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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.

Family seeks justice for Lumumba, DR Congo's murdered hero

Apo - Will justice ever be served for Patrice Lumumba?Aged just 35, the charismatic hero of Belgian Congo's independence was assassinated 60 years ago in a plot linked to the fledgling nation's colonial master.

Pompeo cancels last foreign trip amid Trump impeachment moves

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday canceled his final foreign trip scheduled this week as President Donald Trump faces a second impeachment vote.

Ten to face trial for 2016 Brussels bombings

Apo - Ten suspects will go on trial over the 2016 Brussels bombings, Belgium's worst peace-time atrocity that left 32 dead, a court source told AFP on Tuesday.

Belgian judges to decide on trial for attack suspects

Apo - Belgian judges will decide on Tuesday whether to send a dozen suspected jihadist extremists to trial for their alleged roles in the March 2016 Brussels bombings.

Hungarian MEP resigns over lockdown party

Apo - A conservative Hungarian MEP and close ally of Prime Minister Viktor Orban apologised Tuesday after Belgian police caught him fleeing a lockdown-busting party that local press described as an orgy.

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.

Belgian policeman tried over death of Kurdish toddler

Apo - Belgium's approach to policing undocumented migration will be in the dock Monday when an officer goes on trial over the shooting death of a two-year-old Kurdish girl.

Virus-drained nurses hang up uniforms for other jobs

Apo - One is a pastry-cook. Another dreams of becoming a bookseller. All have slammed the door on the hospitals where they used to work, exhausted by wave after wave of Covid-19 patients.

Pigeon sells for record 1.6 mn euros to Chinese fancier

Apo - An unidentified Chinese buyer on Sunday paid a world record 1.6 million euros ($1.9 million) for a female homing pigeon called New Kim, online auctioneers Pigeon Paradise (PIPA) said.The sale beat the 1.

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.

Beijing bars more foreign arrivals for fear of virus resurgence

Bejing - China on Thursday defended a ban on non-Chinese arrivals from a growing list of countries as "reasonable and fair" as it guards against a resurgence of the coronavirus.

In Brussels, police hunt curfew breakers

Apo - Patrolling the streets of Brussels in the dead of night, police are looking for shops or clandestine parties that are violating the city's antivirus curfew.

Mali trial over 2015 Bamako attacks opens

Bamako - A Malian court opened proceedings Tuesday against alleged Islamists who are accused of killing over two dozen people in attacks targeting foreigners in 2015, in a rare terror trial in the Sahel state.

Belgian child killer Dutroux's lawyers postpone parole bid

Apo - Lawyers for Belgian child killer Marc Dutroux will postpone a long-planned parole request after a psychiatric report concluded he remains dangerous, a member of his legal team said on Wednesday.

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.

Belgium's hidden princess regrets father's cold shoulder

Apo - When former king Albert II informed his hidden daughter and the Belgian people, through legal counsel, that he felt no connection with her it was "like a knife in the back," she said Monday.

Three Rwanda genocide suspects arrested in Belgium

Apo - Three men suspected of involvement in the 1994 Rwanda genocide have been arrested and charged in Belgium with serious abuse of human rights, the prosecutor's office said Saturday.

Belgian king's hidden daughter wins fight to be princess

Apo - A Belgian artist has won a seven-year legal battle to be confirmed as a princess and the official daughter of former king Albert II, her lawyer said Thursday.

Belgium finally gets new PM, 16 months after vote

Apo - Flemish liberal leader Alexander De Croo will be Belgium's new prime minister at the head of a seven-party coalition government, it was announced Wednesday -- 16 months after an inconclusive election.

Belgium to return slain Congo leader's tooth to family

Apo - A Belgian judge has agreed that a tooth taken from the remains of assassinated Congolese independence leader Patrice Lumumba be returned to his family, prosecutors said Thursday.

Belgian Congo's 'children of sin' demand justice

Apo - Torn from their parents, brought up in a convent then abandoned when the Belgian Congo gained independence.

Netherlands' Belgian enclave juggles tricky virus rules

There is a small Belgian enclave in the southern Netherlands where respecting two sets of rules to fight coronavirus has become a daily challenge, with international borders criss-crossing streets and even running through shops and homes.

E-bike revolution tempts Ferrari owners

Apo - What better partner for a Cowboy than a Prancing Horse?The Agnelli family's Exor holding company is best known as the owner of Ferrari, the four-wheeled supercar with the stallion logo.

Belgian king expresses 'deepest regrets' over DR Congo colonial past

Apo - Belgium's King Philippe expressed his "deepest regrets" on Tuesday for the harm done during Belgian colonial rule in DR Congo, in a first for his country.

Belgian king expresses 'deepest regrets' over DR Congo colonial past

Apo - Belgium's King Philippe expressed his "deepest regrets" for the harm done during Belgian colonial rule in DR Congo, in a first for his country.

EU racism pledge clouded by 'blackface' controversy

Apo - A pledge by the EU to make its 30,000 strong civil service more diverse was overshadowed on Wednesday by the blackface-wearing past of its top justice official.

Belgium should apologise for colonial past, says first black mayor

Apo - Belgium is due a reckoning with its colonial past, and things left unsaid must now be discussed, argues the Congolese-born 72-year-old who became the country's first black mayor.Pierre Kompany's family has made a name for itself in Belgium.
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