Belgium on Saturday charged a man believed to be the fugitive third Brussels airport bomber with terrorism murder, in a breakthrough for security forces facing criticism for letting suspects slip through the net. A huge manhunt netted the suspect officially identified as Faycal C -- and identified by local media as Faycal Cheffou -- and investigators are now working on the theory that he could be the man in a hat and white jacket pictured with two other airport bombers, but whose device failed to go off. Brussels airport said it will not reopen before Tuesday at the earliest as it implements new security measures and repairs the departure hall wrecked by the bombers, believed to be from the Islamic State group.
President Barack Obama has urged Americans not to stigmatize Muslims following this week's deadly attacks in Brussels, saying that doing so is "counterproductive" in the fight against radical Islam. In his weekly media address, Obama said Muslim-Americans are "our most important partners in the nation's fight against those who would wage violent jihad. "That's why we have to reject any attempt to stigmatize Muslim-Americans, and their enormous contributions to our country and our way of life," Obama said.
HAVANA (AP) — The Rolling Stones unleashed two hours of shrieking, thundering rock and roll on an ecstatic crowd of hundreds of thousands of Cubans and foreign visitors Friday night, capping one of the most momentous weeks in modern Cuban history with a massive celebration of music that was once forbidden here.
North Korea released a new propaganda video Saturday titled "Last Chance", showing a submarine-launched nuclear missile laying waste to Washington and concluding with the US flag in flames. The video was published on the North's propaganda website DPRK Today and shows images from the Korean War, the capture of US spy ship Pueblo in 1968 and the first crisis over North Korea's nuclear programme in the early 1990s. The threats have turned increasingly personal, and North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un on Friday watched a live-fire long-range artillery drill simulating a strike on the official residence of his South Korean counterpart.
The Pentagon will submit proposals to President Barack Obama for strengthening military support to Iraqi forces in the near future, a top US military official said Friday. "We have a series of recommendations that we will discuss with the president in the coming weeks to further enable our support for the Iraqi security forces," said General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. "(Defense Secretary Ashton Carter) and I both believe that there will be an increase in US forces in Iraq in coming weeks, but that decision hasn't been made," Dunford said Friday during a news conference at the Pentagon.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump at campaign stops earlier this year The already ugly race for the Republican presidential nomination took yet another nasty turn Friday, as Texas Sen. Ted Cruz accused rival Donald Trump of planting a National Enquirer story that alleged he has had multiple extramarital affairs. Published Thursday after weeks of rumors about the leader of the anti-Trump movement in the GOP primary, the story rumbled through the political world and burst onto Twitter, where some users have played a parlor game trying to identify the women. “For Donald J. Trump to enlist his friends at the National Enquirer and his political henchmen to do his bidding shows you there is no low Donald won’t go… Donald Trump’s consistently disgraceful behavior is beneath the office we are seeking.” Trump, in a statement, insisted he had nothing to do with the story. “I have no idea whether or not the cover story about Ted Cruz in this week’s issue of the National Enquirer is true or not, but I had absolutely nothing to do with it, did not know about it, and have not, as yet, read it,” Trump said.
Belgian police shot a suspect as part of a huge European terror crackdown that netted several arrests Friday as France's president said a jihadist network that targeted both Paris and Brussels was being "destroyed". Grieving Belgians held prayers in the rain in a central Brussels square carpeted with flowers and tributes to the 31 dead and 300 wounded in Tuesday's carnage in Brussels, but there was also growing anger at the government for letting a string of militants slip through the net. The raids came as under-fire Belgian investigators uncovered alarming new evidence of a European jihadist cell tied to the bombings at Brussels' airport and metro, November's Paris attacks and a new French plot.
Former defense secretary Leon Panetta said Friday that he regularly talks to officials around the world who are repulsed by “deeply reckless” rhetoric on national security from Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump and his rival Ted Cruz. The former CIA director, speaking to reporters on a conference call organized by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, did not name the foreign dignitaries in question.
How do you get the Democratic base fired up about nominating a moderate white man in his 60s to the Supreme Court? The progressive groups leading the charge in support of Merrick Garland’s nomination think they’ve found the answer. In social media blasts and in-person calls to action around the country, they are casting Republicans’ near-unanimous refusal to consider President Obama’s nominee as part of a history of disrespect and disdain shown to the president — a disrespect that is racially motivated.