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Australia, SE Asia need to ‘re-double’ efforts to keep away from Paris-style attacks

SINGAPORE Australia and Southeast Asia should re-double efforts to share intelligence and make sure Paris-style terror attacks cannot be replicated in the region, Australian Justice Minister Michael Keenan mentioned on Wednesday.

Hundreds of Indonesian Islamic State sympathizers and some Malaysians and Singaporeans are believed to have gone to fight in Syria and Iraq. Southeast Asia faces the threat of attack when they return, Malaysia has mentioned.

“The truth that the national security circumstance has substantially deteriorated for all of the countries in the area, such as Australia, implies we want to re-double those efforts,” Keenan, who is also Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Counter Terrorism, told Reuters in an interview in Singapore.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the deaths of 130 individuals in attacks in Paris last month, the deadliest in France considering that Globe War Two.

Keenan also denounced comments by U.S. Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump who has known as for a ban on Muslims entering the United States following final week’s massacre in San Bernardino, California, by a Muslim couple.

“That is totally the incorrect response,” Keenan said. “When we appear at Southeast Asia, we get a great example that we are not somehow at war with a particular religion. And neither do we want to target Muslim Australians or anyplace else in the globe.”

Australia subsequent week marks the anniversary of a siege in central Sydney in which a gunman with radical Islamist sympathies took more than a central city cafe. Two hostages and the gunman have been killed when police stormed the constructing.

(Reporting by Ryan Woo Extra reporting by Fathin Ungku in SINGAPORE Editing by Nick Macfie)

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Paris bar reopens 3 weeks soon after attacks

PARIS A single of the Paris cafes where drinkers died in a hail of bullets on Nov. 13 reopened on Friday, 3 weeks to the day right after the Islamist militant attacks that killed 130 men and women.

“It’s time to get collectively once again, united, to move on and not overlook,” said a message on the menu-board at the cafe, A La Bonne Biere, where 5 men and women died.

Audrey Bily, manager of the 1st attacked cafe to reopen its doors, stated the walls of the premises had been repainted and the “stigmata of this nightmare” removed.

Speaking in front of dozens of early-day consumers and Tv cameras, she said it was time to “bounce back”.

The cafe is one particular of six where Friday evening drinkers died when gunmen opened fire with AK-47 rifles as portion of a multi-pronged attack involving gunmen and suicide bombers.

At the Bataclan rock concert venue where three gunmen killed 90 of the 130 total, the managers stated earlier this week that they hoped to reopen the nicely-identified venue by the finish of subsequent year.

A number of other eastern Paris cafes and restaurants hit in the attacks hope to reopen sooner as the most visited city in the planet seeks to resume regular life.

Finance Minister Michel Sapin mentioned earlier this week that the attackers almost certainly spent in the variety of 20,000 euros to 30,000 euros ($ 22,000-33,000) on organization and gear, illustrating how inexpensive it is to inflict enormous harm.

Beyond the human toll, the quick-term influence on economic life in the French capital heading into the year-finish festive period, has been substantial, though the French central bank said in a report on Friday it was “most likely to be transitory”.

Hotel revenues in the Paris area fell by 50 % in the week following the attacks, according the Chamber of Commerce enterprise association.

(Reporting By Brian Enjoy Editing by Andrew Callus)

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Briton accused of plotting attacks in Kenya jailed for nine years

MOMBASA A British man accused of assisting plan attacks in Kenya was sentenced to nine years in jail on Wednesday after being found guilty of trying to obtain a fake passport.

Jermaine Grant, from east London, nevertheless faces terrorism-associated charges in a trial in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa. Prosecutors say Grant has ties to Somali Islamist rebels al Shabaab, but he denies the charges.

Grant was arrested in 2011 at an apartment in Mombasa and was found with bomb-making material and directions on bomb-generating, prosecutors said. He and many co-conspirators have been preparing attacks in Mombasa and on Western interests in the area, they added.

Prosecutors say that, at the time, Grant was sharing the apartment with Samantha Lewthwaite, the so-known as “White Widow” who was married to one particular of the bombers who carried out the 2005 attacks on public transport in London.

The Mombasa court discovered Grant guilty of nine counts connected to the fake Kenyan passport, including giving a false statement and producing false documents, and sentenced him to a year in prison for every count.

Grant’s lawyer, Chacha Mwita, mentioned he planned to appeal, adding: “The ruling is unfair in a lot of aspects.”

Grant is on trial with two co-defendants, his Kenyan female companion, Islam Warda, and Frank Nyengo, both of who deny the very same charges and are out on bail. Yet another suspect, Fouad Abubakar, escaped after he had been released on bail.

(Editing by Edith Honan and Andrew Heavens)

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Twin suicide attacks kill five individuals in north Cameroon: sources

YAOUNDE Suspected Boko Haram militants detonated two suicide bombs in a village in northern Cameroon on Saturday, killing at least five people, security sources and an official told Reuters.

“The provisional toll is seven dead, like the two suicide bombers, as well as two soldiers injured,” mentioned a senior government source, requesting anonymity.

(Reporting by Josiane Kouagheu and Sylvain Andzongo Writing by Emma Farge editing by Susan Thomas)

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Voice of Paris attacks Did he have bigger part?

PARIS/ALENCON, France The voice that claimed Islamic State was responsible for the deadly Paris attacks is recognized to several in the small French provincial town of Alencon.

To loved ones, Fabien Clain was a “big teddy bear”, to neighbors he was polite and at the local mosque he was a fellow worshipper who came to pray.

To the French authorities, he was a veteran jihadi jailed as soon as in the previous for recruiting militant fighters and believed by them to have fled to Syria this year. They now believe he may have played a bigger function in the Nov. 13 attacks, the worst in France considering that Globe War Two.

In the on-line audio message detailing the assaults and claiming they have been orchestrated by Islamic State, Clain’s voice sounds haunting and triumphant. He warns the massacre “is only the starting of the storm”.

Investigators are now hunting at what Clain’s part may be and how it fits with that of Belgian Abdelhamid Abaaoud, whom they believe to be a ringleader. Police are now asking whether Clain could have been far more important.

“There is no definitive situation, every little thing is becoming looked at,” a source close to the investigation said. A police source added: “It’s feasible. I would not be surprised.”

A judicial supply familiar with anti-terror instances went additional: “When you make a claim like that (for the attacks), you are in the operational ranks,” the supply stated.

Police are also seeking into Clain’s younger brother Jean-Michel, who authorities say sings on the 5-minute recording.

Investigators are unsure no matter whether the two brothers are now in Europe or Syria.

Originating from the French territory of La Reunion, the 37- and 35-year-old siblings have previously been linked to radical cells in France and Belgium, according to judicial sources.

Their names have appeared in investigations into planned attacks, like one particular foiled on churches in a Paris suburb this year and a preceding suspected plot on the Bataclan music hall, a single of the bloodiest scenes in the Nov. 13 carnage.

It is the elder Clain, who goes by the name Omar, who is the major concentrate for French authorities. Only six years ago, he was jailed for recruiting jihadis to fight in Iraq.

Clain converted to Islam in the late 1990s. Like his younger brother, he is believed by French police to have grow to be radicalised in the early 2000s when he lived in the southern city of Toulouse where he frequented radical networks and played a role in the militant recruitment “Artigat cell”. Members of that cell were believed to have been mentored by Salafist preacher Olivier Corel, known locally as the “white emir”.

A French national of Syrian origin, Corel, who lives in the Pyrenees village of Artigat, is also believed by French police and intelligence to have mentored gunman Mohamed Merah, who killed seven individuals in March 2012.

“It is possible (that the brothers ranked above Abaaoud for the Nov. 13 attacks) due to the fact they have been involved in radical movements for a long time,” a police source stated. “Abaaoud was still young when they had been currently component of the Artigat cell.”

As element of a safety operation targeting Islamists beneath the state of emergency imposed in France following the attacks, police raided Corel’s house this week, handing him a suspended jail sentence for possessing a hunting rifle. He is not believed to have any hyperlink to the Paris attacks.

TALENT FOR CONVERTING Other people

Born on Jan. 30, 1978 on France’s Indian Ocean island La Reunion, Fabien Clain moved as a child to Alencon in southern Normandy exactly where he grew up with his brother and two sisters.

He returned to La Reunion as a teenager ahead of ultimately coming back to Alencon, where he married a school pal, Mylene. The brothers converted their loved ones to Islam and when they moved to Toulouse, their wives wore the niqab veil over their faces, an uncommon sight in the city back then.

On Copains d’avant, a French social web site comparable to Friends Reunited, Clain’s profile lists him as living in “Toulouse, Egypt”. Judicial sources say each brothers studied Arabic in the north African nation in the mid 2000s.

It is unclear when the page was final updated. It also characteristics class photos, lists history and basketball as hobbies and the words “Nonetheless right here, thanks be to God”.

Clain also lived in Belgium, where French President Francois Hollande has mentioned the Nov. 13 attacks were organized, for about a year in 2004, according to a judicial source.

Back then, the older brother was currently suspected of being component of a group of radicals from France living in Belgium, the source mentioned.

Authorities started investigating the Artigat cell some ten years ago when Syrian police arrested two Frenchmen trying to cross the border into Iraq as component of an Al Qaeda cell.

A single member of the cell, Sabri Essid, who is Merah’s half brother, took component in “physical coaching sessions” with Clain, according to other members questioned by police, an additional judicial supply mentioned.

Both he and Clain had been sentenced to five years in jail in 2009. Jean-Michel was questioned for four days but released with no charges.

Also in 2009, French authorities opened an investigation into a plot to attack the Bataclan, exactly where the bloodiest of the Nov. 13, 2015 attacks took location. There was not adequate proof and the investigation was sooner or later dropped in September 2012.

But the Clain brothers’ name came up when the main suspect, a Belgian man of Tunisian origin, told police he was “very close” to them and that they had introduced him to a jihadi forum recognized for making use of tactics to avoid detection.

Another witness in the Artigat investigation told police Clain had “a correct talent for converting folks”, according to judicial sources.   

Clain spent 3 years in jail. He was behind bars when Merah carried out his killing spree in March 2012. Judicial and police sources believe the two had robust ties.

Samia Maktouf, a lawyer for one of the Merah victim’s households, mentioned she had asked prosecutors to query guys linked to the Artigat cell, which includes Clain, but her request was not heeded.

“Everybody believed this was a sleeping cell,” she stated.

However in September 2012, police opened an investigation into Artigat members fleeing to Syria. It is nonetheless under way these days.

Essid reappeared in an Islamic State video this year in which a child shot dead a man.

“I Don’t KNOW HIM ANY More”

Banned in 22 French districts right after his release from jail, Clain returned to Alencon with his wife and kids in 2012.

At a small apartment complex on the town’s outskirts, a buzzer on the 3-storey constructing nonetheless bears his name. Inside, his letter box is complete.

Last week, police raided the Alencon flat of his cousin and restricted her movements, telling her to regularly verify in.

“When I heard the audio, I was so shocked,” the cousin, who spoke on condition her name not be employed, told Reuters. “I just don’t understand. I never know him any much more.”

Repeatedly saying she had no hyperlinks to the attacks, the cousin stated she had last seen Clain “at the start of the year”. Neighbors and worshippers at Alencon’s Mahabba mosque, which he attended from late 2012 to early 2015, mentioned they had seen him in February.

“I saw his wife in Could/June when a family members member died. Following that I did not see her,” the cousin mentioned.

“I was in touch as soon as for the kids and when she told me she was there (in Syria) … She said they were nicely.”

Mylene’s mother last saw her daughter in February in Alencon. According to a neighbor, police had seized Mylene’s passport and these of her young children but she nevertheless managed to evade French authorities. When her mother at some point noted her disappearance, she alerted police, but it was also late.

“She is devastated,” the neighbor stated.

Prosecutors opened a preliminary investigation in March into Clain’s disappearance and presumed flight to Syria. This was turned into an official judicial probe in June.

Jean-Michel is also believed to be in Syria with his wife and young children, a police source said, adding there were concerns regardless of whether he was even nevertheless alive, which means he could have recorded his singing beforehand.

“TEDDY BEAR”

Just before he disappeared, Clain sold halal goods such as soap and massage oils in Islamic shops, according to his cousin.

Standing in her doorway and usually in tears, she stated she hardly ever saw Clain and that she spent far more time with his wife and children, typically going shopping with each other or watching tv.

Their family members life was “very centered on religion”.

“He was so type, he would not even hurt a fly. He was like a massive teddy bear … usually smiling, laughing, joking about,” she said. Now she says she has reduce off make contact with.

Other neighbors of Clain paint the image of a robust but quiet neighbor, observed as typically in a robe as in casual clothing.

At the local Mahabba mosque, Clain taught Arabic to young young children for about two weeks, until a 2013 television report linked him to Merah airing their photographs.

“When that picture aired, people began distancing themselves,” Omar Sadequi, head of the Mahabba mosque association, mentioned.

“But you can’t cease folks coming to the mosque.”

Sadequi, who mentioned he had very small contact with Clain, added the mosque banned groupings on its territory.

At a lunchtime worship this week, the few worshippers there recalled seeing Clain, but added they did not actually speak to him.

“He had offered folks the impression that he had changed (following prison),” Sadequi mentioned. “But genuinely, he did not alter at all.”

(Chine Labbe reported for this post from Paris, Further reporting by Gérard Bon in Paris and Julie Rimbert in Toulouse, Writing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian, Editing by Andrew Callus and Timothy Heritage)

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France pays tribute to victims of Paris attacks

PARIS France paid tribute on Friday to the 130 largely young folks killed even though they have been enjoying themselves in Paris two weeks ago by Islamist gunmen and suicide bombers in the most deadly attacks the nation has observed given that Globe War Two.

Blue-white-and-red French flags hung from the windows of public buildings and private houses as hundreds of survivors and relatives of the dead joined political leaders for a remembrance ceremony at the military museum Les Invalides in the capital.

The militant group Islamic State has claimed duty for the Nov. 13 attacks, which targeted cafes, restaurants, a sports stadium and a rock concert. More than 350 people have been wounded and practically one hundred of them stay in hospital.

Beneath a wintry sky, the names and ages of the 130 victims had been study out. A majority have been beneath 35 and they came from all over France and from 17 other nations.

In a poignant but defiant speech, President Francois Hollande vowed to destroy Islamic State and urged his compatriots to support combat the group simply by continuing to go to bars, restaurants and cultural and sporting events and to take pleasure in the simple pleasures he stated the militants hated.

“I solemnly guarantee you all that France will do every thing to defeat the army of fanatics who have committed these crimes, that she will act tirelessly to safeguard her kids,” he mentioned.

“The terrorists want to divide us, to oppose us, to pit us against one one more. They will fail. They have the cult of death, we have the really like of life,” he said.

Hollande said the Nov. 13 attacks have been portion of a chain stretching back to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in the United States, and he noted that a lot of other countries – including, this month alone, Mali and Tunisia – had been hit by militant groups.

Most of the assailants in the Paris attacks killed themselves utilizing suicide vests or were killed by police but French and Belgian authorities are nevertheless hunting other folks suspected of involvement or possibly plotting new attacks.

Last week the French parliament backed a three-month extension of a state of emergency declared immediately following the attacks to allow security forces greater scope in combating militant Islamist groups.

France has also stepped up its aerial bombing campaign of Islamic State targets in Syria. This week, Hollande held separate talks with the leaders of the United States, Russia, Britain, Germany and Italy on how to crush the militants.

“We will defeat this enemy. Together. With our forces, these of the republic. With our arms, those of democracy. With our institutions, with international law,” a somber Hollande said.

The Nov. 13 attacks came 11 months soon after Islamist militants killed 17 folks in Paris, most of them at the offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper and at a kosher supermarket.

(Reporting by Brian Love and Gareth Jones Editing by Dominic Evans)

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France, Belgium widen probe into Paris attacks, Hollande meets with Obama

PARIS/BRUSSELS An investigation into the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris widened on Tuesday when French prosecutors said a man who offered lodging to the suspected ringleader should have known of a militant plot, and Belgium issued a warrant for a new suspect.

Painting a chilling image of ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the Paris prosecutor said that right after dropping off the gunmen and suicide bombers at the cafes and bars exactly where the attacks were to take spot, he later returned to the scene even though the killing spree was in complete swing.

The coordinated attacks, in which 130 men and women had been killed, prompted France to declare a national state of emergency and to step up air strikes in Syria on Islamic State, the militant group that has claimed duty.

President Francois Hollande, seeking to rally international assistance for the military campaign against Islamic State, met with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House on Tuesday exactly where they agreed to scale up operations against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

At a joint news conference, Hollande stated he and Obama shared a “relentless determination to fight terrorism anywhere and everywhere.”

In Paris, prosecutor Francois Molins mentioned Islamist militants who died for the duration of a shootout with police on Nov. 18 had been plotting an attack on the capital’s business district. Reuters exclusively reported the plot to attack the district of La Defense on Nov. 18.

Molins mentioned he had place beneath formal investigation a Frenchman who had provided lodging for Abaaoud and his associates at the apartment in the suburb of St. Denis.

“Jawad Bendaoud himself welcomed the terrorists on Nov. 17 towards 10:45 p.m. He could not have been in any doubt … that he was taking element in a terrorist organisation,” Molins told a news conference.

Bendaoud stated that ahead of he was detained by police last Wednesday he had been asked to put up two people for three days in the apartment, but had no thought one particular of them might have been the suspected mastermind of the Nov. 13 attacks.

Abaaoud died during the police raid along with Hasna Aitboulahcen, a woman believed to be his cousin, and an as yet unidentified third particular person.

BRUSSELS LOCKDOWN

French investigators are nevertheless piecing together precisely who did what when and have launched a hunt to discover Salah Abdeslam, who is suspected of becoming the eighth attacker mentioned by Islamic State when it claimed duty.

Abdeslam, 26, fled to Belgium the day following the shootings and his presumed presence in Brussels was 1 of the aspects behind a security lockdown in the city more than the past couple of days.

Fearing an imminent Paris-style attack, Belgium has extended a maximum security alert in Brussels till next Monday. About half the stations on its metro system will reopen on Wednesday along with city schools, but 300 additional police officers and 200 soldiers will be deployed.

Belgium has been at the heart of investigations into the attacks since France stated two of the suicide bombers in Paris had lived there. 5 men and women, which includes two who travelled with Abdeslam back to Brussels, have been charged with terrorist offences in Belgium. Abdeslam’s brother, Brahim, blew himself up.

Belgium’s state prosecutor, in a statement announcing details of other folks charged in the case, stated on Tuesday it had issued an international arrest warrant for Mohamed Abrini, who was seen with Abdeslam two days before the attacks.

Abrini, 30, was filmed with Abdeslam at a fuel station in northern France on Nov. 11 and was driving the Renault Clio car later utilized by the attackers in the French capital.

A police wanted poster described Abrini as “unsafe and possibly armed”.

While main purchasing centres in Brussels remained closed on Tuesday, two Ikea furniture shops on the edge of town reopened, along with some of the bigger supermarkets in the city.

The Magritte museum remained shut, even so, and Brussels had however to make a decision whether to open its Christmas market on Friday in the historic Grand Location, where workers have set up stalls with an armoured personnel carrier in the background.

“We are at the time of year when we are supposed to have a lot of individuals, and enhance business,” stated Brussels toy shop worker Laeticia Shalaj. “Folks are scared and are afraid of leaving their houses.”

Given that the Paris killings, France has moved its flagship Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier into the eastern Mediterranean to step up its bombardments of Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq.

France said late on Tuesday its warplanes had destroyed an Islamic State command centre at Tal Afar, some 45 km (28 miles) west of Mosul in Iraq.

Right after talks with Hollande at the White Residence, Obama said: “We are here today to declare that the United States and France stand united in total solidarity to deliver justice to these terrorists and those who sent them and to defend our nations.”

As millions of Americans prepare to travel for the U.S. Thanksgiving vacation on Thursday, Obama acknowledged worry among Americans of a Paris-style attack in the United States.

The White House mentioned Obama was set to meet on Wednesday morning with his national security advisers to evaluation the “homeland security posture” of the United States soon after the Paris attacks and “as we enter the vacation season.

“The president was briefed that there is at the moment no distinct, credible threat to the homeland” from Islamic State, the White Home mentioned.

Hollande is due to check out Moscow on Thursday, where he and Russian President Vladimir Putin are expected to talk about approaches of boosting their campaign to crush Islamic State.

EXPLOSIVE BELT?

Tracing Abdeslam’s movements considering that the attacks has been a major concentrate of the investigations in Paris. An explosive belt was discovered dumped close to the capital on Monday, close to a place exactly where his mobile telephone was detected the night soon after the attacks, the prosecutor mentioned.

Molins mentioned the belt was comparable to those utilised by the bombers during the Nov. 13 attacks, despite the fact that it was nevertheless being established on Tuesday whether the belt was Abdeslam’s.

One particular theory was that Abdeslam had intended to blow himself up in the 18th district of Paris but had abandoned the strategy, even though it was not clear why.

(Additional reporting by Chine Labbe, David Clarke and Myriam Rivet in Paris, John Irish and Roberta Rampton in Washington, Miranda Alexander-Webber and Alastair MacDonald in Brussels and Julie Rimbert in Toulouse Writing by Gareth Jones and Peter Cooney Editing by David Stamp and Sandra Maler)

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Majority of Britons want to leave the EU soon after Paris attacks: opinion poll

LONDON A lot more than half of Britons now want to leave the European Union, according to an opinion poll carried out right after the Paris attacks for the Independent newspaper published.

The ORB survey of 2,000 folks showed 52 percent of British voters wanted to leave even though 48 % wanted to keep. In comparable polls in June, July and September, a majority had wanted to stay in the EU.

Earlier this month, British Prime Minister David Cameron launched his attempt to reform the 28-member bloc ahead of a referendum on no matter whether Britain should stay an EU member, a vote which he has promised will take place by the end of 2017.

A British divorce would shake the bloc to its core, ripping away its second largest economy and a single of its prime two military powers. Pro-Europeans warn an exit from the EU would hurt Britain’s economy and could trigger the break-up of the United Kingdom by prompting yet another Scottish independence vote.

Other polls have shown British support for staying in the European Union fell this year as an influx of migrants into Europe raised concerns about membership.

(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge editing by Michael Holden)

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What we got appropriate and incorrect in coverage of the Paris attacks | Open door

Candles in the colours of the French flag outdoors the Bataclan concert hall, a single of the web sites of the terrorist attacks in Paris on 13 November. They had been lit in a ceremony to spend tribute to victims that was held on Friday, a week after the bombings and shootings. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

While it is invidious to rank the bombings and shootings in Paris that killed 130 people against other terrorist attacks, it is undoubtedly one of the most significant in Europe in current years.

For any news organisation to give full and acceptable coverage to acts so devastating is a challenge. As with 9/11 in the US or 7/7 in the UK, reporting is most likely to appear beyond the physical blows to a lot of other parts of the nation’s life.

There are aspects of the substantial coverage provided by the Guardian to the attacks that I believe show an interesting shift in each the journalism and how it has been received by readers, especially on-line.

I believe it is substantial that at the time of writing the readers’ editor’s workplace has received a relatively modest number of emails commenting on the coverage, just 70. These have undoubtedly integrated complaints – I will return to them later – but numerous were straightforward observations, recommendations or even praise.

Some of the complaints have been from folks who received a Saturday paper that had no news of the events in Paris the night just before. The 1st reports came through too late for our 1st edition, which is printed at around 9pm for the west nation and Scotland. As the scale of the attacks became apparent we ran a particular “slip” edition at 11pm, and by the end of the evening 63% of all the papers we printed carried coverage of the attacks. We sold 10,000 added copies on Saturday.

At the heart of the online coverage has been the live blog, a technique of telling a story that fuses original reporting, aggregated news and comment, which can seem as well breathless if not written with care and restraint.

“Never incorrect for long” is not an proper maxim when millions of people are seeking dependable details in a fog of rumour and claim alongside counterclaim.

A series of daily live blogs rotated about the clock through Guardian offices in London, New York and Sydney. A crucial aspect of the way they have been approached was the clear delineation among what was in fact identified and what was getting reported but was unverified.

The reside blogs ran constantly for a week soon after the attacks, and the response from readers was extraordinary. On Friday 13 November, the evening of the attacks, between the initial post at 9.24pm and midnight (UK time) the 1st live weblog was responsible for two.7m web page views. It went on to achieve one more 4m web page views on the Saturday – when there were a total of 13m page views for 75 things of content material on the Paris attacks launched that day.

Readers’ suspicions are often aroused when comments are not opened on a story. Very few stories about the Paris attacks had comments enabled more than the weekend. This was since there were quite few moderators and, regrettably, a considerable quantity of men and women who wanted to leave Islamophobic comments, alongside the many others who wanted to engage in legitimate debate. More than two,500 comments had been posted on an early opinion piece by Natalie Nougayrède.

Photographs are, of course, one more sensitive issue. By Saturday the staff on the image desk were reviewing 13,300 pictures. Roger Tooth, the head of photography, stated: “We did our best to keep away from bodies, and pixelated two faces of victims. We did keep away from employing video of a body getting dragged along an alley next to the club.”

On the Opinion pages, one particular factor taken into consideration was timing – judging when readers would be willing to engage with an concept that in the 1st 24 hours soon after the attacks might have jarred. The idea that these horrific attacks have causes and that one particular of those causes might be the west’s policies is something that in the quick aftermath may inspire anger. Three days later, it’s a point of view that need to be heard.

Among the complaints had been some goods points, many of them about language. For instance, numerous readers objected to the use of the word “mastermind” to describe Abdelhamid Abaaoud, as it appears to celebrate his achievements. I agree. Others have been concerned that we had provided insufficient prominence to the bombings in Beirut on 12 November, which killed 43 men and women.

1 reader was disappointed that a feature on the Muslim victims of the attack opened with this sentence when it was first published on the net: “Their Muslim faith did not spare them from the terrorists’ bullets.” The reader wrote: “I wonder what the writer was attempting to convey in the lead. Certainly this was not a selective attack, and surely it was not the intention of the attackers to only kill men and women of 1 faith. Victims of terror usually come from a wide cross-section of society, it hurts and hits everyone. So even though you would be proper to carry a story saying Muslims also had been amongst those killed, in my view it is a bit insensitive to say their faith did not or could not save them. They were certainly not hoping it would, and I guess we know that it does not.”

I agree, and so did editors when the point was created to them. That line was removed inside hours and was not in print editions.

Journalists naturally want to be 1st with the news, but they have to balance that urge with the restraint needed to separate truth from speculation, specifically in a digital age. So far, I believe the Guardian has accomplished a excellent job in showing that restraint.

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1 Israeli and three Palestinians Killed in Attacks in West Bank

JERUSALEM â?? 3 Palestinians who each attacked Israeli Jews in separate episodes across the occupied West Bank on Sunday, had been shot dead by Israeli civilians and soldiers, officials and witnesses stated. One particular Israeli woman was killed in the attacks.

The father of a single of the Palestinian attackers, a 16-year-old girl, mentioned she had been preparing for martyrdom and asked him to donate her organs.

The slain Israeli woman, identified by news websites as Hadar Buchris, age 20 or 21, was stabbed at an intersection in the Etzion settlement block south of Jerusalem. The attack occurred close to where an American studying in Israel was killed along with two other people by a Palestinian gunman on Thursday, and where three Israeli teenagers were abducted in 2014 and later murdered.

The spate of attacks, and another Thursday in which a Palestinian fatally stabbed two Israelis at a Tel Aviv shop that served as a prayer space, suggested a return to the every day drumbeat of violence that has plagued the area given that Oct. 1. More than 90 Palestinians have been killed in the course of the period, about half whilst attacking or attempting to attack Israelis, and the rest during demonstrations exactly where they clashed with Israeli soldiers. At the identical time, 17 Israeli Jews have been slain and dozens wounded in

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