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EU further tightens sanctions on North Korea

Brussels - The European Union on Friday further tightened sanctions against North Korea over nuclear and ballistic missile tests carried out in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions.

EU to unveil miitary cooperation plan after Brexit vote

Brussels - The European Union said Friday it will unveil plans for closer military cooperation after Britain's referendum on whether to leave the bloc, but denied they were secret proposals for an EU army.

Suicide risk lifted from Pfizer's smoking-cessation pill

Brussels - Europe's drug regulator has lifted a longstanding warning in relation to a anti-smoking medication made by the company Pfizer.

Belgian police arrest four, find 'traces' of terror attack plot

Brussels - Police found "traces" of a plot to launch a new attack in Belgium when they arrested four people suspected of recruiting jihadists for Syria and Libya, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Greece in debt relief breakthrough with eurozone, IMF

Brussels - Eurozone finance ministers reached a vital deal with Greece on Wednesday to start debt relief for Athens as demanded by the International Monetary Fund, and to unlock 10.3 billion euros ($12 billion) in bailout cash.

Brussels police fire water cannon at anti-austerity protest

Brussels - Belgian police Tuesday fired water cannon during clashes with protesters at a huge demonstration in Brussels against the centre-right government's labour reform plans, leaving 10 people injured.

Belgium defiant two months after IS attacks

Brussels - Belgian premier Charles Michel vowed Sunday that the West will ultimately defeat Islamic State group "terrorists", as the royal family hosted a ceremony marking two months since the deadly Brussels bombings.

NATO extends Afghanistan training mission

Brussels - NATO foreign ministers agreed Friday to extend the alliance's key training and support mission in Afghanistan beyond this year as the country continues to face "serious security challenges.

EU ministers back emergency brake on Turkey visa-free travel

Brussels - EU interior ministers on Friday adopted a so-called emergency brake that would allow European nations to swiftly halt visa-free access to Europe for Turks and other nationalities if key conditions were violated.

NATO to hold talks with Russia before alliance summit

Brussels - NATO said Friday it will hold formal talks with Russia before a landmark July summit in Warsaw endorses the alliance's biggest military build-up since the end of the Cold War, to counter a more assertive Russia.

NATO may take on new air surveillance role in IS fight

Brussels - NATO's secretary general said Thursday that the alliance could expand its support for the US-led fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria with the deployment of sophisticated surveillance aircraft.

U.S. calls for 'robust' NATO posture on eastern flank

Brussels - US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday that NATO was building a "robust" defensive posture on its eastern flank, as the alliance faces an increasingly aggressive Russia.

France calls Middle East peace conference for June 3

Brussels - French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Thursday he had called for a long-delayed Middle East peace conference to be held in Paris on June 3.

EU delays re-approval for weedkiller glyphosate

Brussels - The EU on Wednesday failed to agree on the re-approval of weedkiller glyphosate in Europe amid fresh fears the product could cause cancer.

Belgian prosecutors seek long terms for alleged Verviers jihadists

Brussels - Belgian prosecutors on Thursday demanded that four alleged jihadists accused of links to the terror cell behind the Paris and Brussels attacks receive between 10 and 18 years in jail.

NATO finalises military build-up to counter Russia

Brussels - NATO foreign ministers were on Thursday finalising the alliance's biggest military build-up since the end of the Cold War to counter what they see as a more aggressive and unpredictable Russia.

Paris attacks suspect wanted to die a martyr: Belgian police

Brussels - Belgian investigators said they have discovered a "last testament" attributed to Brussels and Paris attacks suspect Mohamed Abrini, suggesting that he wanted to die a martyr.

NATO says all should avoid new arms race

Brussels - NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday called for avoiding a new arms race, as the US-led alliance pushes ahead with its biggest military revamp since the Cold War to counter a more assertive Russia.

NATO, Montenegro to sign accession accord: Stoltenberg

Brussels - NATO will on Thursday sign an accession agreement with Montenegro, paving the way for the small Balkan country to become the transantlantic alliance's 29th member state, alliance head Jens Stoltenberg said.

EU raises pressure on Poland in rule of law row

Brussels - The European Union's executive arm warned Wednesday it could take further action against Poland over its commitment to the rule of law, unless Warsaw's conservative government makes "significant" progress.
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