LISTEN: 3 million march against terrorism in Paris; Suicide bomber kills 19 in Nigeria (UCNN Weekend Report #98)

1. According to the AP, an estimated 3 million people marched through Paris on Sunday in a massive show of unity and defiance in the face of terrorism that killed 17 people in France’s bleakest moment in half a century. Their arms linked, more than 40 world leaders headed the somber procession, setting aside their differences for a manifestation that French President Francois Hollande said turned the city into “the capital of the world.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood near Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also marched. The deadly attacks on a satirical newspaper, kosher market and police marked a turning point for France that some compared to Sept. 11. Rallies were planned throughout France and major cities around the world, including London, Madrid and New York — all attacked by al-Qaida-linked extremists — as well as Cairo, Sydney, Stockholm, Tokyo and elsewhere.

2. According to Al Jazeera, a suicide bomb attack by a young girl in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri has killed 19 people, while a bomb-laden car exploded in Yobe state, killing two more people. The first blast happened at about 12:40pm local time on Saturday at the local market. The attacker was believed to be a girl as young as 10 years old.

3. According to AFP, at least 57 people including women and children were killed when their bus crashed into an oil tanker, igniting a fierce blaze in southern Pakistan early Sunday. It was the second crash involving major loss of life in Sindh province in less than three months. Authorities fear the death toll could rise, since all the bodies were burnt beyond recognition, and are planning DNA tests for identification.

4. According to Reuters, a suicide bomb attack on a cafe in the Lebanese city of Tripoli killed at least seven people on Saturday, the latest violence to hit a region repeatedly buffeted by violence linked to the civil war in neighboring Syria. The Nusra Front, al Qaeda’s official affiliate in the Syrian civil war, said it carried out the double suicide attack in the predominantly Alawite district of Jabal Mohsen “in revenge for the Sunnis in Syria and Lebanon”. The statement appeared on a Twitter feed operated by the group’s media arm. Three dozen people were wounded in the attack.

5. According to Reuters, Indonesian search teams believe they have found the fuselage of an AirAsia airliner that crashed in the Java Sea two weeks ago, and divers hope calmer waters on Monday will allow them to retrieve the black box flight recorders. Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501 lost contact with air traffic control in bad weather on Dec. 28, less than halfway into a two-hour flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore. None of the 162 people on the aircraft survived. Searchers have also been hearing pings, believed to be from the aircraft’s two black boxes near where the tail of the Airbus A320-200 aircraft was raised on Saturday.

6. According to the AP, Police in Germany say they have detained two men suspected of an arson attack against a newspaper that republished the cartoons of French weekly Charlie Hebdo. The newspaper Hamburger Morgenpost said on its website the overnight arson attack destroyed several files in its archive, but didn’t injure anyone. Hamburg police said it had detained the two young men near the newspaper building. The Hamburg tabloid newspaper published the Charlie Hebdo cartoons the day after the attack against the newspaper in Paris to express its solidarity with the slain journalists.

7. According to the NYT, As the authorities in France worked on Saturday to piece together the sequence of events at a kosher supermarket in Paris where a gunman and four hostages were killed on Friday, there was an outpouring of praise online for a young employee credited with saving the lives of some customers by hiding them in a cold-storage room. The employee, Lassana Bathily, 24, was identified in the French news as a Muslim from Mali who worked at the supermarket. In an interview with the French channel BFMTV, Bathily said he ushered about 15 people into the basement room after the gunman burst into the shop. Later, Bathily escaped and emerged from the market while the gunman was still inside, he was ordered by the police to lie down and put his hands on his head. He was able to help the authorities plan their operation to liberate the hostages by describing the layout of the shop. As news of his heroics spread on Saturday, there were numerous calls on social networks to reward him for his bravery with either the Legion of Honor, Frances highest award, or French citizenship.

8. According to Fox News, A man who barricaded himself and a possibly family member inside a Texas hospital room Saturday night surrendered to police without incident. The man was unarmed at the time of arrest and no injuries were reported. The man was said to be distraught about his adult son’s medical condition, who is a patient at Tomball Regional Medical Center.

9. According to NYT, Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in India on Sunday to promote economic ties with India and set the stage for President Obama’s visit later this month. During his two-day visit, Mr. Kerry will join Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an investment conference in Mr. Modi’s home state of Gujarat. The United States wants to boost trade with India to $500 billion a year from nearly $100 billion in 2013. American companies have faced considerable challenges to expanding their business here, including caps on foreign investment, disputes over intellectual property and provisions on corporate liability that have hampered nuclear energy projects.

10. According to, In the wake of Islamist terror attacks that killed a combined 16 people at the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine and a kosher supermarket in Paris, the leader of a prominent Christian-Jewish aid group said that he is exploring ways to help French Jews immigrate to Israel. Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) said, “There’s no question in my mind that incidents like this [and] the many others recently are increasing the risk for the Jewish community in France and their desire to leave.” While Eckstein said that it is not his organization’s role to take over the responsibility of the Israeli government and the Jewish Agency for Israel in facilitate the aliyah of French Jews, he acknowledged that his organization is exploring ways that it can help.

As you go throughout this day, keep this word in mind. Psalm 118:5-6 says, “I called upon the Lord in distress: the Lord answered me, and set me in a large place. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?”

As always, we want you to know that God loves you. He loves you so much that the Bible says in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you don’t know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, why don’t you get to know Him today. Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose by the power of God for you. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Thanks so much for listening. May God bless your day.

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