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Language at UK talks not decided says EU's 'Monsieur Brexit'

Brussels - The European Commission's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said Friday that the official language of talks with Britain had yet to be decided, denying reports he had insisted they be in his native French.

EU drops sanctions threat against Russia over Syria

Brussels - EU leaders backed down on Friday from an explicit threat of sanctions against Russia over the bombing of Aleppo but warned that they would consider "all available options" if atrocities in Syria continue.

NATO shadows Russian naval force, fears more Aleppo attacks

Brussels - British warships on Thursday shadowed a Russian aircraft carrier battle group through the North Sea as NATO voiced fears the powerful force could soon join in attacks on Syria's besieged city of Aleppo.

EU steps up calls for deals with Africa to curb migrants

Brussels - EU leaders meeting at a summit Thursday are stepping up calls to boost Africa's economic development in exchange for sharp curbs on migrant flows following a similar arrangement with Turkey.

France's Hollande warns UK's May of 'hard' Brexit talks

Brussels - French President Francois Hollande warned British Prime Minister Theresa May during her first European Union summit on Thursday that she would face tough negotiations if she insists on a "hard Brexit".

British PM urges 'robust, united' EU response to Russia over Syria

Brussels - British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday called for a "robust and united" European approach to Russian "atrocities" in Syria, as she arrived for her first EU summit in Brussels.

EU threatens Russia with sanctions over Syria

Brussels - European Union leaders warned Russia at a summit on Thursday that they will consider sanctions over its role in the Syrian conflict if Moscow does not stop "crimes" in the devastated city of Aleppo.

Belgian region rejects EU ultimatum for Canada deal

Brussels - The head of the Belgian region of Wallonia on Wednesday said he still refused to sign off on a EU-Canada trade accord and asked that a visit by Canadian premier Justin Trudeau be delayed.

Belgium summons Russia envoy over Aleppo strike claim

Brussels - Belgium summoned the Russian ambassador to Brussels on Wednesday in a spat over Moscow's claim that Belgian jets killed six civilians near Syria's Aleppo.

EU summit to condemn Russia over Aleppo: draft statement

Brussels - EU leaders plan to "strongly condemn" Russia at their summit on Thursday for its alleged attacks on civilians in Syria's Aleppo, urge an end to fighting and call for a revived political process.

Belgian minister's twitter feed hacked, amid trade deal tensions

Brussels - The twitter account of Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders was hacked on Tuesday, his ministry said, just hours after EU ministers failed to agree on a trade deal with Canada due to opposition by Belgium.

Belgium charges four after terror raids

Brussels - Belgium on Tuesday charged four people with involvement in terrorism after 15 early morning raids in the northern cities of Ghent, Antwerp and Deinze, the federal prosecutor's office said.

Belgium establishes a global brain bank

Antwerp - A brain bank, a grisly sounding collection of brains and tissues, has been established in Belgium, with parts of the collection being shipped from the U.K. The idea is to provide tissue and medical records to researchers all over the world.

EU threatens DRCongo sanctions if no poll: sources

Brussels - The European Union will on Monday demand that the Democratic Republic of Congo hold elections early next year or face fresh sanctions, EU diplomatic sources said.

EU misspent 5.5 bn euros, needs to regain trust: watchdog

Brussels - The EU misspent 5.5 billion euros ($6 billion) in 2015, the bloc's financial watchdog said Thursday, warning that Brussels needed to regain the trust of European citizens shaken by Brexit and other crises.

EU draws fire for allowing 'overfishing' of Baltic cod

Brussels - European Union ministers have agreed to cuts in Baltic cod catch quotas for next year that fall well short of calls by scientists worried about the stock's eventual collapse.

As arable land disappears, here come the vertical farmers

Waregem - As cities expand, eating up swathes of countryside in the process, agricultural pioneers are finding new ways to grow the fresh produce we need, in containers, empty buildings and any other spare space they can find to create new vertical farms.

Belgium missed 13 chances to unmask Paris attackers: report

Brussels - Belgian police missed 13 opportunities to unmask the participants of the deadly Paris November attacks before the events, according to an internal report leaked to a newspaper on Saturday.

EU backs 'grassroots' efforts to fight radicalisation

Mechelen - EU security commissioner Julian King on Friday hailed the Belgian city of Mechelen as a model for tackling radicalisation as he backed similar "grass-roots" activities elsewhere in the EU.

Brother of Brussels knife attacker charged with terrorism

Brussels - The brother of a man accused of attacking two Brussels police officers with a knife has been charged with terrorism offences, the Belgian federal prosecutor said on Friday.Aboubaker D.
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