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L'Humanité, Jan. 7, 2016

"Always Charlie!" reads the Thursday front page of far-left French daily L'Humanité, as France marks the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attack on the Paris offices of the satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo that left 12 dead.

Eight staff members were killed by two gunmen who'd pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda's branch in Yemen, in what was declared as retaliation for the publication of caricatures depicting the Prophet Mohammed.

The shooting, which was followed the next two days by the killing of a police officer and four Jewish shoppers at a kosher supermarket, rallied much of France against Islamic terrorism. But the attacks also opened debate about freedom of expression and religion, as well as about the country's longstanding problems of immigration and social exclusion.

France was targeted again on November 13 in an even more deadly terror attack that left 130 people dead. In a speech to police forces Thursday, French President Francois Hollande said the "terrorist threat" would continue to weigh on the country, AP reports.

Meanwhile, Charlie Hebdo remains as defiant as ever, releasing a special anniversary issue Wednesday, with a fugitive, bloodstained God figure carrying a Kalashnikov on its front page.

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Jehovah's Witnesses Translate The Bible In Indigenous Language — Is This Colonialism?

The Jehovah's Witnesses in Chile have launched a Bible version translated into the native Mapudungun language, evidently indifferent to the concerns of a nation striving to save its identity from the Western cultural juggernaut.

A Mapuche family awaits for Chilean President Gabriel Boric to arrive at the traditional Te Deum in the Cathedral of Santiago, on Chile's Independence Day.

Claudia Andrade

NEUQUÉN — The Bible can now be read in Mapuzugun, the language of the Mapuche, an ancestral nation living across Chile and Argentina. It took the Chilean branch of the Jehovah's Witnesses, a latter-day Protestant church often associated with door-to-door proselytizing and cold calling, three years to translate it into "21st-century Mapuzugun".

The church's Mapuche members in Chile welcomed the book when it was launched in Santiago last June, but some of their brethren see it rather as a cultural imposition. The Mapuche were historically a fighting nation, and fiercely resisted both the Spanish conquerors and subsequent waves of European settlers. They are still fighting for land rights in Chile.

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