It’s the weekend and you’re busy, so we’ve rounded up all the latest stories from Australia and around the world.
1. Copenhagen shooting: Gunman opens fire near Danish free speech meeting attended by artist who drew the Prophet Mohammed as a dog.
Copenhagen café that was hosting a public event on freedom of speech. The event featured a Swedish artist, Lars Vilks, who had received death threats after drawing a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad as a dog in 2007.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the Danish Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, has called the shooting a terrorist attack and has put the nation on high alert. She told Reuters, “Denmark has today been hit by a cynical act of violence. Everything leads us to believe that the shooting was a political attack and therefore a terrorist act.”
The artist, Vilks, was unharmed, as was the French Ambassador to Denmark who was at the event. The French ambassador told French news agency AFP, “They shot us from outside the building, it was the same intention as for Charlie Hebdo, except that they couldn’t get in.”
The shooter who wore a parka and balaclava fled the scene in a dark-coloured car that he later abandoned. Police are now searching for the gunman and have released an image of the gunman.
— Amichai Stein (@AmichaiStein1) February 14, 2015