Twelve people were confirmed dead after a shooting at the office of a French satirical weekly in Paris, police said on Wednesday.
A police spokesman told reporters the dead included ten journalists and two police officers, adding that five people were seriously injured. Earlier, Luc Poignard, a police union official, said two attackers escaped in two vehicles after opening fire at Charlie Hebdo. Witnesses said the gunmen headed to the Porte de Pantin, one of the exits of the city center, with the police in pursuit.
The magazine was attacked with petrol bombs in 2011, a day after saying that the Prophet Muhammed would be its “editor-in-chief” for its next issue.
“About a half an hour ago two black-hooded men entered the building with Kalashnikovs (guns),” Benoit Bringer told France Info radio. “A few minutes later we heard lots of shots,”
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Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York City apartment this afternoon. The New York Police Department is investigating with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine exact cause of death, but some headlines are citing a drug overdose. The actor has struggled with substance abuse in the past, but remained clean for over 20 years — until 2013 when he entered rehab for a heroin addiction and prescription pills. An accomplished theater veteran, Hoffman was a frequent collaborator of director Paul Thomas Anderson’s, appearing in five of his films, including Boogie Nights, Magnolia, and most recently, The Master. The celebrated actor leaves behind three children and his wife, costume designer Mimi O’Donnell.
CAIRO, Egypt — Egypt’s interior minister on Sunday pledged to deal decisively with any attempts to destabilize the country, a thinly veiled warning to supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi occupying two squares in Cairo in a month-long stand-off with the security forces.
The warning came as authorities said that the death toll in weekend clashes between Mohammed Morsi’s Islamist backers and security forces near one of those sit-ins had reached 72, in the deadliest single outbreak of violence since the July 3 military coup.
“I assure the people of Egypt that the police are determined to maintain security and safety to their nation and are capable of doing so,” Mohammed Ibrahim told a graduation ceremony at the national police academy. “We will very decisively deal with any attempt to undermine stability,” said Ibrahim, who is in charge of the police.
Ibrahim’s comments added pressure on Morsi’s backers…
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