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'Blood diamond' suspect dies in Belgian prison

Brussels - A US-Belgian businessman accused of enslavement and diamond trafficking during Sierra Leone's civil war has died in a Brussels prison, officials said on Thursday.

Sister of killed jihadist arrested in Belgium

Brussels - The sister of a jihadist killed in a terror raid in Belgium last year has been arrested and charged with terrorist activity, a prosecutor said on Monday.

Belgian police helped migrants cross French border: officials

Lille - Two Belgian policemen were arrested for helping a group of migrants return to France after they wound up in Belgium by mistake while heading to Calais, officials said Thursday.

First mercy killing of minor in Belgium: report

Brussels - A terminally ill 17-year-old has become the first minor to be euthanised in Belgium since age restrictions on such mercy killings in the country were lifted in 2014, it was learned Saturday.

Belgium's first baby panda named 'Treasure of Heaven'

Brussels - A Belgian zoo on Thursday finally named a baby giant panda three months after its birth, calling it "Tian Bao", which means "Treasure of Heaven" in Chinese.

Belgian trial opens for two bikers linked to terror group

Brussels - Two members of the "Kamikaze Riders" bikers club went on trial Monday on charges of belonging to a terrorist group, but authorities have dropped the original charges that they had plotted a New Year's attack in Brussels.

Belgian Paralympian: ready for euthanasia — but not yet

Rio De Janeiro - Belgian Paralympian Marieke Vervoort, who shocked and saddened the world with her revelation that she wants to be euthanized, says she's not ready to die quite yet.

Knifeman attacks Brussels police

Brussels - A Moroccan man wielding a knife attacked two Belgian police officers in the capital Brussels on Wednesday but their body armour protected them and they were not seriously hurt, prosecutors said.

Brussels crime lab attacked, five arrested

Brussels - Several attackers rammed a car through the gates of Belgium's national crime laboratory on Monday in Brussels and then started a fire in what prosecutors said may have been an attempt to destroy evidence.

Belgium hunts cousin of Brussels attacks brothers

Brussels - Belgian authorities are hunting a cousin of the El Bakraoui brothers who blew themselves up in the Brussels airport and metro attacks, a source close to the inquiry said Wednesday.

Belgium releases three held in anti-terror raids: prosecutor

Brussels - Belgian authorities on Friday released three people who had been detained for questioning following anti-terror raids overnight in the capital Brussels, prosecutors said.

IS claims Belgium police machete attack

Brussels - A machete-wielding man who wounded two policewomen in Belgium was a 33-year-old Algerian, prosecutors said Sunday as the Islamic State group, behind a string of deadly attacks in Europe, claimed the assault.

Two Belgian police hurt by machete-wielding assailant shouting 'Allahu akbar'

Brussels - A machete-wielding man shouting "Allahu akbar" (God is the greatest) wounded two policewomen in southern Belgium on Saturday before being shot dead, in what appeared to be the latest in a string of jihadist attacks in Europe.

Two Belgian police hurt by machete-wielding assailant shouting 'Allahu akbar'

Brussels - A machete-wielding man shouting "Allahu akbar" (God is the greatest) wounded two policewomen in the southern Belgian city of Charleroi on Saturday before being shot and injured, local police said.

US terror sanctions on suspect in Brussels, Paris attacks

Washington - The United States on Wednesday designated a suspect in the Brussels and Paris attacks known as "the man in the hat" as a global terrorist, blocking any US assets he may have.

Five visitors killed at Bolivia's top tourist draw

La Paz - Five tourists from Belgium, Italy and Peru were killed in a car crash at Bolivia's famous salt flats, the Salar de Uyuni, authorities said Sunday.

Belgium charges man with attempted 'terrorist murder'

Brussels - Belgian authorities charged a man on Saturday with attempting to commit "terrorist murder" after police uncovered an alleged plot to launch an attack in Belgium.An investigating judge charged Nourredine H.

Iranian radiation student held in Brussels bomb false alarm

Brussels - A language mix-up with an Iranian radiation student triggered a five-hour bomb alert on Wednesday in central Brussels before police detained the man for questioning, police and officials said.

U.S. envoy Kerry heads for Moscow, EU capitals

Washington - US Secretary of State John Kerry left Washington on Wednesday for a tour of European capitals focused on efforts to end the chaos in Syria and other hot spots.

Two Paris attacks suspects charged after being handed to France

Brussels - French anti-terror magistrates Wednesday charged two men believed to have helped a key suspect in the November 13 Paris attacks flee to Brussels.

Belgian court jails leaders of terror cell

Brussels - A Belgian court on Tuesday jailed four leaders of a terror cell broken up in a deadly raid in 2015, which had alleged links to the jihadists who staged attacks in Paris and Brussels.

Belgium slow to share info on Paris attacker: Lawmaker

Paris - Belgian authorities were slow to pass on key information about the only surviving suspect in last year's Paris attacks, French lawmakers said Sunday, raising the possibility that he could have been arrested within hours of the bloody gun and suicide bo...

France charges 'accomplice' of key Paris attacks suspect

Paris - Hamza Attou, accused of helping key Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam flee to Brussels, has been charged and taken into custody in France, the Paris prosecutor said Thursday.

Belgium charges two with terror offences

Brussels - Belgian authorities have charged two men with terrorist offences after raids overnight, the federal prosecutor's office said Saturday amid reports of a planned attack on a Euro 2016 fanzone."Two persons...

Man with 'suicide belt' of biscuits, salt triggers Brussels alert

Brussels - A man with psychiatric problems who was carrying a fake suicide belt full of salt and biscuits was arrested Tuesday after he triggered a major anti-terror operation at a Brussels shopping mall, prosecutors said.

Brother of Paris, Brussels attacks suspect detained: Prosecutors

Brussels - The brother of Mohamed Abrini, a Moroccan-Belgian implicated in the Paris and Brussels attacks, was detained Monday for having violated his bail conditions, Belgian prosecutors said.

Belgium detains six over foiled 2015 train attack: prosecutors

Brussels - Belgian police on Monday briefly detained six people in connection with a foiled attack last year on a high-speed train travelling from Amsterdam to Paris, prosecutors said.

Belgium anti-terror sweep over 'imminent' attack fears

Brussels - Belgian authorities on Saturday charged three men with "attempted terrorist murder" after raiding dozens of homes in raids linked to a reported threat to fans during a Euro 2016 football game.Named by prosecutors as Samir C., Moustapha B. et Jawad B.

Belgium anti-terror sweep over 'imminent' attack fears

Brussels - Belgian police staged sweeping nationwide anti-terror raids and arrested 12 people, officials said Saturday, as security for 30 VIPs was reinforced over fears of an "imminent" attack.

New suspect charged over Brussels attacks

Brussels - A Belgian man has been arrested and charged in connection with the Islamic State suicide bombings that killed 32 people in Brussels in March, prosecutors said late Friday.The 30-year-old, named as Youssef E.
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