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french authorities release the photo of the third stadium attacker, but his identity is a mystery. and an attack on the hotel in mali, we hear an emotional account of a survivor. i'm maxwell foster and this is "cnn newsroom." >> it is mid-morning in france. country on high alert. the focus to prevent another terror attack. children's bags are searched as they arrive for school. brussels schools are closed. in paris, francois hollande meets with david cameron to discuss the attacks ten days ago and fight against isis. earlier, mr. cameron tweeting a picture in front of the bataclan
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memorial. he spoke a few moments ago. >> translator: we want to act in the name of france concerning the protections that is so concerning over syria. as far as our territory and populations are concerned, again, we exchanged information about how to further strengthen to make more effective information, but also on a european level, decisions need to be made and it is important that the interior ministers met on friday concerning the questions of the control of borders and fight against arms trafficking decisions to act as quickly as possible. >> french police released a photo of a man who blew himself up. they are asking for the public to give information about him. police have not identified the
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man. he was the third suicide bomber at the stadium. for more on the campaign on isis, i'm joined by the deputy chief. he was in syria a few weeks ago. what do you make of the conversations by cameron? >> it is good to see an old ally to come here and show support. of course, the president has said they were going to exchange or increase the better way to fight isis. it is important because also you know the french and british, when it comes to the war on terror, have had disagreements in the past, especially the war in iraq. there was a feeling in england
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of the war -- the british parliament was reluctant to vote against strikes in syria. that was a time where the question was striking assad forces and not isis. this time around, things are getting different. the british, of course, know what terror can be with 2005 bombings in london. so they will show support. it is only the first stage. i think francois hollande will move tomorrow to washington and then to moscow. he will be able to build his grand coalition of forces to actually be the most successful and the most equipped to fight isis. that's to be seen. obviously there is still reluctance and still some sharp disagreement between hollande and obama.
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with what has happened in france, it has the strongest voice to bring everybody on board. >> and they say you look after that bit and you look after that bit. there is not a discussion of political future. they could do it on a purely logistical basis. >> that is right. people are more practical. already on the ground, we can see that. it is not clear cut, but the russian and french will take syria whereas the americans will take care of iraq with the kurds. that is probably the map. now when it comes to coordination, the u.s. makes a very precise of telling they are not really strictly cooperating, they are avoiding air incidents. what is happening on the ground, they are cooperating. they could push a step further. this is what people are expecting. a lot of people are expecting we
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will go and remove this evil in the middle east. >> president hollande has a good approval rating. it has gone up since the paris attacks. the french are coming together on this one. >> they are, but his rebound is not as big as it was after "charlie." back then, he was able to bring all of the leaders and support in paris. that went from sharon, i'm sorry, benjamin netanyahu to all people walking along in paris to show support. a lot of french people thought we have a true leader. now that popularity is eroding sharply and we have one of the lowest popular presidents in history. the rebound has not been as high as it was before.
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>> with sunday before the memorial where people are coming to pay respects and looking at the flowers and it is extraordinary. we are looking at to friday now where we have the national memorial service effectively. that will be a big moment for french people, isn't it and their personal relationship with what happened? >> i think everybody feels, especially in paris, we know that were injured and some knew people who got killed. it is all in our community. >> we know the places, as well. >> of course. the bataclan is somewhere i go for gigs. of course, back when you hear what happened, you know where the bar is. you know it is a place to get a beer while listening to music. it is all weird. the cafes are popular.
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all of this is known for parisians. places where a lot of young people would gather. it is a mixed place. you know, they targeted this area because they knew they would get the most people. people from every background. doesn't matter. they were going to target french people. today, this triggered the french coming together as united as ever. >> thank you very much. the suspect in the paris attacks, 26-year-old salah abdeslam is still on the run after apparently fleeing to belgium after arrests in brussels and the city. belgian authorities arrested 16 people in raids, but not explosives were found. brussels remains under the
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highest terror alert with the subway closed. cnn's frederik pleitgen joins me now. the public is not getting much information. they are just told there it is a threat. >> reporter: absolutely. it really is unclear how much the authorities actually know about what that threat actually is. they say they appear there could be something like paris-style attacks could be carried out. obviously with the threat level, the highest level for brusselsb that threat could be imminent. max, one of the places that would be crowded and have many people on it is the place where i'm standing on the plaza. you can see with the military vehicle and soldiers here on the plaza really are very few people going around. it is not a city in lockdown, but it is a city basically on hold, max. what we have seen this morning is few people on the street.
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a lot of soldiers on the street. police officers on the street patrolling the street. the subway system is not working. the schools are closed. people are saying we are concerned about the situation. we fear there could be an attacks here, but this is also logistical nightmare. many people are not going to work because they don't know what to do with their kids. many are getting their stuff trying to work from home. it has put the city on hold. the concern something very bad could happen, especially in light of the fact the authorities here seem to be very concerned as well. we were around this area last night in the center of brussels. there was a coordinated operation. a lot of police officers that cordoned off a certain area. they were nervous themselves. we spoke to them. they were concerned something could happen in the area. this is obviously a very
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unsettling thing. they try to go about their way, but it is very difficult on this monday morning, which normally is one of the busiest times in this city. >> what about salah abdeslam? we don't think is linked to the terror alert level, but is in the city, they think. possibly a suicide vest? >> reporter: they believe he could very well be in the city, but at this point in time, it is unclear where he is. keep in mind the last time he was actually seen, the last time anybody knows where he was was in the town at the border with belgium and france. he was apprehended with two others shortly after the paris attack and then let go. after that, it is unclear where he is. the authorities are saying they believe he could very well be in brussels. maybe hiding out here because he has contacts here. he is associated with. especially in the district of
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molenbeek. quite frankly, max, we were traveling from paris to brussels here, even in the light of what is going on, it is still fairly easy to move around. there are not that many checks or controls by the police even at the border. it is not clear how much intelligence the services here has as to where he might be. that may be the reason you see so many raids in so many places. >> fred, thank you. the mother of one of the paris attack victims searched for her son for three days before learning he had been killed in the bataclan theater. she spoke in a first interview with cnn's poppy harlow. >> reporter: she says she recalls her son as a touching, caring, sensitive man. always ready to help his family. he was magnificent, she tells
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me. he and the love of his life went out for a evening of fun on that friday night. taking the selfie inside the theater waiting for the band to play. it would be their last picture together. he threw his body over hers saving her life. word of his condition evade the family for three days. >> translator: we always had hope. until the very last minute. even until we went to see him. then it was over. it was very hard. >> you can't believe it's over. >> translator: we always hoped during the last three days. >> reporter: the 32-year-old florist died that night in the attack on the bataclan. >> tell me about the love between the two. >> translator: they were very,
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very two beings that were very compatible. >> reporter: she said her son and his girlfriend were soul mates. >> if you were to look the person in the eye who killed your son, what would you say to them? >> translator: i would tell them he doesn't even deserve to be a human being. it is not possible. he is not part of humanity. it is not possible. people like this. even animals don't do this between themselves. it's not possible. it's a monster. >> reporter: in the face of evil, there is also pure beauty. >> tell me about the flowers. >> translator: it was something he was planning on doing for her. >> reporter: she tells us about the 100 roses they were ordered
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for her birthday. they were delivered days after they died. >> translator: he did not have the time to give it to her because he died. we were the masters for the last gift. even when he is not there, he is still managing to surprise me. >> reporter: what do you want the world to know about your brother? >> my brother is a very special boy. >> translator: not out of self interest. he did it naturally because he liked to and it made him happy to share. he was always there for everyone. >> reporter: she tells me she will write a letter for him to tell him everything that she did not have a chance to say. >> what is in your heart? >> translator: at the bottom of my heart, i'll never been able to touch him again. >> reporter: she still can't
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believe she went hold her son again. >> he was your baby. >> it's not just. it's not. >> it's unbelievable. >> reporter: poppy harlow, cnn, paris. >> you are watching cnn newsroom. coming up, one account of the hotel attack in mali. what she did as militants stormed the building. and the ballots have been tallied in the argentinean vote. we will have the latest on the new leadership after the break.
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people gathering here at the makeshift memorial that really started building up after the paris attacks. it is now full of flowers and people standing and looking and thinking and trying to figure
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out what happened here in paris. meanwhile, in mali, a state of emergency after the deadly hotel attack in the capital. the u.n. says the death toll has risen to 22. the news agency reports that the militant groups claiming responsibility. a militant believes the attackers wanted to disrupt peace talks taking place in the hotel. we are hear of harrowing accounts of survival. we have david mckenzie with more on that. >> reporter: that's right, max. this hotel was frequented by westerners and ex-pats and others to come in for peace talks with diplomats. they talk about the horrible moments when the gunmen came into the hotel and started shooting wildly. i spoke to one specialist from the centers for disease control and prevention in atlanta, georgia. she was here to set up the health system for disease
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prevention in the country. she has deep connections to the country. >> i e-mailed my husband and said there is something going on. i want you to know that i love you. then when a few hours later when the fire down the hallway, i wrote another e-mail. i said i do believe there are shooters here. if i don't make it, i want you to know i love you and my family. i am coming home. i do this because i love doing this work and we are in a world where we need to continue on. >> reporter: she describes how her training helped save her life. if she panicked and ran out or tried to escape, she probably would have been killed. tragically, max, a lot of people tried to escaped the service area of the hotel and got stuck
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and were shot down. max. >> what do you know about who these claims of responsibility? who was responsible? >> reporter: two groups have joined the claim of responsibility. one a connected group to the maghreb. a large part of the strip of africa in the northwest that has been taken over or pose a threat by the jihadi groups. now this terror came to the capital. there have been attacks. like nigeria and cameroon for some years. speaking to u.n. officials, they say they always believed the threat could come to the capital, but because of the western interests and the state,
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we were on a joint patrol last night with malian and news agencies. they were trying to show this is a practice situation, but with this attack, this affects large portions of africa. max. >> david, thank you. the nigerian army says eight people were killed and eight others injured in a suicide bombing on sunday. it happened in the northeastern city. a group of people were going through security screening at a military checkpoint when a bomb exploded. the group boko haram. four people have been killed in a landslide in northern myanmar. more are missing. it happened after debris from a mine. 70 huts were buried in the slide
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at 3:00 a.m. local time on saturday. the military is helping with rescue efforts there. and the end of a political dynasty in argentina. the vote is a shift for argentina. his opponent conceded defeat on sunday. he was hand picked by the argentinean president to be the successor. shortly after, a crowd of supporters was thanked at his campaign headquarters. >> translator: i want to tell you today is an historic day. it's a change. change of era that i told you and you believed. it will be marvelous. it is a change that will take us to the future. it needs to take us to
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opportunity that we need to grow and move ahead. >> it was a tight race. apparently the first ever presidential runoff in argentina. brazilians are reporting that barriers have failed to prevent mud from the mine disaster from reaching the atlantic ocean. it has been three weeks that the ore mine has been hit with mud and rain. the owner of the mine installed barriers used to contain oil spills, but they were told that the mud has traveled almost 500 kilometers. extraordinary. now brussels remains under heavy security this hour. after the break, i will speak to the capital regional parliament for how they are responding to the terror threat in brussels.
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we will take you to one french town outside paris for a single added layer of security after the attacks here. ooñóokñ.??????ó
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welcome to the viewers from the united states and around the world. and the plaza de la republique here in paris. the french president francois hollande has been meeting with prime minister david cameron. mr. cameron said paris shows resilience in the wake of the
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attacks. he says both countries agree on stricter border control and more effective way of screening people and greater data sharing. earlier, leaders visited the bataclan. mr. hollande and mr. cameron tweeted a picture of them in front of a memorial. french police released a photo of the man, the third suicide bomber of the stadium. and macri won the first presidential runoff in argentina. this is a shift for argentina. his opponent conceded late on sunday. belgium's capital is under the highest terror alert this morning. the beginning of the workweek, commuters and people are warned
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against the terror alert. authorities are still looking for salah abdeslam, who is still on the run, despite a series of raids on sunday. >> translator: the prosecutor's office and investigators office had a total of 19 searches in the brussels region. this search took place in molenbeek and other areas. there were three house searches carried out at well. in total, 16 persons were arrested. >> for more on the raids on the belgium capital, we are joined by the member of the region parliament. he is joining us by skype. a lot of people are concerned right now that all of the raids that are carried out. we understand no more raids taking place and no more arms
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discovered, but the city is on the highest level of alert. can you explain why that is? >> we are for three days on maximum alert here in brussels. and the shopping malls are closed, cinema are closed. traffic jams are limited. police are all over the city. this is an exceptional situation i have seen in my life. still searching for abdeslam. he is really public enemy number one now. >> it is frightening, isn't it, for your constituents now. they don't know what to make of it. they have to avoid all places. and schools are closed. what is your message to them today? >> well, my message is the government is doing its best to try to find the terrorist. as you said, earlier, there were
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16 people detained. unfortunately, suspect number one salah abdeslam still escaped. we have to acknowledge people are afraid. and the children don't understand what is going on. they are not used to this situation and belgium is under exceptional circumstances right now. if i may, i would like to talk about the report and the fact that we should see european culture in all of the terrorism in total. >> one issue was belgium did not share intelligence quickly enough in the aftermath of the attack. in this part of europe, people, and paris, travel freely through countries.
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the intelligence sharing is not keeping up with that properly. >> the french government didn't really blend on this. this was more of the press who did that. obviously, a problem of sharing information between belgium and france, but throughout europe in general. i think we see that this is upon european problem rather than a specific problem of belgium. after "charlie hebdo" everybody says we will improve safety in europe. it really didn't happen. in particular, i really blame the european parliament for not passing legislation. we don't want within europe and the rest of the world. this was supposed to be done right after "charlie hebdo" and it's still not done. and i launch an appeal to the
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european parliament to pass this legislation before the end of the year in order to protect the european citizens. >> in terms of salah abdeslam, he was one of the paris attackers. he is on the run. we believe he is in brussels there. is that your information there possibly with a suicide vest? >> the last thing we heard, yes, he may be hiding with an explosive belt which is frightening. that is why the government took this exceptional decision to some extent shutdown the city for three days. in particular now it is monday morning, one of the busiest days of the week. now the last information i have is that he might not be in brussels, but rather between
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verviers and germany. of course, this is not confirmed. what i can confirm is that all of the police of the belgium are really tracking him down now and trying to find him and trying to put an end to the extreme situation in brussels. >> yes, particularly with everyone in brussels right now. thank you. after the attacks here in paris, the nighttime curfew was put in place in one town outside paris, france. some residents don't understand why a town was singled out in the first place. >> reporter: southeast of paris, the sunday market in sens is busy. a few hours earlier, it would have been illegal to be here. there was a curfew. they are making this all too
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dramatic, this trader tells me. there are no problems here. the curfew between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. is the first of its kind in france since emergency powers in place last week. it applies only to the neighborhood fields of sens. it includes low cost housing and has a reputation of confrontation with police. the new powers are prompting debate. >> it is strict compared to the rest of the town. >> that's not good? >> no. it is not good. that's exactly the contrary of what we should do. >> reporter: the curfew was imposed after police raids turned up weapons and documents. several people were taken into custody, but most of those have been released now. ♪
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>> reporter: the city center, catholics celebrating one of the oldest gothic cathedrals. the curfew meant to make police raids easier. one is not sure this is woris w the division it is causing. even if it means limiting the liberties of some. the curfew was not my decision. it was a decision by the state. back in the fields, she runs a cafe and helps underprivileged kids, shocked how fast people worked to support it. we respect the curfew, he says, it was necessary for the police to do their work safely. most here feel the same, but
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worry and rush to follow terror leads, jobs may be lost. >> people don't have to be afraid to come here. it is a tourist city. nice place in the country. >> reporter: so far, no terrorists have been found. few here expect they will. nic robertson, sens, france. now muslims in france denounced the attacks and muslim leaders are fighting hard to stop others to link their religion to the terrorism. jim bittermann has more on the fears in the muslim community. >> reporter: at a mosque in the paris suburbs, those who gathered for friday prayer were
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filled with indignation in how their religion was filled with terrorism. >> translator: we firmly condemn these cowardly and outrageous acts that plunged us in mourning. they infrastructustruck our fai. terrorism has not borders. no nationality. >> reporter: it was a message delivered to the faithful across the nation. islam leaders like these know they have a fight on their hands, not only against radicals, but also against those who can't or won't make a distinction between terrorists. in the weeks since the terrorists, carnage has seen an
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increase with islamaphobia. mosques have been vandalized and people beaten up. police canceled a rally because they did not feel they could assure the safety of the participants. localize islamic associations worry there will create a further gap. >> our souls were struck and feeling of fear is understa understandable. >> reporter: furious about what the radicals have done to the image of islam. the leaders have pressed hard to spread sympathy for the victims. visiting the memorials and laying wreaths. speaking out angrily. >> what part of koran is said we
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shall kill innocent people? young people? >> reporter: muslims know none of these things can be found in their holy book. non-muslims think they can. some here are so quick to link their religion with vicious crimes. jim bittermann, paris. >> we continue to follow all developments for you here in paris and around the world. and new in the case where the washington post journalist has been sentenced. we have new details for you after the break.
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welcome back to "cnn
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newsroom." police in the city of new orleans say 16 people have been wounded in a shootout. it happened during a music video filming. several hundred people were there when two groups began firing on each other. detectives are looking for surveillance video of the incidents. word from iran that the journalist has been sentenced on espionage charges. jason rezaian has been detained since 2014. ian lee has the story. >> reporter: washington post chief jason rezaian has been sentenced to prison according to iran's judicial spokesperson. rezaian was tried ones charges. we don't know the details of the charges or verdict of rezaian or
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the length of the sentence. this is coming against many issues around rouhani and hard liners on the government. there is an issue over the nuclear deal that tensions would thaw between iran and washington, d.c. also a possible prisoner swap was suggested in the past. every day that jason is in prison is an injustice. he has done nothing wrong even after keeping jason in prison 487 days so far, iran has produced no evidence of wrongdoing. his trial and sentence are a sham and should be released immediately. this comes among a trackdown on others arrested in iran. they have also urged iran to release all journalists,
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including rezaian. ian lee, cnn, cairo. >> you are watching "cnn newsroom." bookstores are selling out of the earnest hemingway classic. that is coming up next.
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now after the terror attacks in paris, france launched air strikes over raqqah in syria. in a cnn exclusive, correspondent nick paton walsh gets extremely close to the headquarters. >> reporter: pound raqqah, but it is here of the offensive and still a sense of stalemate. the goal of raqqah is visible on a good day. and at times, hit by isis mortars. >> well, follow his report from syria. on "new day" in the next hour.
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since the terror attacks, one particular book has been flying off the shelves. a mobile feat by earnest hemingw hemingway. ivan watson has more on the book's resurgence. >> reporter: all of the sickness of the city came suddenly. first the cold rains of winter. that's a line from "a moveable feast" written by earnest hemingway. the book is his love letter to the city of light celebrating the cafes and cobblestone driveways. hemingway's book is pretty much required reading for most visitors for paris. it is unexpected that it is a
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source of comfort for the french in the wake of the deadly paris attacks. at book shops across paris, owners have seen a sudden spike of sales of the 51-year-old novel. what is your number one selling book? >> earnest hemingway. >> do you have anymore copies? >> it's sold out. >> translator: the appeal is symbolic. the title translates into paris. this gentleman is buying the book to remind himself the city of light is the city that loved a party. >> translator: we have to live. we have to go out, he says. we have to stick our tongues at the terrorists. >> reporter: shop owners say they have seen a surge in books of radicalism.
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those don't compare to the hemingway book. no doubt boosted over th ththe the #defiance. if you are lucky enough to live in paris, he writes, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you. for paris is a "moveable feast." ivan watson, cnn, paris. i'm max foster in paris. thank you for joining us. interesting you see copies of that book by the memorial. people leaving it. that is what they have done in the response to the horrific attacks ten days ago. "early start" is next.
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new terrorism raids in belgium. 16 people arrested. what we are now learning ahead. new information on the get away on one of the paris attackers as we get a first look at this unidentified suicide bomber. we are live. president obama vowing to defeat isis and preparing to meet with the french president. welcome to "early start." i'm alison kosik. >> i'm christine romans. welcome to the viewers here in the u.s. and around the world. let's start in belgium. maximum terror alert right now.
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fears of attacks in brussels just like those in paris. they were carried out ten days ago. officials in the belgian capital extending partial lockdown of the city. they closed the schools and closed the subway. 16 arrests. belgian prime minister warning officials have intelligence of attacks with weapons and explosives, maybe even in se several places at once. joining us now is correspondent frederik pleitgen. fred, it is eerie, the streets behind you. the christmas holiday season. do we know exactly what belgian authorities think might happen or do they have specific information? what do we know? >> reporter:he

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