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Brussels airport departure hall partly re-opens, 40 days after attacks

Brussels - The departure hall at Brussels' Zaventem airport partly re-opened Sunday, 40 days after suicide attacks claimed by the Islamic State group which killed 32 people, half of them at the air hub.

Dutch painter Liseth Visser on what motivates and inspires her Special

Veghel - This talented lady from the southern Netherlands is renowned for her beautiful, thought-provoking and deeply striking portraits. She agreed to answer some questions put to her by Digital Journal.

Bombed Brussels airport departure hall to partly reopen Sunday

Brussels - The departure hall at Brussels airport, hit in March by a deadly double suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State group, will partly reopen on Sunday, the management said.

Brussels suspect 'dumped metro bomb in toilet'

Brussels - A Swedish suspect in the Brussels and Paris attacks has told investigators that he dumped the explosives that he carried onto the Belgian capital's metro system into the toilet, reports said Friday.

Netherlands to hand out iodine pills in case of nuclear accident

Den Haag - The Dutch government has ordered 15 million iodine pills to protect people living near nuclear plants in case of an accident, officials said Friday, as concerns rise over ageing reactors across the border in Belgium.

UK pair accused of giving cash to Brussels, Paris attacks suspect

London - Two people appeared in court in London on Friday accused of giving thousands of pounds to Brussels and Paris attacks suspect Mohamed Abrini when he was in Britain last summer.

Defending the indefensible? Lawyers who take on 'monsters'

Paris - Every suspected terrorist, mass murderer or war criminal needs a lawyer -- but the person who takes on this role can often provoke incomprehension, disgust and even violence.

Does Abdeslam hold key to Paris attacks probe?

Paris - Salah Abdeslam is sitting on a potential goldmine of information as the last surviving member of the Paris attacks terror squad.

'All Belgians to get iodine pills' in case of nuclear accident

Brussels - Belgium is to provide iodine pills to its entire population of around 11 million people to protect against radioactivity in case of a nuclear accident, the health minister was quoted as saying Thursday.

Paris attacks suspect Abdeslam hands new lawyer 'challenge of career'

Lille - Salah Abdeslam's last lawyer described him as a "little moron" who brought him nothing but trouble.Now French lawyer Frank Berton is taking up the baton, by agreeing to take on the daunting task of defending the Paris attacks suspect.

Abdeslam slapped with terror charges over Paris attacks

Paris - A French court on Wednesday charged Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam over his role in the November 2015 carnage that left 130 dead, just hours after his extradition from Belgium.

Abdeslam: Pot-smoking 'little moron' of Paris attacks

Paris - Salah Abdeslam, the key Paris attacks suspect who was transferred to France on Wednesday, showed little sign of religious fervour before the bloodshed and was known to enjoy a beer and a joint.

Salah Abdeslam: From French attacks to extradition

Paris - Salah Abdeslam, 26, who was handed over to French authorities on Wesdnesday, eluded police for four months until his arrest last month in Belgium.

French investigators to quiz key Paris suspect Abdeslam

Paris - Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam arrived at a court in the French capital Wednesday where he was to be grilled by investigating judges following his extradition from Belgium.

Belgium dropped probe into Paris attackers before massacre: Report

Brussels - Belgian police abandoned a probe into participants in the Paris attacks ahead of the massacre due to a lack of funds, despite flagging them as priority terror suspects, a report said on Tuesday.

Holocaust survivor Martin Gray dies in Belgium

Brussels - Best-selling author and Holocaust survivor Martin Gray has died in Belgium aged 93, a local official told AFP on Monday.

Bombed Brussels metro station reopens one month after attacks

Brussels - The Brussels metro station hit by a suicide attack last month that killed 16 people reopened on Monday amid tight security, with a memorial board for passengers to write messages for the victims.

Brussels bomber identified as guard of foreign IS hostages

Paris - Najim Laachraoui, one of the Brussels airport bombers, has been identified by several Frenchmen held hostage by Islamic State in Syria as one of their prison guards, sources close to the investigation said Friday.

Belgian lawmakers probe failure to avert Brussels attacks

Brussels - Belgian lawmakers vowed Friday to probe how Belgium failed to thwart the Brussels bombings months after attacks in Paris, as they visited a targeted metro station before it reopens next week.

EU warns of 'significant gaps' in sharing of terror info

Luxembourg - There are still major gaps in intelligence sharing on Islamic State fighters returning to Europe in the wake of the Brussels and Paris attacks, the EU's anti-terrorism coordinator warned Thursday.

Paris attacks suspect Abdeslam charged over Brussels shootout

Brussels - Key Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam was charged Thursday with attempted murder over a deadly shootout with police in Brussels a week before the suicide bombings in the Belgian capital, his lawyer and prosecutors said.

Brussels airport bomber worked there for five years: Report

Brussels - One of the jihadists who blew themselves up at Brussels airport last month had in fact worked at the site for five years until 2012, Belgium's VTM television reported Wednesday.

Belgian minister defends comments on Muslims 'dancing' after attacks

Brussels - Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambon on Wednesday denied stigmatising the Muslim population after he said many of them danced in celebration after the Brussels terror attacks."Everyone knows that these things happened.

Brussels suspect Krayem charged over Paris attacks

Brussels - Swedish national Osama Krayem, charged in connection with the Brussels bombings, has also been charged over the Paris attacks, Belgian media reported Tuesday citing prosecutors.

Belgium says 'terrorist fighters' threaten new Europe attacks

Brussels - Belgium said Tuesday that more "terrorist fighters" want to return to Europe from Syria to carry out further attacks, a month after suicide bombings in Brussels killed 32 people.

Paris, Brussels attacks suspects switch Belgian prisons

Brussels - Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam and alleged accomplice Mohamed Abrini, who is also charged over the Brussels attacks, were moved to different jails in Belgium on Monday, prison officials said.

Thousands rally in Brussels against jihadist violence

Brussels - Around 7,000 people marched through Brussels against jihadist violence on Sunday, nearly a month after coordinated suicide attacks in the Belgian capital killed 32 people and wounded hundreds of others.

Belgium names new transport minister after terror row

Brussels - The Belgian government on Sunday appointed a new transport minister in a reshuffle sparked by allegations of lax security at Brussels airport, one of two targets hit by suicide bombers last month.

Belgian minister says many Muslims 'danced' after attacks

Brussels - Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambon said Saturday that a "significant" part of the Muslim population celebrated attacks, blaming the country's policies for failing to integrate migrants into society.

Brussels airport 'back to full capacity in June' after attacks

Brussels - Brussels airport will fully re-open in June, its chief executive said, after suffering extensive damage when two suicide bombers blew themselves up in the departures hall last month killing 16.
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