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The Cuban government has released
some of the 53 political prisoners on a US
list, the state department has said.
Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Washing-
ton hoped to see all those on the list re-
leased soon but did not specify who was
Signalling a historic shift, last month
US President Barack Obama ordered his
administration to start re-establishing
normal relations with Cuba.
This month Cuban and US officials will
meet in Havana.
"They have already released some pris-
oners... Obviously we would like to see
this completed in the near future," Psaki
said. "This list is not to be seen as the end
of our discussion on human rights with
the government of Cuba."
Critics of President Obama have raised
concerns about human rights abuses in
Cuba. Senator Marco Rubio, a leading
critic of the president on the Cuba ques-
tion, called for the postponement of this
month's talks until political prisoners in
Cuba are released. Senator Rubio and
other Cuban-Americans members of Con-
gress have argued that Obama's change
of policy could provide legitimacy and
money for Havana while it still continues
to violate human rights. He said he and
others would seek to slow or block moves
towards normalising ties with Cuba.
The Congress is expected to hold hear-
ings on President Obama's Cuba policy in
the first weeks of the new Congress.
Cuba 'frees political prisoners on US list'
Tail of crashed
INDONESIA---Divers and an unmanned underwater
vehicle yestersday spotted the tail of the AirAsia
plane that crashed into the Java Sea with 162 people
on board, an important finding because the jet s
all-important black boxes are located in that part
of the aircraft.
Powerful currents and murky water continue to
hinder the operation, but searchers managed to get
a photograph of the debris---about 9 kilometers from
where Flight 8501 lost contact December 28---after
it was detected by an Indonesian survey ship, National
Search and Rescue chief Henry Bambang Soelistyo
One released image appeared to show an upside
down "A painted on a piece of metal, while another
grainy shot depicted some mechanical parts.
"Today we successfully discovered the part of the
plane that became the main aim since yesterday,"
Soelistyo said. "I can ensure that this is part of the
tail with the AirAsia mark on it."
Tony Fernendes, AirAsia s chief executive officer,
welcomed the news.
If it is the right part of the tail section, he tweeted,
then the cockpit voice and flight data recorders, or
black boxes, "should be there."
He said the airline s priority still is to recover all
the bodies "to ease the pain of our families."
The carrier, meanwhile, said families of those killed
would be compensated in accordance with Indonesian
Each will receive $100,000 (1.25 billion rupiah),
Sunu Widyatmoko, president of AirAsia Indonesia,
told reporters in Surabaya.
So far, 40 corpses have been found, including an
additional one announced yesterday, but time is run-
At two weeks, most corpses will sink, said Anton
Castilani, head of Indonesia s disaster identification
victim unit, and there are already signs of serious
decomposition. Officials are hopeful many of the
more than 122 bodies still unaccounted for will be
found inside the fuselage, which is believed to be
lying near the tail.
PARIS---Masked gunmen shouting
"Allahu akbar!" stormed the Paris offices
of a satirical newspaper yesterday, killing
12 people, including the paper s editor and
a cartoonist, before escaping in a getaway
car. It was France s deadliest terror attack
in at least two decades.
French Interior Minister Bernard
Cazeneuve said security forces were hunting
for three gunmen after the noon-time attack
on the weekly Charlie Hebdo, whose car-
icatures of the Prophet Muhammed have
frequently drawn condemnation from Mus-
French President Francois Hollande called
the slayings "a terrorist attack without a
doubt" and said several other attacks have
been thwarted in France "in recent weeks."
There was no immediate claim of respon-
sibility for the attack.
The Islamic State group has repeatedly
threatened to attack France. Just minutes
before the attack, Charlie Hebdo had tweeted
a satirical cartoon of that extremist group s
leader giving New Year s wishes. Another
cartoon, released in this week s issue and
entitled Still No Attacks in France, had a
caricature of an extremist fighter saying
"Just wait---we have until the end of January
to present our New Year s wishes."
The 12 dead included two men who went
by the pen names: Charb---the editor and
a cartoonist as well---and the cartoonist
Cabu, spokeswoman Agnes Thibault-
Lecuivre of the Paris prosecutor s office
Just before noon, multiple masked men
armed with automatic weapons attacked
the newspaper s office in central Paris, nearby
worker Benoit Bringer told the iTele network.
The attackers went to the second floor and
started firing indiscriminately in the news-
room, said Christophe DeLoire of Reporters
"This is the darkest day of the history of
the French press," DeLoire said.
Video images on the Web site of public
broadcaster France Televisions showed two
gunmen in black at a crossroads who
appeared to fire down one of the streets. A
cry of "Allahu akbar!"---Arabic for "God is
great"---could be heard among the gun-
Charlie Hebdo has been repeatedly threat-
ened for its caricatures of the Prophet
Muhammad and other controversial sketch-
es.Its offices were firebombed in 2011 after
a spoof issue featuring a caricature of the
prophet on its cover. Nearly a year later, the
publication again published crude Muham-
mad caricatures, drawing denunciations
from around the Muslim world. (AP)
Massacre at French magazine
...editor and cartoonist among those killed
Parts of AirAsia QZ8501, recovered from the Java
Sea, are carried by Indonesian Airforce and Search
and Rescue crew members after they were offloaded
from a US Navy helicopter at the airport in
Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia,
Monday. REUTERS PHOTO
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