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Toulouse stand-off continues 30 hours later

By Jennifer Lipman, March 22, 2012

More than a day after French police surrounded a house in Toulouse the fate of the man suspected of up to seven murders is unknown.

Gunman Mohammed Merah may not still be alive, said Claude Gueant, France's Interior Minister. Police are understood to have entered the building, although Mr Gueant did not confirm that.

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Toulouse stand-off continues as more details about suspected killer emerge

By Jennifer Lipman, March 21, 2012

It has now been around 17 hours since police surrounded a building in Toulouse in order to take a man, suspected of killing up to seven people, into custody.

Yet despite earlier reports, Mohammed Merah has not been arrested and remains holed up inside. Police are believed to be preparing to storm the building.

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Israeli ambassador: Fire UN fake Gaza pic tweeter

By Jessica Elgot, March 21, 2012

Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor, has demanded the dismissal of a UN employee who tweeted a fake picture of a child dying in Gaza, purportedly killed by Israeli bombing.

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Fayad: Stop using Palestinians as excuse for killing innocent people

By Jennifer Lipman, March 21, 2012

The Palestinian Prime Minister has called for an end to the use of the plight of Palestinian children as justification for acts of extremist violence against innocent people.

Speaking as police in Toulouse continued their stand-off with the gunman wanted in connection with the murders of four Jewish children and three paratroopers, Salam Fayaad said this was not an excuse.

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Toulouse: Marine Le Pen calls for war against 'politico-religious fundamentalists'

By Jennifer Lipman, March 21, 2012

The far-right French presidential hopeful has weighed in to the public debate as details about the perpetrator of the gun attack on a Jewish school in Toulouse emerge.

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Toulouse murder suspect 'escaped from Kandahar jail' after bomb plot

By Jennifer Lipman, March 21, 2012

The suspected killer of four people at a Jewish school in Toulouse escaped from a prison in Afghanistan four years before carrying out the massacre.

Ghulam Faruq , the director of Kandahar prison , said that Mohammed Merah was one of hundreds of Taliban-connected prisoners who escaped during a Taliban attack on the jail in 2008.

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French police: Mohammed Merah 'visited Pakistan, Afghanistan'

By Jennifer Lipman, March 21, 2012

The man believed to be behind the murders of four people at a Jewish school in Toulouse on Monday is a 24-year-old with French citizenship.

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Funerals of Toulouse victims as suspect surrounded by police

By Jennifer Lipman, March 21, 2012

The funerals of the four victims of the shootings at a Jewish school in France on Monday have been held in Jerusalem.

Thousands of mourners gathered in the city to mark the tragic deaths of Rabbi Jonathan Sandler Rabbi, his two young sons and seven-year-old Miriam Monsonego.

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French minister flies to Israel for funerals of Toulouse victims

By Jennifer Lipman, March 20, 2012

Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister has welcomed the decision of the French Foreign Minister to fly to Israel for the funerals of the rabbi and children murdered in Toulouse in Monday.

The four victims of Monday's attack all had dual French and Israeli citizenship, and will be buried in Jerusalem. The funerals are scheduled for Wednesday morning.

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French gunman could have filmed Jewish school shooting

By Jennifer Lipman, March 20, 2012

French investigators hunting a man who shot at pupils arriving at a Jewish school in Toulouse on Monday morning, killing four people, believe he filmed the attack.

The man, who has also been linked to the murders of three soldiers, was said to have had a video camera attached to him as he escaped the scene on a motorcycle.

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