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Brussels attack update: The death toll from the metro and airport bombings rose to 32 by Wednesday. Another 90 people are still in hospital, according to the BBC.

The casualties include nationals from Colombia, Peru, France, Germany, Britain, Hungary, Portugal, Romania, Spain and the U.S.

Two bombers, identified as Najim Laachraoui and Ibrahim el-Bakraoui, were killed during the explosion at Brussels Airport.  Bakraoui’s brother, Khalid el-Bakraoui, died in the blast at the Maelbeek Metro Station.

Belgian police are still searching for the third man who took part in the airport attacks.

The airport, located in Zaventem, is still closed.  The Belgian Civil Aviation Authority has yet to take a formal decision on the restart date. Until Friday evening no passenger flights will take place at Brussels Airport.

ABC News has this recap of the attack:


Syria: The Syrian Army recaptured Palmyra on Sunday.

Palmyra has a long history that dates back two millennium BC, and has rich cultural and archaeological relics from the Roman and earlier era.

The city has been held by militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) group since last May.  During ISIS’s occupation, many of the monuments, including the 2000-year-old Temple of Bel and a Roman triumphal arch, were destroyed.

The Syrian government forces have retaken the city after three weeks of fighting.  Now their foremost task is to remove many of the landmines planted by ISIS.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has told the head of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, that Russia will help Syria remove the mines.

For more we go to BBC News:


Technology: The U.S. Justice Department has withdrawn from legal proceedings, in which they were attempting to force Apple to hack into an iPhone.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) claimed last week that they found a way to unlock the iPhone without help from Apple.  They however declined to explain how they overcame the technical hurdle.

The smart phone in question belonged to Syed Rizwan Farook who, along with his wife Tashfeen Malik, participated in a San Bernardino mass shooting last December. The attack killed 14 people and injured 22. Farook and Malik were later killed in a police shootout.

The authorities believe that Farook’s iPhone may contain information linking Farook and Malik to ISIS and other militant groups.

PBS NewsHour has this report:


U.S.: Republican presidential race front-runner Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, was arrested in Florida on Tuesday and charged with misdemeanor battery of a female reporter.

The 42-year-old campaign manager was accused of grabbing and bruising the arm of Breitbart News reporter Michelle Fields at a Trump campaign event on March 8.

The Trump campaign jumped to Lewandowski’s defense, saying he was “absolutely innocent,” according to CBS News.

Nevertheless, the incident opened new wave of attack against the controversial president-hopeful.

We go to CBS News for a full report:

Next up for all presidential candidates: The Wisconsin Primary, which takes place on Tuesday.


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