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France charges 'accomplice' of key Paris attacks suspect

Paris - Hamza Attou, accused of helping key Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam flee to Brussels, has been charged and taken into custody in France, the Paris prosecutor said Thursday.

Belgium charges two with terror offences

Brussels - Belgian authorities have charged two men with terrorist offences after raids overnight, the federal prosecutor's office said Saturday amid reports of a planned attack on a Euro 2016 fanzone."Two persons...

Man with 'suicide belt' of biscuits, salt triggers Brussels alert

Brussels - A man with psychiatric problems who was carrying a fake suicide belt full of salt and biscuits was arrested Tuesday after he triggered a major anti-terror operation at a Brussels shopping mall, prosecutors said.

Brother of Paris, Brussels attacks suspect detained: Prosecutors

Brussels - The brother of Mohamed Abrini, a Moroccan-Belgian implicated in the Paris and Brussels attacks, was detained Monday for having violated his bail conditions, Belgian prosecutors said.

Belgium detains six over foiled 2015 train attack: prosecutors

Brussels - Belgian police on Monday briefly detained six people in connection with a foiled attack last year on a high-speed train travelling from Amsterdam to Paris, prosecutors said.

Belgium anti-terror sweep over 'imminent' attack fears

Brussels - Belgian authorities on Saturday charged three men with "attempted terrorist murder" after raiding dozens of homes in raids linked to a reported threat to fans during a Euro 2016 football game.Named by prosecutors as Samir C., Moustapha B. et Jawad B.

Belgium anti-terror sweep over 'imminent' attack fears

Brussels - Belgian police staged sweeping nationwide anti-terror raids and arrested 12 people, officials said Saturday, as security for 30 VIPs was reinforced over fears of an "imminent" attack.

New suspect charged over Brussels attacks

Brussels - A Belgian man has been arrested and charged in connection with the Islamic State suicide bombings that killed 32 people in Brussels in March, prosecutors said late Friday.The 30-year-old, named as Youssef E.

Dutch probe cross-border nuclear safety

Den Haag - The Dutch safety board announced on Wednesday it is launching an investigation into how the Netherlands works with its neighbours to prevent and handle any cross-border nuclear power accidents.

Belgium arrests new Brussels attacks suspect

Brussels - Belgian police investigating the Brussels airport and metro attacks have arrested a man in connection with "terrorist murders", the federal prosecutor said on Friday.The 31-year-old man, identified only as Ali E.H.A.

Belgium approves extradition of a Paris attacks suspect to France

Brussels - A Belgian court on Thursday approved the extradition to France of key Paris attacks suspect Mohamed Abrini but he will not be handed over for some time, federal prosecutors said.

Belgium probes deadly train crash, at least three killed

Saint-georges - Investigators worked through the wreckage of a high speed train crash in eastern Belgium on Monday that killed at least three people and injured nine others.

Belgium to mull extradition of Paris attacks suspect Abrini: prosecutors

Brussels - Belgium will next week examine France's request for the extradition of Mohamed Abrini, who has been linked to both the Paris and Brussels attacks, federal prosecutors said Friday.

Belgium accepts transfer of Paris attacks suspect: Agency

Brussels - A Belgian court on Thursday ruled that a suspect charged over the November 13 attacks in Paris for helping prime suspect Salah Abdeslam flee after the carnage can be transferred to France for trial, Belga news agency reported.

'It's a boy!': Chinese panda gives birth in Belgium

Brussels - A giant panda on loan to Belgium from China gave birth to a cub in a Belgian zoo on Thursday, a rare event for the endangered species that numbers fewer than 2,000 in the wild.

Torrential downpours wreak havoc in north Europe

Paris - Torrential downpours have lashed parts of northern Europe in recent days, leaving four dead in Germany, breaching the banks of the Seine in Paris and flooding rural roads and villages.

Belgium faces worsening strikes and rail chaos

Brussels - Belgium faced growing disruption on Tuesday after public sector staff halted work in protest at the centre-right government's austerity plans, adding to ongoing strikes on the rail system and in prisons.

Belgian police arrest four, find 'traces' of terror attack plot

Brussels - Police found "traces" of a plot to launch a new attack in Belgium when they arrested four people suspected of recruiting jihadists for Syria and Libya, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Brussels police fire water cannon at anti-austerity protest

Brussels - Belgian police Tuesday fired water cannon during clashes with protesters at a huge demonstration in Brussels against the centre-right government's labour reform plans, leaving 10 people injured.

Belgium defiant two months after IS attacks

Brussels - Belgian premier Charles Michel vowed Sunday that the West will ultimately defeat Islamic State group "terrorists", as the royal family hosted a ceremony marking two months since the deadly Brussels bombings.

Dutch artist Cornelis le Mair, an enduring and captivating talent Special

Eindhoven - The Dutch maestro, surely one of the most naturally gifted painters around today, is as busy as ever - though he found time in his schedule to talk to Digital Journal.

France to test air passenger data sharing

Paris - France will test an EU-wide passenger data sharing system aimed at helping to detect jihadists at two of its busiest airports later this month, a senior interior ministry official said Saturday.

Attacks suspect Abdeslam arrives for first questioning in Paris

Paris - Salah Abdeslam, a surviving member of the group that carried out the Paris attacks in November that killed 130 people, arrived on Friday for his first questioning in the French capital by anti-terror judges.

Paris attack suspect Abdeslam tight-lipped in first interrogation

Paris - The last surviving member of the jihadist team that attacked Paris, Salah Abdeslam, refused to answer questions in his first interview with a French anti-terror judge on Friday.

France seeks transfer of Paris attacks suspects from Belgium

Paris - France has requested the extradition of four suspects charged in Belgium over the November 13 attacks in Paris, including three accused of helping prime suspect Salah Abdeslam flee after the carnage, inquiry sources said Thursday.

Belgian prosecutors seek long terms for alleged Verviers jihadists

Brussels - Belgian prosecutors on Thursday demanded that four alleged jihadists accused of links to the terror cell behind the Paris and Brussels attacks receive between 10 and 18 years in jail.

Paris attacks suspect wanted to die a martyr: Belgian police

Brussels - Belgian investigators said they have discovered a "last testament" attributed to Brussels and Paris attacks suspect Mohamed Abrini, suggesting that he wanted to die a martyr.

Belgium ignored Paris attacks suspect's possible link to IS: report

Brussels - Belgium ignored a possible link between Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam and the Islamic State (IS) group just weeks ahead of the massacre that killed 130 people, broadcaster RTBF reported Tuesday.

Belgium to begin air strikes against IS in Syria

Brussels - Belgium will extend its F-16 air strikes against Islamic State jihadists in Iraq into Syria, the government said Friday, as it grapples with the aftermath of deadly IS-claimed bomb attacks in Brussels in March.

Belgian prisons 'like North Korea' as strike crisis hits

Forest - Belgium faces a growing crisis in its prisons, with the army called in to help and inmates stuck in their cells 24 hours a day as the government struggles to end a strike by prison staff.
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