March 16 world news summary at 0030 GMT

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Belgian soldiers and a policeman patrol in central Brussels, capital of Belgium, on Nov. 22, 2015. The terror threat level in the Brussels region was increased to
Belgian soldiers and a policeman patrol in central Brussels, capital of Belgium, on Nov. 22, 2015. The terror threat level in the Brussels region was increased to "maximum" as authorities received information on the risk of an attack "similar to Paris." The terror threat currently facing Belgium is "broader than Salah Abdeslam alone", the country's interior minister Jan Jambon said in a TV interview late Saturday. (Xinhua/Zhou Lei)

BRUSSELS — Three Belgian police officers suffered minor injuries in a shootout during a raid on a property here as part of the investigation into the Nov. 13 terror attacks in Paris, the Belgian federal prosecutor said on Tuesday.

Belgian soldiers and a policeman patrol in central Brussels, capital of Belgium, on Nov. 22, 2015. The terror threat level in the Brussels region was increased to "maximum" as authorities received information on the risk of an attack "similar to Paris." The terror threat currently facing Belgium is "broader than Salah Abdeslam alone", the country's interior minister Jan Jambon said in a TV interview late Saturday. (Xinhua/Zhou Lei)
Belgian soldiers and a policeman patrol in central Brussels, capital of Belgium, on Nov. 22, 2015. The terror threat level in the Brussels region was increased to “maximum” as authorities received information on the risk of an attack “similar to Paris.” The terror threat currently facing Belgium is “broader than Salah Abdeslam alone”, the country’s interior minister Jan Jambon said in a TV interview late Saturday. (Xinhua/Zhou Lei)
Shots were fired in the Brussels commune of Forest, at a property on Rue de Dries. A man reportedly fired on several police officers with an automatic weapon. (Belgium-Police Raid-Paris Attack)
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QUITO — A military aircraft crashed in the Ecuadorian eastern province of Pastaza, killing all 22 people on board, military authorities said on Tuesday.

The accident occurred at around 2:30 pm local time (1930 GMT), when the soldiers were to conduct a parachuting exercise, the Defense Ministry of Ecuador said in a statement. (Ecuador-Plane Crash)
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SANAA — Death toll of airstrikes carried out Tuesday afternoon by Saudi-led coalition aircrafts on a crowded popular market north of Yemen’s capital Sanaa increased to at least 65 civilians, medics and officials told Xinhua.

“So far, the death toll mounted to 65 civilians and 55 others injured when the Saudi-led fighter jets launched two airstrikes on Al-Khamees market in Mastaba district in Hajja province,” a medical official said, updating a death toll which he previously put at 30. (Yemen-Airstrikes)
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JERUSALEM — Israel declared as its own a large tract of fertile land in the occupied West Bank during U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s recent visit, officials and local media said Tuesday.

Israel’s coordinator of the government’s activities in the West Bank confirmed that about 2,300 dunams (about 568 acres) were declared as “state lands” by Israel. (Israel-West Bank-Expansion) Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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