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World leaders reacted with condemnation and horror Tuesday over the deadly attacks on Brussels airport and a metro station in the Belgium capital Brussels that killed no less than 34 individuals and wounded more than 200.

Leaders across Europe took to twitter to react with outrage, urging closer counter-terror cooperation on a continent that has been on high alert for months.

“This is a day of tragedy, a black day,” Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said as he announced three days of national mourning following the “deadliest attacks we have ever seen in Belgium”.

He depicted the attacks as ‘blind, violent and cowardly’ but insisted Belgium would not be cowed. Belgian King Philippe also condemned the ‘cowardly and odious’ assault and said Belgium would ‘respond together with firmness, calmness and dignity’.

The 28 EU leaders issued a rare joint statement saying they would combat terrorism ‘with all necessary means’ after what they called ‘an attack on our open democratic society’.

“The entire of Europe has been hit,” said French President Francois Hollande, whose nation is as yet reeling from November’s dread assaults in Paris.

Hollande said, “Terrorists struck Brussels, but it was Europe that was targeted — and the entire world that is concerned.” Hollande also warned that ‘this war will be long,’ so sangfroid and lucidity are needed.

British Prime Minister David Cameron warned of the ‘very real’ terrorist threat faced by countries across Europe, declaring: ‘We will never left these terrorists win.’

US President Barack Obama said the US-led coalition will continue hitting Islamic State militants. “The thoughts and the prayers of the American people are with the people of Belgium,” he said.

“We stand in solidarity with them in condemning these outrageous attacks against innocent people.” He said America would do whatever was necessary to find those responsible.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the attacks have underlined the need to pool global efforts for combating terrorism. Putin spoke in televised remarks Tuesday as he met with visiting Finnish President Sauli Niinisto.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pledged Belgium’s prime minister Germany’s ‘full solidarity’ following the Brussels attacks and says her cabinet will discuss the bombings on Wednesday.

Members of the UN Security Council said in a statement it “condemned in the strongest terms” the attacks and “expressed their solidarity to Belgium in their fight against terrorism.”

The statements also said the council “reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.”

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Country marking today as Black Day

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KATHMANDU- The country is marking today (December 16) as Black Day to protest the disposition of the first democratically elected government by the late former king Mahendra Shah on December 15, 1960.

Mahendra took charge of the state with the help of the then Royal Nepali Army and formulated the Panchayat System by overthrowing the elected government led by B.P. Koirala and dissolving the parliament.

Various programmes are scheduled on the occasion.

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