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Archive for June 24, 2019

Newsline: Belgium arrests suspect over US embassy attack plot

Belgian authorities arrested a man who is suspected of planning an attack on the United States Embassy in Brussels, prosecutors announced on June 24. The Belgian man, who has only been identified by his initials “M.G.”, was taken into custody following a string of threats. He has been charged with an attempted terror attack and with “preparing a terrorist offense.” The man denies any involvement in the alleged plot. According to Belgian state broadcaster RTBF, the man had been under police surveillance and was recently seen acting suspiciously near the embassy. Further details about the case were not immediately released.

Newsline: South Sudan closes embassies

In an apparent bid to limit spending, South Sudan moved to shut down several of its embassies. South Sudan’s authorities reportedly aim to close the embassies in France, Norway, Ghana, Kuwait and Italy. The upcoming closure of South Sudanese embassies abroad would the country’s foreign diplomacy. The move could also adversely affect relations with the countries where the embassies are closed.