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EU needs years-long Russia strategy, new leader warns

Brussels - The European Union must thrash out a strategy for Russia that lasts for many years, and looks past sanctions that have hammered Moscow's economy, the bloc's new leader Donald Tusk warned Thursday.

EU leaders press Russia, urge new investment

Brussels - European Union leaders urged Vladimir Putin to make a "radical change" in his stance on Ukraine Thursday as they boosted sanctions against Crimea despite fears of economic blowback from Russia's spiralling financial crisis.

EU approves new Crimea sanctions

Brussels - The EU imposed additional sanctions Thursday on Crimea, banning all investment and cruise ships from its ports to force home the message the bloc will not recognise Russia's "illegal annexation" of Ukraine territory.

EU summit to discuss crisis-hit Russia, economic plan

Brussels - EU leaders on Thursday will discuss tense relations with Russia and punishing sanctions imposed over Moscow's actions in Ukraine at a summit led for the first time by Poland's Kremlin-wary former premier Donald Tusk.

Judge charged for planting drugs on woman who denied his advances

On Thursday, a former judge was found guilty on charges after he allegedly planted methamphetamine on a woman after she refused his sexual advances inside his chambers.

Ukraine ministers pledge corruption fight to win aid

Brussels - Top Ukraine ministers vowed Tuesday to root out graft in what they called the most corrupt country in Europe to meet the demands made by international partners before they stump up more aid.

Ukraine presses EU for more aid, blasts Russia

Brussels - Ukraine used the first meeting Monday of a landmark council with the EU to press for more financial support as it pushed ahead with reforms in the face of Russian "aggression.

National strike paralyses Belgium

Brussels - Trade unions brought Belgium to a standstill Monday as the biggest general strike in years grounded flights, cut international rail links and shut sea ports in protest at the new government's austerity plans.

Belgium 'hostage siege' may have been false alarm

Brussels - Belgian police surrounded an apartment in the city of Ghent on Monday after reports that armed men were holding a hostage, but the incident may have been a false alarm, officials said.

Belgian queen Fabiola's funeral draws world royalty

Brussels - Global royalty from as far afield as Japan and Thailand attended the windswept funeral Friday of Belgium's former queen Fabiola, widow of the popular King Baudoin, following her death last week aged 86.

Watch Julien Dupont do motorcycle back-flips on roller coaster

When it comes to extreme sports Red Bull has long set the precedent. Watch Julien Dupont reach new heights while doing back flips while navigating a high-rise rollercoaster.

NATO reviewing Iraq request to help build up military

Brussels - NATO is reviewing an Iraqi request for help building up its military as the government struggles to beat back extremist Islamic State (IS) jihadists, the alliance said Thursday.

EU stamps out envelope cartel

Brussels - The EU's competition watchdog fined five European envelope makers 20 million euros on Thursday for drawing up a price-fixing cartel.

Belgians line up to honour queen who 'united nation'

Brussels - Thousands of Belgians braved the cold Wednesday to pay tribute to former queen Fabiola as the 86-year-old widow of king Baudouin lay in state before a funeral that will draw royals from around the globe.

Belgium seeks to have potato fries declared cultural heritage

Who would have thought that potato fries could unite an entire country? Well, that seems to be the case in Belgium where there is currently a movement to have Belgian potato fries officially recognized as cultural heritage.

Belgium mourns Queen Fabiola, widow of King Baudouin

Brussels - Belgium on Saturday mourned Spanish-born Queen Fabiola, the devout former monarch who died the evening before at 86, two decades after her husband King Baudouin.

Sunni sentenced for deadly arson attack on Belgian Shiite mosque

Brussels - A Moroccan man who admitted setting fire to a Shiite mosque in Brussels to protest the crackdown on fellow Sunnis in Syria was sentenced to 27 years in prison on Friday for the attack that killed the imam.

Russia is 'strategic problem' for EU, says Juncker

Brussels - Russia is now a "strategic problem" for the EU amid the crisis in Ukraine, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said Thursday, but he insisted Brussels would not be blackmailed by the cancellation of a huge gas pipeline.

New shrimp frying method is literally explosive

In a video drawing attention worldwide, shrimp is fried in a way that has never been seen before. The shrimp is cooked by a one of a kind "Cooking Detonation Velocity Cannon."

Kerry says any Iran strikes against IS 'positive'

Brussels - US Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed any Iranian military action against Islamic State jihadists in Iraq as "positive" after the Pentagon said Tehran had carried out air strikes against the group.
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