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Belgium to offer terror attack victims special help

Brussels - Belgium's government approved special help for terror victims Friday, as the country prepares to mark the first anniversary of deadly Islamic State-claimed attacks in Brussels which killed 32 people.

One dead, 27 hurt in Belgium train derailment

Brussels - One person died and 27 others were injured -- three of them seriously -- when a train derailed Saturday shortly after leaving a station east of Brussels, officials said.

Belgium releases 11 detained in anti-terror raids

Brussels - The Belgian authorities on Thursday released 11 people arrested in a series of anti-terror raids targeting jihadists who have returned from Syria, federal prosecutors said.

Belgian alarm over spread of Saudi-backed hardline Islam

Brussels - Belgium's terror monitoring centre has expressed concerns about the spread of Saudi- and Gulf-backed fundamentalist Islam in the country's mosques, according to an official report published in local media Wednesday.

Brussels bomber's friend fled Belgium despite conviction: prosecutor

Brussels - A friend of one of the Brussels bombers managed to flee Belgium despite having been sentenced to seven years in prison for terrorist offences, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Play about IS tackles Muslim teen radicalisation

Li - Two actors on a darkened stage, playing an erudite Muslim father and his beloved daughter who has left home to join the Islamic State jihadists, read the heartrending letters they have exchanged.

Play about IS tackles Muslim teen radicalisation

Li - Two actors on a darkened stage, playing an erudite Muslim father and his beloved daughter who has left home to join the Islamic State jihadists, read the heartrending letters they have exchanged.

Play about IS tackles Muslim teen radicalisation

Li - Two actors on a darkened stage, playing an erudite Muslim father and his beloved daughter who has left home to join the Islamic State jihadists, read the heartrending letters they have exchanged.

Congo at crossroads as opposition chief Tshisekedi dies

Kinshasa - Longtime DR Congo opposition chief Etienne Tshisekedi died Wednesday at the age of 84 in Brussels, as talks aiming to end the nation's political crisis were under way in Kinshasa."President Tshisekedi died today...

Two Belgians face trial in Poland for Auschwitz theft

Varsovia - Two Belgians risk up to a decade behind bars in Poland if found guilty of stealing parts of an electric fence from the former Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp, Polish prosecutors said Monday.

Brussels bombing suspect charged in France over Paris attacks

Paris - Mohamed Abrini, the "man in the hat" bombing suspect caught on security cameras during the Brussels airport attack, has been charged in France over the November 2015 jihadist massacres in Paris, his lawyers said Monday.

Model Hanne Gaby Odiele reveals she is intersex

Washington - Belgian model Hanne Gaby Odiele is accustomed to the bright lights of high fashion but has stepped into a different sort of spotlight after revealing she is intersex.

Opposition leader quits DRCongo for medical treatment

Kinshasa - Congolese opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi headed Tuesday to Belgium for medical treatment -- just as his party is trying to negotiate a power-sharing deal following President Joseph Kabila's refusal to step down.

Brussels airport bombers targeted US, Jews: probe

Brussels - The Islamic State suicide bombers who attacked Brussels airport last year targeted passengers travelling to the United States and also Jewish people, several sources told AFP.

Police release 3 after Brussels anti-terror raids

Brussels - Belgian police have released three people held overnight following anti-terror raids late Saturday in Brussels, local prosecutors said.

Belgium charges two new suspects over 2015 Paris attacks

Brussels - Belgium has charged two suspects with providing false documents to a man linked to the November 2015 Paris attacks, who later blew himself up on a crowded Brussels metro, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

The caves that prove Neanderthals were cannibals

- Deep in the caves of Goyet in Belgium researchers have found the grisly evidence that the Neanderthals did not just feast on horses or reindeer, but also on each other.

Belgium boy critical after freezing balcony punishment

Brussels - A six-year-old boy was in a critical condition in hospital in Brussels Thursday after being left on a freezing balcony in his pyjamas for 15 hours on Boxing Day as a punishment, prosecutors and reports said.

Six attacks foiled in Belgium since November 2014: police

Brussels - Belgium has prevented six attacks over the past two years, a senior police official said Tuesday, with the country still a prominent target for jihadist assaults."I can announce...

Drone strike kills IS figures in Syria, some with Paris attack ties

Washington - A coalition drone strike in Syria killed three Islamic State leaders involved in plotting foreign attacks, including two men who helped facilitate last year's attacks in Paris, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

UK pair linked to Brussels, Paris attacks suspect jailed

London - A British court on Monday jailed two men for up to eight years for handing money to Brussels and Paris terror attacks suspect Mohamed Abrini when he visited Britain last year.

UK court convicts Belgian linked to Brussels, Paris attacks suspect

London - A British court on Tuesday convicted a Belgian man living in Birmingham of giving money to Brussels and Paris terror attacks suspect Mohamed Abrini.

IS tactics evolving, may include car bombs: Europol

Den Haag - Terror networks such as the Islamic State group are evolving their tactics to attack soft targets in Europe, which could see the use of deadly car bombs, Europol warned on Friday.

Two charged with terrorism over Belgian machete attack

Brussels - Belgian authorities charged a woman and a man on Thursday with terrorism offences over an August machete attack on two policewomen that was claimed by the Islamic State group.The prosecutor's office said 36-year-old Sabrina Z. and 37-year-old Farid L.

Belgium holds 6 over August machete attack on policewomen

Brussels - Belgian police arrested six people on Wednesday in connection with an August machete attack on two policewomen that was claimed by the Islamic State group.

Brussels, Paris attacks suspect said UK was not target

London - A suspect in the Brussels and Paris terror attacks told investigators that he was not scouting for targets during a visit to Britain last year and the money he collected was for his gambling addiction, a British court heard Monday.

Briton admits giving money to Brussels, Paris attacks suspect

London - A British man has pleaded guilty to supplying money to Mohamed Abrini, a key suspect in the Brussels and Paris attacks, a court heard Thursday as the trial opened of his alleged accomplice.

Belgium frees suspected Jewish museum attack accomplice

Brussels - The Belgian authorities have freed on bail a Frenchman suspected of helping in the May 2014 attack at the Brussels Jewish Museum, which left four people dead, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

US names French IS suspect as Paris attacks planner

Washington - The United States on Tuesday named a French veteran of the Foreign Legion as a suspect in the planning of bloody attacks in Paris and Brussels.

Donors pledge $2.2 bn for C.Africa recovery plan

Brussels - International donors Thursday pledged $2.2 billion (two billion euros) in aid for strife-torn Central African Republic, one of the world's poorest countries, officials said."The positive response you have given ...
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