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Uber drivers assaulted in Belgium

Brussels - Uber drivers in Belgium were assaulted by fake clients this weekend, including by at least one cabbie angered by the lower cost rival, Belgian police said on Monday.

Belgian foreign minister criticised for 'blacking up'

Brussels - Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders faced accusations from rights groups on Thursday of ignoring his country's colonial past after he "blacked up" for a children's charity.

Spanish court dismisses paternity suit against ex-king

Madrid - The Spanish Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a paternity suit against the former king of Spain, Juan Carlos, by a Belgian woman claiming to be his daughter, a judicial source said.

Young Belgian woman held after returning from Syria

Brussels - A young Belgian woman was detained at the country's Charleroi airport on Sunday after being intercepted by Turkish authorities as she sought to return from Syria with her four-year-old son, officials said.

Two held after 3 Europeans killed in Mali nightclub shooting

Bamako - Two suspects were arrested on Saturday after three Europeans and two locals were shot dead in a suspected terror attack on a nightclub in the Malian capital Bamako, a police source said.

World Press Photo award withdrawn in manipulation scandal

Brussels - Organisers of the prestigious World Press Photo awards have revoked a major prize after the entry, which portrayed the gritty Belgian industrial town Charleroi, was accused of being staged in a deepening debate over manipulation of images.

Belgian town wants World Press Photo award withdrawn

Brussels - The mayor of Charleroi has said the award of a World Press Photo prize to a study on the gritty industrial Belgian town should be withdrawn as a "serious distortion of reality.

Belgium charges Frenchman as accomplice in Jewish museum attack

Brussels - A Frenchman suspected of helping compatriot Medhi Nemmouche, held for killing four people at the Brussels Jewish Museum in May, has been formally charged, the federal prosecutors office said Thursday.

Belgian Islamists jailed on terrorism charges

Antwerp - A Belgian court sentenced the leader of an Islamist group that sent jihadist fighters to Syria to a 12-year jail term on Wednesday and imprisoned several other members in one of the largest cases of its kind in Europe.

Ex-prostitute recalls the hell of Belgian brothels

Paris - Carole was drugged, raped by three men, filmed and threatened at the outset of her three-year descent into the hell of prostitution -- a form of "modern-day slavery" she eventually managed to escape.

Belgium charges four after nationwide anti-terror raids

Brussels - Four people arrested in Belgium on Friday in raids aimed at smashing jihadist recruitment groups have been charged with "participating in the activities of a terrorist group", the federal prosecutor's office said.

Belgium hunts accomplice of suspected Jewish museum killer

Brussels - The Belgian authorities are looking for a possible accomplice to Mehdi Nemmouche, who has been charged with killing four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels last year, the prosecutor's office said Friday.

Sixth person charged in foiled Belgium terror plot

Brussels - Belgian authorities have charged a sixth person with terrorism following a series of raids in Belgium last week that foiled a plot to kill police, the prosecutor's office said Wednesday.The man, identified as Abdelmoumaim H.

Belgium seeks two men after anti-terror raid

Madrid - Belgian authorities are hunting for two men on the run after a jihadist cell was broken up in Belgium last week, with the search focusing on Spain and France, a source close to the investigation in Spain said Tuesday.

Greece 'will extradite jihadist' suspect to Belgium

Athens - Greece will extradite to Belgium an Algerian man with suspected links to a jihadist cell dismantled by Belgian security forces last week, a justice source said Tuesday.

Belgium to request extradition of terror suspect arrested in Greece

Brussels - Belgium will request the extradition of a suspect arrested in Greece who could be connected to a jihadist cell smashed by Belgian security forces earlier this week, federal prosecutors said Sunday.

Eurostar cancels trains after new Tunnel incident

Paris - Eurostar travellers faced further disruptions on Sunday after an electrical problem shut down the Channel Tunnel for two hours, a day after a lorry fire forced the closure of the crucial transport link.

Mastermind of jihadist cell in Belgium 'still at large'

Brussels - The presumed mastermind of the jihadist cell dismantled this week in Belgium remains at large, a Belgian minister said Sunday, after arrests in Greece.

No link between Greece arrests and Belgium jihadists: Prosecutor

Brussels - No link has been established between at least four people arrested by Greek anti-terrorism police and a jihadist cell broken up this week in Belgium, the Belgian prosecutor's office said Sunday.

Greece arrests four over foiled Belgium terror attacks

Athens - At least four people were arrested in Athens on Saturday as part of a probe into a jihadist cell that was dismantled in Belgium this week before it could carry out any attacks, a Greek police source said.

Belgium deploys troops as Greece arrests four over 'terror' plot

Brussels - Belgium on Saturday deployed troops to patrol its streets after smashing an Islamist "terrorist" cell that allegedly planned to kill police officers, as Greece arrested four people in connection with the foiled plot.

Belgium: Hotbed of fighters heading to Syria and Iraq

Brussels - Anti-terror raids in Belgium appear to confirm long-standing fears the country has become a jihadist centre, with an often disaffected Muslim minority providing fertile ground for radicalisation.

European police arrest dozens after Belgium foils 'terrorist' plot

Brussels - European nations arrested dozens of Islamist suspects Friday as Belgium said it had smashed a "terrorist" cell planning to kill police officers and France pursued fresh leads on last week's Paris attacks.

Belgium foils plot to kill police as terror arrests sweep Europe

Brussels - Belgian security forces raided an Islamist cell planning attacks against police on Friday as dozens of people were arrested in sweeps across Europe, keeping the continent on alert one week after the Paris attacks.

Belgium raid on alleged terror group kills two

Ninove - Belgian police shot dead two alleged militants in a gun battle Thursday during a huge operation to prevent what they called imminent terrorist attacks, raising fresh alarm for Europe days after 17 people were killed in Paris.

Belgian bookshops face threats for stocking Charlie Hebdo

Brussels - Four bookshops in Brussels have received letters warning of reprisals if they distribute the controversial first issue of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo since last week's attacks, Belgian authorities said.

Paris gunman 'bought weapons in Belgium'

Brussels - French Islamist gunman Amedy Coulibaly bought most of the weapons used in last week's Paris attacks in Belgium, Belgian newspapers reported Wednesday.

Spain court admits paternity suit against former king

Madrid - Spain's courts agreed on Wednesday to examine a paternity suit against former king Juan Carlos by a woman claiming to be his daughter, the latest scandal to hit the monarchy.

Belgian paper that ran Charlie cartoons evacuated after threat

Brussels - The offices of a Belgian newspaper that republished cartoons from the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were evacuated on Sunday after receiving an anonymous bomb threat, its staff said.

Belgian serial rapist 'will not be euthanized'

Brussels - A serial rapist and murderer who had won the right to die under Belgium's controversial euthanasia laws will not now be put to death following fresh medical advice, authorities said Tuesday.
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