Charlie Hebdo attack: France arrests 54 for defending terrorism as magazine sells out

January 14, 2015 2:38 PM

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Charlie Hebdo attack: France arrests 54 for defending terrorism as magazine sells out

France ordered prosecutors around the country Wednesday to crack down on hate speech, anti-Semitism and glorifying terrorism, announcing that 54 people had been arrested for those offences since the Paris attacks.

Meanwhile, Yemen's al-Qaeda branch on Wednesday claimed responsibility for last week's deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo, with one of its top commanders saying the assault was in revenge for the weekly's publications of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, considered an insult in Islam.

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