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Spain re-issues international arrest warrants for 3 Catalan separatists

Madrid - Spain's Supreme Court on Tuesday issued international arrest warrants for three former Catalan regional government officials who fled abroad after the failed independence bid of 2017, court documents showed.

Belgium told to bring back IS mother, children from Syria

Apo - Belgian authorities have been ordered to repatriate a woman who joined the Islamic State group and her two children from the camp in Syria where she is being held, a lawyer for her family said Thursday.

Former Catalan leader to fight Belgian extradition

Apo - Lawyers for former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont vowed Tuesday to fight Spain's efforts to extradite him from Belgium on charges of sedition and misuse of public funds.

Belgium's first female prime minister officially named

Apo - Belgium's King Philippe officially named Budget Minister Sophie Wilmes interim prime minister on Sunday, making her the first woman to hold the post.

First woman named as Belgian prime minister

Apo - Belgian Budget Minister Sophie Wilmes has been chosen as the country's new caretaker prime minister -- a first for a woman, the current premier Charles Michel said on Saturday.

Illegal Chinese migration to Europe 'commonplace' despite risks

Bejing - The discovery of 39 bodies believed to be Chinese nationals in a truck in Britain is a stark reminder that many in the world's second biggest economy will still take perilous journeys to build a life elsewhere.

UK police say 39 found dead in truck were Chinese

Grays - British police said Thursday that 39 people found dead in a truck near London are believed to be Chinese nationals, in a case that has triggered national outrage over the people trafficking business.

After Turkey attacks Syria, detained IS women await 'deliverance'

In a dusty camp in northeastern Syria, Umm Osama says she hopes a deadly Turkish offensive against her Kurdish jailers will allow Islamic State group supporters like her to escape.

Belgium outrage over woman punched in burger ad

Apo - Belgium's advertising regulator said Wednesday it has clocked up hundreds of complaints over a viral hamburger ad showing a comic-book version of a man punching a woman for handing him the wrong sandwich.

Budweiser maker InBev prices IPO to raise US$5 billion

Fpo - Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's biggest brewer and maker of Budweiser, on Tuesday priced the Hong Kong initial public offering for its Asia unit at the lower end of its market range, raising US$5 billion.

Early Van Gogh works auctioned in Belgium

Ghent - Two early works by Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh were auctioned in the Belgian city of Ghent on Sunday, fetching near estimate prices that the organiser said were bargains.

Man dies at Tomorrowland electro fest in Belgium

Apo - A man attending Belgium's Tomorrowland festival, one of the world's biggest electronic music events, collapsed and was later declared dead in hospital, organisers and medical sources said Saturday.

Trial for 2016 Brussels suicide bombings set for 2020

Apo - Suspects charged in connection with the 2016 Brussels suicide bombings will be tried next year in the former NATO headquarters in the city, Justice Minister Koen Geens said Friday.

Flemish MP resigns over drunken car crash, claims of prostitute fraud

Apo - A Flemish lawmaker who crashed his car drunk and allegedly helped a prostitute claim fraudulent unemployment benefits, resigned Thursday just weeks after being appointed speaker of the regional parliament.

Explosives found in Brussels, no sign Tour targeted: prosecutors

Apo - Belgian police are investigating the discovery of home-made explosives, knives and brass knuckles, but nothing immediately points to an attack plot, including against the Tour de France, prosecutors said Monday.

Australia suspends search for Belgian backpacker

Sydney - Australian police on Wednesday said they have called off a month-long search for an 18-year-old Belgian backpacker who disappeared from a picturesque surf town in May.Theo Hayez was last seen on May 31 in Byron Bay, hundreds of miles north of Sydney.

Charles Michel, Belgium's compromise craftsman

Apo - Charles Michel, named on Tuesday to succeed Donald Tusk as head of the European Council, has been Prime Minister of Belgium since October 2014.

Frenchman jailed for five years in Brussels diamond heist

Apo - A Frenchman was sentenced Thursday in Belgium to five years in prison for his role in a spectacular $50 million diamond heist at Brussels airport in 2013.

Bosnian arrested over 2015 Paris attacks: German police

Berlin - German authorities said Thursday they had arrested a Bosnian man wanted in connection with the 2015 Paris attacks and are preparing his extradition to Belgium.

Belgium arrests man suspected of plotting attack on US embassy

Apo - Belgian counter-terror police have arrested a man suspected of plotting an attack against the US embassy in Brussels, federal prosecutors said Monday.

Belgium says will work toward giving visas to Uighur family in China

Bejing - Belgium says it is working toward providing visas to a Uighur family that went missing after being escorted out of its embassy in Beijing last month under murky circumstances.

Dad makes tearful plea for backpacker son missing Down Under

Sydney - The father of an 18-year-old Belgian backpacker made a heart-rending appeal for help finding his son Monday, as Australian police admitted they were "baffled" by his disappearance from a picturesque surf town.

Six Belgian orphans from IS families arrive in Belgium

Apo - Six Belgian orphans born to families belonging to the Islamic State group have arrived in Belgium, Foreign Minister Didier Reynders said on Friday."The six children from Syria have just arrived in our country," Reynders said on Twitter.

Syria Kurds hand over 6 Belgian orphans from IS families: official

Beirut - Kurdish authorities in northeast Syria on Thursday handed to their Belgian counterparts six orphans born to families belonging to the Islamic State group, officials said.

Belgian king names pointmen to help forge new government

Apo - King Philippe of Belgium on Thursday tasked two politicians with exploring ways that a new government can be formed following elections in which a far-right party scored a surprise second place.

Repatriation from Belgium of body of DRC's Tshisekedi delayed: official

Apo - The repatriation of the body of former Congolese Prime Minister and opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi from Belgium to DR Congo was postponed at the last minute on Wednesday, an official source told AFP.

Belgium begins hard task of post-election coalition building

Apo - Belgium on Monday launched the daunting process of forging a new coalition government after elections deepened the split between the Dutch speakers in the north and French speakers in the south.

Belgian far-right surges in elections

Apo - Belgium's far-right Flemish nationalist Vlaams Belang party made strong gains Sunday in national, regional and European elections, partial results showed.

Far-right advances in Flanders as Belgium votes

Apo - The far-right Flemish nationalist Vlaams Belang made strong gains Sunday in national, regional and European elections, partial results showed.

Former Belgian king faces fines if refuses paternity test

Apo - The former King Albert II of the Belgians has been ordered by a court to submit to a DNA test or face daily fines of 5,000 euros ($5,600) lawyers said Thursday.
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