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Belgian minister's Nazi collaboration remarks spark uproar

Brussels - Belgium's new interior minister sparked uproar Monday after saying that Flemish collaborators with the Nazi occupiers in World War II "had their reasons", touching a raw nerve in a sharply divided country.

Belgium's new right-wing coalition takes office with young PM

Brussels - Belgium's new right-wing coalition government was sworn in Saturday after four months of horsetrading with francophone liberal leader Charles Michel becoming the country's youngest prime minister since 1840.

Belgium Islamist 'no different to Pussy Riot', trial hears

Brussels - A hardline Islamist accused of inspiring dozens of young Belgians to fight jihad in Syria is no different from feminist activists Femen and Pussy Riot, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

Charles Michel, Belgium's youngest PM in 174 years

Brussels - Belgium's Charles Michel, who became prime minister on Tuesday, is a 38-year-old French-speaking liberal who is now one of the youngest leaders in Europe.

EU HQ among possible Belgium jihadist targets

Brussels - The European Commission was among possible targets for jihadist fighters returning from Syria, reports said Saturday, as the Belgian authorities cracked down in an effort to thwart extremist attacks.

Belgium thwarts jihadist attacks: Report

Brussels - Belgian authorities have prevented several attacks by jihadist fighters returning home from Syria and by sympathisers with the Islamic State extremist group, a report said Saturday.

Belgium agrees to sex offender's request for mercy killing

Brussels - Belgium, one of only a few countries to allow euthanasia, has accepted a serial rapist's request that he be allowed to die, his lawyer said on Monday.

Flemish nationalists tread cautiously on Scottish independence vote

Brussels - Scotland's independence vote inspires Flemish nationalists with hope but, with negotiations under way on forming a new Belgian government, they also have their reasons to tread carefully, analysts say.

Brussels Jewish museum suspect in custody for 3 months

Brussels - Frenchman Mehdi Nemmouche, suspected of killing four people at Brussels' Jewish Museum in May, was remanded in custody for another three months on Friday, judicial officials said.

Brussels Jewish museum to reopen in defiance of 'brutes'

Brussels - The Jewish museum in Brussels will reopen on Sunday under tight security, in a message of defiance against "brutes" after a gunman shot dead four people there in May, officials said.

Belgium told to compensate extradited terror suspect

Strasbourg - Belgium was wrong to extradite a former Tunisian professional footballer turned convicted Al-Qaeda fighter to the United States and must pay him compensation, Europe's top rights court ruled Thursday.

World leaders mark outbreak of WWI

Li - World leaders on Monday commemorated the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I by warning of lessons to be learned in the face of today's many crises, including Ukraine.

World leaders to mark WWI outbreak in Belgium

Li - Government leaders and royalty will gather in the Belgian city of Liege on Monday to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, a small Balkans conflict that went global with the German invasion of neutral Belgium in August 1914.

Suspected Jewish Museum gunman charged with terrorist-linked murder

Brussels - A Frenchman suspected of carrying out a fatal shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels was charged Wednesday with "murder in a terrorist context", the Belgian prosecutor's office said.

Op-Ed: Crushed — U.S. dream dies with defeat to Belgium

Crushing. That's the only way to describe it for US soccer fans. Outclassed by Belgium all game, the United States had an incredible opportunity to win in regulation and whiffed right on the doorstep.

Waffle House calls for boycott of Belgium Waffles

World Cup fever is alive and well in the United States, as evidenced by a popular restaurant chain's decision to request a boycott of a well known and loved breakfast staple.

Belgian pimp ordered to rename 'DSK' brothel

Brussels - A Belgian court on Monday barred a renowned pimp from naming his latest venture "DSK", the initials of disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss Kahn who filed the suit.

United States v Belgium — brief preview

Salvador - Just over 24 hours from now, the United States Men's National Team will stare down the barrel of elimination for the first time at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Jewish museum shooting suspect appeals extradition

Paris - A French-Algerian man suspected of carrying out a deadly shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels is appealing a court decision to extradite him to Belgium, his lawyer said on Saturday.

French court orders extradition of Jewish museum shooting suspect

Versailles - A French court on Thursday ordered the extradition to Belgium of a man suspected of carrying out a deadly shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, but his lawyer said he would appeal the ruling.

Belgium overcome tactical issues to sneak past Algeria

Stylistically, Vahid Halilhodzic has transformed Algeria into a very interesting side. Defensive organization remains, but there’s a new blend of attacking football that exists due to the dynamic front six.

Jewish Museum suspect Nemmouche extradition ruling set for June 26

Versailles - A French court said Thursday it will decide on June 26 whether to extradite to Belgium the man suspected of carrying out a deadly shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels last month.

Op-Ed: World Cup 2014 - Teams capable of overachieving in Brazil

Over the past week, I’ve provided in-depth previews of the legitimate favourites heading into the World Cup, but the great thing about this sport is the element of surprise.

Belgian shot in Jewish Museum attack in Brussels dies

Brussels - A young Belgian man badly hurt in an attack on the Jewish Museum in Brussels died of his injuries on Friday, the public prosecutor's office said.The Belgian, who is in his early 20s, is the fourth fatality from the May 24 shooting.

French court defers decision on handover of Brussels shooting suspect

Paris - A French court said it would rule next Thursday on whether a French Islamist arrested on suspicion of a triple murder at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, can be handed over to Belgium.

Europe's Jews grapple with 'new anti-Semitism'

Paris - From his kosher store in Paris, David Slama has watched the rise of a violent "new anti-Semitism" for more than a decade. Last month's bloodshed at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, he says, was only a question of time. "Anti-Semitism?

Brussels shooting suspect to fight French handover to Belgium

Paris - Mehdi Nemmouche, the French Islamist arrested on suspicion of a triple murder at the Brussels Jewish Museum, is to contest being handed over by France to Belgium, his lawyer said Wednesday.Nemmouche was arrested in Marseille on Friday.

Is Europe safe? Questions after arrest of Brussels shooting suspect

Paris - Has Europe under-estimated the security threat posed by battle-hardened homegrown Islamic militants returning from Syria?

Brussels shooting suspect's journey from troubled childhood to jihad

Tourcoing - Born in one of the poorest towns in France, Brussels shooting suspect Mehdi Nemmouche was abandoned by his mother, shunted from one foster home to another and evolved from a petty criminal to a hardened jihadist.

France holds jihadist suspects after Brussels shooter's detention

Paris - French police arrested four people suspected of links with jihadist networks Monday, three days after detaining a man for last week's deadly attack on a Jewish museum in Brussels.
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Arjen Robben with burst ball.
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A train carrying chemicals derailed in Ghent, Belgium on May 4, 2013.
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Dairy farmers spray EU headquarters with milk in protest over high quotas and low prices.
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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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Neuhaus' Cornet Dore - Hazelnut gianduja. 3/24/14
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Items from the Neuhaus elegant gift ballotin (box). 3/24/14
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Trade unions in Belgium believe the Eurobonds can bring relief to the troubled Euro.
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Belgian police use water cannons against demonstrators in Namur, Belgium, January 29, 2013.
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Belgian police use water cannons against demonstrators in Namur, Belgium, January 29, 2013.
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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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Snowball fighting has been banned in some communities in Belgium.
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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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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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