New information on Paris attacks released

Reports from Europe this morning suggest a man wanted in connection with the terror attacks in Paris may have been arrested.Police carried out raids in Belgium this morning and closed several roads, with local media reporting Salah Abdeslam had been arrested.  But authorities are denying reports of the arrest.Abdeslam was actually questioned by police on Saturday but not arrested, despite having already been identified as the renter of a vehicle that carried hostage-takers to the Paris theatre where nearly three-quarters of Friday’s victims were killed.A police source says the 26-year-old was stopped just a few hours after the attacks as he drove towards the Belgian border.France’s prime minister says police staged more than 150 raids overnight in connection with Friday’s terror attacks in Paris that killed 129 people.France’s Interior minister says searches have so far found a rocket launcher, assault rifle and automatic pistols as well as bulletproof vests.It was also announced this morning that a Belgian-born man, believed to be in Syria has been identified as the mastermind behind Friday’s attacks in Paris.Abdelhamid Abboud is also linked to the attack on a high-speed train that was thwarted by passengers in August.Yesterday France launched what it calls “massive” air strikes on Islamic State targets in the group’s de-facto capital of Raqqa, Syria. read more

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Advertising giants Omnicom and Publicis call off 35billion merger

Advertising giants Omnicom and Publicis call off $35-billion merger by The Associated Press Posted May 9, 2014 12:18 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Omnicom Group and Publicis Groupe say they have scrapped their merger plans that would have created the world’s largest advertising firm.The companies issued a joint statement late Thursday saying they mutually agreed to call off the US$35-billion deal announced in July because they were not able to complete the merger in a reasonable time frame.They did not give details, but the Wall Street Journal reported that issues included getting tax and regulatory approvals, and debates over which company would be listed as the acquirer of the other.Omnicom Group Inc., based in New York, owns BBDO Worldwide, DDB Worldwide Communications Group and TBWA Worldwide, among other agencies.Paris-based Publicis Groupe SA runs its namesake agency as well as Leo Burnett Worldwide, Saatchi & Saatchi, and DigitasLBi. read more

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