Brussels Cancels New Years Festivities Amid Terror Fears

Traditional New year’s Eve fireworks in the Belgian capital Brussels have been canceled because of a security alert.  The Christmas market will close at 1800 instead of staying open all night, and even the ice rink will close early.  “We are still facing a potential threat,” a spokesman for the Belgian capital said.   The alert follows police saying they had discovered a plot to free a jailed al-Qaeda suspect, Nizar Trabelsi. He has denied any such plot.

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