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France is reeling from the massacre at the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Facts are still coming in and the investigation is ongoing, but the scale and nature of the attack already make it a huge global story. We're devoting the show to it, starting with the BBC's Hugh Scofield in Paris, and then Laure Mandeville of the French newspaper Le Figaro. We'll also examine the security situation in France, the state of satire and free speech around the world, and the threat of violence that goes with it.
Congress is back and the Republicans are in control. They promise pushback on President Obama's agenda, including his attempts to reduce the number of prisoners at Guantanamo. Germans speak out against xenophobia a day after thousands of protesters in several German cities rallied against Muslim immigration. Israel prepares for snow. Heavy snow. They're even bulldozing sand into barriers on the beach in Tel Aviv to prevent flooding.
Jury selection gets under way in the trial of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. We check in with a Russian-American journalist who's covering the case. Plus, we find out what happened on the first day undocumented immigrants were allowed to apply for driver's licenses in California. Some slept outside overnight to be there when the DMV opened, others told tales of driving on phony licenses. And, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft approaches Pluto!
Migrant "ghost ships" abandoned by human smugglers off the coast of Italy. This week, two such ships have been left adrift, leaving hundreds of migrants stranded at sea. We'll also touch base with the Netherlands, where the government has rejected a request from UN human rights experts to provide thousands of homeless migrants with food and shelter. Plus, the story of dance instructor in New York City and a student in Baghdad. The lessons are done over Skype. Also, the tale of a Hungarian who had to leave his country in the 1950s, and the one thing he couldn't leave behind — his trumpet.
The New Year brings a re-trial for three journalists who spent 2014 in jail in Egypt. Also, a Russian-American author tells us how New Year's Day reminds her of Soviet days, and a special salad. Plus remembering some of the musicians who said good-bye in the past year.
We check in with Turkey, who's celebrating a holiday Zeynep Tufekci calls New Years'mas today — fitting, given St. Nick was born in Turkey. And we'll tell you about a group of Rwandan men charged with genocide but acquitted, but still not able to go home. Plus we give you an end-of-the-year news quiz.