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Female Suspect Fled France Before Attacks, Said to Be in Syria

hayat BoumeddieneThe fourth suspect linked to this week’s Paris terror attacks left France days before the assault on Charlie Hebdo magazine and has made her way to Syria, according to a French police official.

Hayat Boumeddiene, 26, believed to be the wife of Amady Coulibaly -- the man killed after taking hostages in a kosher grocery in eastern Paris on Jan. 9 -- flew to Istanbul from Madrid on Jan. 2 and crossed the border to Syria on Jan. 8, the official said. Her path was earlier reported by Le Parisien.


Seven killed in suicide bombing at Lebanese cafe

Seven kkilled in Tripoli cafeA suicide bombing struck a coffee shop Saturday night in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, killing at least seven people and wounding more than 30, security officials and the Red Cross said.

Syria's al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front claimed responsibility on Twitter for the blast in Tripoli's predominantly Alawite neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen, saying it was a twin suicide attack.


Muslim Employee At Kosher Market, Saved Several People During Paris Hostage Situation

Lassana BathillyLassana Bathily, a Muslim employee at Paris Kosher grocery store Hyper Cacher, saved several people by hiding them in a walk-in freezer when a gunman laid siege to his workplace on Friday.

Amedy Coulibaly burst into the market and opened fire, killing 4 people. He took several shoppers hostage and threatened to kill them if police stormed the printing shop where Cherif and Said Kouachi, who killed 12 people in an attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo earlier in the week, were holed up in a village to the north.


Around 35,000 Germans rally in Dresden against racism and xenophobia

Dresden march against xenophobiaA rally against racism and xenophobia on Saturday drew tens of thousands of people in the eastern German city of Dresden, which has become the center of anti-immigration protests organized by a new grassroots movement called PEGIDA.

"We won't permit that hate will divide us", Dresden's mayor Helma Orosz said in front of the 18th-century Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady).

Around 35,000 people attended the rally that was jointly organized by the state government of Saxony and the city of Dresden, officials said.


French Terror Suspects Dead at Both Locations, Officials Say

Terrorists deadThree French terror suspects are dead at two separate hostage standoff locations, according to the City Hall of Dammartin and the French ambassador to the U.S.

The hostage at Dammartin -- held by two Charlie Hebdo attack suspects -- is alive, the City Hall of Dammartin said. It was unclear how many of the hostages at the Paris supermarket survived, though some of them were seen fleeing the site.


Paris terror attacks: French police face two hostage situations - live updates

Hostage situations ParisBaroness Pauline Neville Jones, the former chair of the government’s joint intelligence committee, has said British security services and counter-terror police have planned for a twin-siege crisis like that under way in Paris.

“I’m sure that they will be looking at the potential for copycat activity and I think they will want to increase the visible presence of police on the ground,” she told Sky News.


US to send highest-level delegation to Havana as Cuba releases prisoners

Cuba releases prisonersThe US will send its highest-level delegation in decades to Havana later this month, for talks on migration and normalising relations between the countries after decades of cold war hostility.

The assistant secretary of state Roberta Jacobson, the top US diplomat for Latin America, will visit Cuba for the meetings on 21 and 22 January, which were originally scheduled to discuss migration but will now cover the re-establishment of diplomatic relations and formally reopening embassies in Washington and Havana.


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