Africa director for the
International Crisis Group think
“On the one hand there is a group
of Egyptians and Egypt’s foreign
backers in the Gulf who might
welcome it,” he said.
“On the other hand, this regime,
which is vulnerable to attacks it is a
continuation of the old regime, also
has to keep in mind the symbolism
of seeing Mubarak go free.”
Sisi ousted Mubarak’s Islamist
successor Mohamed Morsi in
July 2013 and launched a deadly
crackdown that has left more than
1400 people dead. — AFP
Egyptian court orders Mubarak retrial
liquor kills 31
0800 TPP INFO
Tai Poutini Polytechnic is helping fuel the West Coast’s vital tourism
TPP has just introduced a programme tailored to prepare students for
entry into customer service roles across the range of tourism workplaces
on the Coast. Students not only learn the key skills of customer service,
communication and teamwork, they also gain an understanding of how
tourism works on the West Coast and what visitors are expecting.
Tourism and Hospitality Lead Tutor Ian Johnson says the polytechnic
has been working closely with the industry to find out exactly what they
need from new employees.
“Our main aim is to put students in jobs on the West Coast – by doing
that we are supporting the local tourism industry which is hugely
important to the region.”
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s latest Regional
Economic Activity report shows the international tourism industry
contributed $143 million to the West Coast economy last year.
“The report notes that a large proportion of the local labour force is
employed in tourism-related industries, so we want to make sure we
are turning out graduates who can help make tourism ventures on the
West Coast a success,” Ian says.
The NZ Certificate in Tourism – Tourism and Travel will prepare students
for a career supporting one of the country’s biggest industries. With
a specific West Coast flavour, and designed to fill a need in the local
market for staff with strong customer service skills, the programme
focuses on giving students the knowledge and attributes needed to
work in the vibrant and diverse tourism industry.
Find out more at: www.tpp.ac.nz/tourism
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