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A history teacher who opened a discussion with students on caricatures of Islam's Prophet Muhammad was beheaded in a French street on Friday and police have shot dead the suspected killer, authorities said. The French anti-terrorism prosecutor opened an investigation for murder with a suspected terrorist motive, the prosecutor's office said.
LONDON - French police and members of the security services continue to raid the homes of suspected radicals and offices of alleged Islamic fundamentalist organisations following the beheading of a French school teacher who showed controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad to his students. And as French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin has pointed out, the approximately 40 separate raids already executed are likely to be continued and expanded to a larger circle of people or organisations who may have expressed sympathy for the teacher's murder or offered justifications for the crime. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Get unlimited access to all stories at $0.99/month Latest headlines and exclusive stories In-depth analyses and award-winning multimedia content Get access to all with our no-contract promotional package at only $0.99/month for the first 3 months* *Terms and conditions apply.
BEIJING: China's ruling Communist Party on Thursday concluded its key annual conclave during which it approved the 14th Five-Year Plan and Vision 2035, a long-term development plan which observers say hints at the continuation of President Xi Jinping in power for the next 15 years.The four-day plenary session of the Communist Party of China (CPC) heard and discussed a work report delivered by Xi on behalf of the Politburo of the CPC Central Committee, an official communique said on Thursday.The session also adopted the CPC proposals for the formulation of the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025) for National Economic and Social Development and the Long-Range Objectives Through the Year 2035.The session was attended by 198 members of the CPC Central Committee and 166 alternate members of the CPC Central Committee, official media reported.While the 14th Five-Year plan envisages massive overhaul of the country's domestic market to boost consumption in order to reduce China's reliance on shrinking exports markets, the Vision 2035 visualises a long-term plan, reflecting the vision of President Xi.The Vision 2035 plan prompted speculation that Xi intends to essentially be "president-for-life".The aim of Vision 2035, says Benjamin Hillman, a professor at the Australian National University, is to "set goalposts