Paris stabbings investigated as terror attack, claimed by IS — WEATHER INTERNAL

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PARIS (AP) — A knife-wielding assailant killed one person and injured four others in a lively neighborhood near Paris’ famed Opera Garnier before he was killed by police Saturday night. The Islamic State group claimed the attacker as one of its “soldiers.”

Counterterrorism authorities took charge of the investigation, and President Emmanuel Macron vowed that France would not bow to extremists despite being the target of multiple deadly attacks in recent years.None

Paris police officers evacuated people from some buildings in the Right Bank neighborhood after the attack, which happened on rue Monsigny at about 9 p.m. (1900 GMT.) Bar patrons and opera-goers described surprise and confusion in the immediate area.

Beyond the police cordon, however, crowds still filled nearby cafes and the city’s night life resumed its normal pace soon after the attack.

Prosecutor Francois Molins said counterterrorism authorities are leading the investigation on potential charges of murder and attempted murder in connection with terrorist motives.

None“At this stage, based on the one hand on the account of witnesses who said the attacker cried ‘Allahu akbar’ (God is great in Arabic) while attacking passersby with a knife, and given the modus operandi, we have turned this over to the counterterrorist section of the Paris prosecutor’s office,” Molins told reporters from the scene.

The Islamic State group’s Aamaq news agency said in a statement early Sunday that the assailant carried out the attack in response to the group’s calls for supporters to target members of the U.S.-led military coalition squeezing the extremists out of Iraq and Syria.

The Aamaq statement did not provide evidence for its claim or details on the assailant’s identity.

France’s military has been active in the coalition since 2014, and Islamic State adherents have killed more than 200 people in France in recent years, including the 130 who died in the coordinated November 2015 attacks in Paris.

President Emmanuel Macron tweeted his praise for police who “neutralized the terrorist” and said “France is once again paying the price of blood but will not cede an inch to enemies of freedom.”

Paris police said the attacker in Saturday’s stabbings was armed with a knife and targeted five people in the 2nd arrondissement, or district, killing one and seriously injuring two. The other two suffered less serious injuries.None

The attack occurred near many bars and theaters, as well as the opera.

France’s BFM television interviewed an unnamed witness in a restaurant who said a young woman was at the entrance when “a man arrived and attacked her with a knife.” A friend came to her aid and the attacker left, “hitting on all the doors, all the shops,” the witness told BFM. He turned onto another street, and everyone scattered, the witness said.

“I was having a drink with friends and we heard a boom,” a witness named Gloria, who had been in a nearby bar, recounted on Saturday night. She said she went outside to see what happened and “I saw a guy lying on the ground.”

Another witness described leaving the opera house and being told to go back inside because of the attack.

Interior Minister Gerard Collomb denounced the “odious attack.”None

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Is Kourtney Kardashian Moving To Paris With Younes? New Details About The Rumor That Has Scott Disick Freaking Out

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Younes reportedly misses Paris.

A new report claims that Kourtney Kardashian is considering moving to Paris to be with her boyfriend Younes Bendjima.

Sources close to the 39-year-old reality TV star say that Kourtney is considering relocating to Paris with her 24-year-old model boyfriend. He currently splits his time between Europe and the United States.

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“Younes relocated to LA to be closer to Kourtney and as much as he loves California, he’s missing Paris,” a pal close to Kourtney said. “He’s dreaming of moving to Paris with Kourtney.”

Though the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star would only move to Paris for a few months, she plans on taking her kids with her. Which makes her ex and baby daddy Scott Disick not too happy.

Kourtney and Scott have three children together, Mason, 8, Penelope, 5, and Reign, 3.

“She would never move full time but she’s kicking around the idea of trying it out for a few months, maybe even this summer,” the source continued. “She loves the idea of giving the kids more culture.”

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“They usually do the Hamptons every summer but with Scott no longer her focus she’s started wanting her kids to be more international, more like Younes.”

Scott is, of course, freaking out about the possibility of her taking the kids across the country without him.

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“Scott is freaking out,” our source claimed, “and threatening to stop her but if she wants to do it she’ll find a way to make it happen. She’s not letting Scott hold her back anymore.”

Thankfully, the rest of the Kardashian clan is on board with her decision and is just happy that she’s happy.

“The move would be brief, for a few months at the most so missing her family isn’t a huge worry for Kourtney. Plus, the truth is her mind is on Younes right now more than anything. She’s so in love.”

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Emily Blackwood is an editor at YourTango who covers pop culture, true crime, dating, relationships and everything in between.