June 20, 2017
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Belgian authorities say a man was shot Tuesday night at the Brussels Central Station after a failed bombing.

A spokesman for the Belgium Prosecutor's Office said there was a "small explosion" in the station and "the suspect was neutralized by soldiers." No civilians were hurt, Eric Van Der Sypt said, and he is not sure if the suspect is dead or alive. The station was evacuated and is now closed.

Witness Sandor Moors told CNN he was on a downstairs platform waiting for a train when he heard two bangs and then screaming, followed by gunfire. He ran upstairs to flee, and says he saw a man with three bullet wounds. "I don't know if he survived," he said. "He looked dead." Authorities are calling this a failed terrorist attack, and the country's threat level remains at a 3, meaning there is a "possible and likely threat." Catherine Garcia

June 18, 2017
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A vehicle hit several people in north London's Finsbury Park area early Monday, "leaving a number of casualties," police said.

The London Ambulance Service said it sent "a number of resources" to Seven Sisters Road, and the Metropolitan Police described what happened as a "major incident." One person has been arrested. Witnesses described watching police officers trying to revive people in the street, the BBC reports, and the Muslim Council of Britain tweeted that the people were hit outside the Muslim Welfare House, near the Finsbury Park Mosque. Police have not said if they believe this was a terror attack.

This is a developing story. Please check back for more details. Catherine Garcia

June 13, 2017

A 24-story apartment building in West London went up in flames early Wednesday morning and "a number of people are being treated for a range of injuries," London Metropolitan Police said. (UPDATE: London's fire commissioner said there are "a number of fatalities" from the fire, without providing any estimates.)

The 120-unit Grenfell Tower is about a mile away from Kensington Palace and part of the Lancaster West housing estate. Fire officials say 40 fire engines and 200 firefighters have been dispatched to fight the inferno, and witnesses described hearing people screaming for help from the windows. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. Catherine Garcia

June 4, 2017
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Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates are breaking off diplomatic ties with Qatar, with Saudi Arabia accusing Qatar of backing "terrorist groups aiming to destabilize the region," Bloomberg reports, including the Muslim Brotherhood, al Qaeda, and the Islamic State.

Saudi Arabia also believes Qatar is supporting "Iranian-backed terrorist groups" that are active in east Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. The countries are halting air and sea travel to and from Qatar, with Saudi Arabia also closing down land crossings. Qatari diplomats now have 48 hours to leave the UAE, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia. Catherine Garcia

May 25, 2017
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As "nuts" as it was, it's anyone's guess how the altercation between Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte and Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs will affect Thursday's special election in Montana, University of Montana political science professor Robert Saldin said Wednesday night.

Several voters have already cast their ballots, Saldin told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, and some anti-media Republicans might be sympathetic to Gianforte, who has used strong rhetoric against journalists in previous campaign speeches. Jacobs tweeted Wednesday evening that Gianforte body slammed him when he was asking a question during a campaign event, an account supported by a team from Fox News. The Guardian has released audio of the incident, and Gianforte's campaign released a statement at odds with what's heard on the recording and reported by Fox News. Jacobs walked into a room without permission and "aggressively shoved a recorder in Greg's face," the Gianforte campaign said, insisting that the candidate merely "attempted to grab the phone that was pushed in his face. Jacobs grabbed Greg's wrist, and spun away from Greg, pushing them both to the ground."

In a news conference Wednesday night, Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin said because authorities are investigating the altercation, he couldn't provide much information beyond that Gianforte and Jacobs will both be interviewed. Tina Olechowski, a spokeswoman for Democratic candidate Rob Quist, declined to comment about the incident when asked by the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, and said Quist was on his way to Missoula when he heard about what happened. Meanwhile, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman Tyler Law said the Republican Party should publicly speak out against what Gianforte allegedly did. Catherine Garcia

April 20, 2017
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Federal prosecutors are contemplating seeking criminal charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and other members of the organization, CNN and The Washington Post report.

Since 2010, the Justice Department has been investigating Assange and WikiLeaks, which came to prominence after posting files stolen by former Army soldier Chelsea Manning. During the Obama administration, former attorney general Eric Holder thought it would be too hard to bring charges against Assange because WikiLeaks wasn't the only site to publish the documents; The New York Times and other newspapers did as well. The investigation wasn't closed, though, and the Justice Department is once again open to looking at the case, the Post says, with prosecutors drafting a memo mulling charges against WikiLeaks employees, including conspiracy, theft of government property, and violation of the Espionage Act.

Assange is now living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, avoiding arrest stemming from rape allegations made against him in Sweden. His attorney, Barry J. Pollack, told the Post there is "no legitimate basis for the Department of Justice to treat WikiLeaks differently than it treats other journalists," and WikiLeaks is "publishing truthful information that is in the public's interest." It is not clear if the Justice Department is also looking into WikiLeaks publishing emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee during the presidential election. Catherine Garcia

April 10, 2017
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An 8-year-old student and his teacher were shot and killed when the teacher's estranged husband entered her classroom at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino, California, Monday morning and opened fire.

San Bernardino Police say Cedric Anderson, 53, checked in with school authorities under the guise of having to drop something off for Karen Smith, 53. He entered her special needs classroom with a large-caliber revolver and opened fire without saying a word, police said, before he turned the gun on himself.

Two students were standing behind Smith when she was shot and were hit by gunfire; both students were rushed to local hospitals, and police say Jonathan Martinez, 8, died before he was able to undergo surgery. A 9-year-old student remains hospitalized. San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said there were 15 students from the first through fourth grades in the classroom, as well as two adult aides. He also said Anderson and Smith had been married for just a few months. Catherine Garcia

April 6, 2017
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The United States launched more than 50 Tomahawk cruise missiles against the al-Shayrat military airfield near Homs, Syria, on Thursday night, in response to Tuesday's chemical attack that killed dozens of people in Idlib, including several children.

There is no word on any casualties, the targets included runways and aircraft, and this appears to be a one-off strike, NBC News reports. Trump was briefed on his military options by Defense Secretary James Mattis before he had dinner Thursday night with visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping in Florida.

The U.S. has blamed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime for Tuesday's attack, and believes the al-Shayrat airfield is where the planes used to drop the chemicals took off from; the Syrian government denies responsibility. On Wednesday, Trump said the chemical attack "crossed a lot of lines for me" and his "attitude toward Syria and Assad has changed very much." Catherine Garcia

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