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Tintin and Snowy drawing sells for 500,000 euros

Paris - A colour drawing of Tintin and his faithful canine companion Snowy sold at a Paris auction on Saturday for more than half a million euros.

Belgian prosecutors ask court to extradite Catalan ex-leader

Brussels - Belgian prosecutors asked a judge Friday to extradite axed Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont to Spain to face sedition charges over his region's independence drive, with the court setting a date of December 4 for the next hearing.

Belgian prosecutors ask court to extradite Catalan ex-leader

Brussels - Belgian prosecutors asked a judge Friday to extradite axed Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont to Spain to face sedition charges over his region's independence drive, with the court setting a date of December 4 for the next hearing.

Single IS plot behind string of French, Belgian attacks: prosecutor

Brussels - The Paris and Brussels attacks, a botched shooting on a high-speed train and a foiled plot in Belgium may have all been part of one big Islamic State group operation, Belgium's federal prosecutor said Monday.

Tourists taking pictures trampled by elephant in Zambia

Lusaka - A Dutch and a Belgian tourist were trampled to death by an elephant in Zambia as they got too close to the animal when trying to take pictures, police said on Sunday.

Hundreds rally in Brussels for Catalan independence

Brussels - Several hundred people rallied in Brussels on Sunday to back the independence push in Catalonia, slam the EU and demand Spain release jailed regional officials.

Catalonia crisis threatens Belgian spillover: analysts

Brussels - Carles Puigdemont's exile in Brussels is proving a stiff test for the fragile government of Belgium, a country with a history of communal divisions that run as deeply as Catalonia's, analysts said.

Ex-Catalan leader, freed in Belgium, blasts Spain

Brussels - Catalonia's sacked separatist leader Carles Puigdemont on Monday denounced Spain as an undemocratic country that "unjustly" jailed his colleagues, after he was freed on bail in Belgium.

What now for Puigdemont in Belgium?

Brussels - Catalonia's deposed separatist leader Carles Puigdemont and four of his allies turned themselves in to Belgian police on Sunday ahead of a court appearance to decide whether they should be extradited to Spain.

Deposed Catalan leader could stay in Belgium for three months

Brussels - It could take three months for ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four of his ex-ministers to be returned to Spain under a European arrest warrant, Belgian authorities said Saturday.

Right-wing leaders denounce ban on Brussels 'Islam safari'

Brussels - Two far-right Belgian and Dutch politicians slammed a ban against their planned "Islam safari" through a Brussels immigrant neighbourhood on Friday as a sign of Islam's sway over Europe.

What now for Puigdemont in Belgium?

Brussels - Catalonia's sacked separatist leader Carles Puigdemont, holed up in Belgium for what he calls "safety and freedom", faces a demand by Spanish prosecutors for an EU arrest warrant.

Belgian 'Lucky Luke' lawyer acting for axed Catalan leader

Brussels - The Belgian lawyer hired by sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont is a human rights specialist with a track record of defending suspected Basque militants from extradition to Spain.

Tillerson re-pledges US to 'eliminate' terror threat

Washington - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned Wednesday the United States and its allies are still in a global fight to eliminate terrorism, after an attack in New York killed eight.

Puigdemont 'not returning to Spain': lawyer

Den Haag - Catalonia's deposed separatist leader Carles Puigdemont will not return to Spain to face a top criminal court on Thursday, as there is a "good chance that he would be detained", his lawyer has said.

What now for Puigdemont in Belgium?

Brussels - Catalonia's deposed separatist leader Carles Puigdemont, facing possible prosecution for rebellion in Spain, appeared in Brussels on Tuesday saying he planned to stay in Belgium but denying rumours he would try to seek asylum.

Belgium to treat Catalan ex-leader 'like any other European'

Brussels - Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said Tuesday that deposed Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont would be "treated like any other European citizen" after he said he planned to stay in Brussels.

Catalan ex-leader to speak in Brussels as asylum speculation swirls

Brussels - Catalonia's deposed separatist leader Carles Puigdemont will hold a press conference in Brussels on Tuesday, members of the European Parliament said, a day after he arrived in Belgium as Spanish prosecutors demanded he be charged with rebellion.

Catalonia's ex-leader seeking legal advice in Belgium

Brussels - Carles Puigdemont, who was removed from office as Catalonia's president last week by Madrid's central government, spoke with a lawyer in Belgium on Monday as Spanish prosecutors sought rebellion charges against the region's separatist leaders.

Four held in Belgium over 2015 Thalys train attack

Brussels - Belgian police held four people Monday over the 2015 attack on a high-speed Thalys train to Paris in which an Islamic State extremist shot and seriously wounded a passenger before being overpowered.

Belgium could offer Catalan leader asylum: minister

Brussels - Belgium could offer asylum to Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont, the country's immigration minister has suggested, as the Spanish political crisis rages.

Belgium asks France to transfer Paris terror suspect Abdeslam

Brussels - Belgian authorities have asked their French counterparts to temporarily transfer Paris terror suspect Salah Abdeslam to Belgium for trial over a shootout with police in Brussels last year, prosecutors said Friday.

Belgium police divers search canal in 30 year murder mystery case

Brussels - Police divers searched a canal in Belgium on Thursday as officers "relaunched" an investigation into a baffling series of murders that has gripped the country for more than 30 years.

'No deal' Brexit could cost 1.2 million EU jobs: Belgian minister

Brussels - The European Union could lose 1.2 million jobs if Britain leaves the bloc without a deal, Belgium's economy minister said Friday, warning that his own country would suffer a "catastrophic" impact.

Brussels attacks suspect 'sold acid to bomber'

Brussels - A man charged this week over the 2016 Brussels terror attacks is suspected of selling powerful acid used to make explosives to one of the three suicide bombers, a source told AFP on Thursday.

Belgium charges new suspect over 2016 Brussels suicide attacks

Brussels - Belgian authorities have arrested and charged a man with terrorism offences over the March 2016 suicide bombings in Brussels, the latest in the ongoing case, prosecutors said Wednesday.The 39-year-old man named as Brahim T.

Belgium suspends aid for Palestinian schools over name row

Brussels - Belgium said Tuesday it has suspended education aid projects with the Palestinian Authority after discovering a school it paid for had been named after a woman who led a deadly attack on a bus in 1978.

French, Belgian nuclear plants vulnerable to attack: Greenpeace

Paris - International experts warned on Tuesday about security shortcomings at French and Belgian nuclear plants that make them vulnerable to attack, in a report commissioned by the Greenpeace group.

Belgium seeks to bring back children stranded by IS

Brussels - The mass retreat of the Islamic State group from its territories in Syria and Iraq has left Europe grappling with the risk of foreign fighters returning home.

Belgium takes Ryanair to court over cancelled flights

Brussels - Belgium said Wednesday it intends to take Ryanair to court, accusing the low cost airline of illegally punishing customers hit by thousands of flight cancellations.
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