1. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran to be executed together in Bali
Bali 9 ringleaders Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran will be executed together in Bali. The news comes as Indonesia announces plans to execute six people this weekend.
Myuran Sukumaran had his clemency plea rejected on December 30, but Andrew Chan has yet to receive any answer regarding his clemency – but Indonesian Attorney-General HM Prasetyo said that they would be executed together as they committed the crime together.
It is the first time in a year Indonesia has conducted executions.
The six death row inmates, all on drugs charges, will face firing squads on Sunday. Five men and one woman. They are from Brazil, Nigeria, Malawi, Vietnam and Holland and one is Indonesia.
Indonesian Attorney-General HM Prasetyo said authorities were prioritising the execution of drug cases, that there would be no clemency or compromise for drug cases.
The Jakarta Post reports that the Attorney general said that the government would prioritize drug convicts over others and that more executions will follow this batch.
2. Two dead in Belguim terror raids
By ABC News
Belgian police have killed two men who opened fire on them during one of about a dozen raids against a group that was about to launch “terrorist attacks on a grand scale”.
Federal prosecutors said a third man was arrested during the operation in the eastern town of Verviers, between the city of Liege and the German border.
They said they had not established a direct connection to last week’s attacks in Paris. No police were injured in the operation.
“The suspects immediately and for several minutes opened fire with military weaponry and handguns on the special units of the federal police before they were neutralised,” said prosecutor Eric Van Der Sypt.
Local television network RTBF said the operation intended to check on suspected radicals, one of several conducted against people believed to have returned to Belgium after taking part in the Syrian civil war.
Other reports said gunshots and several explosions were heard on a residential street near a railway station.
One photo posted by a witness on Twitter showed police vehicles and ambulances blocking the street.
Earlier, Belgian authorities arrested a man on suspicion of supplying the Paris gunmen with weapons.
A version of this post originally appeared on ABC News and has been republished with permission.
3. Wiped from the map: Boko Harem razes Nigerian towns
Shocking images released by Amnesty International have shown the devastating impact of last week’s attacks by Boko Haram in Nigeria.
Satellite images reveal the scale of the devastation suffered by the towns of Baga and Doron Baga, which were seized by the Islamist insurgents last Wednesday.