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Europe migrant terror threat overblown: experts

Brussels - The arrest in Italy of a terror suspect posing as a boat migrant has fuelled nightmare scenarios of jihadist infiltration of Europe, but experts say the threat is overblown and attacks by homegrown extremists are more likely.

European Jews fear for safety a year after museum attack

Brussels - A year after a gunman murdered four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, Jews across Europe increasingly fear for their safety and warn they are on the frontline of an Islamist war against democracy itself.

European opposition could sink Brussels migrant plan

Brussels - Brussels may have to water down controversial plans for quotas to spread Mediterranean refugees around Europe amid growing opposition, unexpectedly led by France, officials said Tuesday.

EU promises more transparency to meet eurosceptic demands

Brussels - The European Commission promised Tuesday to slash bureaucracy and increase transparency to meet demands led by eurosceptic Britain that the EU mind its own business and give member states more say.

NATO urges Russia to be more 'transparent' on military exercises

Brussels - NATO head Jens Stoltenberg urged Russia on Tuesday for full transparency during snap military exercises in order to avoid potentially catastrophic misunderstandings as the Ukraine crisis stokes tensions.

Russia drops opposition to EU-Ukraine trade deal starting 2016: EU

Brussels - Russia has dropped its demands for a further delay in a landmark EU-Ukraine trade deal at the heart of the Ukraine crisis and accepts that it will now begin next year, the EU said Monday.

EU backs naval mission to end migrant crisis

Brussels - EU nations approved plans on Monday for an unprecedented naval mission starting next month to fight human traffickers responsible for a flood of migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Libya.

'Terrorists' may use migrant cover to get to Europe: NATO

Brussels - NATO head Jens Stoltenberg warned Monday that fighters from Islamic extremist groups may hide among the flood of migrants seeking refuge in Europe, increasing the need for an effective response.

EU to back unprecedented naval force to fight people smugglers

Brussels - European Union ministers are set to approve plans Monday for an unprecedented naval force to fight people smugglers in the Mediterranean after a series of shipwrecks killed hundreds of migrants.

European battle brewing over 'blood metals'

Brussels - Europe will consider this week whether to follow the United States by bringing in tighter controls on "conflict minerals" from war zones, but critics say the measures risk being watered down.

Brussels clashes with Britain over Med migrant plan

Brussels - The European Union clashed with Britain on Wednesday over a plan to save thousands of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean, which includes controversial resettlement quotas for refugees.

Britain says Med migrants should be turned back

Brussels - Britain called Wednesday for migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to be turned back, threatening to scupper a new European Union plan for quotas to redistribute migrants across the continent.

Refugee quotas divide EU: Sources

Brussels - EU plans for binding refugee quotas across the 28-nation bloc could be sunk because Britain, Ireland and Denmark do not have to accept them, European sources said Tuesday.

Greece avoids default with IMF payment but warns of imminent crisis

Brussels - Greece narrowly averted a default Tuesday that could have seen it crashing out of the euro, but warned it faced another cash crunch within two weeks without a bailout deal with its EU financiers.

Greece makes progress but warns of cash crunch

Brussels - Greece won limited support from the eurozone Monday for the progress it has made in difficult bailout talks, but warned that Athens faced a cash crunch within two weeks without a deal.

Russia, Ukraine rebels can attack with little warning: NATO

Brussels - Russia and pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine now have the capacity to launch new attacks "with very little warning" after a sustained military build-up, NATO head Jens Stoltenberg said Monday.

Greece to repay IMF but eurozone deal far off

Brussels - Greece said on Monday it would meet a huge IMF payment deadline to avoid a catastrophic default but despite some progress in talks with its eurozone partners a bailout deal still seemed far out of reach.

Black bears have close call with tourists blocking bridge

Montana Parks and Wildlife posted a video reminding tourists that although they may want to, no one should ever get too close to a bear.

EU says Ukraine, Georgia progress toward visa-free access

Brussels - The EU said Friday that Ukraine and Georgia, both embroiled in conflict with Russia, have made progress in gaining visa-free access to Europe, a key pay-off to boosting ties with the 28-nation bloc.

Trial of Syria jihadist network opens in Belgium

Brussels - The trial opened on Thursday of 32 people accused of running or taking part in one of Belgium's largest networks to send jihadists to Syria.But Belgian media said about half the defendants are still in Syria or dead.
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