1. Paris marks the fourth anniversary of Charlie Hebdo attack
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo along with French ministers Christophe Castaner and Nicole Belloubet led the tributes to the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, accompanied by the head of the publication, Laurent "Riss" Sourisseau, police officials and representatives of the Jewish community. (VIDEO at link)
2. Ebola hits EUROPE as patient enters hospital vomiting blood
A person believed to have contracted ebola is being held in isolation at Sweden's Uppsala University Hospital, the regional authority said on Friday.
Uppsala chief medical officer confirmed the patient was vomiting blood, a symptom of the fatal disease.
They were admitted to Enkoping hospital before being transferred to Uppsala, to their infection clinic.
The emergency clinic at Enkoping has been closed in contact with the patient are also being looked after, the authority said.
3. Iran to send warships to the Atlantic, closer to U.S. waters
LONDON (Reuters) - The Iranian navy will send warships to deploy in the Atlantic from March, a top commander said on Friday, as the Islamic Republic seeks to increase the operating range of its naval forces to the backyard of the United States, its arch foe.
Iran sees the presence of U.S. aircraft carriers in the Gulf as a security concern and its navy has sought to counter that by showing the flag near American waters.
A flotilla will leave for the Atlantic early in the Iranian new year, starting from March, Iran’s naval deputy commander said.
“The Atlantic Ocean is far and the operation of the Iranian naval flotilla might take five months,” Rear-Admiral Touraj Hassani was quoted as saying by the state news agency IRNA.
He said Sahand, a newly-built destroyer, would be one of the warships. Sahand has a flight deck for helicopters and Iran says it is equipped with anti-aircraft and anti-ship guns, surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles and has electronic warfare capabilities.
4. Egyptian explosives expert killed defusing bomb at Cairo church
An Egyptian police officer was killed on Saturday while attempting to defuse an explosive device found at a church in an eastern Cairo suburb, state television reported, less than two days prior to Coptic Christmas celebrated by Egypt's Christians.
Two policemen and an onlooker were also hurt when the device exploded, security sources told Reuters. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the incident.
Egyptian security forces have stepped up their presence outside churches and other places of worship ahead of New Year's Eve and Coptic Christmas, which is celebrated on 7 January.
5. Denmark Deports Said Mansour, Stripped of Citizenship, to Morocco
Rabat – Denmark has deported Said Mansour, convicted of incitement to terrorism and formerly a dual Moroccan-Danish citizen, to Morocco.
According to Danish media, Mansour arrived in Casablanca yesterday night, aboard Royal Air Maroc flight 222 from Copenhagen. Danish authorities handed him into Moroccan custody.
Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen tweeted that he was “very satisfied” with Mansour’s deportation: “Said Mansour has been handed over to the Moroccan authorities. A final end to a pertinent effort to carry out the Danish Supreme Court’s ruling to deport him in 2016…. It sends a clear message that criminal foreigners, who so obviously act against the Danish values and promote terrorism, do not belong in Denmark.
6. Trump congratulates Egypt on becoming more “inclusive” as President al-Sisi inaugurates the biggest Christian cathedral in the Middle East one day after deadly bomb blast near another Coptic church
President Trump tweeted words of praise for Egypt's president as he inaugurates a massive cathedral on Coptic Christmas Eve Sunday amid heavy security.
“Excited to see our friends in Egypt opening the biggest Cathedral in the Middle East,” Trump exclaimed on Twitter. “President El-Sisi is moving his country to a more inclusive future!”
Egypt's president is inaugurating Nativity of Christ Cathedral for Coptic Christians and one of the region's largest mosques.
Sunday's opening ceremony is a highly symbolic gesture at a time when Islamic militants are increasingly targeting the country's minority Christians.
7. Saudi woman trying to flee family trapped at Bangkok airport
A young Saudi woman who has renounced Islam says she is stranded at Bangkok’s main airport after fleeing her family and having her passport seized by a Saudi official. She claims she was on her way to Australia in search of asylum.
Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun says she was on a trip to Kuwait with her family when she fled on a flight two days ago and went to the Thai capital to make the connection to Australia.
Alqunun is currently confined in a hotel inside the airport, watched by men she said were from the Saudi embassy and Kuwait Airlines.
The ex-Muslim detailed her plight on Twitter, saying: “Because I got nothing to lose I’m going now to share my real name and my all information.”
My name is Rahaf Mohammed Mutlaq Alqunun, and this is my picture pic.twitter.com/RHsnnPWUjL— Rahaf Mohammed رهف محمد (@rahaf84427714) January 6, 2019
8. Excerpt from Arabic TV show “Shababtalk”: How does integration succeed in the time of the rise of the populist right in Germany?
Host of Shababtalk, Jaafar Abdul Karim, challenges young woman to explain why she wouldn't shake hands with fellow panelist and AfD member, Markus Frohmaier, as they discuss the challenges of integration.
9. Terror trial starts in Sweden against 6 Central Asian men
A trial has started in Stockholm of three men suspected of preparing an extremist attack in Sweden.
Swedish Radio, quoting the prosecutor, said the men had gathered some 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds) of chemicals, knives, gas masks and military equipment, and photos of potentials targets in Stockholm were found on their cell phones.
They and three others are also accused of financing the Islamic State group in Syria. SR said the men — five Uzbeks and a citizen of Kyrgyzstan — communicated via closed chatrooms. The men lived legally in Sweden and have denied wrongdoing.
10. Yellow Vests respond to French government’s hardened stance by storming cabinet spokesman, Benjamin-Blaise Griveaux’s, office