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U.S.-EU data deal at risk in Facebook case judgment

Brussels - The EU's top court is set to rule Tuesday on a transatlantic data deal, relied on by companies such as Facebook, a judgement that could see it declared invalid given spying revelations in the Edward Snowden scandal.

Scientists look at panda poo for biofuel clues

Researchers in Belgium are looking at excrement of giant pandas in hopes to find clues on how to develop new generations of biofuel.

Turkey's Erdogan faces tough EU talks on refugees, Syria

Brussels - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets EU leaders Monday but they will find it hard to bridge gaps on the migrant crisis and the Syrian war that has produced so many of the refugees they must both deal with, analysts say.

EU border force plan revived as refugee crisis spirals

Brussels - Europe's refugee crisis has revived plans for a controversial pan-EU border and coast guard force to patrol countries like Greece and Italy which are struggling to cope with the wave of migrants.

EU's Juncker warned about Luxembourg tax deals in 1997: Letter

Brussels - European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker was alerted in 1997 about the risks of tax breaks his then government in Luxembourg granted multinationals, according to a document obtained by AFP on Thursday.

Volkswagen scandal puts EU lobbying under spotlight

Brussels - Scandal-hit Volkswagen has for years hired a cadre of lobbyists in the EU capital of Brussels who work intensely behind-the-scenes to influence policy and secure European regulation with a lighter touch.

Belgium charges French national over Jewish museum attack

Brussels - Belgium has taken into custody and charged a French national suspected of having helped a compatriot shoot dead four people at the Jewish museum in Brussels last year, prosecutors said Tuesday.

EU failing to protect journalists: Rights group

Brussels - The European Union has failed to tackle challenges to press freedom within its borders, notably from the hardline government of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, a rights group said Tuesday.

Thousands march in support of migrants in Brussels

Brussels - Up to 20,000 people demonstrated in the Belgian capital Sunday in support of refugees, demanding they be welcomed and treated properly.

The unique smell of human death — What makes it different?

The smell of death, particularly human death, is singularly unique. The smell of a human decomposing is sort of a fruity assault on the olfactory organs, and distinguishes it from all other animals.

EU, Russia, Ukraine agree new gas supply deal: Commissioner

Brussels - Russia agreed to resume gas supplies to Ukraine under a deal clinched late Friday with the European Union, European Energy Commissioner Maros Sefcovic said.

How the EU plans to tackle the migrant crisis

Brussels - European Union plans to tackle the worst migrant crisis since World War II include a push to tighten external border controls and moves to increase aid to refugees outside the bloc.

NATO head urges 'constructive' Russian role in Syria

Brussels - NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg told AFP Thursday he was concerned by Russia's "substantial" military build-up in Syria and urged Moscow to play a constructive role in the fight against Islamic State jihadis.

'Strong' Russian presence in eastern Ukraine: NATO chief

Brussels - NATO head Jens Stoltenberg told AFP Thursday there was still a "strong" Russian presence in eastern Ukraine in support of pro-Moscow rebels although a recent ceasefire seems to be holding.

Merkel says Assad must be involved in Syria talks

Brussels - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that President Bashar al-Assad should be involved in any Syrian peace talks, amid mounting pressure to end the four-year conflict.

EU to set up special migrant reception centres by November: Tusk

Brussels - The EU will set up special reception centres for migrants in frontline states by the end of November, the bloc's President Donald Tusk said Thursday after an emergency summit of European leaders.

EU refugee quotas: how many will countries take?

Brussels - EU states on Tuesday agreed a deal to relocate 120,000 refugees from countries on the frontline despite opposition from eastern members.Here is how the redistribution of 66,000 refugees currently in Italy and Greece will work.

EU forces migrant deal past eastern opposition

Brussels - The European Union pushed through a controversial deal to relocate 120,000 refugees on Tuesday, riding roughshod over fierce opposition from eastern states in a major blow to unity within the bloc.

2020 Tokyo logo plagiarism case set for February

Brussels - The court hearing in the plagiarism case taken by a Belgian graphic designer against the International Olympic Committee over a logo for the Tokyo 2020 Games will take place in Liege next February, his lawyer said on Tuesday.

Merkel, Hollande to address EU Parliament next month

Brussels - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande will jointly address the European Parliament in Strasbourg on October 7, the first such event by leaders of the two countries since 1989, a statement said.
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