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Belgium's 'fairytale' bluebell forest victim of own beauty

- A carpet of bluebells bursts into flower in Belgium in a wonder of the natural world -- but one that is at risk of being trampled by tourists drawn to its beauty.

Belgian linked to drugs, not Paris attack: prosecutors

Brussels - A man questioned in Belgium after the Champs Elysees attack in Paris is wanted in a drugs case and has no link to the fatal shooting in France, Belgian prosecutors said Friday.

DR Congo suspends military cooperation with Belgium

Kinshasa - The Democratic Republic of Congo has suspended military cooperation with former colonial power Belgium after Brussels criticised President Joseph Kabila's choice of prime minister, sources said Friday.

Belgian king's colonial-era greenhouse opens to public

Brussels - In an annual rite of spring in Belgium, the domed 18th century greenhouse complex on King Philippe's Brussels estate opened to the public on Friday.

Stockholm truck attack suspect interested in IS, residency rejected

Stockholm - The suspected Stockholm truck attacker had shown interest in extremist groups and had his permanent residency application rejected in June 2016, Swedish police said on Sunday.

Catholic Church in Belgium honors sex abuse victims

Brussels - The Catholic Church in Belgium on Saturday took part in a day of recognition for victims of sexual abuse by priests, seven years after a paedophile scandal rocked the institution.

14 migrants hurt after Belgium car chase

Brussels - Fourteen migrants were injured on Tuesday when a van crashed into a highway safety barrier during a police car chase in Belgium, prosecutors said.

Terror charges for suspect in murky Antwerp car incident

Brussels - A Tunisian man has been charged with terror offences after being arrested for driving at high speed into a crowded shopping area in the Belgian port city of Antwerp, prosecutors said Friday as his motives remained unclear.

Man held for driving car at crowd in Belgium's Antwerp

Antwerp - Belgian security forces arrested a man Thursday after he drove into a shopping area at high speed in the port city of Antwerp, officials said.

Man arrested trying to drive into crowd in Belgium's Antwerp

Brussels - Belgian police arrested a man on Thursday after he tried to drive into a crowd at high-speed in a shopping area in the port city of Antwerp, a police chief said.

Marchers bear 'jihad of love' message on Brussels bombs anniversary

Brussels - In a bid to help Molenbeek shed an image as a hotbed of Islamist extremism, schoolchildren led a march to central Brussels wearing T-shirts stamped with "jihad for love.

Marchers bear 'jihad of love' message on Brussels bombs anniversary

Brussels - In a bid to help Molenbeek shed an image as a hotbed of Islamist extremism, schoolchildren led a march to central Brussels wearing T-shirts stamped with "jihad for love.

Marchers bear 'jihad of love' message on Brussels bombs anniversary

Brussels - In a bid to help Molenbeek shed an image as a hotbed of Islamist extremism, schoolchildren led a march to central Brussels wearing T-shirts stamped with "jihad for love.

Belgium observes minutes silence one year after Brussels attacks

Brussels - Belgium's King Philippe and Queen Mathilde on Wednesday led a minute of silence in memory of the 32 people killed in the Brussels airport and metro attacks one year ago.

Belgium falls silent one year after Brussels attacks

Brussels - Belgium fell silent Wednesday to mark the first anniversary of the Islamic State suicide attacks in Brussels that killed 32 people, on a day of emotional ceremonies aimed at showing the heart of Europe is still beating.

Muslims suffer year of discrimination after Brussels bombs

Brussels - Belgian teenager Ahmed is still reeling from the hostile reception he received from a teacher the first day he attended a new sports school last September.

'Victims twice over' slam Brussels attacks response

Brussels - For Philippe Vansteenkiste, whose sister was killed in the Brussels attacks one year ago, the suffering is made worse by the battle with the Belgian authorities for support.

Brussels to mark attacks anniversary with sound, not silence

Brussels - Belgium this week marks the first anniversary of the Brussels airport and metro bombings with ceremonies showing the heart of Europe is still beating despite the country's worst ever attacks.

Children act in play on notorious Belgian paedophile

Paris - A controversial theatre director is using children to stage a story about how Belgium has been traumatised by the paedophile killer Marc Dutroux, who kidnapped and raped six little girls.

Belgian zoo shortens rhinos' horns after French killing

Brussels - A Belgian zoo said Saturday it will shorten its rhinos' horns as an anti-poaching measure following the grisly killing of a white rhino in France this week.

Belgium 'safer,' returning fighters a threat: minister

Brussels - A year after the Brussels bombings, Belgium is more secure but it faces the threat of battle-hardened jihadi fighters returning home as Islamic State makes its last stand, interior minister Jan Jambon said.

Belgium charges woman over suspected Europe terror plot

Brussels - A 24-year-old Belgian woman has been charged with terrorism offences on suspicion she helped people plotting an attack in Europe, prosecutors in Brussels said Thursday.

EU court says states can deny visas to refugees

Luxembourg - The EU's top court ruled Tuesday that states can deny short-term humanitarian visas to people trying to enter to claim asylum, in a case of a Syrian family trying to come to Belgium.

Belgium marks Zeebrugge ferry disaster 30 years on

Brussels - Belgium paid homage on Monday to the 193 people who died when the "Herald of Free Enterprise" ferry capsized off the port of Zeebrugge 30 years ago.

Brussels police hold man as gas canisters found in car

Brussels - Belgian police and soldiers on Thursday sealed off part of central Brussels after finding gas canisters in a car driven by a man known to have been radicalised, officials said.

Belgium to offer terror attack victims special help

Brussels - Belgium's government approved special help for terror victims Friday, as the country prepares to mark the first anniversary of deadly Islamic State-claimed attacks in Brussels which killed 32 people.

One dead, 27 hurt in Belgium train derailment

Brussels - One person died and 27 others were injured -- three of them seriously -- when a train derailed Saturday shortly after leaving a station east of Brussels, officials said.

Belgium releases 11 detained in anti-terror raids

Brussels - The Belgian authorities on Thursday released 11 people arrested in a series of anti-terror raids targeting jihadists who have returned from Syria, federal prosecutors said.

Belgian alarm over spread of Saudi-backed hardline Islam

Brussels - Belgium's terror monitoring centre has expressed concerns about the spread of Saudi- and Gulf-backed fundamentalist Islam in the country's mosques, according to an official report published in local media Wednesday.

Brussels bomber's friend fled Belgium despite conviction: prosecutor

Brussels - A friend of one of the Brussels bombers managed to flee Belgium despite having been sentenced to seven years in prison for terrorist offences, prosecutors said Wednesday.
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