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Belgium, Netherlands probe Germany after spying claims

Brussels - Belgium and the Netherlands have launched probes into claims of widespread espionage by Germany, which is accused of helping the US spy on Berlin's closest allies in Europe, officials said Friday.

Electrical failure causes chaos at Belgian airports

Brussels - Chaos hit Belgian airports on Wednesday when an electrical failure at air traffic control in Brussels caused Belgium-bound flights to be diverted, with departures delayed and flights cancelled over six hours.

Hundreds pay tribute to Brussels Jewish Museum dead

Brussels - The mayor of Brussels led tributes Sunday to the four people murdered at the Jewish Museum a year ago as he sought to reassure Jews about their future in the Belgian capital.

European Jews fear for safety a year after museum attack

Brussels - A year after a gunman murdered four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, Jews across Europe increasingly fear for their safety and warn they are on the frontline of an Islamist war against democracy itself.

Trial of Syria jihadist network opens in Belgium

Brussels - The trial opened on Thursday of 32 people accused of running or taking part in one of Belgium's largest networks to send jihadists to Syria.But Belgian media said about half the defendants are still in Syria or dead.

Flemish nationalist leader De Wever disowns WWII Nazi collaboration

Brussels - Right-wing Flanders leader Bart De Wever has disowned Flemish nationalist collaboration with the Nazis in World War II, still a hugely sensitive issue in a sharply divided Belgium.

IS suicide bombers kill four at Iraq-Jordan crossing

Baghdad - The Islamic State group claimed an attack Saturday by French, Belgian and Senegalese suicide bombers on the Iraq-Jordan border that officials said killed at least four Iraqi security personnel.

Belgian bishop told to pay damages to victim of paedophile priest

Brussels - A Belgian court on Thursday ordered the Archbishop of Brussels to pay 10,000 euros in damages to a former choir boy subjected to sexual abuse by a priest.

Belgium marks anniversary of WWI gas attack

Brussels - Belgium marked the 100th anniversary Wednesday of the first large-scale use of chemical weapons on the battlefield with calls for greater efforts to ban the use of poisonous gas.

Israel court jails Belgian for spying for Iran

Lod - An Israeli court sentenced an Iranian-born Belgian to seven years in prison Tuesday after convicting him of spying for Tehran posing as a businessman.

WWI Ypres gas attack sears the memory 100 years on

Ypres - One hundred years ago, a green cloud of chlorine gas drifted gently towards Allied trenches around Ypres, promising an agonising death as Germany sought to break the bloody stalemate World War I had become.

Teenagers suspected of hacking Belgian and French websites

Brussels - Two teenagers are suspected of having hacked the websites of Belgian and French newspapers earlier in the week, prosecutors said Friday."The regional unit of computer crime managed ...

Hackers attack two Belgian media groups

Brussels - Hackers launched attacks Monday against the Belgian media groups Rossel and IPM, targeting the websites of newspapers in Belgium and France, officials said.

Tunisian extremists hack Belgian website: Reports

Brussels - Hackers claiming to be Islamist militants from Tunisia took over a Belgian regional government website Friday to denounce US counter-terror operations, reports said.

Spain court rejects 'frivolous' paternity suit against ex-king

Madrid - Spanish judges rejected as "false and frivolous" a paternity suit against Spain's ex-king Juan Carlos by a woman claiming to be his daughter, court documents revealed Thursday.

Belgian prince attacks 'Stasi' royal family for sabotaging career

Brussels - Prince Laurent, brother to Belgium's King Philippe, attacked the royal family and their entourage Thursday, saying they were like the Stasi secret police and had sabotaged his career for years.

Belgian politician in apparent suicide after rape accusation

Brussels - A former Belgian socialist leader apparently committed suicide Thursday following revelations he would be tried for rape, reports said.

Uber drivers assaulted in Belgium

Brussels - Uber drivers in Belgium were assaulted by fake clients this weekend, including by at least one cabbie angered by the lower cost rival, Belgian police said on Monday.

Belgian foreign minister criticised for 'blacking up'

Brussels - Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders faced accusations from rights groups on Thursday of ignoring his country's colonial past after he "blacked up" for a children's charity.

Spanish court dismisses paternity suit against ex-king

Madrid - The Spanish Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a paternity suit against the former king of Spain, Juan Carlos, by a Belgian woman claiming to be his daughter, a judicial source said.

Young Belgian woman held after returning from Syria

Brussels - A young Belgian woman was detained at the country's Charleroi airport on Sunday after being intercepted by Turkish authorities as she sought to return from Syria with her four-year-old son, officials said.

Two held after 3 Europeans killed in Mali nightclub shooting

Bamako - Two suspects were arrested on Saturday after three Europeans and two locals were shot dead in a suspected terror attack on a nightclub in the Malian capital Bamako, a police source said.

World Press Photo award withdrawn in manipulation scandal

Brussels - Organisers of the prestigious World Press Photo awards have revoked a major prize after the entry, which portrayed the gritty Belgian industrial town Charleroi, was accused of being staged in a deepening debate over manipulation of images.

Belgian town wants World Press Photo award withdrawn

Brussels - The mayor of Charleroi has said the award of a World Press Photo prize to a study on the gritty industrial Belgian town should be withdrawn as a "serious distortion of reality.

Belgium charges Frenchman as accomplice in Jewish museum attack

Brussels - A Frenchman suspected of helping compatriot Medhi Nemmouche, held for killing four people at the Brussels Jewish Museum in May, has been formally charged, the federal prosecutors office said Thursday.

Belgian Islamists jailed on terrorism charges

Antwerp - A Belgian court sentenced the leader of an Islamist group that sent jihadist fighters to Syria to a 12-year jail term on Wednesday and imprisoned several other members in one of the largest cases of its kind in Europe.

Ex-prostitute recalls the hell of Belgian brothels

Paris - Carole was drugged, raped by three men, filmed and threatened at the outset of her three-year descent into the hell of prostitution -- a form of "modern-day slavery" she eventually managed to escape.

Belgium charges four after nationwide anti-terror raids

Brussels - Four people arrested in Belgium on Friday in raids aimed at smashing jihadist recruitment groups have been charged with "participating in the activities of a terrorist group", the federal prosecutor's office said.

Belgium hunts accomplice of suspected Jewish museum killer

Brussels - The Belgian authorities are looking for a possible accomplice to Mehdi Nemmouche, who has been charged with killing four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels last year, the prosecutor's office said Friday.

Sixth person charged in foiled Belgium terror plot

Brussels - Belgian authorities have charged a sixth person with terrorism following a series of raids in Belgium last week that foiled a plot to kill police, the prosecutor's office said Wednesday.The man, identified as Abdelmoumaim H.
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