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Greece agrees to bailout reforms compromise: EU sources

Brussels - Greece on Monday agreed to a compromise on new reforms in a bid to break a deadlock with its EU-IMF creditors and free up new bailout funds, EU sources said.

Pence reassures Europe, demands NATO pay up

Brussels - US Vice President Mike Pence told nervous Europeans Monday that Donald Trump will remain committed to transatlantic ties, but warned NATO allies they must boost their defence spending in return.

One dead, 27 hurt in Belgium train derailment

Brussels - One person died and 27 others were injured -- three of them seriously -- when a train derailed Saturday shortly after leaving a station east of Brussels, officials said.

EU applauds repeal of Romania corruption decree

Brussels - The EU on Thursday hailed the decision by Romania to reverse a government decree that would have weakened anti-corruption laws and sparked a wave of protests."I really welcome the fact that emergency ordinance 13 has been repealed.

US says not ready yet for military collaboration with Russia

Brussels - The United States is not yet ready to cooperate militarily with Russia, Pentagon chief James Mattis said Thursday after Moscow's defence minister called for better ties.

NATO to boost naval presence in Black Sea

Brussels - NATO will step up naval war games and surveillance in the Black Sea to complement its increased presence of land and air forces near a more assertive Russia, the alliance said Thursday.

Trump defence chief to NATO: pay up or we reduce support

Brussels - US Defence Secretary James Mattis bluntly warned NATO allies Wednesday that Donald Trump's administration would "moderate its commitment" to the transatlantic alliance unless members met their spending pledges.

Five reasons the Greek debt crisis is back

Brussels - After Brexit stole the limelight last year, the spectre of Grexit is back.Greece, the eurozone and IMF are in a three-way Mexican stand-off over a review of the country's 86 billion bailout agreed in July 2015, its third since 2010.

NATO vows 'unity' at Trump defence chief's debut

Brussels - NATO allies will show "transatlantic unity" in their first talks with new Pentagon boss James Mattis on Wednesday, the alliance's chief said against a backdrop of concerns about US President Donald Trump's commitment.

NATO chief says increased defence spending top priority after Trump calls

Brussels - NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday said the top priority for the transatlantic alliance is to increase defence spending, as demanded by US President Donald Trump.

Brussels talks fail to end Greece bailout impasse

Brussels - Talks between Greece and its creditors ended with no breakthrough Friday as months of feuding with the International Monetary Fund raised fears of a new debt crisis.

Belgium releases 11 detained in anti-terror raids

Brussels - The Belgian authorities on Thursday released 11 people arrested in a series of anti-terror raids targeting jihadists who have returned from Syria, federal prosecutors said.

NATO backs Ukraine as clashes surge: deputy chief

Brussels - All 28 NATO allies fully support Ukraine as it faces the worst upsurge in fighting against pro-Russian rebels in two years, alliance deputy head Rose Gottemoeller said Thursday.

Belgian alarm over spread of Saudi-backed hardline Islam

Brussels - Belgium's terror monitoring centre has expressed concerns about the spread of Saudi- and Gulf-backed fundamentalist Islam in the country's mosques, according to an official report published in local media Wednesday.

Brussels bomber's friend fled Belgium despite conviction: prosecutor

Brussels - A friend of one of the Brussels bombers managed to flee Belgium despite having been sentenced to seven years in prison for terrorist offences, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Moldova president warns NATO over closer ties

Brussels - Moldova's pro-Russian President Igor Dodon on Tuesday warned NATO that the closer ties it seeks with his strategically placed country could undermine its neutrality and threaten its security.

Greece bailout 'credible' despite IMF criticism: EU

Brussels - The EU on Tuesday insisted Greece's economy remained on track despite a withering opinion by the IMF that Athens's debt was "unsustainable" and calling for further European debt relief.

French PM, Juncker say Brexit deal must be worse than membership

Brussels - French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker warned Britain Monday that the terms of any Brexit deal must not be better than full EU membership.

Play about IS tackles Muslim teen radicalisation

Li - Two actors on a darkened stage, playing an erudite Muslim father and his beloved daughter who has left home to join the Islamic State jihadists, read the heartrending letters they have exchanged.

European Parliament leaders oppose reported US ambassador pick

Brussels - European Parliament leaders on Thursday urged the EU to reject Ted Malloch if he is named US President Donald Trump's ambassador to Brussels, calling him hostile to the bloc.
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