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Grim wake-up call as Brexit hits heart of Europe

Brussels - Brussels awoke to a grim dawn after Britain voted to leave the EU, with people in the heart of Europe left stunned and sometimes emotional by a decision which will affect many personally.

Hopes grow in EU capital that Britain will stay in bloc

Brussels - Nobody knows who laid the flowers outside the British embassy in Brussels in the shape of the words "Please Stay", but the gesture reflected the hope and growing optimism in the heart of the EU that Britain would vote to remain.

Several arrests made in Brussels attacks probe

Brussels - Several arrests were made Friday in connection with the deadly Islamic State attacks on Brussels airport and the metro, the federal prosecutor's office said.

Most Americans appear to support torture against terror suspects

According to a recent poll, nearly two-thirds of Americans believe torture is an acceptable way of extracting information from suspected terrorists -- a level of support similar to that of Nigeria, where attacks are more common.

Op-Ed: How terrorism brings the worst out of political discourse

Brussels - There are many tragedies tied to acts of terror. Innocent people lose their lives, and the entire world is put on edge. After Brussels another tired symptom was exposed; the fight between the right and left as to who can sound more foolish.

Brussels, Europe's jihadist breeding ground, now itself under attack

Brussels - Brussels has become infamous as a hotbed of Islamic extremism because of links to a series of recent attacks in Europe, and now the Belgian capital itself has suffered the worst ever terror attack in its history.

Mice blamed for eating plans to fix traffic problems in Brussels

Brussels - Officials in Brussels said municipal laziness was not the reason for delays in repairs to the city's streets. They say mice are to blame.

16 arrests in police operations in Brussels

Brussels - Belgian police have made 16 arrests in anti-terror raids in Brussels, we are learning, but fugitive Salah Abdeslam is not among them.

EU seeks 'immediate clarification' from Hungary on asylum issue

Brussels - The European Union asked Hungary on Tuesday to urgently clarify its suspension of a key asylum rule, which requires a migrant's claim to be processed in the EU country in which they first arrive.

EU should prepare for Greece default, German official says

Berlin - European Union nations should prepare for Greece's expected default and departure from the common currency, a German official said Monday.

Op-Ed: Let's talk Turkey and the TTIP

Ankara - As the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the US and the EU takes shape, Turkey must play smart to avoid a major loss.

Hundreds of thousands protest in Brussels

Brussels - In the face of government attacks on pensions, wages and public spending, a monster demonstration of trade unionists filled the streets of Belgium capital Brussels yesterday.

Gun attack at Brussels Jewish Museum kills at least three

Brussels - A gunman attacked the Jewish Museum in the Belgian capital Brussels Saturday, killing at least three people. Authorities are investigating whether the attack was motivated by anti-Semitism.

Op-Ed: Celebrating Belgian chocolate maker Neuhaus Special

Brussels - Belgium may be a small country, but it is a big deal when it comes to chocolate making. One of the country's best-kept secrets is Neuhaus, a creative chocolatier that invented the praline, was founded before Godiva, and still manufactures in Belgium.

Belgian capital gets high-speed mobile data network

Belgian telecoms operator Belgacom launched a commercial high-speed mobile network in Brussels On Tuesday, ending months of regulatory wrangling which left the Belgian and European capital without fast data access.

EU says non-Iberian sangria not allowed

Brussels - Anyone visiting Spain and Portugal will probably remember that fruity, wine-based beverage, sangria. Sangria is drunk by the liter in beach-side cafes, but now the EU is making some new rules.

Dogs doing pretty much everything humans do (Music video)

Brussels - Most of us have seen the YouTube videos with the dogs with human hands, eating at a table. Well, a Brussels-based band called the Recorders have gone much further than that with this very entertaining video.

Spanish PM asked for ID in Brussels (video)

Brussels - It seems that not everybody knows who Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy actually is. On his way into the EU Summit on Thursday, security guards stopped him, demanding his ID.

EU warn telecoms industry on European mobile roaming charges

Brussels - The European Union (EU) said yesterday mobile companies cannot pick apart single market reforms to mobile telecommunications within Europe. A plan to abolish roaming charges throughout Europe by 2016 was tabled raising fierce criticisms from industry.

Video: Protesting firemen spray cops with foam in Brussels

Brussels - Firemen in Brussels, Belgium were protesting against national budget cuts in the fire department on Monday. They set fires and thoroughly foamed police officers along the way.

EU demands ‘full clarification’ over NSA spying

Brussels - The president of the European parliament has demanded an explanation from the US government over the latest news of the NSA surveillance of EU diplomatic missions in Washington, New York and Brussels.

EU diplomats in Washington, New York and Brussels spied on by NSA

A document cited by Der Spiegel magazine is reporting that not only were European citizens spied on by the NSA, but also employees of EU diplomatic missions in both Washington and the UN. Updated with video.

Gunmen crash Brussels airport, steal $50 million in diamonds

Brussels - Masked gunmen have reportedly stolen millions of dollars worth of diamonds after crashing their vehicles through the security fence surrounding the Brussels airport.

Belgium doctors euthanize twin brothers who were going blind

Brussel - A case involving two identical twin brothers who requested to be euthanized by doctors in Brussels prompted officials with the Belgium government to postpone a proposed amendment to the country's euthanasia laws.

Food waste problem addressed in Brussels

Brussels - The FUSIONS program aims to reduce the approximately 89 million tons of food wasted every year in the European Union by 50 percent.

Brussels' abstract Christmas tree sparks controversy

Brussels - The debut of an abstract electronic Christmas tree in Brussels, Belgium is creating controversy, with some calling it an attack on Christmas, values and traditions.

Video: Angry dairy farmers spray milk on EU headquarters

Brussels - On Monday, furious dairy farmers sprayed milk on the headquarters of the European Union in Brussels, along with a whole crowd of riot police, over high quotas and low prices.

Rioting in Brussels

Riots took place in Brussels on Friday afternoon. A group of around thirty people were rioting in the streets with some onlookers looking on.

European Commission demands more austerity cuts in Greece

Athens - The European Commission has warned Greece that more spending cuts need to be made if the crisis-struck nation is to qualify for any further bail-out loans.

SWIFT cut of services to Iran worse for Spain, Greece & Italy

Valencia - The sanctions on Iranian oil are more likely to be badly damaging for Spain, Italy and Greece, than Iran. Spain is one of the biggest importers of Iranian oil in Europe.
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Dairy farmers spray EU headquarters with milk in protest over high quotas and low prices.
Dairy farmers spray EU headquarters with milk in protest over high quotas and low prices.
European Milk Board
Police stand outside the council chamber in Brussels on April 7  2016 during the appearance of Salah...
Police stand outside the council chamber in Brussels on April 7, 2016 during the appearance of Salah Abdeslam, the sole surviving suspect in the November 13 Paris attacks, along with two other suspects arrested on March 18
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Brussels  is the capital of Belgium and de facto the capital of the European Union
Brussels, is the capital of Belgium and de facto the capital of the European Union
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Dairy farmers spray EU headquarters with milk in protest over high quotas and low prices.
Dairy farmers spray EU headquarters with milk in protest over high quotas and low prices.
European Milk Board
Belgian brothers Khalid (left) and Ibrahim El Bakraoui were identified as two of the suicide bombers...
Belgian brothers Khalid (left) and Ibrahim El Bakraoui were identified as two of the suicide bombers who struck Brussels.
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Belgian PM Charles Michel (R)  King Philippe (2nd R)  Queen Mathilde (3rd R) and Minister of Health ...
Belgian PM Charles Michel (R), King Philippe (2nd R), Queen Mathilde (3rd R) and Minister of Health and Social Affairs Maggie De Blocka (4th R) attend a meeting with medical staff on March 23, 2016 at the Erasme hospital in Brussels
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Protesting firefighters in Brussels  Belgium spray police officers with foam.
Protesting firefighters in Brussels, Belgium spray police officers with foam.
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Protesting firefighters spray police officers with water and foam in Brussels  Belgium.
Protesting firefighters spray police officers with water and foam in Brussels, Belgium.
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Protesting firemen spray police officers with foam in Brussels  Belgium.
Protesting firemen spray police officers with foam in Brussels, Belgium.
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Photo of the Palais de la Nation  Belgian Federal Parliament taken by Alex Guibord in Brussels  Belg...
Photo of the Palais de la Nation, Belgian Federal Parliament taken by Alex Guibord in Brussels, Belgium.
Dairy farmers spray EU headquarters with milk in protest over high quotas and low prices.
Dairy farmers spray EU headquarters with milk in protest over high quotas and low prices.
European Milk Board
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The Grand Palace, Brussels, Belgium. Belgium is set to become the first country in the world to extend right to die option to minors.
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Assortment of chocolates in the Neuhaus ballotin (box).  3/24/14
Assortment of chocolates in the Neuhaus ballotin (box). 3/24/14
The electronic Christmas tree in Brussels  Belgium
The electronic Christmas tree in Brussels, Belgium
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While Brussels has now passed a law against offensive  language  it is not clear how police will jud...
While Brussels has now passed a law against offensive language, it is not clear how police will judge what is offensive and what is free speech.
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Neuhaus  Cornet Dore - Hazelnut gianduja.  3/24/14
Neuhaus' Cornet Dore - Hazelnut gianduja. 3/24/14
Items from the Neuhaus elegant gift ballotin (box).  3/24/14
Items from the Neuhaus elegant gift ballotin (box). 3/24/14
Music video for the Recorders song Purple and Gold  including dogs with human hands.
Music video for the Recorders song Purple and Gold, including dogs with human hands.
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