GERMAN POLICE CONDUCT RAIDS IN SEARCH OF IS GROUP SUSPECTS
German police conducted raids in Berlin and other parts of northern Germany on Thursday in a search for four men suspected of links to Islamic State militants and possibly preparing an attack in Germany, police said. In close cooperation with the domestic intelligence agency, they arrested two men and one woman on existing warrants related to other matters, they said. German media reported that those arrested were Islamists.
WIKILEAKS FOUNDER JULIAN ASSANGE WILL 'ACCEPT ARREST' IF UN RULES AGAINST HIM
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will leave Ecuador's embassy in London, where he took refuge in June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, and accept arrest on Friday if a UN panel investigating his case rules against him, he said in a statement. Assange, 44, is wanted in Sweden for questioning over 2010 rape allegations, which the Australian denies.
UK PLEDGES TO DOUBLE AID TO SYRIA AND NEIGHBOURS
The British government announced £1.2 billion (1.6 million euros) in aid for war-torn Syria and its neighbours on Thursday, ahead of a donors’ conference in London. “More money is needed to tackle this crisis and it is needed now,” Prime Minister David Cameron said in a statement announcing the pledge, which will fund education, jobs and humanitarian relief in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.
FRANCE AND BELGIUM TO STEP UP COUNTER-TERRORISM COOPERATION IN WAKE OF PARIS ATTACKS
The Belgian and French prime ministers on Monday agreed on the need to boost counter-terror cooperation, after Belgium came under fire for failing to help prevent November's Paris terror attacks. Prime Minister Charles Michel of Belgium and French counterpart Manuel Valls (in the photo) were keen to present a united front following a row over alleged Belgian intelligence failings ahead of the jihadist attacks that killed 130 people in the French capital.
DEMONSTRATORS IN HAITI HIT STREETS OVER POLITICAL CRISIS
Hundreds of Haitians took to the streets Tuesday to protest against a potential transitional government, with President Michel Martelly due to leave office but not yet replaced. Martelly’s term ends on Sunday. With no successor in place, Haiti is in constitutional crisis again after the January 24 presidential vote runoff was cancelled over security concerns.