News Wrap: French lawmakers reaffirm fight against Islamic State

In our news wrap Tuesday, Prime Minister Manuel Valls addressed the French National Assembly, saying France is at war with terrorism, not Islam or Muslims. Meanwhile, investigators probed deeper into the weapons and financing behind last week's terror attacks. Also, President Obama renewed a push to improve American cyber-defenses.

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    National leaders in France vowed today to take the fight to Islamist radicals. The call to action came as investigators probed deeper into last week's terror attacks in Paris, and as the French Parliament paid tribute to the dead.

    It was the National Assembly's first session since the terror attacks, and lawmakers honored the 17 victims with a moment of silence and with a spontaneous sing of "La Marseillaise," the country's national anthem.

    They also listened as Prime Minister Manuel Valls vowed to pursue stricter surveillance of convicted extremists after they're released. France, he said, has gone to war.

  • MANUEL VALLS, Prime Minister, France (through interpreter):

    Yes, France is at war against terrorism, jihadism, and radical Islamism. It's not against religion. France is not at war against Islam and Muslims.


    Lawmakers underscored that resolve, voting 488-1 to continue military operations against the Islamic State group in Iraq. One of the Paris gunmen, Amedy Coulibaly, claimed allegiance to the Islamic State. The others, Cherif and Said Kouachi, said they acted on behalf of al-Qaida's Yemen branch.

    New footage emerged today of the brothers' attack on the Charlie Hebdo newspaper office, where 12 people died. Police also confirmed that the Kouachis' weapons came from abroad, and that several people are wanted in the funding of the attacks.

  • CHRISTOPHE CREPIN, French Police Union Spokesman (through interpreter):

    I can't go into how many people we are exactly talking about, because I would be lying if I told you I knew exactly. One thing is for certain. This cell didn't include just those three. We think, with all seriousness, that they had accomplices because of the weaponry, the logistics and the costs of it.


    Meanwhile, prosecutors in Bulgaria announced a French national arrested earlier this month had ties to Cherif Kouachi. He now faces extradition to France.

    And, in Jerusalem, mourners buried the four Jewish victims killed Friday by Amedy Coulibaly at a kosher supermarket in Paris.

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:

  • BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, Prime Minister, Israel (through interpreter):

    These are not only the enemies of the Jewish people. They are the enemies of all humanity. The time has come for the civilized world to unite and root out these enemies from us.


    While, back in Paris, President Francois Hollande joined victims' families at a ceremony for three slain police officers.


    Thanks to them, thanks to you, freedom won over barbarism. It's the people of France who stood up to express its attachment to living together, in harmony and fraternity, in front of the leaders of the whole world.


    Amid such appeals for harmony, Charlie Hebdo went to press again, with a defiant cartoon cover of the Prophet Mohammed holding a sign saying "Je suis Charlie." The cartoonist defended the choice.

  • RENALD LUZIER, Cartoonist, Charlie Hebdo (through interpreter):

    Then there was nothing else but that, this idea of drawing Mohammed, "I am Charlie." And I looked at him, he was crying, I cried. And it was the front page. We had found the front page. We had finally found that bloody front page.


    Many news organizations, including the PBS NewsHour, have decided not to show the cover. The paper is printing up to three million copies.

    French Muslim leaders today criticized the showing of representations of Mohammed, an act considered blasphemy by most Muslims. But they urged their followers to respect the right to free expression.


    In other news this day, President Obama renewed a push to beef up the nation's cyber-defenses. It came one day after the U.S. Central Command's Twitter and YouTube accounts were hacked by Islamic State sympathizers. The president cited that attack and one last month on Sony Pictures.


    We're more prepared to defend against cyber-attacks, but every day our adversaries are getting more sophisticated, and more determined, and more plentiful. So, every day, we have got to keep upping our game at the same time. We have got to stay ahead of those who are trying to do us harm.


    The proposed legislation would grant limited lawsuit protection for companies that share cyber-threat information with the government. It would also increase information-sharing between government agencies.

    In Indonesia, divers retrieved the second black box from the wreckage of AirAsia Flight 8501 in the Java Sea. The cockpit voice recorder was found today just 33 feet away from where the flight data recorder was recovered a day earlier. Now Indonesian authorities in Jakarta will examine the data to try to determine why the plane went down last month.


    Pope Francis carried calls for reconciliation and justice to Sri Lanka today, as he began a six-day trip across Asia. Up to 80,000 people died on the island nation during a 25-year civil war mostly between Hindu Tamils and the Buddhist Sinhalese majority. The war ended in 2009, but the pope said today that only the truth about human rights abuses will help heal lingering divisions.

    POPE FRANCIS, Leader of Catholic Church: For the sake of peace, religious beliefs must never be allowed to be abusive in the cause of violence and war.


    Earlier, the pontiff rode on an 18-mile route from the airport into Colombo, the capital. Costumed elephants and thousands of well-wishers lined the way.


    The top appeals court in Egypt has cleared the way for releasing deposed President Hosni Mubarak from custody. The court today overturned a verdict that sentenced Mubarak to three years for corruption. Supporters jumped up and cheered when the decision was read in a Cairo courtroom. There was no word on when the 86-year-old Mubarak might be released from the Cairo hospital where he's been held.


    Wall Street had a day of wild swings, as oil prices dipped again, and then recovered. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 280 points early on, before giving back all of that ground and then falling by 140. In the end, the Dow finished with a loss of just 27 points to close at 17613. The Nasdaq fell three points to 4661. And the S&P slipped five to end at 2023.

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