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Japan's Abe to visit US, France on pre-G20 tour

Apo - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Monday plans to visit the United States, Canada and France this month before his country hosts the G20 later this year.

Belgium holds 60 in sweep against Albanian gangsters

Apo - Police have detained more than 60 suspects and seized thousands of cannabis plants in a major operation against Albanian gangsters spanning Belgium, France and the Netherlands, Belgian prosecutors said Friday.

Nicaruaguan government, opposition agree to resume talks

Managua - Nicaragua's government and opposition agreed Wednesday to resume negotiations on ending the country's long-running political crisis after authorities pledged to release some protesters detained during anti-government rallies.

Tired of racism charge, Belgian 'Blackies' change colours

Apo - The "Noirauds" or "Blackies" -- a group that marks Belgium's annual carnival season by charitable fund-raising in black face paint -- have changed their colours.

Brussels Jewish museum killer sentenced to life in prison

Apo - The French jihadist who shot dead four people in a terrorist attack at a Jewish museum was on Tuesday sentenced to life in prison by a Brussels court, after prosecutors branded him a "coward" and a "psychopath".

Brussels Jewish museum killer facing jail says 'life goes on'

Apo - A French jihadist found guilty of shooting dead four people in a terrorist attack at Brussels' Jewish museum joked Monday "life goes on" as prosecutors demanded he be jailed for life.

Frenchman convicted of Belgium Jewish museum murders

Apo - A jury found Frenchman Mehdi Nemmouche guilty Thursday of the "terrorist murders" of four people at Brussels' Jewish museum, in the first case of a Syria jihad veteran to stage an attack in Europe.

Radicalised in jail, troubled French teen who became a jihadist killer

Apo - Mehdi Nemmouche has been convicted of carrying out Europe's first terror attack by an Islamist fighter returning from the war in Syria.

Defence sums up in Brussels Jewish museum terror trial

Apo - Lawyers for a Frenchman accused of murdering four people in a terrorist attack at the Jewish museum in Brussels insisted Thursday their client was not the killer, as his trial nears its end.

Germany struggles to quash Nazi war payment suspicions

Berlin - A Belgian bid to stop Berlin from paying pensions to alleged Nazi collaborators has exposed a cloud of confusion and suspicion -- including in Germany -- over payments still made to 2,000 people worldwide.

Prosecutors seek guilty verdict for 'savage' Jewish museum killings

Apo - Prosecutors on Tuesday formally demanded a guilty verdict against a Frenchman accused of murdering four people in a "violent and savage" killing spree at the Jewish museum in Brussels.

Belgian Jewish museum trial interrupted as juror questioned

Apo - The trial of a Frenchman accused of shooting dead four people at the Jewish museum of Belgium was briefly interrupted on Monday as police were summoned to question a juror.

Kampala expels boss of MTN's Uganda arm, citing 'national security'

Kanpala - Kampala has deported the Belgian CEO of the Ugandan branch of MTN on security grounds, in the fourth such expulsion targeting the South African telecoms giant within a month.

No flights to or from Belgium due to strike on Wednesday

Apo - Belgian airspace was to be closed to all flights below 8,000 metres on Wednesday as a national strike threatened to bring the European country to a standstill.

Alleged Brussels museum killer was 'sadistic' Syria jailer

Apo - Two French journalists on Thursday told a terrorism trial in Brussels that they had "no doubt" the accused Jewish museum killer is the man who imprisoned and tortured them in Syria.

Reporters tell trial alleged Brussels museum killer held them hostage

Apo - Two French journalists on Thursday told a terror trial in Brussels that Mehdi Nemmouche, the main defendant in the May 2014 Jewish museum murders, had imprisoned and tortured them in Syria.

I.Coast's Gbagbo in Belgium after ICC acquittal

Den Haag - Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo has been released in Belgium under conditions following his acquittal by the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the court said Tuesday.

Witness points to Nemmouche as Jewish museum gunman

Apo - A young Frenchwoman on Monday pointed to Mehdi Nemmouche as the gunman at the Jewish museum in Brussels on May 24, 2014, the first witness at his trial to do so.

Belgian museum attack suspect denounces intimidation

Apo - The French alleged jihadist accused of carrying out a gun massacre in Belgium's Jewish Museum denounced any attempt to intimidate trial lawyers and jurors Thursday.

Israeli orphans to face accused Jewish museum killer

Apo - Two young Israeli women will Thursday face for the first time the alleged killer of their parents when they attend his trial for the Jewish museum attack in Brussels.

No Mossad link to Brussels Jewish museum attack: investigators

Apo - Judges investigating the Jewish museum attack in Brussels rejected on Tuesday defence claims that Israel's Mossad intelligence agency may have played a role.

Jewish museum attack victims shot with 'surgical' precision

Apo - Victims of the Jewish museum attack in Brussels were shot with "surgical" precision, first responders said Monday at the trial of French national Mehdi Nemmouche.

Jewish museum attack victim's mother tells Belgian court of horror

Apo - The mother of a victim of Belgium's Jewish museum attack faced her son's alleged killer for the first time on Friday, as the terror trial turned harrowing when the court was shown footage of the anti-Semitic murders.

Accused accomplice to Jewish museum murders denies charges

Apo - A man on trial as the alleged accomplice to the Jewish museum murders in Brussels denied any role in the 2014 shootings and said he was not a jihadist.

Frenchman denies Jewish museum murders

Apo - The Frenchman on trial accused of murdering four people at the Jewish museum of Belgium denied Tuesday he was the gunman and alleged the court had robbed him of defence witnesses.

Brussels museum gunman linked to other jihadists

Apo - The Frenchman accused of murdering four people at the Jewish museum of Belgium had links with other jihadists, including those behind the Brussels and Paris attacks, investigators say.

Blistering barnacles! Tintin rides again... aged 90

Paris - Jumping jellyfish! Tintin may be 90 years old Thursday, but the boy hero is about to get himself into a whole new snake pit of scrapes.

Jewish museum terror attack trial opens in Brussels

Apo - A Frenchman accused of shooting four people dead at a Jewish museum in Brussels went on trial on Thursday, allegedly the first Syria jihad veteran to stage a terror attack in Europe.

New suspect charged in Belgium over Paris 2015 terror attacks

Apo - Belgian authorities have arrested another suspect in connection with the Paris terror attacks of November 2015, charging him with participating in the activities of a terrorist group, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Jury chosen for Brussels Jewish museum attack trial

Apo - A French jihadist appeared in court on Monday as a jury was chosen for his trial for shooting dead four people at a Jewish museum in Brussels in 2014.
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Belgian police use water cannons against demonstrators in Namur, Belgium, January 29, 2013.
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Dairy farmers spray EU headquarters with milk in protest over high quotas and low prices.
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Music video for the Recorders song Purple and Gold, including dogs with human hands.
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Britain's Prince William and wife Catherine are seen on August 4, 2014 in Liege, Belgium, as they attend commemorations marking 100 years since the invasion of Belgium by Germany at the start of World War I
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Dairy farmers spray EU headquarters with milk in protest over high quotas and low prices.
Dairy farmers spray EU headquarters with milk in protest over high quotas and low prices.
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Assortment of chocolates in the Neuhaus ballotin (box). 3/24/14
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The city of Liege, Belgium
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Protesting firefighters in Brussels, Belgium spray police officers with foam.
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Belgian police use water cannons against demonstrators in Namur, Belgium, January 29, 2013.
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Items from the Neuhaus elegant gift ballotin (box). 3/24/14
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A train carrying chemicals derailed in Ghent, Belgium on May 4, 2013.
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Trade unions in Belgium believe the Eurobonds can bring relief to the troubled Euro.
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