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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Maybe she could teach her friend Barack a thing or two

Shavua tov, a good week to all of you.

Some of you might recall the sequence of pictures above from Nelson Mandela's funeral a few months ago. The lady in the pictures is Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt. Tonight, a Copenhagen debate including Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilk - who has drawn cartoons of Mohammed - was attacked by  'gunmen.' But Helle Thorning-Schmidt is no foolish lady. She's calling this a terror attack.
A shooting at a free speech debate in the Danish capital, Copenhagen, is being treated as "a terrorist attack", the Danish prime minister says.
Helle Thorning-Schmidt said the attack was "politically motivated" and that the country was on a high state of alert.
A manhunt is underway for a suspect who targeted the event at the Krudttoennen cafe in the Oesterbro district of the city.
One person is dead in the terror attack. Three police officers were injured.
Denmark is on high alert after a gunman in Copenhagen killed one person and injured three others at a debate on blasphemy and free speech attended by a controversial Swedish cartoonist.
Several dozen shots were fired at the seminar and a manhunt is now under way.
Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt described it as a "politically motivated" act of terrorism.
Cartoonist Lars Vilks, who has faced death threats over his caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, was unhurt.
An audio recording, obtained exclusively by the BBC, revealed the moments leading up to the attack.
One of the speakers at the debate, which took place at a cafe and concerned the limits of free speech, is suddenly interrupted by a barrage of gunshots.
Eyewitness Niels Ivar Larsen, speaking to the Associated Press news agency, said: "I heard someone firing with an automatic weapon and someone shouting.
"Police returned fire and I hid behind the bar."
The French ambassador, Francois Zimeray, was also present during the attack.
Shortly after the shooting, a message appeared on his Twitter feed saying he was still alive.
 Maybe Thorning-Schmidt could teach Obama how to say the "t" word.

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