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Belgian king expresses 'deepest regrets' over DR Congo colonial past

Apo - Belgium's King Philippe expressed his "deepest regrets" on Tuesday for the harm done during Belgian colonial rule in DR Congo, in a first for his country.

Belgian king expresses 'deepest regrets' over DR Congo colonial past

Apo - Belgium's King Philippe expressed his "deepest regrets" for the harm done during Belgian colonial rule in DR Congo, in a first for his country.

EU racism pledge clouded by 'blackface' controversy

Apo - A pledge by the EU to make its 30,000 strong civil service more diverse was overshadowed on Wednesday by the blackface-wearing past of its top justice official.

Belgium should apologise for colonial past, says first black mayor

Apo - Belgium is due a reckoning with its colonial past, and things left unsaid must now be discussed, argues the Congolese-born 72-year-old who became the country's first black mayor.Pierre Kompany's family has made a name for itself in Belgium.

Black German MEP victim of Belgian 'police violence'

Apo - A German member of the European Parliament complained Wednesday she had been treated in a violent and humiliating way by Belgian police, on the eve of a debate on racism.

Belgium revives hunt for 1980s supermarket killers

Apo - Belgian police on Tuesday released an old photo of a man carrying a military assault weapon, to try to solve the decades-old mystery of the country's bloodiest series of murders.

Belgium reopens case with possible link to McCann suspect

Apo - Belgium reopened an investigation on Thursday into the 1996 murder of a German teenager because of a possible link with the man suspected of murdering British girl Madeleine McCann.

Belgian city removes statue after anti-racist protest

Apo - The Belgian port city of Antwerp took down a statue of late King Leopold II on Tuesday, days after it was daubed with paint by anti-racism protesters.

Reopened Brussels bars 'invaded' by thirsty beerdrinkers

Apo - As some Brussels cafes reopened after almost three months of lockdown, thirsty Belgian drinkers were more than ready.

ICC allows former I.Coast president Gbagbo to leave Belgium

Den Haag - The International Criminal Court on Thursday said former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo can leave Belgium under certain conditions following his acquittal last year over post-electoral violence that killed 3,000 people.

Twenty-six held over migrant lorry tragedy in Britain

Apo - Police in Belgium and France have arrested 26 suspected people smugglers over the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants in a refrigerated truck in Britain last year.

Belgian drinkers' faith rewarded as monks get beer out

Westvleteren - Belgium is only cautiously beginning to emerge from its coronavirus lockdown and its bars and restaurants won't open until next month at least.

Cooped up Belgians in a flap for chickens

Wavre - Whether it's for fresh eggs or to entertain children feeling cooped up in coronavirus lockdown, a craze for keeping chickens is sweeping Belgium.

Belgian llama holds key to possible corona treatment

Ghent - Scientists the world over are scrambling to perfect an anti-viral treatment for the novel coronavirus, and following what might seem to be some unusual trails.

Belgium says transparency explains high virus toll

Apo - Belgium now has the highest death rate from COVID-19 in the European Union but officials insist it is because they have been totally transparent with the data.With more than 11.

Hospitals turn to snorkel masks to ease respirator overload

Apo - As hospitals face an overload of COVID-19 patients struggling to breathe, innovative medical staff are turning to snorkelling masks from sports stores to stop their lungs collapsing.

French court releases Malian singer despite backing extradition

Paris - A Paris appeals court on Wednesday granted Malian musician Rokia Traore conditional release despite ruling she could be extradited to Belgium over a child custody dispute -- a decision her lawyer vowed to contest.

Belgian borders shut to non-essential travel

Apo - Belgium became the latest European country to close its borders to contain the coronavirus Friday, shutting them to all but freight and travellers deemed to be on essential business.

UN calls for 'two state' solution to be respected in Middle East

New York - The UN Security Council made a rare show of unity Monday when it called on all parties to maintain their support for a two state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

EU condemns anti-Semitic Belgian parade

Apo - The European Commission on Monday slammed a Belgian street parade for featuring anti-Semitic floats that it said were "incompatible" with EU values.

Belgium weighing French military mission in Mali: minister

New York - Belgium has not ruled out participating in a French military initiative in Mali aiming to bring together special forces from several countries, Belgian Foreign Minister Philippe Goffin told AFP Thursday."It's a matter of debate, dialogue.

Brussels seeks to bring home children of Belgian jihadists in Syria

New York - Belgium is working to bring home all children of Belgian jihadists held in refugee camps in Syria, providing their mothers' consent, the country's top diplomat told AFP on Thursday.

Suspicion, uncertainty cloud murder of Chechen in France

Lille - At the end of January, French emergency services found the body of a man in a hotel room close to the train station in the northern city of Lille, mutilated with scores of stab wounds.

Surviving WWII Congo troops honoured for colonial-era battles

Apo - Albert Kunyuku Ngoma was a young Congolese corporal in the colonial Belgian army when he was forced to battle in WWII as far away as Myanmar.

Belgium's ex-king forced to recognise daughter from affair

Apo - Belgium's former king Albert II admitted Monday he is the father of a daughter born from an affair half a century ago after a DNA test he was forced to take came back positive.

Belgium region 'totally opposes' Mercosur trade pact

Apo - Belgium's southern Wallonia region, which briefly blocked an EU-Canada trade deal in 2016, said Monday it was "totally opposed" to Europe's new trade pact negotiated with South America's Mercosur grouping.

Extinction Rebellion protest disrupts Brussels Motor Show

Apo - Police in Brussels said they arrested around 150 people at the Brussels Motor Show on Saturday after Extinction Rebellion campaigners smeared cars with fake blood and staged die-ins around the displays.

Three doctors on trial in Belgium euthanasia case

Apo - Three doctors went on trial Tueday in Belgium accused of not respecting the conditions for euthanasia, a first in a country that legalised assisted suicide nearly two decades ago.

Belgium suspends extradition case for Catalan MEPs

Apo - A Belgian judge on Thursday suspended consideration of a Spanish warrant seeking the return of two Catalan separatist leaders to face trial, their lawyer said.

Ghent's refreshed 'Mystic Lamb' artwork inspires new adoration

Ghent - The grass is greener, the sky is cleaner and dozens of tiny details have been exposed to delight art historians and inspire the devotion of the faithful.
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