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EU maintains Russia sanctions as clashes resume in Ukraine

Brussels - The European Union on Tuesday decided to keep in place biting economic sanctions on Russia over its alleged backing of pro-Kremlin insurgents who have largely ignored a four-week Ukrainian truce.

New EU commissioners put through the wringer

Brussels - The men and women picked to run the EU for the next five years face a grilling by the European Parliament this week which could claim the scalp of at least one of them.

Review: Breaking molds of conventional musicians — Karen Stever inspires Special

Take a moment to step into the enchanting world of Stever, an independent musician who walks to her own beat while inspiring her growing fan base. Her groundbreaking style is unconventional and unique in her own right.

Pharmaceutical firm dumps polio virus into Belgium river

Rixensart - Staff working at a GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) facility dumped more than 45 liters of concentrated live polio into the water at a Belgian treatment plant earlier this month.

EU HQ among possible Belgium jihadist targets

Brussels - The European Commission was among possible targets for jihadist fighters returning from Syria, reports said Saturday, as the Belgian authorities cracked down in an effort to thwart extremist attacks.

Belgium thwarts jihadist attacks: Report

Brussels - Belgian authorities have prevented several attacks by jihadist fighters returning home from Syria and by sympathisers with the Islamic State extremist group, a report said Saturday.

EU, Ukraine, Russia to hold gas talks next week

Brussels - The European Union will hold fresh talks with Russia and Ukraine next week to settle their ongoing dispute over gas deliveries, an EU official said on Friday.

Tight EU borders fuel deadly smuggling business: Amnesty

Brussels - Tight EU border controls are fuelling the business of smugglers who allegedly sank a boat in the Mediterranean last week, killing 500 migrants on board, Amnesty International said Thursday.

EU, Iran to hold fresh nuclear talks

Brussels - EU foreign affairs head Catherine Ashton will meet Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamad Javad Zarif on Wednesday in New York for further talks on Tehran's contested nuclear programme, her spokeswoman said.

How far is Putin prepared to go in Ukraine?

Brussels - Russia could go even further in Ukraine with the "frozen conflict" strategy it has tried and tested in other countries, and may even end up annexing around half of Ukrainian territory, analysts say.

Belgium agrees to sex offender's request for mercy killing

Brussels - Belgium, one of only a few countries to allow euthanasia, has accepted a serial rapist's request that he be allowed to die, his lawyer said on Monday.

Europe fears Scottish independence contagion

Brussels - The prospect of Scottish independence is raising fears in Europe that it could inflame other separatist movements at a time when the continent's unity and even its borders are under threat, analysts say.

Flemish nationalists tread cautiously on Scottish independence vote

Brussels - Scotland's independence vote inspires Flemish nationalists with hope but, with negotiations under way on forming a new Belgian government, they also have their reasons to tread carefully, analysts say.

Brussels Jewish museum suspect in custody for 3 months

Brussels - Frenchman Mehdi Nemmouche, suspected of killing four people at Brussels' Jewish Museum in May, was remanded in custody for another three months on Friday, judicial officials said.

France's Moscovici wins big EU job despite reservations

Brussels - Former French finance minister Pierre Moscovici, appointed the new EU commissioner of economic and financial affairs Wednesday, won the post despite German reservations about Paris's ability to meet Brussels budget rules.

Britain, France get top jobs from EU's Juncker

Brussels - France and Britain won powerful positions Wednesday in the new European Commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker, who vowed to revive a stagnant economy, rebuild trust in Brussels and deal with threats on the EU's borders.

EU's Juncker to announce Commission line-up Wednesday

Brussels - Incoming European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker will announce who gets which job in his team on Wednesday, his office said.Juncker last week unveiled a list of 28 names set for senior positions within the Commission.

Ukraine in NATO would be 'unprecedented challenge': Russia

Brussels - Russia said emphatically on Tuesday it did not want Ukraine to become a NATO member, describing such a possibility as an "unprecedented challenge to European security".

Brussels Jewish museum to reopen in defiance of 'brutes'

Brussels - The Jewish museum in Brussels will reopen on Sunday under tight security, in a message of defiance against "brutes" after a gunman shot dead four people there in May, officials said.

World powers, Iran to meet in New York on September 18

Brussels - World powers and Iran will hold a new round of talks on Tehran's disputed nuclear programme in New York on September 18, EU officials said Thursday.
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