Fugitive terrorist from Paris attacks is arrested
The main fugitive from the November Paris terrorist attacks was arrested in Brussels, Belgium, on March 18. Salah Abdeslam was shot in the leg and arrested after a manhunt that finally ended after four months. Police detained four people, including three family members of the fugitive that sheltered him from authorities. Abdeslam was found after investigators raided an apartment and found his fingerprints as well as an ISIS banner, 11 Kalashnikov loaders and a large quantity of ammunition, according to Fox News. Most of the terrorists died the night of the Paris attack and Abdeslam’s arrest has given authorities an opportunity to obtain information about the plotted attack that has not been clear to them.
Mexico City faces highest smog level in over a decade
Mexico City faced high smog levels not seen in 11 years last week. The haze that enveloped the city of 20 million people did not reach levels of the worst periods in the 1980s and 1990s but it still resulted in eye watering and air that was hard to breathe. Authorities declared the city’s first Phase 1 pollution alert since 2005 due to high ozone levels from thermal invasion, which creates a layer of trapped airborne contaminants under the atmosphere. Since the 1990s, the government has implemented various measures to reduce emissions, but Mexico City continues to struggle with the amount of vehicles idling in traffic jams, said Fox News
Taliban Leader calls for unity in fight against government
Afghan Taliban leader, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, called all followers to unite together with him in the battle against the Kabul government, according to Fox News. Mansoor said Friday that the Taliban was “in a better state than at any other time.” In the 2001 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, the Taliban was overthrown, but the insurgency has escalated since the 2014 U.S.-NATO withdrawal that left unprepared Afghan forces to fight the Taliban mainly by themselves. Some Taliban members broke off last summer when it was admitted that their founder and leader Mullah Mohammad Omar had died more than two years prior. Mullah Omar’s assumption of leadership caused infighting largely “over control of smuggling routes to Pakistan for drugs, minerals, arms and men.”