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Heavily armed forces patrolled key intersections and subways were closed in Belgium's capital

2 people were arrested in Brussels over suspected New Year’s Eve attack plot

Two people were arrested in Belgium on Sunday and Monday, both suspected of plotting an attack in Brussels on New Year’s Eve, federal prosecutors said.

Police found military clothing and Islamic State propaganda material but no weapons or explosives, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

“Our investigation revealed serious threats of an attack on symbolic places in Brussels during the celebrations for New Year’s Eve,” the prosecutors said in a statement.

A total of six people had been taken in for questioning during house searches in Brussels, a neighboring province and Liege, but four of them had since been released, the prosecutors added.

Belgium has been at the heart of investigations into the Paris attacks on Nov. 13 that left 130 people dead after links with Brussels emerged. Two of the Paris suicide bombers, Brahim Abdeslam and Bilal Hadfi, had been living in Belgium.

Belgian police have arrested nine people in connection with the Paris attacks. But the prosecutors said Tuesday’s announcement was not linked to that investigation.

Reuters

Hopes of nuclear deal with Iran fade

Hopes of nuclear deal with Iran fade, as diplomats now seek extension The possibility of the U.S. and five other nations reaching a nuclear deal with Iran by this week’s deadline began to fade Sunday with reports that diplomats are … read more

Russia has fired rockets into Ukraine

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, right, talks to an officer during inspection of a Ukrainian Army position outside the eastern town of Slovyansk, Ukraine, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Yatsenyuk hopes to restore the infrastructure in Donetsk and Lugansk regions from state budget, thanks to private investors and international aid, he said during his visit to the Slovyansk on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Andrew Kravchenko, Pool)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States released satellite images Sunday that it says back up its claims that rockets have been fired from Russia into eastern Ukraine and heavy artillery for separatists has also crossed the border. A four-page document … read more

Ukrainian jet was shot down by missile from a Russian plane

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, right, talks to an officer during inspection of a Ukrainian Army position outside the eastern town of Slovyansk, Ukraine, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Yatsenyuk hopes to restore the infrastructure in Donetsk and Lugansk regions from state budget, thanks to private investors and international aid, he said during his visit to the Slovyansk on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Andrew Kravchenko, Pool)

A Ukrainian fighter jet was shot down by an air-to-air missile from a Russian plane and Ukrainian troops were fired upon by missiles from a village inside Russia, a spokesman for Ukraine’s Security Council said Thursday. The alleged episodes mark … read more

US and EU imposed new economic sanctions on Russia

US President Barack Obama

Struggling to defuse the persistent crisis in Ukraine, both the U.S. and European Union imposed new economic sanctions on Russia Wednesday, with President Barack Obama declaring that Russian leaders must see that their actions supporting rebels “have consequences.” Though the … read more

Ukraine troops have taken a rebel stronghold

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Government troops have taken a rebel stronghold in east Ukraine, the country’s president and a spokesman for the rebels said Saturday. President Petro Poroshenko said in a statement that government troops took Slovyansk, a city of about 100,000 that has … read more

Ukraine crisis: Army ‘enters rebel base of Sloviansk’

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Ukrainian forces have entered the pro-Russian separatist stronghold of Sloviansk in the east. President Poroshenko has ordered the military to hoist the Ukrainian flag over the city council building. The extent of Ukrainian forces’ control over the town remains unclear, … read more

Nicolas Sarkozy: Case against me ‘political’

French ex - President Nicolas Sarkozy

Ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy has said the French justice system is being used for “political ends” after he was placed under formal investigation for influence peddling. In extracts released ahead of the broadcast of a TV interview, Mr Sarkozy denied committing … read more

Putin compares Ukraine to Iraq, Syria and Libya

PUTIN of Russia

Putin vows to defend Russian interests as Ukraine violence again escalates MOSCOW — Russia is involved in a historic effort to defend its civilization, President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday, vowing to protect the interests of the Russian community abroad as … read more

Russia accuses US of fueling Ukrainian crisis

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MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s foreign minister on Saturday accused the United States of encouraging Ukraine to challenge Moscow and heavily weighing in on the European Union. Speaking in televised remarks Saturday, Sergey Lavrov said that “our American colleagues still prefer … read more