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Brussels terror alert reduced from top level

Brussels - Belgium reduced the terrorism alert in Brussels from its highest possible level on Thursday after Prime Minister Charles Michel said the threat of a Paris-style jihadist attack was no longer as imminent.

Four Paris suspects on Belgian radicals list before attacks

Brussels - Four of the main suspects in the Paris attacks were on a list of radicalised people compiled by Belgium's intelligence services as early as June this year, officials said on Thursday.

Brussels mosque alert powder turns out to be flour

Brussels - Belgian emergency services evacuated the biggest mosque in Brussels and decontaminated 11 people on Thursday after the discovery of a suspicious package containing what turned out to be flour, officials said.

Belgium battles 'failed state' tag after Paris attacks

Brussels - Belgium is battling accusations that it has become a "failed state" whose linguistic and communal divisions contributed to failures that let it become a jihadist base for the Paris attacks.

Belgium sentences French comic Dieudonne to two months in jail

Brussels - A Belgian court sentenced controversial French comedian Dieudonne Wednesday to two months in jail for incitement to hatred over alleged racist and anti-Semitic comments he made during a show in Belgium, a lawyer said.

Brussels schools and metro reopen despite terror alert

Brussels - Brussels struggled to return to normal Wednesday after four days on maximum terror alert, with schools and the metro reopening despite two suspects from the Paris attacks still being at large.

'Brussels bubble' works from home to beat terror alert

Brussels - While Brussels was shut down by its biggest ever terror alert, the huge EU and NATO bureaucracy kept on churning, even if some staff had to work from their homes in Europe's institutional capital.

NATO head urges 'calm, de-escalation' after Russian plane downed

Brussels - NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday that the military alliance stands by key ally Turkey after it shot down a Russia fighter jet on the Syrian border but urged both sides to try to calm the crisis.

Warrant for new suspect seen driving Paris attacks car

Brussels - Belgium on Tuesday issued an international arrest warrant for a "dangerous" man who was seen driving a car with key Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam two days before the atrocities.

NATO calls 'extraordinary meeting' after Turkey downs Russian jet

Brussels - NATO allies will hold an "extraordinary" meeting Tuesday at Ankara's request to discuss Turkey's shooting down of a Russian fighter jet along the Syrian border, an alliance official said.

Brussels extends terror alert as US issues travel warning

Brussels - Brussels will stay at the highest security threat level for another week over fears of an imminent terror attack, the Belgian government said, as the United States issued a worldwide travel alert for its citizens.

Under-siege Brussels waits for lockdown lift

Brussels - With schools closed and metro stations shut in Brussels by the most drastic measures of their kind in Europe, Belgians are wondering when the top-level terror alert in their capital will be lifted.

Feline surreal: Belgians tweet cat photos for #BrusselsLockdown

Brussels - When Belgian police requested social media silence during a series of anti-terrorism raids, they might have expected a catty response from the Internet.

Belgian police arrest 16, Salah Abdeslam not caught: Prosecutor

Brussels - Belgian police arrested 16 people during a series of raids on Sunday after a huge security lockdown, but Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam was not among them, prosecutors said.

16 arrests in police operations in Brussels

Brussels - Belgian police have made 16 arrests in anti-terror raids in Brussels, we are learning, but fugitive Salah Abdeslam is not among them.

'Operations under way' in Belgium linked to 'terrorist threat': Police

Brussels - Belgian police have launched several operations linked to the "terrorist threat" facing Brussels, which is under a top security alert over fears of Paris-style attacks, a spokesman said Sunday.

Brussels stays at top security alert over fears of Paris-style attack

Brussels - Brussels will remain at the highest possible alert level Monday, with schools, universities and metros closed over a "serious and imminent" threat of attacks similar to those that struck Paris, the Belgian prime minister said.

Brother of Paris suspect 'convinced' he balked at last minute

Brussels - The brother of wanted Paris terror suspect Salah Abdeslam said Sunday he believed he decided at the very last moment not to go through with an attack.

Brussels reviews security alert, hunts 'several' suspects

Brussels - A tense Belgian capital was locked down for a second day Sunday with police and troops patrolling deserted streets as authorities reviewed whether to extend a security alert meant to prevent a repeat of the bloody Paris attacks.

Empty streets and shuttered shops in tense Brussels

Brussels - At the Gare du Midi train station in Brussels, a line of taxis awaits desperate travellers facing a city on lockdown, many from London or attack-hit Paris.
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