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Two brothers with suspected links to the plotters of the November terrorist attacks in Paris have been named by Belgian state media as the suicide bombers in Tuesday’s airport bombings. One of the brothers, Khalid El Bakraoui, was reported to have rented a safe house in the Brussels district of Forest, scene of a gun battle with police last week. The revelations, if confirmed, raise new questions about how much Belgian authorities knew about the Isis cell that is suspected of carrying out the co-ordinated attacks in the Belgian capital, which left at least 30 people dead and wounded hundreds.
It is often said that the best response to a terrorist threat is to keep calm and carry on. This is sage advice but in the face of a network that appears able to strike with impunity, and a political environment growing more toxic by the day, it will be ever harder for security forces and politicians to ensure that Europe maintains its values in the face of the terrorist threat from within, says Raffaello Pantucci. (FT)
In the news
US frontrunners take Arizona Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton earned the biggest delegate prize in Tuesday’s western contests, but Senator Bernie Sanders routed Mrs Clinton in the Utah and Idaho Democratic caucuses. Senator Ted Cruz won the Republican contest in Utah. (NYT)
Refugees come to aid of far-right driver When Stefan Jagsch, a member of the neo-Nazi NDP party, crashed into a tree, the first help came from a minibus full of Syrian refugees, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. The German newswire DPA reports that two of the asylum seekers pulled Mr Jagsch out of the vehicle and performed first aid. Die Welt’s account notes that an NDP party leader went so far as to praise the Syrians, saying they “likely performed a very good, humane deed”. (Brussels blog)
Ukraine proposes exchange for Savchenko A Russian court has sentenced Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko to 22 years in jail for directing artillery fire that killed two Russian journalists in eastern Ukraine in 2014. She denied all the charges. Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko says he is ready to exchange the pilot for two Russian soldiers detained in Ukraine for "their participation in the armed aggression" against the country. (BBC)
Questions raised over Nintendo's Wii U Nintendo has denied a report that it will end production of the Wii U video game console as early as this year because of sluggish sales, shifting its focus to a new product. A Nintendo spokesperson told Japanese site IT Media: “This isn’t an announcement from our company.” (NAR, Kotaku)
China hit by vaccine scandal Chinese authorities are scrambling to control the fallout after revelations that $88m in expired or spoiled vaccines have been distributed across China in a trade that continued unchallenged for years. The scandal, which highlights the ability of unsafe distribution networks to thrive in the absence of public scrutiny, comes at a time when China is promoting vaccine manufacture as a potential export industry. (FT)
It’s a big day for
US-Argentina relations President Barack Obama makes a state visit to the Latin American country, where he has found a new friend in President Mauricio Macri. (FT)
Food for thought
China's challenge China's recent headlong growth has been associated with low-return investment, excess capacity, pollution, rising inequality and under-investment in social consumption, notably on the environment, health and education. It should be possible to achieve high growth in living standards with substantially slower GDP growth. But it is hard to believe that an innovative and outward-looking China can be contained indefinitely within the straitjacket of an all-powerful party-state, says Martin Wolf. (FT)
Pensions advice shake-up Barack Obama is fighting to push through his last big financial reform — and once again, large sections of the industry have united to try to stop him. His proposals, introducing a new “fiduciary standard”, aim to sweep away hidden fees, egregious commissions and conflicts of interest that cost savers billions of dollars a year. But wealth managers suggest the plans are too onerous and will leave the poorest struggling to find advice. (FT)
Recruitment games Mobile games are indicative of an important shift taking place in recruitment, says Sarah O'Connor. Big employers are beginning to realise they have to change the way they do things if they want more diverse workforces. (FT)
Morocco’s fog harvester Dar Si Hmad, a Moroccan NGO, in collaboration with German partner organisations, has brought potable water to a mountain village in south-west Morocco using a technology called CloudFisher. A series of tall steel poles, hung with rectangular black polymer nets, behave rather like Echinopsis cacti, collecting up to 17 gallons of water — condensed fog from the nearby Atlantic — per square yard of netting. (New Yorker)
Apple software gap exposed The Justice Department’s move to postpone a showdown with Apple over unlocking a terrorist’s iPhone appears to be a victory for Apple. But it comes at a cost: the suggestion that there may be a gap in Apple’s software. (WSJ)
Video of the day
Markets’ chronicle of a tragedy foretold John Authers explains the calm reaction of world markets to the terrorist attacks in Brussels.