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Belgium hunts cousin of Brussels attacks brothers

Brussels - Belgian authorities are hunting a cousin of the El Bakraoui brothers who blew themselves up in the Brussels airport and metro attacks, a source close to the inquiry said Wednesday.

Belgium releases three held in anti-terror raids: prosecutor

Brussels - Belgian authorities on Friday released three people who had been detained for questioning following anti-terror raids overnight in the capital Brussels, prosecutors said.

IS claims Belgium police machete attack

Brussels - A machete-wielding man who wounded two policewomen in Belgium was a 33-year-old Algerian, prosecutors said Sunday as the Islamic State group, behind a string of deadly attacks in Europe, claimed the assault.

Two Belgian police hurt by machete-wielding assailant shouting 'Allahu akbar'

Brussels - A machete-wielding man shouting "Allahu akbar" (God is the greatest) wounded two policewomen in southern Belgium on Saturday before being shot dead, in what appeared to be the latest in a string of jihadist attacks in Europe.

Two Belgian police hurt by machete-wielding assailant shouting 'Allahu akbar'

Brussels - A machete-wielding man shouting "Allahu akbar" (God is the greatest) wounded two policewomen in the southern Belgian city of Charleroi on Saturday before being shot and injured, local police said.

US terror sanctions on suspect in Brussels, Paris attacks

Washington - The United States on Wednesday designated a suspect in the Brussels and Paris attacks known as "the man in the hat" as a global terrorist, blocking any US assets he may have.

Five visitors killed at Bolivia's top tourist draw

La Paz - Five tourists from Belgium, Italy and Peru were killed in a car crash at Bolivia's famous salt flats, the Salar de Uyuni, authorities said Sunday.

Belgium charges man with attempted 'terrorist murder'

Brussels - Belgian authorities charged a man on Saturday with attempting to commit "terrorist murder" after police uncovered an alleged plot to launch an attack in Belgium.An investigating judge charged Nourredine H.

Iranian radiation student held in Brussels bomb false alarm

Brussels - A language mix-up with an Iranian radiation student triggered a five-hour bomb alert on Wednesday in central Brussels before police detained the man for questioning, police and officials said.

U.S. envoy Kerry heads for Moscow, EU capitals

Washington - US Secretary of State John Kerry left Washington on Wednesday for a tour of European capitals focused on efforts to end the chaos in Syria and other hot spots.

Two Paris attacks suspects charged after being handed to France

Brussels - French anti-terror magistrates Wednesday charged two men believed to have helped a key suspect in the November 13 Paris attacks flee to Brussels.

Belgian court jails leaders of terror cell

Brussels - A Belgian court on Tuesday jailed four leaders of a terror cell broken up in a deadly raid in 2015, which had alleged links to the jihadists who staged attacks in Paris and Brussels.

Belgium slow to share info on Paris attacker: Lawmaker

Paris - Belgian authorities were slow to pass on key information about the only surviving suspect in last year's Paris attacks, French lawmakers said Sunday, raising the possibility that he could have been arrested within hours of the bloody gun and suicide bo...

France charges 'accomplice' of key Paris attacks suspect

Paris - Hamza Attou, accused of helping key Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam flee to Brussels, has been charged and taken into custody in France, the Paris prosecutor said Thursday.

Belgium charges two with terror offences

Brussels - Belgian authorities have charged two men with terrorist offences after raids overnight, the federal prosecutor's office said Saturday amid reports of a planned attack on a Euro 2016 fanzone."Two persons...

Man with 'suicide belt' of biscuits, salt triggers Brussels alert

Brussels - A man with psychiatric problems who was carrying a fake suicide belt full of salt and biscuits was arrested Tuesday after he triggered a major anti-terror operation at a Brussels shopping mall, prosecutors said.

Brother of Paris, Brussels attacks suspect detained: Prosecutors

Brussels - The brother of Mohamed Abrini, a Moroccan-Belgian implicated in the Paris and Brussels attacks, was detained Monday for having violated his bail conditions, Belgian prosecutors said.

Belgium detains six over foiled 2015 train attack: prosecutors

Brussels - Belgian police on Monday briefly detained six people in connection with a foiled attack last year on a high-speed train travelling from Amsterdam to Paris, prosecutors said.

Belgium anti-terror sweep over 'imminent' attack fears

Brussels - Belgian authorities on Saturday charged three men with "attempted terrorist murder" after raiding dozens of homes in raids linked to a reported threat to fans during a Euro 2016 football game.Named by prosecutors as Samir C., Moustapha B. et Jawad B.

Belgium anti-terror sweep over 'imminent' attack fears

Brussels - Belgian police staged sweeping nationwide anti-terror raids and arrested 12 people, officials said Saturday, as security for 30 VIPs was reinforced over fears of an "imminent" attack.

New suspect charged over Brussels attacks

Brussels - A Belgian man has been arrested and charged in connection with the Islamic State suicide bombings that killed 32 people in Brussels in March, prosecutors said late Friday.The 30-year-old, named as Youssef E.

Dutch probe cross-border nuclear safety

Den Haag - The Dutch safety board announced on Wednesday it is launching an investigation into how the Netherlands works with its neighbours to prevent and handle any cross-border nuclear power accidents.

Belgium arrests new Brussels attacks suspect

Brussels - Belgian police investigating the Brussels airport and metro attacks have arrested a man in connection with "terrorist murders", the federal prosecutor said on Friday.The 31-year-old man, identified only as Ali E.H.A.

Belgium approves extradition of a Paris attacks suspect to France

Brussels - A Belgian court on Thursday approved the extradition to France of key Paris attacks suspect Mohamed Abrini but he will not be handed over for some time, federal prosecutors said.

Belgium probes deadly train crash, at least three killed

Saint-georges - Investigators worked through the wreckage of a high speed train crash in eastern Belgium on Monday that killed at least three people and injured nine others.

Belgium to mull extradition of Paris attacks suspect Abrini: prosecutors

Brussels - Belgium will next week examine France's request for the extradition of Mohamed Abrini, who has been linked to both the Paris and Brussels attacks, federal prosecutors said Friday.

Belgium accepts transfer of Paris attacks suspect: Agency

Brussels - A Belgian court on Thursday ruled that a suspect charged over the November 13 attacks in Paris for helping prime suspect Salah Abdeslam flee after the carnage can be transferred to France for trial, Belga news agency reported.

'It's a boy!': Chinese panda gives birth in Belgium

Brussels - A giant panda on loan to Belgium from China gave birth to a cub in a Belgian zoo on Thursday, a rare event for the endangered species that numbers fewer than 2,000 in the wild.

Torrential downpours wreak havoc in north Europe

Paris - Torrential downpours have lashed parts of northern Europe in recent days, leaving four dead in Germany, breaching the banks of the Seine in Paris and flooding rural roads and villages.

Belgium faces worsening strikes and rail chaos

Brussels - Belgium faced growing disruption on Tuesday after public sector staff halted work in protest at the centre-right government's austerity plans, adding to ongoing strikes on the rail system and in prisons.
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