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Paris terror attacks: French police face two hostage situations - live updates

Hostage situations ParisBaroness Pauline Neville Jones, the former chair of the government’s joint intelligence committee, has said British security services and counter-terror police have planned for a twin-siege crisis like that under way in Paris.

“I’m sure that they will be looking at the potential for copycat activity and I think they will want to increase the visible presence of police on the ground,” she told Sky News.


US to send highest-level delegation to Havana as Cuba releases prisoners

Cuba releases prisonersThe US will send its highest-level delegation in decades to Havana later this month, for talks on migration and normalising relations between the countries after decades of cold war hostility.

The assistant secretary of state Roberta Jacobson, the top US diplomat for Latin America, will visit Cuba for the meetings on 21 and 22 January, which were originally scheduled to discuss migration but will now cover the re-establishment of diplomatic relations and formally reopening embassies in Washington and Havana.


U.N. confirms Palestinians will be ICC member from April 1

Palestinians admitted to ICCU.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has confirmed that the Palestinians will officially become a member of the International Criminal Court on April 1, the U.N. press office said on Wednesday.

On Friday the Palestinians delivered to U.N. headquarters documents on joining the Rome Statute of the ICC and other international treaties, in a move that has heightened tensions with Israel and could lead to cuts in U.S. aid.


Sanaa, Yemen, bomb blast kills at least 37

Yemen bomb killls 37At least 37 people were killed Wednesday when a bomb exploded outside a Sanaa, Yemen, police academy, police said.

The blast occurred as a minibus pulled up alongside academy applicants lined up outside the downtown Sanaa building, near Yemen's central bank and defense ministry, and at least 66 were injured. Two men were seen leaving the vehicle immediately before it exploded.


Gunmen storm office of satirical magazine in Paris, kill at least 12

Attack on French magazineGunmen stormed the offices of a satirical magazine in central Paris has left at least 12 people dead, police said Wednesday.

Witnesses report that masked men entered the building with automatic weapons and open fired on staff of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical weekly newspaper that had previously courted controversy. Xavier Castaing, head of communications for the Paris police prefecture, confirmed the deaths. The gunmen fled the building and are believed to be on the run.


German anti-Muslim protesters rally despite Merkel plea

German anti Muslism marchProtesters marched in several German cities on Monday against higher levels of immigration and what they see as the growing influence of Islam, in defiance of an appeal from Chancellor Angela Merkel to spurn rallies she views as racist.

The rallies, organized by a new grassroots movement known as PEGIDA, or Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West, have become an almost weekly event in the east German city of Dresden in recent months.


3,000 unexploded Second World War bombs may be buried in Berlin

Unexploded WWII bombs in BerlinThere are still some 3,000 unexploded bombs left over from the Second World War buried underground in Berlin, according to city authorities.

No one is really sure how much unexploded ordnance is buried under the German city, but a new estimate by the Berlin senate put the figure at 3,000, BZ, a local newspaper, reported.


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