BELGIUM ANTI-TERROR OPERATION
Operation thwarted: Belgian police pounced on a radical terror cell yesterday that they say was about to strike. Officers killed two suspects and wounded and arrested a third. Police recovered four Kalashnikovs, bomb making materials and police uniforms, a Western intelligence source said. Fear of terror was already high in Europe after multiple threats from ISIS and al Qaeda. After the raid, more fear spread through neighboring countries, as intelligence officials spoke of a possible mobilization of terrorists living in them, and ISIS terrorists speaking French in a video promised new attacks.
Adieu: The goodbyes continue in the aftermath of the terror attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices last week. Funerals are being held today for magazine editor Stephane “Charb” Charbonnier, illustrator Philippe Honore and Algerian-born copy editor Mustapha Ourrad. They were among the 12 killed when brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi burst into the newsroom and gunned down staffers. Another 11 were wounded. In addition, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met in Paris today with French President Francois Hollande and Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.
CUBA RESTRICTIONS EASED
Havana here we come: It just got a lot easier for Americans to travel to Cuba. The Obama Administration has softened restrictions. Cuban Americans traveling to see family members, American officials on government trips, journalists on assignment on the island as well as everyday citizens visiting for educational, cultural, religious reasons will no longer need permission first. President Barack Obama originally announced the change in U.S. policy on Cuba on Dec. 17.
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