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By Madalena Araujo, CNN
Boko Haram is not considered to be in control of any part of Nigeria, the country’s top military spokesman told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Thursday in the wake of what has been described by Amnesty International as the terror group’s “deadliest attack” to date.
“Yes, the activities of terrorism - they are prevalent in certain isolated communities, here and there. It is part of the reality of the moment, we recognize such as a thing to be addressed, but we have never considered that any portion of Nigeria is under their control,” Major General Chris Olukolade said.
He said that while the extremists’ “activities may be prevalent in such places, we have in plan the appropriate measures to reverse any of their activities now and ensure minimum effect on property and civilians, and ensure that in the process of flushing them out of the areas where they operate now we don’t cause collateral damage to our individuals.”
As Charlie Hebdo’s first issue since last week’s Paris attacks hit the newsstands in epic proportions, Muslims have reacted to the satirical magazine’s latest edition, which once again depicts the Prophet Mohammed on the cover.
The survivors issue features a teary Prophet declaring “All is forgiven” while holding a banner of the now-famous slogan “Je suis Charlie”. It sold out in France within hours.
“I think Charlie Hebdo could have put something else on the first cover, for example to condemn terrorism and to say that Islam had nothing to do with what happened one week ago,” Madjid Messaoudene, a City council member from the Paris suburb of Saint Denis, which has a significant Muslim population, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday.
Madjid knew Stéphane Charbonnier, the editor of Charlie Hebdo, and economist and journalist Bernard Maris. They were both killed along with 10 other people when gunmen shouting “Allahu Akbar” attacked the publication’s headquarters a week ago.
He is of the opinion “that drawing the Prophet would offend, would insult millions, thousands of Muslims all over the world.”
Ali Ferzat was severely beaten by the Assad Regime for his cartoons in 2011. After the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, he says the pen is clearly mightier than any weapon.
“They grabbed my fingers and they started breaking them one by one so to teach me a lesson for insulting the president.”
“Those cartoonists did not carry a gun or a weapon. They only carried a pen. Just like I did. It appears that the pen is mightier than any weapon.”
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On Thursday Pope Francis heads to the Philippines as part of a six day papal tour of Asia, after his stay in Sri Lanka, where he canonized the country's first saint.
As Manila awaits the pontiff, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour spoke with Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle what this visit means at this time of deep religious divide.
Imagine a world where an attack on the freedom of the press creates a media printing of epic proportions.
On Wednesday, "Charlie Hebdo" will boost its circulation from a weekly 60,000 to 5 million copies in 16 languages and 25 countries, including Turkey, where Hebdo's editor-in-chief says secularism is under attack.
Christiane Amanpour has the story.
The European Union needs to enact legislation that allows authorities to keep a database of all travelers, similar to a law implemented in the U.S. after the September 11th attacks, the EU’s Counter-Terror Coordinator told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday.
Gilles de Kerchove’s comments came in response to questioning by Amanpour about Hayat Boumediene, the partner of alleged Paris attacker Amedy Coulibaly, who was reportedly able to go to Turkey via Madrid before crossing into Syria on Thursday.
“I would say because we are missing one instrument and that’s at the core of the discussion in Paris, we really need to do what the Americans have done after 9/11, to set what they call a Passenger Name Record, PNR, which is one of the few tools which allows the police to detect suspicious travel when their services have not been able based on intelligence to detect that someone was planning to go abroad for the jihad.”
The U.S.-style law would make it mandatory for airlines to hand EU countries the data of passengers entering or leaving the union.
By Mick Krever, CNN
As French Jews contemplate leaving the country in the wake of last week's Paris attacks, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has sought to reassure the sizable population in an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour.
"Without the Jews, France is no longer France. It’s the oldest community. They have been French citizens since the French revolution," he said.
"We need to reassure them and we must combat this new kind of anti-Semitism with resolve. But the position of Jews in France is to be in France. For me, I’m absolutely convinced about it, and I shall fight to the very end. I am married to a musician who is Jewish."
Four French Jews who were murdered in a Kosher Paris market last Wednesday were buried in Jerusalem on Tuesday. Mourners included thousands of Israelis, and Israel’s Prime Minister and President.
"This is not how we wanted to welcome you to Israel," President Reuven Rivlin said.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls told CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Monday that the threat is still present after last week’s terror attacks in Paris left 17 people dead.
Valls said “the enquiry is only beginning and we need to go fast and I want to say, as the President of the Republic has said to France, the threat is still there and we have to be very careful that there is no reaction to what has happened.”
The warning came a day after more than one million people flooded Paris' Place de la République in a an unprecedented show of solidarity and defiance. Nearly four million people marched throughout the country, making it the largest mobilization in France’s history.
The world is still learning the details of last week’s shootings, in which gunmen claiming they were avenging the Prophet Mohammed attacked the staff of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a Kosher supermarket.
Islam must be a religion, not a political agenda, the rector of the Great Mosque of Paris told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in Paris on Monday, calling for reform in the training of imams.
“Today we want to appeal for a change in religious thinking in Islam – that we abandon political Islam, that we should not turn it into a policy but to keep it as a religion, a religion which doesn’t ask people to kill anyone nor to carry out anti-Semitic acts, or anything political,” Dalil Boubakeur said through a translator.
More than anytime in recent memory, France and French Muslims are trying to grapple with what Islam means for the country.
Last week, a terror attack by gunmen shouting “Allahu Akbar” left 17 people dead at Charlie Hebdo magazine and a Kosher supermarket.
“Islam is a religion of peace, a religion of tolerance, a religion which people can live together in which people can be brought up in accordance with the ethics and morals of democracy and it should be an example of humanism.”
Elsa Ray, of the Collective Against Islamophobia, tells Christiane Amanpour we must "get united and say we have to stop these vicious circles of hate." Click above to watch.
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