Good morning! Here’s what you need to know for Friday.
1. Police are closing in on the Paris terror suspects who have taken a hostage.
2. Officials say Said Kouachi, one of the suspects in the Paris attacks, trained with an al Qaeda affiliate in Yemen.
3. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is hesitant to ease sanctions on Russia, saying on Thursday that her government needs “to see the entire Minsk agreement implemented before we can say that sanctions will be lifted.”
5. In a surprise outcome, longtime Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa lost his bid for re-election to opponent Maithripala Sirisensa.
6. Ping signals from the black box of crashed AirAsia Flight 8501 were detected on Friday.
8. US President Barack Obama announced on Thursday a proposal that would two years of community college free.
10. UK M15 chief Andrew Parker warned in a speech on Thursday of “mass casualty attacks against the West” from al Qaeda terrorists.
And finally …