2015-2-11 11:58



From Washington, this is VOA News.

I'm Ray Kouguell reporting.

A unity rally draws historic crowds in France....

Close to four million people from every race and religion filled the streets of Paris and other French cities Sunday, in solidarity with the 17 people killed in last week's terrorist attacks in Paris. French officials say it was the largest street demonstration in the country's history. More than 40 world leaders joined French President Francois Hollande in linking arms for a walk through Paris. They included Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Twelve people were massacred last week at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine known for poking fun at all religions, including Islam. Two Islamic militant brothers carried out the attack. They were later ambushed and killed by French police on Friday. Another terrorist gunman murdered four hostages at a kosher supermarket in Paris Friday before he was killed when police stormed the building. French police are continuing to search for Hayat Boumeddiene in connection with the attacks. She is described as armed and dangerous. Turkish officials say she entered Turkey January 2nd and is now likely in Syria.

Two explosions ripped through a market in northeastern Nigeria Sunday, the second attack in as many days using young girls strapped with explosives. The blasts struck within minutes of each other at a crowded mobile phone market in the town of Potiskum in Yobe state. Security officials say at least five people were killed in the attack, including the two bombers. Twenty-one others were injured. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. The blast came a day after a sismilar incident happened with a bomb strapped to a 10-year old girl.

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The U-S will host a summit in Washington next month on preventing violent extremism. US Attorney General Eric Holder announced the February 18th meeting from Paris Sunday, where he joined an emergency conference on terrorism in the wake of a terror spree in France last week:

“ We bring together all of our allies to discuss ways in which we can counteract this violent extremism that exists around the world.“

The White House says the meeting will highlight "best practices and emerging efforts" from several US communities carrying out pilot programs to address extremism.

Lebanese officials say a series of suicide bomb attacks on a cafe in the northern city of Tripoli have left at least nine dead and 37 wounded. Witnesses say two bombers set off explosives at a cafe located in a predominantly Alawite neighborhood in Lebanon's second-largest city. Authorities identified the attackers as residents of the nearby Sunni Mankubeen district. The al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front has claimed responsibility for Saturday's attack.

Indonesian authorities say they have pinpointed the location of the missing flight and data recorders from downed AirAsia Flight 8501. Maritime officials say the black boxes are believed to be lodged between pieces of wreckage, making it difficult to retrieve them. Ron Corben reports:

“Officials from Indonesia's National Search and Rescue Agency said sonar had detected an object measuring 10 meters by four meters raising hopes the aircraft's main fuselage had been located. Search teams working off the coast from the West Kalimantan town of Pangkalan Bun have sought the wreckage in water up to 30 meters deep, but are facing very low visibility due to large amounts of silt stirred up by strong currents. Saturday, crews raised the aircraft's main tail section to where the flight data recorders are stowed, but search teams say the recorders had become detached from the aircraft. Divers hope calmer waters Monday will let them find and retrieve the black boxes and fuselage.

Ron Corben for VOA News, Bangkok, Thailand.“

Indonesia authorities say a heavy monsoon storm was a key factor in the crash which killed all 162 people aboard December 28th.

Authorities in Pakistan say an oil tanker apparently speeding in the wrong direction struck a passenger bus head-on Sunday, killing at least 59 people near the southern port city of Karachi.The collision occurred along a stretch of bad road, engulfing both vehicles in flames. Officials say the death toll could rise.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says his country's economy, Asia's third biggest, is poised to take "a quantum leap" forward. Mr. Modi told several world leaders Sunday at the Vibrant Gujarat business summit that India would quickly complete economic reforms.

I'm Ray Kouguell in Washington.

That's the latest world news from VOA.

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