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Five years on, Brussels attack survivor rebuilds life

Tervuren - Four months in hospital, 13 operations, a dead leg but still alive: For Sebastien Bellin, seriously injured in the jihadist attacks of 2016 in Brussels, "rebuilding" is still an ordeal.

'The EU cannot defend Europe': NATO chief

Bruges - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned Thursday that Europe's defence depends on close transatlantic bonds and not on a quest for the continent's strategic autonomy.

Pandemic showcases Belgium as Europe's Vaccine Valley

Wavre - A small country with an outsize reputation in research and pharmaceuticals, Belgium has emerged with a strategic role in the world's battle against the coronavirus.

Iran diplomat given 20 years for Paris bomb plot

Antwerp - A Belgian court convicted an Iranian diplomat Thursday for plotting a thwarted 2018 bombing of an opposition rally outside Paris and ordered him jailed for 20 years.

Meet 'baby' Claire, explorer of Antwerp's bad air

Antwerp - Out for an afternoon hike, Veerle Bonaers and a friend stop pushing their baby and look down to their map, suddenly aware they have taken a wrong turn.

Belgian cafe owner holds sleep-in to protest virus shutdown

Belgique - A fed-up cafe owner in Belgium is sleeping in her premises with little food, in protest at the months-long shutdown of her sector to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Belgium tries Iranian diplomat over bomb plot

Antwerp - An Iranian diplomat went on trial in Belgium on Friday accused of plotting to bomb an Iranian opposition rally outside Paris, in a case that has stoked tensions with Tehran.

Belgian policeman tried over Kurdish toddler's death

Mons - A police officer who opened fire on a van full of migrants and killed a two-year-old girl expressed his regrets Monday at the start of a trial that has put Belgium's immigration policy in the dock.

Tanzania challenger vows return from Belgian exile

Tienen - Last month, Tundu Lissu was campaigning for the presidency of Tanzania.Today, he is back in a simple ground floor flat in the small Belgian town where he recovered from multiple gunshot wounds the last time he was forced to flee his homeland.

Pieter Timmers talks New York Breakers, retirement from swimming Special

Olympic silver medalist swimmer Pieter Timmers chatted with Digital Journal's Markos Papadatos about competing for the New York Breakers in the second International Swimming League (ISL) season, and his retirement from the sport.

Brexit waves threaten to wreck Belgian fishing

Ostend - Britain's departure from the European single market will disrupt many long-standing economic relationships and could yet devastate one of the oldest -- the Belgian fishing fleet's work in UK waters.

Illicit drug trade at Belgian port fuels crime wave

Antwerp - Bomb explosions, shootings and even kidnapping of children: drug trafficking around Antwerp in northern Belgium is generating increasingly violent crime, which the authorities are struggling to tackle.

Belgian drinkers' faith rewarded as monks get beer out

Westvleteren - Belgium is only cautiously beginning to emerge from its coronavirus lockdown and its bars and restaurants won't open until next month at least.

Cooped up Belgians in a flap for chickens

Wavre - Whether it's for fresh eggs or to entertain children feeling cooped up in coronavirus lockdown, a craze for keeping chickens is sweeping Belgium.

Belgian llama holds key to possible corona treatment

Ghent - Scientists the world over are scrambling to perfect an anti-viral treatment for the novel coronavirus, and following what might seem to be some unusual trails.

Ghent's refreshed 'Mystic Lamb' artwork inspires new adoration

Ghent - The grass is greener, the sky is cleaner and dozens of tiny details have been exposed to delight art historians and inspire the devotion of the faithful.

Battle of the Bulge heroes remembered 75 years on

Bastogne - Seventy-five years after the snow bound hills of the Ardennes saw the bloody turning point of World War II, surviving veterans gathered for perhaps the last time.

Battle of the Bulge heroes remembered 75 years on

Bastogne - The Battle of the Bulge was the last German offensive of World War II, and the Siege of Bastogne the scene of a heroic defence by American paratroopers.

The heroes of Bastogne: 75 years on

Bastogne - The Battle of the Bulge was the last German offensive of World War II, and the Siege of Bastogne the scene of a heroic defence by American paratroopers.

Early Van Gogh works auctioned in Belgium

Ghent - Two early works by Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh were auctioned in the Belgian city of Ghent on Sunday, fetching near estimate prices that the organiser said were bargains.
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