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Two more suspects held

in probe of Paris attacks

Belgian authorities said Thursday that they have put two more suspects in the Paris attacks in custody facing terrorism charges.

The federal prosecutor's office said that at dawn Sunday, a French national, identified only as Samir Z., was detained at Brussels national airport as he was seeking to fly to Morocco. The Frenchman had already tried twice to travel to Syria this year.

The suspect is said to be part of the entourage of Bilal Hadfi, one of the suicide bombers at the Stade de France on Nov. 13.

Prosecutors also said that a second man, identified as Pierre N., was arrested during a raid only hours after the detention at the airport early Sunday.

Both men hail from Molenbeek, a Brussels neighborhood linked to at least three other attackers in Paris.

Both men were charged with participating in the activities of a terrorist organization. In all, Belgium now has eight suspects linked to the Paris attacks or a possible attack in Brussels behind bars.    - AP


Voters skeptical of EU

Danes voted to keep their distance from the European Union, marking a blow to Brussels before heads of government meet to discuss British demands for a renegotiated relationship with the 28-member bloc. Denmark will preserve an opt-out from EU justice and home affairs laws, with 53 percent of voters in favor of the status quo, while 47 percent back a shift to a flexible opt-in, according to a tally published by national broadcaster Danmarks Radio, with about 98 percent of votes counted. "The result of the election is based on a general skepticism toward the EU," said Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen.

   - Bloomberg


Bomb kills journalist

A Somalian journalist working for the country's state-run broadcaster was killed in a bombing claimed by Islamist militant group al-Shabaab. Hindiya Hajji Mohamud was driving in the south of the capital, Mogadishu, on Thursday when a bomb hidden in her vehicle detonated, Police Officer Mohamed Hassan said. She died of blood loss at a hospital. - Bloomberg