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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.

EU condemns anti-Semitic Belgian parade

Apo - The European Commission on Monday slammed a Belgian street parade for featuring anti-Semitic floats that it said were "incompatible" with EU values.

Belgium weighing French military mission in Mali: minister

New York - Belgium has not ruled out participating in a French military initiative in Mali aiming to bring together special forces from several countries, Belgian Foreign Minister Philippe Goffin told AFP Thursday."It's a matter of debate, dialogue.

Brussels seeks to bring home children of Belgian jihadists in Syria

New York - Belgium is working to bring home all children of Belgian jihadists held in refugee camps in Syria, providing their mothers' consent, the country's top diplomat told AFP on Thursday.

Suspicion, uncertainty cloud murder of Chechen in France

Lille - At the end of January, French emergency services found the body of a man in a hotel room close to the train station in the northern city of Lille, mutilated with scores of stab wounds.

Surviving WWII Congo troops honoured for colonial-era battles

Apo - Albert Kunyuku Ngoma was a young Congolese corporal in the colonial Belgian army when he was forced to battle in WWII as far away as Myanmar.

Belgium's ex-king forced to recognise daughter from affair

Apo - Belgium's former king Albert II admitted Monday he is the father of a daughter born from an affair half a century ago after a DNA test he was forced to take came back positive.

Belgium region 'totally opposes' Mercosur trade pact

Apo - Belgium's southern Wallonia region, which briefly blocked an EU-Canada trade deal in 2016, said Monday it was "totally opposed" to Europe's new trade pact negotiated with South America's Mercosur grouping.

Extinction Rebellion protest disrupts Brussels Motor Show

Apo - Police in Brussels said they arrested around 150 people at the Brussels Motor Show on Saturday after Extinction Rebellion campaigners smeared cars with fake blood and staged die-ins around the displays.

Three doctors on trial in Belgium euthanasia case

Apo - Three doctors went on trial Tueday in Belgium accused of not respecting the conditions for euthanasia, a first in a country that legalised assisted suicide nearly two decades ago.

Belgium suspends extradition case for Catalan MEPs

Apo - A Belgian judge on Thursday suspended consideration of a Spanish warrant seeking the return of two Catalan separatist leaders to face trial, their lawyer said.

Ghent's refreshed 'Mystic Lamb' artwork inspires new adoration

Ghent - The grass is greener, the sky is cleaner and dozens of tiny details have been exposed to delight art historians and inspire the devotion of the faithful.

Battle of the Bulge heroes remembered 75 years on

Bastogne - Seventy-five years after the snow bound hills of the Ardennes saw the bloody turning point of World War II, surviving veterans gathered for perhaps the last time.

Battle of the Bulge heroes remembered 75 years on

Bastogne - The Battle of the Bulge was the last German offensive of World War II, and the Siege of Bastogne the scene of a heroic defence by American paratroopers.

The heroes of Bastogne: 75 years on

Bastogne - The Battle of the Bulge was the last German offensive of World War II, and the Siege of Bastogne the scene of a heroic defence by American paratroopers.

UNESCO pulls Belgian carnival from heritage list over anti-Semitism charges

Apo - UNESCO on Friday withdrew an annual carnival in the Belgian city of Aalst from its heritage list over persistent charges of anti-Semitism.

No government? No problem, say Belgians

Apo - For the past year Belgium has had no permanent government, and the kingdom's citizens don't seem to mind. Despite months of talks, party bigwigs appear unable to untangle the Gordian Knot.

Spain re-issues international arrest warrants for 3 Catalan separatists

Madrid - Spain's Supreme Court on Tuesday issued international arrest warrants for three former Catalan regional government officials who fled abroad after the failed independence bid of 2017, court documents showed.

Belgium told to bring back IS mother, children from Syria

Apo - Belgian authorities have been ordered to repatriate a woman who joined the Islamic State group and her two children from the camp in Syria where she is being held, a lawyer for her family said Thursday.

Former Catalan leader to fight Belgian extradition

Apo - Lawyers for former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont vowed Tuesday to fight Spain's efforts to extradite him from Belgium on charges of sedition and misuse of public funds.

Belgium's first female prime minister officially named

Apo - Belgium's King Philippe officially named Budget Minister Sophie Wilmes interim prime minister on Sunday, making her the first woman to hold the post.

First woman named as Belgian prime minister

Apo - Belgian Budget Minister Sophie Wilmes has been chosen as the country's new caretaker prime minister -- a first for a woman, the current premier Charles Michel said on Saturday.

Illegal Chinese migration to Europe 'commonplace' despite risks

Bejing - The discovery of 39 bodies believed to be Chinese nationals in a truck in Britain is a stark reminder that many in the world's second biggest economy will still take perilous journeys to build a life elsewhere.

UK police say 39 found dead in truck were Chinese

Grays - British police said Thursday that 39 people found dead in a truck near London are believed to be Chinese nationals, in a case that has triggered national outrage over the people trafficking business.

After Turkey attacks Syria, detained IS women await 'deliverance'

In a dusty camp in northeastern Syria, Umm Osama says she hopes a deadly Turkish offensive against her Kurdish jailers will allow Islamic State group supporters like her to escape.

Belgium outrage over woman punched in burger ad

Apo - Belgium's advertising regulator said Wednesday it has clocked up hundreds of complaints over a viral hamburger ad showing a comic-book version of a man punching a woman for handing him the wrong sandwich.

Budweiser maker InBev prices IPO to raise US$5 billion

Fpo - Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's biggest brewer and maker of Budweiser, on Tuesday priced the Hong Kong initial public offering for its Asia unit at the lower end of its market range, raising US$5 billion.
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Dairy farmers spray EU headquarters with milk in protest over high quotas and low prices.
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Dairy farmers spray EU headquarters with milk in protest over high quotas and low prices.
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Snowball fighting has been banned in some communities in Belgium.
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