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Belgian court orders Facebook to stop tracking web users

Brussels - A Belgian court on Friday ordered Facebook to stop tracking internet users in Belgium who have no accounts with the social network, or face fines of 250,000 euros a day.

Ex-Oxfam official denies organising orgies as Haiti opens probe

Brussels - A former Oxfam country director at the centre of sexual misconduct allegations embroiling the London-based charity has denied organising orgies, as Haiti announced it would open a probe into the spiralling scandal.

Ex-Oxfam official to give 'his version' on sex scandal: report

Brussels - A former Oxfam country director at the centre of allegations of sexual misconduct embroiling the London-based charity does "not deny everything" but wants to give his version of events, a Belgian daily reported Thursday.

Spain-Belgium ties could be harmed by ex Catalan leader: minister

Madrid - Spain's foreign minister warned Thursday that deposed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont's plan to govern the region remotely from Belgium could harm "friendly relations" between Madrid and Brussels.

April verdict in Belgian trial of Paris attacks suspect: court

Brussels - A Belgian court will hand down its judgement by the end of April in the trial of Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam, who is accused of trying to kill police officers in a bloody Brussels shootout, officials said Thursday.

Paris suspect Abdeslam refuses to return to Brussels trial

Brussels - Paris terror attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam has refused to return to his trial in Belgium this week over a shootout with police in Brussels that led to his capture, the court said Tuesday.

Suspect in Abdeslam's shadow may be bigger player than thought

Brussels - A Tunisian man on trial in Belgium alongside Paris terror suspect Salah Abdeslam may have been a bigger player in the Islamic State group than first thought, investigators say.

Iran rejects review of academic's death sentence

Tehran - Iran's Supreme Court has rejected a request to review the death sentence given to university professor Ahmadreza Djalali, accused of passing information to Israel, his lawyer said on Tuesday.

Defiant Paris attacks suspect 'trusts in Allah'

Brussels - The only surviving suspect in the 2015 Paris attacks accused a Belgian court on Monday of bias against Muslims, saying he put his "trust in Allah" as he went on trial for a deadly shootout with police.

Last hours on the run of Paris attacks suspect

Brussels - When their battering ram finally smashed the lock of the Brussels apartment, the police officers were faced with an almost empty room -- just a cupboard and a few mattresses. Then a gun barrel emerged in a door frame and a man burst out, opening fire.

Paris attacks suspect arrives for Belgian trial

Brussels - The last surviving suspect in the 2015 Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, arrived at a court in Brussels amid tight security Monday to stand trial over a shootout that led to his capture.

Belgium transfers to France man linked to foiled train attack

Brussels - Belgium on Friday handed over to French authorities a man linked to a foiled 2015 jihadist attack on a high-speed train bound for Paris, prosecutors said.

Belgian 'deacon of death' jailed for 27 years

Brussels - A Belgian judge jailed a former nurse and Roman Catholic deacon for 27 years Thursday for killing five people including his own mother in what he said was a bid to end their suffering.

Abdeslam: from pot-smoking delinquent to key terror suspect

Paris - In the Brussels neighbourhood where he lived until his capture, Salah Abdeslam was known as a pot-smoking petty criminal whose former lawyer described him as having "the intelligence of an empty ashtray".

Daunting security challenges for Abdeslam trial

Brussels - Belgium and France together face a giant task in ensuring security for the trial of Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam, including guarding a 19th century courthouse against 21st century threats.

Last surviving Paris attacks suspect faces trial in Belgium

Brussels - The main terror suspect behind the 2015 Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, goes on trial in Belgium under tight security next week over a shootout in Brussels that led to his capture.

19 face trial over spectacular Brussels diamond heist

Brussels - The trial of 19 suspects believed to be involved in a spectacular $50 million diamond heist at Brussels airport in 2013, opened Wednesday in the Belgian capital.

Puigdemont and the Flemish nationalists: a love story

Brussels - Exiled in Belgium for the last three months, deposed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has become the darling of nationalists seeking independence for the region of Flanders.

Paris attacks suspect 'message' showed desire to detonate belt: report

Paris - A message believed to be written by Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam indicates that he had intended to detonate his suicide belt during the assault, France Inter television reported Saturday.

France charges key suspect Bakkali over Paris attacks

Paris - France on Friday charged terror suspect Mohamed Bakkali over his alleged key role in the 2015 Paris attacks, a judicial source said.

DR Congo, Belgium in new diplomatic spat

Kinshasa - The Democratic Republic of Congo has told Belgium to close its new development agency in the country and shutter an EU visa-processing centre, in the latest spat between the DRC and its former colonial power.

'Abandoned' Brussels attacks victims step up calls for help

Brussels - Survivors and relatives of victims of the 2016 Brussels attacks rallied on Wednesday to urge Belgian authorities to improve a compensation process that they say has "abandoned" them nearly two years on.

Catalan parliament speaker defends Puigdemont as legitimate leader

Brussels - The speaker of Catalonia's parliament defended ousted separatist president Carles Puigdemont on Wednesday as the region's legitimate leader, as question marks remain over how he will be able to take power from self-exile in Belgium.

Sacked Catalan leader holds Brussels meeting despite Madrid opposition

Brussels - Catalonia's ousted president Carles Puigdemont met Wednesday with the speaker of the region's parliament in Brussels despite efforts by Spain's central government to prevent the talks.

Belgian 'deacon of death' killed while stressed by house renovation: media

Brussels - A Belgian former nurse and Roman Catholic deacon killed several patients because he was stressed out by personal difficulties including renovations on his house, investigators told his trial Tuesday.

Dutch artist who aimed to say 'I do' 25 times, dies of cancer

Den Haag - A Dutch artist, who planned to marry her partner in countries around the world to celebrate gay marriage, died on Monday, her wife announced."Julian P. Boom 18.11.1977 - 22.01.

Belgium terror alert lowered to pre-attack level

Brussels - Belgium lowered its terror threat level Monday after three years of high alert that included the Brussels bombings, but soldiers will still guard key sites.

Sacked Catalan leader flies to Denmark despite arrest threat: report

Madrid - Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has boarded a flight to Denmark despite a threat by Madrid to issue a warrant for his arrest if he leaves Belgium, where he has been in exile since a failed independence bid, Spanish newspaper El Pais said.

Let the sunshine in, Belgium clamours after record dark spell

Brussels - Wind, clouds, rain, and no sun: Belgium has suffered an early winter with one of the worst deficits of sunshine in its history, a surprising and depressing turn even for a country used to bad weather.

14 injured in suspected gas explosion in Belgium's Antwerp

Belgique - Fourteen people were taken to the hospital, including one in critical condition, after an explosion collapsed or severely damaged buildings in Belgium's port city of Antwerp, said police, who ruled out terrorism as a cause.
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