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U.S. State Dept. issues travel warning to Europe

US State Department issues travel banThe United States has issued a warning to its citizens in Europe in the wake of deadly attacks in Brussels.
The U.S. State Department alert came as a shutdown of Brussels Airport, targeted in two of three bomb blasts Tuesday, remained in place, causing disruption across the continent.

U.S. citizens traveling to and throughout Europe were advised that "terrorist groups continue to plan near-term attacks" in the region, possibly targeting sporting events, tourist sites, restaurants and transportation.


In Argentina, mothers of 'disappeared' protest Obama's marking of 1976 coup

Las Madres de la Playa de MayoArgentina’s main human rights groups have announced they will boycott Barack Obama’s visit to the country, which coincides with the 40th anniversary of a military coup that led to the deaths of thousands of people.

Martial law was imposed on 24 March 1976, ushering in seven years of military rule during which Argentina’s generals made their victims disappear by throwing them alive from helicopters into the freezing waters of the Atlantic.


Obama meets with Argentinian president Mauricio Macri

Obama ans MacriPresident Obama met with Argentinian President Mauricio Macri Wednesday during the visit to the South American country in a bid to strengthen ties with what is the continent's third largest economy.

Security for the visit was beefed up in the wake of the terrorist attacks that shook Brussels Tuesday morning. Authorities had shut down several streets and subway stops by midnight. Helicopters were seen flying in the sky, according to the national newspaper, Clarin.


Brothers identified as suspects in Brussels attack; one left note

Brussels suspects identifiedBelgian authorities identified two brothers as suspects in the attacks on Brussels that left 31 people dead.

Speaking at a press conference, Belgian federal prosecutor Frederic Van Leeuw said on Wednesday that Khalid el-Bakraoui bombed the subway station while his brother, Ibrahim, bombed the airport. The brothers died in the suicide bombings.

A manhunt is underway for another at least one other suspect seen in a surveillance video.


Canada's Aboriginals go to Supreme Court

Campaign to stop seismic testing in ArcticJerry Natanine never thought a legal battle against seismic testing in the Canadian Arctic would reach the country's highest court.

But that's exactly where the former mayor of Clyde River, a small Inuit hamlet in Nunavut, finds himself. The northern community has been granted leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada to stop oil and gas testing in its coastal waters.


Former Toronto mayor Rob Ford dies after fighting cancer

Rob Ford dies of cancerRob Ford, the pugnacious, populist former mayor of Toronto whose career crashed in a drug-driven, obscenity-laced debacle, died Tuesday after fighting cancer, his family says. He was 46.

Ford rode into office on a backlash against urban elites. He cast an image sharply at odds with Canada's reputation for sedate, unpretentious politics.


Brussels attacks: Airport and metro rocked by blasts

Belgium attacksWestern Europe was on high alert on Tuesday after attackers launched twin assaults in Belgium's capital Brussels with bombs ripping through the airport and the underground metro line. More than 30 people were killed and hundreds wounded - many in critical condition.    

Belgian's federal prosecutor told state media one of the explosions at Zaventem airport was "probably" a suicide attack.


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