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Paris shooting: French forces' hunt for massacre suspects goes on

Elite French security forces deployed helicopters in a night-time manhunt on Thursday for the two brothers accused of slaughtering 12 people in an Islamist attack on a satirical magazine in Paris.

"The search will continue tonight with the help of five helicopters," a police source told AFP in the tiny village of Villers-Cotterets, north-east of the capital in the Aisne region, where the suspects earlier robbed a petrol station and abandoned their getaway car.

Cherif Kouachi, 32, and his 34-year-old brother Said are thought to be behind Wednesday's bloodbath at Charlie Hebdo magazine, the worst terrorist attack in France for half a century, which the gunmen said they carried out as revenge for the weekly's repeated publication of cartoons mocking Prophet Muhammad.

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Paris shooting: 'I couldn't save them': Charlie Hebdo columnist describes aftermath

An emotional Charlie Hebdo columnist on Thursday described the horrific scene that greeted him after his colleagues were shot dead at the French satirical newspaper's office and said "I couldn't save them."

Mr Pelloux arrived at the offices three minutes after the attack with a high-ranking fire department official, who Mr Pelloux said acted "heroically" as he triggered the emergency response.

"As we were taking care of the victims, they (the attackers), were still on the streets killing people," Mr Pelloux said.

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Paris shooting: Charlie Hebdo copies draw astronomical prices online

Within hours of a terrorist attack that decimated the staff at Charlie Hebdo, copies of the latest issue of the satirical French weekly (above) were drawing bids of more than €70,000 (S$110,000) online.

The 60,000 print run of issue number 1177 sold out nearly instantly following the assault on the magazine's headquarters that killed 12 people, including some of its top journalists.

By midday Wednesday, scores of the €3 magazine bearing a cartoon likeness of controversial French author Michel Houellebecq on its cover were popping up online at astronomical prices.

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Canada gives ambassador post to official who killed gunman in parliament attack

Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, who was hailed for stopping an assailant who stormed Canada's parliament in October, will be named ambassador to Ireland, the government announced Thursday.

The 58-year-old former mountie - known for carrying a ceremonial golden mace and wearing a bicorne hat and tail coat - fired the shots that brought the October rampage to an end.

It was reportedly the first time he had ever shot anyone.

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Football: Manchester United sign former Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes

Manchester United signed former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes on an 18-month contract on Thursday.

Valdes left Barcelona, where he had spent his entire career, at the end of last season and has been training with United since October as he recovers from an anterior cruciate ligament injury suffered last March.

The deal, which includes an option to extend Valdes' stay at Old Trafford for an extra year, reunites the 32-year-old with Louis van Gaal, United's Dutch manager, who gave the Spaniard his debut during his second spell as coach of Barcelona.

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