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Belgian child killer Dutroux's lawyers postpone parole bid

Apo - Lawyers for Belgian child killer Marc Dutroux will postpone a long-planned parole request after a psychiatric report concluded he remains dangerous, a member of his legal team said on Wednesday.

Brexit waves threaten to wreck Belgian fishing

Ostend - Britain's departure from the European single market will disrupt many long-standing economic relationships and could yet devastate one of the oldest -- the Belgian fishing fleet's work in UK waters.

Illicit drug trade at Belgian port fuels crime wave

Antwerp - Bomb explosions, shootings and even kidnapping of children: drug trafficking around Antwerp in northern Belgium is generating increasingly violent crime, which the authorities are struggling to tackle.

Belgium's hidden princess regrets father's cold shoulder

Apo - When former king Albert II informed his hidden daughter and the Belgian people, through legal counsel, that he felt no connection with her it was "like a knife in the back," she said Monday.

Three Rwanda genocide suspects arrested in Belgium

Apo - Three men suspected of involvement in the 1994 Rwanda genocide have been arrested and charged in Belgium with serious abuse of human rights, the prosecutor's office said Saturday.

Belgian king's hidden daughter wins fight to be princess

Apo - A Belgian artist has won a seven-year legal battle to be confirmed as a princess and the official daughter of former king Albert II, her lawyer said Thursday.

Belgium finally gets new PM, 16 months after vote

Apo - Flemish liberal leader Alexander De Croo will be Belgium's new prime minister at the head of a seven-party coalition government, it was announced Wednesday -- 16 months after an inconclusive election.

Belgium to return slain Congo leader's tooth to family

Apo - A Belgian judge has agreed that a tooth taken from the remains of assassinated Congolese independence leader Patrice Lumumba be returned to his family, prosecutors said Thursday.

Belgian Congo's 'children of sin' demand justice

Apo - Torn from their parents, brought up in a convent then abandoned when the Belgian Congo gained independence.

Netherlands' Belgian enclave juggles tricky virus rules

There is a small Belgian enclave in the southern Netherlands where respecting two sets of rules to fight coronavirus has become a daily challenge, with international borders criss-crossing streets and even running through shops and homes.

E-bike revolution tempts Ferrari owners

Apo - What better partner for a Cowboy than a Prancing Horse?The Agnelli family's Exor holding company is best known as the owner of Ferrari, the four-wheeled supercar with the stallion logo.

Belgian king expresses 'deepest regrets' over DR Congo colonial past

Apo - Belgium's King Philippe expressed his "deepest regrets" on Tuesday for the harm done during Belgian colonial rule in DR Congo, in a first for his country.

Belgian king expresses 'deepest regrets' over DR Congo colonial past

Apo - Belgium's King Philippe expressed his "deepest regrets" for the harm done during Belgian colonial rule in DR Congo, in a first for his country.

EU racism pledge clouded by 'blackface' controversy

Apo - A pledge by the EU to make its 30,000 strong civil service more diverse was overshadowed on Wednesday by the blackface-wearing past of its top justice official.

Belgium should apologise for colonial past, says first black mayor

Apo - Belgium is due a reckoning with its colonial past, and things left unsaid must now be discussed, argues the Congolese-born 72-year-old who became the country's first black mayor.Pierre Kompany's family has made a name for itself in Belgium.

Black German MEP victim of Belgian 'police violence'

Apo - A German member of the European Parliament complained Wednesday she had been treated in a violent and humiliating way by Belgian police, on the eve of a debate on racism.

Belgium revives hunt for 1980s supermarket killers

Apo - Belgian police on Tuesday released an old photo of a man carrying a military assault weapon, to try to solve the decades-old mystery of the country's bloodiest series of murders.

Belgium reopens case with possible link to McCann suspect

Apo - Belgium reopened an investigation on Thursday into the 1996 murder of a German teenager because of a possible link with the man suspected of murdering British girl Madeleine McCann.

Belgian city removes statue after anti-racist protest

Apo - The Belgian port city of Antwerp took down a statue of late King Leopold II on Tuesday, days after it was daubed with paint by anti-racism protesters.

Reopened Brussels bars 'invaded' by thirsty beerdrinkers

Apo - As some Brussels cafes reopened after almost three months of lockdown, thirsty Belgian drinkers were more than ready.

ICC allows former I.Coast president Gbagbo to leave Belgium

Den Haag - The International Criminal Court on Thursday said former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo can leave Belgium under certain conditions following his acquittal last year over post-electoral violence that killed 3,000 people.

Twenty-six held over migrant lorry tragedy in Britain

Apo - Police in Belgium and France have arrested 26 suspected people smugglers over the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants in a refrigerated truck in Britain last year.

Belgian drinkers' faith rewarded as monks get beer out

Westvleteren - Belgium is only cautiously beginning to emerge from its coronavirus lockdown and its bars and restaurants won't open until next month at least.

Cooped up Belgians in a flap for chickens

Wavre - Whether it's for fresh eggs or to entertain children feeling cooped up in coronavirus lockdown, a craze for keeping chickens is sweeping Belgium.

Belgian llama holds key to possible corona treatment

Ghent - Scientists the world over are scrambling to perfect an anti-viral treatment for the novel coronavirus, and following what might seem to be some unusual trails.

Belgium says transparency explains high virus toll

Apo - Belgium now has the highest death rate from COVID-19 in the European Union but officials insist it is because they have been totally transparent with the data.With more than 11.

Hospitals turn to snorkel masks to ease respirator overload

Apo - As hospitals face an overload of COVID-19 patients struggling to breathe, innovative medical staff are turning to snorkelling masks from sports stores to stop their lungs collapsing.

French court releases Malian singer despite backing extradition

Paris - A Paris appeals court on Wednesday granted Malian musician Rokia Traore conditional release despite ruling she could be extradited to Belgium over a child custody dispute -- a decision her lawyer vowed to contest.

Belgian borders shut to non-essential travel

Apo - Belgium became the latest European country to close its borders to contain the coronavirus Friday, shutting them to all but freight and travellers deemed to be on essential business.

UN calls for 'two state' solution to be respected in Middle East

New York - The UN Security Council made a rare show of unity Monday when it called on all parties to maintain their support for a two state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
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