Cameron supports Charlie Hebdo, criticised for "snooping laws"

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Cameron supports Charlie Hebdo, criticised for "snooping laws"

Simon Usborne, Features Writer for the Independent, discusses the days most interesting stories in more detail.

New Charlie Hebdo cover shows Mohammed crying

Charlie Hebdo magazine has published its first edition since the terrorist attacks at their office which left 10 staff members dead. 

The front cover is a cartoon depicting the Prophet Mohammed crying while holding a sign reading “Je Suis Charlie.” 

Above him are the words “Tout est pardonne” (“All is forgiven”). 

The magazine has printed three million copies of their latest issue, expecting higher sales as the public buy it to show solidarity with the staff. 

It is reported that staff have found the past few days “hard” but are “happy” to put the new edition out. In a press conference, magazine editor-in-chief Gerard Briard said after seeing the cover, staff “jumped up for joy.” 

David Cameron has supported the cover, noting the right to free speech. However, satricial images of the Prime Minister have appeared across the internet because of his support for new so-called "snooping laws", which propose changes to civil liberties.

Happy Mondays’ Bez forgets to register “The Reality Party”

The Manchester musician Bez has seen his dreams of becoming an elected MP for Salford dashed. 

Despite a successful public launch on Monday for “The Reality Party", Bez forgot to register his polictical group with the Electoral Commission. 

It means he will not be able to run for a seat in Westminster as a Reality Party MP. 

A spokesman for the Electoral Commission said on Tuesday: “Following a review conducted last year, we contacted ‘The Reality Party’ on two occasions to tell them the party name they had registered, if seen on a ballot paper at a General Election, could mislead voters. 

“We recommended what they could do to address this and whilst the party indicated that it was looking at ways to alter its name with the Commission, it did not submit a revised name before our January 12 deadline and so was removed from the register of political parties.”

Bez, real name Mark Berry, was hoping to become an MP by winning the Salford and Eccles seat. It is currently held by former Labour cabinet minister Hazel Blears, who is standing down. 

Free climbers close in on El Capitan summit

Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson are hours away from reaching the summit of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, USA. 

They began scaling the 3,000-foot rock formation of December 27 last year. 

The duo are “free climbing” El Capitan, which means they are only using their hands and feet, with ropes designed to catch them only should they fall. 

If they successfully complete their journey, they will be the first people to free climb El Capitan.

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