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Marcie Sillman talks with Vaughn Palmer, columnist at the Vancouver Sun, about Canada's response to the terror attacks in Paris and the recent arrest in Canada of a man with suspected connections to the Islamic State.

Jews Face New Fears In Europe

Jan 13, 2015

The killing of four French Jews in last week’s hostage standoff at a Paris kosher market has deepened the fears among European Jewish communities shaken by rising anti-Semitism and feeling vulnerable due to poor security and a large number of undefended potential targets.

The hostage situation followed the attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that left 12 people dead. Experts say European Jews have not felt this threatened since World War II, when some 6 million Jews were murdered in the Nazi Holocaust.

A small gathering at Red Square to discuss the events that have unfolded in Paris.
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Several dozen students and Francophiles gathered in Red Square on the University of Washington campus on Friday in light of the tragic events that unfolded this week in Paris.

They formed a loose circle and discussed freedom of expression, what they love about France and how they were handling the news that two gunman had entered the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine and killed 12 staffers. The gunmen died Friday after a standoff with police. 

Zachary Gian, an exchange student from France, said it has been hard to watch the news.

(This post was last updated at 6:50 p.m. ET.)

A nationwide manhunt for the suspects of France's deadliest terrorist attack in more than 50 years ended in a hail of gunfire on Friday.

After hours of tension in two separate standoffs that shut down parts of the Paris metro area, the two main suspects in the attack on a satirical magazine and a man who took hostages at a kosher grocery are dead, President François Hollande said in a speech to the nation.

The attack on the French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo has prompted a multitude of questions. Here’s a brief guide by the staff of PRI’s The World. (We’ll be updating throughout the day.)

Question: What's the latest?

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Six months before he was beheaded by ISIS, American hostage James Foley was offered up as a bargaining chip.

That's according to the New York Times, which reported on Sunday that a disillusioned ISIS commander wanted asylum in the US — and $750,000 to start a new life. But the US government reportedly refused to discuss the possibility.

Last week, the Taliban attacked the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan, killing more than 140 people, most of them schoolchildren.

Gunman Opens Fire In Canadian Parliament

Oct 22, 2014

Marcie Sillman talks with Vaughn Palmer, columnist for the Vancouver Sun, about today's shooting at the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa, which some have linked to the terrorist group Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

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Marcie Sillman speaks with U.S. Representatives Jim McDermott and Denny Heck about their response to President Obama's strategy in Iraq and Syria against the terrorist group ISIS.

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A Somali immigrant living in Kent was arrested Wednesday on charges of fundraising for the Somali insurgent group Al-Shabaab. Her arrest could cast more suspicion on the system Somalis use to send money home.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is flush with cash, and holds as much as $2 billion. Counterterrorism officials say the group knows how to use that money to its advantage. It's showing a kind of professional acumen and discipline that sets it apart from other terrorist organizations. But what kinds of attacks can its money buy?

Back in 2006, when Germany was hosting the World Cup soccer tournament, a terrorist attack was narrowly averted. With bombs hidden in their suitcases, two men in their 20s boarded commuter trains in the city of Cologne.

Kenya saw another deadly attack when armed militants stormed a small coastal town Sunday night, leaving at least 48 people dead.

Kenya's Standard Digital reports that police warned the death toll could climb higher. The Standard adds:

President Obama has informed Congress that 275 U.S. Armed Forces personnel will go to Iraq to provide security for the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, as a militant Sunni group continues its offensive in the country, seizing control of the northern town of Tal Afar.

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Marcie Sillman talks to Dan Murphy, national security correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor, about the worsening situation in Iraq. Then, David Hyde talks to Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., a ranking member on the House Armed Service Committee, about the U.S. response to the violence.

The militant group Islamic State In Iraq and Al-Sham has been seizing cities in northern Iraq. Mosul, one of the largest city in northern Iraq, was seized Tuesday. Members of Congress are weighing in on the situation. Some Republicans have called for immediate military intervention there, but Smith thinks a military solution might not be the answer right now.

The U.S. has devoted billions of dollars to fighting terrorism overseas in the years since the Sept. 11 attacks.

The Justice Department is increasingly warning about the danger posed by radicals on American soil, and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder wants prosecutors and FBI agents to devote more attention to the threat.

Nearly two decades ago, after the Oklahoma City bombing killed 168 people, the Justice Department launched a group to fight domestic terrorism.

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