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UK court convicts Belgian linked to Brussels, Paris attacks suspect

London - A British court on Tuesday convicted a Belgian man living in Birmingham of giving money to Brussels and Paris terror attacks suspect Mohamed Abrini.

IS tactics evolving, may include car bombs: Europol

Den Haag - Terror networks such as the Islamic State group are evolving their tactics to attack soft targets in Europe, which could see the use of deadly car bombs, Europol warned on Friday.

Two charged with terrorism over Belgian machete attack

Brussels - Belgian authorities charged a woman and a man on Thursday with terrorism offences over an August machete attack on two policewomen that was claimed by the Islamic State group.The prosecutor's office said 36-year-old Sabrina Z. and 37-year-old Farid L.

Belgium holds 6 over August machete attack on policewomen

Brussels - Belgian police arrested six people on Wednesday in connection with an August machete attack on two policewomen that was claimed by the Islamic State group.

Brussels, Paris attacks suspect said UK was not target

London - A suspect in the Brussels and Paris terror attacks told investigators that he was not scouting for targets during a visit to Britain last year and the money he collected was for his gambling addiction, a British court heard Monday.

Briton admits giving money to Brussels, Paris attacks suspect

London - A British man has pleaded guilty to supplying money to Mohamed Abrini, a key suspect in the Brussels and Paris attacks, a court heard Thursday as the trial opened of his alleged accomplice.

Belgium frees suspected Jewish museum attack accomplice

Brussels - The Belgian authorities have freed on bail a Frenchman suspected of helping in the May 2014 attack at the Brussels Jewish Museum, which left four people dead, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

US names French IS suspect as Paris attacks planner

Washington - The United States on Tuesday named a French veteran of the Foreign Legion as a suspect in the planning of bloody attacks in Paris and Brussels.

Donors pledge $2.2 bn for C.Africa recovery plan

Brussels - International donors Thursday pledged $2.2 billion (two billion euros) in aid for strife-torn Central African Republic, one of the world's poorest countries, officials said."The positive response you have given ...

Fur flies over stuffed animals in Russian art show

Sanktpeterburg - Taxidermy tabbies, as well as the stuffed and suspended corpses of dogs, rabbits and swans are not the only artwork in Jan Fabre's Hermitage Museum show, but they're raising the hackles of the Russian establishment.

With no army or basic services, C.Africa leader eyes donors

Bangui - Though elected early this year, Central Africa's new president has no army to command or civil service to call on. He still fills in as a university maths lecturer due to lack of teaching staff.

Belgian soldiers clash with police in pension protest

Brussels - Several thousand Belgian military personnel on Tuesday marched in the streets of Brussels over a rise in the pension age, at times clashing with police.

European 'concern' over returning jihadist fighters: Belgium

Brussels - EU countries must step up intelligence cooperation to tackle growing numbers of jihadist fighters returning home from battlefields in Syria and Iraq, Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders said Tuesday.

IS 'high' command ordered Paris, Brussels attacks: prosecutor

Brussels - The jihadist cell that launched deadly attacks on Paris and Brussels received its orders from "very high" in the Islamic State group command, Belgium's federal prosecutor said Wednesday."We know that the orders came from the Islamic State zone....

French investigators name plotter of Paris, Brussels attacks

Paris - French investigators have identified a Moroccan-Belgian jihadist based in Syria as a key plotter of attacks in Paris and Brussels, sources told AFP Tuesday, announcing a breakthrough in their multi-country probe.

To beer or not to beer: Belgium fears for brewing crown

Brussels - Belgium is historically one of the world's top beer countries but Thomas Costenoble, organiser of the Brussels Beer Challenge, fears that trouble is brewing.

Belgian attacks response raises rights concerns: HRW

Brussels - Belgium risks alienating Muslim communities through its "sometimes abusive" response to the Brussels and Paris terror attacks, Human Rights Watch said in a report on Friday.

'Nothing's simple' Belgium says as signs EU-Canada deal

Brussels - Belgium on Saturday officially signed the landmark EU-Canada trade accord after a drama that saw Belgian regions threaten to torpedo years of negotiations.

Belgium to keep record as Spain nears government

Paris - As the political crisis in Spain dragged on, there had been speculation it might overtake Belgium's record for the longest spell without a government.

Flemish 'Mystic Lamb' masterpiece restored after chaotic past

Ghent - A painstaking restoration of a 15th-century Flemish masterpiece is revealing the long-lost detail and splendour that helped make the altarpiece one of the world's most stolen artworks.

Belgian region rejects EU ultimatum for Canada deal

Brussels - The head of the Belgian region of Wallonia on Wednesday said he still refused to sign off on a EU-Canada trade accord and asked that a visit by Canadian premier Justin Trudeau be delayed.

Belgium summons Russia envoy over Aleppo strike claim

Brussels - Belgium summoned the Russian ambassador to Brussels on Wednesday in a spat over Moscow's claim that Belgian jets killed six civilians near Syria's Aleppo.

Belgian minister's twitter feed hacked, amid trade deal tensions

Brussels - The twitter account of Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders was hacked on Tuesday, his ministry said, just hours after EU ministers failed to agree on a trade deal with Canada due to opposition by Belgium.

Belgium charges four after terror raids

Brussels - Belgium on Tuesday charged four people with involvement in terrorism after 15 early morning raids in the northern cities of Ghent, Antwerp and Deinze, the federal prosecutor's office said.

As arable land disappears, here come the vertical farmers

Waregem - As cities expand, eating up swathes of countryside in the process, agricultural pioneers are finding new ways to grow the fresh produce we need, in containers, empty buildings and any other spare space they can find to create new vertical farms.

Belgium missed 13 chances to unmask Paris attackers: report

Brussels - Belgian police missed 13 opportunities to unmask the participants of the deadly Paris November attacks before the events, according to an internal report leaked to a newspaper on Saturday.

EU backs 'grassroots' efforts to fight radicalisation

Mechelen - EU security commissioner Julian King on Friday hailed the Belgian city of Mechelen as a model for tackling radicalisation as he backed similar "grass-roots" activities elsewhere in the EU.

Brother of Brussels knife attacker charged with terrorism

Brussels - The brother of a man accused of attacking two Brussels police officers with a knife has been charged with terrorism offences, the Belgian federal prosecutor said on Friday.Aboubaker D.

Brussels police stabbing was 'terrorist attack': prosecutors

Brussels - Belgian prosecutors charged a suspect with attempted murder Thursday over the stabbing of two police officers in a "terrorist attack" in Brussels, the latest such incident in a city still reeling from deadly bombings in March.

Two Brussels police stabbed in suspected terror attack

Brussels - An attacker stabbed two police officers in Brussels on Wednesday in a possible terror incident, the latest attack in a city still reeling from deadly Islamic State bombings in March.
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