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Asia-Pacific leaders condemn atttack in France

Thursday, January 08, 2015 - 01:34

Leaders of Asia-Pacific nations join the chorus of condemnation for the deadly attacks at the office of a French satirical magazine. Katie Sargent reports.

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A somber memorial service at the French embassy in Tokyo Thursday morning, for the victims of the attack in Paris. Mourners observed a moment of silence for the 12 people killed in the shooting at the office of a satirical magazine. Earlier Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe said the attack was unforgivable. SOUNDBITE (Japanese) PRIME MINISTER SHINZO ABE SAYING: "The terrorist attack this time is an act of terror against a news organization as well as a terrorist attack on the freedom of speech and the freedom to report. This is unforgivable. Regardless of the reasons, we cannot forgive such cowardly and dastardly attacks and condemn it. We express our condolences to the victims of the attacks." Elsewhere across the Asia Pacific region, leaders added their voices to the international condemnation of the attack. In Australia, Prime Minister Tony Abbot called it a horrific atrocity. (SOUNDBITE)(English) AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER TONY ABBOTT SAYING: "Sadly we can expect more of this because the ISIL or 'Daesh, as they call it in the Middle East, death cult' has declared war on the world. These are people who hate us, not because of anything that we've done, but because of who we are and how we live." In China, state television reported that the foreign minister condemned the attack. It also said the Chinese embassy in France had issued a warning to Chinese nationals, companies and institutions to stay vigilant.

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Asia-Pacific leaders condemn atttack in France

Thursday, January 08, 2015 - 01:34