Situation/Intelligence Reports

France: Security Is Increased Following Attack

Paris raised its terror alert to the highest level following the attack on a satirical magazine, The Guardian reported Jan. 7.

U.K., Germany: Leaders Set To Discuss Status Of EU

British Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will discuss plans Jan. 7 for renegotiating the United Kingdom's relationship with the European Union, EU Business reported.

France: Shooting Was A Terrorist Attack, President Says

The office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hedbo was attacked by gunmen in what French President Francois Hollande called a terrorist attack, The Guardian reported Jan. 7.

Colombia: President Allows FARC Referendum To Coincide With An Election

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos signed a law allowing a national referendum on an eventual peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) to coincide with an election, the president said, Caracol Radio reported Jan. 6.

Brazil: Petrobras Reaches Agreement With Creditors, Avoids Risk Of Default

Petroleo Brasileiro SA reached an agreement with creditors about the release of its delayed unaudited third-quarter financial results, the oil company said in a statement Jan. 6, Reuters reported.

U.S.: President Not Expected To Sign Measure Expediting Keystone Pipeline

U.S. President Barack Obama is not expected to sign a bill that would force construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, even if it were to pass both houses of Congress, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Jan. 6, The Washington Post reported.

Cuba: Government Frees Political Prisoners

The Cuban government has released an unspecified number of the 53 political prisoners the United States requested be freed, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Jan. 5, 3News reported Jan. 6.

Colombia: Operations Against Militants Continue

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos denied he gave orders to the military to halt or slow operations against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, better known as the FARC, Caracol Radio reported Jan. 6.

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