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Paris shooting: Witnesses thought movie was being filmed as shooters sowed terror, panic

It was like something out of a movie: gunfire, tyres screeching, police sirens and "rivers of blood" as terror descended on a nondescript building in a calm Parisian street.

Annick Chevalier, 50, was at work assisting the elderly near the headquarters of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo when she heard what she thought were fireworks.

"When I heard tyres screeching, I said to myself 'it is a film set'. But no, it was not a film. Unfortunately it was reality," she told AFP, after gunmen attacked the magazine's offices on Wednesday, leaving 12 people dead.

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Paris shooting: Step-by-step account of bloodbath

At around 11.20am (6.20pm Singapore time), two masked Kalashnikov-wielding men dressed in black burst into number 6 rue Nicolas-Appert in a Paris neighbourhood, where the archives of the Charlie Hebdo satirical weekly are based.

"Is this Charlie Hebdo?" they screamed, before realising they had got the wrong address.

Moving quickly down the road to number 10, they fired at reception staff and moved to the second floor where journalists and cartoonists were in the middle of an editorial conference.

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Paris shooting: Cold and deadly, Paris gunmen likely 'military trained'

The calm, cold determination and deadly efficiency of the gunmen who attacked Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, killing 12 people, has led police to believe they received military-style training.

Images of the attack, taken on cellphones, show a carefully planned and professional operation, said a former bodyguard and policeman, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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FBI says Sony hackers 'got sloppy' and posted from North Korea IP addresses

FBI director James Comey said on Wednesday that hackers behind the cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment provided key clues to their identity by sometimes posting material from IP addresses used exclusively by the North Korean government.

The hackers, who called themselves "Guardians of Peace," sometimes "got sloppy" and failed to use proxy servers that would hide their identity, Mr Comey said at the International Conference on Cyber Security in New York.

Sony's network was crippled by hackers in November as the company prepared to release The Interview, a comedy about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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Football: LA Galaxy confirm Steven Gerrard arrival

The Los Angeles Galaxy confirmed on Wednesday that Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will join their roster as a designated player in July.

The 34-year-old midfielder will join up with the Major League Soccer side at the end of the Premier League season, pending receipt of a visa and international transfer certificate.

"I'm very excited to begin the next chapter of my career in the United States with LA Galaxy," Gerrard said on the LA Galaxy website.

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