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The body of Charlie Hebdo killer Said Kouachi.
French magazine Paris Match
has published photos of the
bodies of the two brothers behind
the bloody January attack on
the satirical newspaper Charlie
Hebdo, saying the French “have
the right” to see them.
The three pictures show the
bodies of Cherif and Said
Kouachi lying on the ground after
being shot by police on January
9 in front of a printing factory
where they had holed up in the
town of Dammartin-en -Goele
outside Paris, near Charles de
Two of the photos were printed
in black and white because they
were “too hard” to look at in
colour, Paris Match managing
editor Olivier Royant told Europe
The third, published in colour,
showed Cherif Kouachi on the
ground covered in blood and
surrounded by forensic police.
Paris Match described the
images as ‘historic’ and defended
“ We have to stop infantilising
the public. The French have the
right to see this,” Royant said.
“This is not at all
He added: “ This was the final
chapter of these two brothers’
actions. It was important to
Royant did not identify who
took the photographs, but said
they were “taken by someone
who is not a professional
They were not part of the official
investigation into the brothers,
On January 7, the Kouachis
attacked the offices of Charlie
Hebdo with Kalashnikov assault
rifles, killing 12 people, among
them several of the newspaper’s
An accomplice, Amedy
Coulibaly, stormed a Jewish
supermarket in Paris as police
surrounded the Kouachi brothers,
killing several people and taking
The Kouachis and Coulibaly
were killed by police who rushed
both the sites in quick succession.
Photos show dead Charlie Hebdo killers
The body of Charlie Hebdo assailant Cherif Kouachi lies on the ground surrounded by police forensic
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Boko Haram fighters slaughter wives before battle
Dozens of Nigerian women who
were forced to marry Boko Haram
fighters have reportedly been
slaughtered by their “husbands”
before a battle with troops in the
north-east town of Bama.
Five witnesses who recounted the
massacres said the Islamist militants
feared they would be killed by
advancing soldiers or separated from
their wives when they fled the town.
They killed the women to prevent
them from subsequently marrying
soldiers or other so-called non-
believers, they added.
“The terrorists said they will not
allow their wives to be married to
infidels,” Sharifatu Bakura, 39, a
mother of three, said.
Nigeria’s military along with forces
Chad and Niger have claimed huge
victories over the insurgents in recent
weeks but defenceless civilians still
face serious threats.
According to Bakura’s account,
which was supported by others, Boko
Haram fighters received word of a
military assault on Bama, formerly an
Islamist stronghold in Borno state.
The insurgents had decided to flee
to the nearby town of Gwoza before
the troops’ arrival but first decided “to
kill their wives so that nobody will
remarry them”, she said.
Bukara’s husband was killed by the
insurgents four months ago but she
was spared from a forced marriage
because she was visibly pregnant.
Boko Haram forcibly married
scores of women in Bama after
seizing it in September. Nigeria’s
military announced the recapture of
the town on Monday. — AFP
Afghani mob attacks,
A mob in the Afghan capital killed a
woman, set her body on fire and threw it
into a muddy river in the heart of Kabul,
a police official said.
The motive for the killing, which took
place in a busy area of downtown Kabul,
was not immediately known, the official
said, asking not to be identified because
he was not authorised to speak to the
While Afghanistan is struggling to
emerge from the suppression of women
under Taliban rule that began in the
1990s, such public attacks, especially in
the capital, remain ununsual.
Women’s rights have made gains
since the 2001 ousting of the militants,
who follow a hardline interpretation of
Islamic law, but obser vers worry that
progress is at risk as widespread violence
against women persists and women
remain under-represented in politics and
A 2013 United Nations report noted
that most violence against women goes
underreported, particularly in rural areas.
Local television news channel 1TV
posted what appeared to be footage
of the aftermath of the killing on its
website and said the mob attacked the
woman because she had burned pages
from a Koran, Islam’s holy book.
The family of the victim met the Kabul
police’s criminal investigation team and
said their daughter had been suffering
from mental illness for many years, a
security official said.
The police did not comment
immediately on any circumstances that
might have led to the attack.
A spokesman for the Ministry of
Interior confirmed on his official Twitter
account four suspects had been arrested
in connection with the attack.
Human rights groups have raised
concerns whether enough was done to
stop the mob.
“ I would certainly hope the government
would be trying to arrest and prosecute
everyone who was involved and doing
an internal investigation into whether
the police response was appropriate,”
Heather Barr, a senior researcher for
women’s rights in Asia for Human
Rights Watch, said. — Reuters
Baby cut from
A pregnant United States woman had
her seven-month-old baby cut from her
abdomen by a woman who had posted
an advertisement on Craigslist for infant
clothes, police say.
The 34-year-old suspect — who then
took the dead baby to a local hospital,
claiming she had had a miscarriage —
was due in court a day after the grisly
incident in the small Colorado town of
Longmont, north of Denver.
The 26-year-old victim was operated
on and sur vived after the attack.
Police overnight released a harrowing
911 emergency call in which the victim
begged for help.
“Officers entered the home and located
a female who had been beaten and
stabbed in the stomach,” local police
spokesman Jeff Satur said.
“ It was later learned, the female
was pregnant and her baby had been
removed. The victim was taken to the
Longmont United Hospital where she
under went surgery and is expected to
The suspect “was located at the
Longmont United Hospital with a
deceased baby, reporting a miscarriage”.
“The suspect and victim were not
known to each other prior to this
Satur said the suspect was due in court
tonight, facing a charge of attempted
first degree murder.
Craigslist is a free on-line classified
listings ser vice. — AFP
Campaigners for a proposed law
to ban tobacco sales to anyone born
after 2000 say they are hopeful the
bill will be adopted by Tasmania’s
parliament next week.
Under the bill, Tasmania would lift
the age at which people can legally
buy cigarettes — currently 18 — a
year at a time to achieve a “tobacco-
“ Tuesday is the vote in the
legislative council (upper house)
of the Tasmanian parliament . . .
I’m certainly hopeful,” Jon Berrick,
a professor at Yale-NUS College
in Singapore, who launched the
initiative a decade ago, said at an
anti-tobacco conference in Abu
The lower house will then have
to adopt the bill, which would be
implemented in 2018 if passed.
In 2012, a recommendation that
the government consider such a
proposal was unanimously approved
by Tasmania’s upper house.
The proposal does not aim to
penalise smokers but rather targets
suppliers, Berrick said.
“It will stop the commercial supply
of tobacco to people born this century.”
Tobacco industries are already
“fighting this measure hard”, he said,
accusing them of lobbying retailers
against the measure.
He says more than 60 people a
month die from tobacco in Tasmania,
compared with two deaths from illicit
drugs, five from traffic accidents and
nine from alcohol.
Dr Adrian Reynolds, the president-
elect of the chapter of addiction
medicine at the Royal Australian
College of Physicians, said he is
“optimistic that the bill will be passed
in the legislative council”.
“ We are unsure right now whether
there is sufficient support for it to be
passed in the lower house and then
ultimately as legislation,” he said.
But he vowed to press on, describing
the proposal as “the next breakthrough
in addressing the uptake of smoking
among young people”. — AFP
Tobacco-free Tasmania goal set
Streaming has topped CD sales
in revenue for the first time in the
United States as music listeners
flock to on-demand ser vices and
Data for 2014 showed a major
shift to streaming as opposed
to physical sales and permanent
downloads, with rapid growth both
for on-demand ser vices such as
Spotify and Rhapsody and internet
radio providers such as Pandora.
$2.52 billion, edging out the
$2.5 billion earned by CD sales,
according to data of the Recording
Industry Association of America.
Streaming helped stabilise the
bottom line for the long-troubled
industry, with overall revenue from
recorded music going up 2% to
$2.56b to mark the fourth year of
“The industry continues to rapidly
grow the share of revenues coming
outside of traditional unit-based
sales,” the association said in a
report on Wednesday.
Whatever the bottom line, the
growth of streaming has been
controversial with numerous stars
complaining that the revenue sent
back to artists is paltry.
Pop superstar Taylor Swift is the
most vocal critic of streaming and
last year pulled her catalogue off
Spotify, which offers free access.
Spotify has hit back by describing
itself as a rare source of growth in
the music industry and has said it
has distributed about $2.7b back
to artists during the past seven
The US association said that CD
sales fell by 12.7% last year.
But some of the strongest growth
in the industry was in vinyl, which
has enjoyed a resurgence in recent
years among collectors. Revenue
from vinyl albums and EPs jumped
Despite the sharp growth of
streaming, permanent digital
downloads on ser vices such as
iTunes remained the largest overall
category for revenue. — AFP
Streaming revenue overtakes CDs
Tunisia said it would deploy the army
to major cities and arrested nine people
overnight after 20 foreign tourists were
shot dead in an attack on a museum
which Islamic State called “the first drop
of the rain”.
Officials did not confirm the militants’
claim of responsiblity, but said they had
identified the two gunmen shot dead
by security forces after opening fire on
tourist buses visiting the Bardo museum
inside the capital’s heavily guarded
parliament compound yesterday.
Japanese, Italian, Spanish and British
visitors, as well as three Tunisians,
were among the victims. Cruise liner
MSC Cruises said 12 of its passengers,
including Colombians, French and a
Belgian, were among the dead, while
a Spanish couple was found alive
overnight after hiding all night in the
The assault — the most deadly attack
involving foreigners in Tunisia since
a 2002 suicide bombing in Djerba —
came at a fragile moment for a country
just emerging to full democracy after its
pioneering popular uprising four years
It is heavily reliant on foreign tourists
to its beach resorts and desert treks, and
the government was about to tackle
politically-sensitive reforms aimed at
boosting economic growth.
Islamic State, which has declared
a caliphate in large parts of Iraq and
Syria and is active in Tunisia’s chaotic
neighbour Libya, praised the two
attackers in an audio recording in
Arabic, calling them “ knights of the
Islamic State” armed with machine-guns
Tunisians make up the one of the
largest contingents of foreign fighters
in Syria, Iraq and Libya, and their
homeland’s young democracy, which has
cracked down on militancy at home, was
a clear potential target.
“ We tell the apostates who sit on the
chest of Muslim Tunisia: Wait for the
glad tidings of what will harm you, o
impure ones, for what you have seen
today is the first drop of the rain,” the
Islamic State audio said.
The two dead militants were identified
as Tunisians, Hatem al-Khashnawi and
Yassin al-Abidi. Two local newspapers
reported Abidi had spent time in Iraq
and Libya, but officials did not confirm
Tunisia’s Prime Minister Habib Essid
said Abidi had been under sur veillance
but “not for anything very special”.
“ We have identified them, it is indeed
these two terrorists,” the premier
told French RTL radio earlier. “ Their
affiliation is not clear at the moment.”
Authorities said they had arrested four
people directly linked to the attack and
five others with indirect ties. A security
source said two family members of one
of the gunmen were among those held.
“ We arrested the father and the sister of
the terrorist Hatem Al-Khashnawi in
the their home in Sbiba city,” the source
The president ’s office said the army
would be deployed to the streets as
part of increased security following the
attack. “After a meeting with the armed
forces, the president has decided large
cities will be secured by the army,” it said.
The number of foreign tourists killed
rose to 20 from 17, the health minister
said. London said a British woman was
among the dead in shootings it called
cowardly and despicable.
Spain said the woman in the couple
who emerged from the museum alive
overnight was pregnant. “ They were
hidden this whole time, without daring
to make a phone call, probably because
they were anxious and scared, as you can
imagine,” Spanish Foreign Minister Jose
Manuel Garcia-Margallo said.
Four years after a popular revolt
toppled autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben
Ali, Tunisia has completed its transition
to democracy with free elections, a new
constitution and compromise politics
between secular and Islamist parties.
But security forces are battling Islamist
militants including Ansar al Sharia,
which is listed as a terrorist group by
Washington, and Okba Ibn Nafaa, a
brigade of al Qaeda-affiliated fighters
operating in the Chaambi mountains
along the Algerian border.
The fight against these militants may
have played a role in prompting the
museum attack, Geoff Porter, security
analyst at North Africa Risk Consulting,
said. “ Increasing pressure on terrorist
activities in the Djebel Chaambi region
may have squeezed the balloon, with
terrorists seeking softer targets with
more symbolic impact,” he said.
A former commander in Tunisia’s
Ansar al Sharia was killed last week
fighting for Islamic State in Libyan city
of Sirte. He had been running training
and logistics, security sources said.
Poland’s Foreign Minister Grzegorz
Schetyna told local radio there were
signs that the attackers were linked to
Islamic State militants, but he gave no
An earlier Islamic State news broadcast
distributed on-line also mentioned the
Tunis attack, describing the perpetrators
as Mujahideen and asking God to
receive them as martyrs in paradise. But
it did not claim direct responsibility.
A social media account linked to Okba
Ibn Nafaa brigade also provided details
of the attack, without a direct claim of
responsibility. But that group has also
issued conflicting statements in the past
about its position on Islamic State.
The Bardo attack appeared squarely
aimed at Tunisia’s economy, with tourism
accounting for 7% of gross domestic
product. The government estimates that
loses this season for the tourism sector
would reach $700 million.
Two German tour operators said they
were cancelling trips from Tunisia’s
beach resorts to Tunis for a few days and
Accor, Europe’s largest hotel group, said
it had tightened security at its two hotels
in Tunisia. Italy’s Costa Cruises, a unit of
Carnival Corp CCL.N, cancelled stops
in Tunisia. — Reuters
Nor wegian authorities say a foreign
tourist was slightly injured when a polar
bear attacked the tent he was sleeping
in on the remote Arctic archipelago of
Police spokesman Vidar Arnesen says
it is not clear whether the person was on
Svalbard for today ’s total solar eclipse.
Hotels there have been sold out for years
for the event.
Arnesen said the man, whom he could
not identify, was among a group of six
who slept north of the main town of
No one else was injured.
The bear was immediately shot dead
following the attack.
Visitors to Svalbard, islands more
than 800km north of the Nor wegian
mainland, are reminded often that polar
bears roam. When moving outside of
settlements, people must carry firearms.
Polar bear injures sleeping tourist
‘should have been delayed’
The kick-off for the 1989 FA Cup
semi-final should have been delayed,
a football policing expert has told the
The tragedy, which left 96 people dead
when fans tried to crush into Sheffield
Wednesday ’s Hillsborough ground, is
being examined in a probe made up of
Giving evidence overnight at an inquest
in Warrington, retired police chief
Douglas Hopkins said a “competent ”
match commander would have reacted
to the heavy build-up of fans outside the
ground by putting the match back.
Turnstile figures showed that up to
5800 Liverpool supporters had still not
entered seven turnstiles to the Leppings
Lane terrace with just 30 minutes to the
But the game started on time and
was abandoned at 3.06pm as fans were
crushed in the central pens after match
David Duckenfield ordered the opening
of an exit gate.
Hopkins — a former match
commander at Arsenal’s Highbury
stadium between 1987 and 1991 — also
said Duckenfield did not have enough
experience for the role.
Looking at CCTV footage of the gates
to the turnstiles about 2.30pm, Hopkins
said: “Just looking on that image I would
already be considering putting the kick-
off back or going to a ticket-tearing
entry system to relieve that pressure on
Moving on to footage of congestion
outside the turnstiles between 2.35 and
2.40pm, Hopkins said police were being
“reactive when you need to start getting
proactive” and it was “obvious” the game
had to be delayed.
“ You have got to calm that crowd down
and you have got put the kick-off back.
“That crowd there has one intention.
They want to see a football match and
they want to be in by kick-off.” — PA
Nearly 14 years after the September 11
attacks on New York, the remains of a
victim from the neighbouring State of
New Jersey has finally been identified.
The New York medical examiner
identified the man as Matthew David
Yarnell, who was 26 when he died in the
al Qaeda attacks that destroyed the Twin
Towers on September 11, 2001.
Yarnell was identified by new DNA
tests conducted on human remains
recovered during original operations at
the ruins of the World Trade Centre in
2001 and 2002.
Only 60% of the 2753 people missing
and believed dead in the New York
attacks have been formally identified.
Yarnell’s identification brings the total
number identified to 1640.
There has been no identification of 1113
missing people and 7703 of the samples
of human remains cannot be identified.
Tests are ongoing and developments in
science in recent years have helped make
new identifications. — AFP
American 9/11 victim identified
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu denied abandoning his
commitment to the eventual creation
of a Palestinian state, backing away
from comments he made during his
re-election campaign that drew sharp
criticism from Israel’s ally the United
haven’t changed my policy. I
never retracted my speech in Bar-Ilan
University six years ago calling for a
demilitarised Palestinian state that
recognizes the Jewish State,” Netanyahu
said in an inter view with MSNBC two
days after winning a bitterly contested
“ What has changed is the reality,”
Netanyahu said, citing the Palestinian
Authority’s refusal to recognise Israel as
a Jewish state and the Hamas militant
group’s continued control of the Gaza
Netanyahu drew a sharp rebuke
from the US and the international
community for his comments on the eve
of the election that there would be no
Palestinian state created on his watch.
The quest for Palestinian statehood is a
cornerstone of both US diplomacy going
back decades and President Barack
Obama’s Middle East policy.
Netanyahu backed off his election eve
comment overnight. — Reuters
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