Conflict & Justice

Prosecutor: Raid stopped another terror act in Paris


Paris is a city still on edge. People aren't sure what comes next. Wednesday morning — before Parisians had even woken up — a new disturbing chapter to this story: Police raided an apartment in the Paris suburb of Saint Denis looking for the suspected mastermind behind Friday's attacks. After a seven-hour standoff, two of the apartment's occupants were dead. One of them a woman who blew herself up. Seven people were arrested during the operation. But in the end the fate of the alleged mastermind remains unknown.

Lifestyle & Belief

Does France's 'burqa ban' protect — or persecute?

In 2004, France banned the wearing of all conspicuous religious symbols in grade schools. Then, in 2010, France enacted the so-called "burqa ban," making it illegal for Muslim women to wear the traditional face and body covering in public. These rules, based in France’s extreme separation of church and state, have stirred debate over whether France is protecting secularism or stifling religious freedom.