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Grasswire Digest: March 15

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Four officers were injured after shots were fired during a Brussels police raid linked to the November 2015 Paris attacks.
One suspect has been “neutralised” and two others fled over rooftops and are still at large.

Washington DC

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority announced that the entire rail system will be shut down on Wednesday. The shutdown is to allow crews to check more than 1,200 power cables throughout the system for safety problems.


Myanmar’s parliament elected its first civilian president in more than 50 years on Tuesday, ending decades of military rule.
Htin Kyaw, a longtime confidant and ally of Aung San Suu Kyi, secured 360 of the 652 votes cast in the two houses of parliament.


A bomb is suspected to be the cause of the explosion that destroyed a car in the Charlottenburg district of Berlin, killing the driver.
The Volkswagen Passat exploded at around 8.00 a.m. on Bismarkstrasse, near the Deutsche Oper subway station, during the morning rush hour.



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A joint European and Russian mission to Mars successfully took off on Monday.

Eight cars from an Amtrak Southwest Chief train derailed overnight on Sunday, approximately 20 miles west of Dodge City.

Australia’s Westpac Bank has closed all 1,400 of its branches, forcing locals in the Australian outback to travel long distances to manage their banking.

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