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French police arrest four in anti-jihadist raid

Special police forces in France arrested four men in the southern French town of Lunel on Tuesday in an operation aimed at breaking up jihadist networks, a police source said. France has stepped up its fight to break up jihadist recruitment cells after 17 people were killed in three days of violence by Islamist militants in Paris earlier in January. The attacks, one at the headquarters of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and the other at a Jewish supermarket, were launched by men who had connections to jihadist recruiters. Since then, police in Belgium, France and Germany have interrogated dozens of Islamist suspects, and in Paris last week French prosecutors asked for formal investigations of four men suspected helping prepare the Jan.7-9 attacks in Paris.
The latest on the Northeast snowstorm

Workers attach snow plows to trucks at a New Jersey Dept. of Transportation maintenance yard, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in Newark, N.J. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency saying NJ Transit will shut down late Monday as a winter storm threatens to dump as much as two feet of snow over parts of the state. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)4 A.M.

Indonesia military pulls out of recovery effort for crashed AirAsia jet

Indonesia soldiers and rescue personnel put a coffin of a passenger of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 into the cargo compartment of a Trigana airplane at Iskandar airbase in Pangkalan BunBy Djohan Widjaya and Kanupriya Kapoor PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia/JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's military on Tuesday withdrew from search and recovery efforts a month after an AirAsia passenger jet crashed into the sea killing all 162 people on board, navy officials said. The Airbus A320 vanished from radar screens during bad weather on Dec. 28, less than half way into a two-hour flight from Surabaya, Indonesia's second-biggest city, to Singapore. "The operation has been ongoing for 30 days so the joint team has been pulled out," Rear Admiral Widodo, head of the navy's western fleet, told reporters in Pangkalan Bun, the base for the search effort.

UK economy grows by 2.6% in 2014, 0.5% in Q4

London (AFP) - Britain's economy grew by 2.6 percent last year in the fastest annual pace since 2007, but slowed more sharply than expected in the fourth quarter, official data showed Tuesday.

EU leaders threaten more anti-Russian sanctions over Ukraine

People light candles on Independence Square in Vilnius, Lithuania, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in solidarity with the victims of a rocket attack on the coastal city of Mariupol. Indiscriminate rocket fire slammed into a market, schools, homes and shops Saturday in Ukraine's southeastern city of Mariupol, killing at least 30 people, authorities said. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders are threatening fresh sanctions against Russia because of what it sees as "growing support" of Moscow for separatists in eastern Ukraine during intensified fighting over the past days.

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