- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

BRUSSELS (AP) - The latest on the attacks in Paris and security alert in Brussels:

9:30 a.m.

A top European Union official has urged EU leaders to rescue of Europe’s passport free area as it comes under threat from extremist attacks and the arrival of hundreds of thousands of migrants.

Visa-free travel in the 30-nation area known as the Schengen zone has been compromised by border closures, increased security and the building of fences in recent months.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told EU lawmakers on Wednesday that “we need those who believe in Europe, in its values, in its principles, and in its freedoms try to reanimate the spirit of Schengen.”

Juncker said that “a single currency will have no sense if Schengen falls.”

He insisted that extremists and refugees must not be confused, saying that many migrants flee the very same people who attacked Paris on Nov. 13.


08:55 a.m.

Students in Brussels have begun returning to class after a two-day shutdown over fears that a series of simultaneous attacks could be launched around the Belgian capital.

Special measures are being taken at primary and secondary schools plus universities, with student movements limited around or outside school buildings during the day.

Underground transport in Brussels is also slowly starting up again after a four-day closure. Sections of the main metro are in operation, but services are not running to outlying suburbs.

Belgian authorities set the city on maximum alert overnight on Friday amid warnings of an imminent security threat. More than 1,000 security personnel and soldiers have been deployed.

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