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The aftermath in Brussels: Belgium’s prime minister has refused to accept the resignations of his justice and interior ministers, who offered to step down after evidence emerged that suggested Belgian officials failed to act last year to detain one of the suicide bombers in this week’s deadly attacks. Belgian authorities have lowered the country’s terror alert level from the highest level, four, to three, which means the threat of an attack remains high.

A foiled plot in France: France’s interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, said a Frenchman plotting to attack the country has been arrested during a raid outside Paris, the AP reports. Cazeneuve said there were no links “at this stage” between this plan and the attacks in Brussels or Paris.  

Remembering Garry Shandling: The comedian, best known for starring in the “The Larry Sanders Show,” in the 1990s, has died at the age of 66. David Sims writes about the actor here.

News from this afternoon here

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