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Belgian court to give verdict in Iran diplomat case on Jan 22

Apo - A Belgian court will deliver its verdict on January 22 in the trial of an Iranian diplomat accused of plotting to bomb an exiled opposition group's rally, his lawyer told AFP.

Paris train gunman tells trial he was looking for US soldiers

Paris - The Moroccan gunman on trial for an attempted terror attack on a Paris-bound train five years ago said Wednesday he had aimed at the heads of American soldiers but could not shoot.

Paris train gunman tells trial he was looking for US soldiers

Paris - The Moroccan gunman on trial for an attempted terror attack on a Paris-bound train five years ago said Wednesday he had aimed at the heads of American soldiers but could not shoot.

In DR Congo, King Leopold's statue stoic as protests rage elsewhere

Apo - Overlooking Kinshasa from the seclusion of a presidential garden, the statue of Belgian King Leopold II stares over the Congo River far from the protests and rage targetting colonial figures elsewhere.

Belgian king makes rare speech by monarch to UN Security Council

New York - Belgium's King Philippe addressed the UN Security Council in New York on Wednesday, making a rare appearance by a sovereign and calling for better protection of children in conflict zones.

Mothers of jihadist, Belgium attack victim write book together

Apo - Bloodlines bind them to people on opposite sides of a violent divide. One is the mother of a jailed jihadist, the other the mother of a victim wounded in a bloody 2016 attack in Brussels.

Belgian court convicts Rwandan official for genocide

Apo - A Brussels court found a former Rwandan official guilty of genocide Thursday after hearing of his role in the 1994 massacres in his country.

Thousands in Brussels protest violence against women

Apo - Around 10,000 people took part in a protest march in Brussels on Sunday calling for an end to violence against women, police said, a day after similar demonstrations in France and Italy.

Belgians protest any early release for child killer Dutroux

Apo - Several hundred people demonstrated in Brussels on Sunday against any early release for notorious child-killer Marc Dutroux, days after prosecutors considered his case.

An early 'Tintin' cover sells at auction for $1.1 million

Washington - An original drawing used for the first published "Tintin" cover was sold at auction on Saturday in Dallas for $1.12 million, the Heritage Auctions house told AFP.The identities of seller and buyer have not been released.

DR Congo awaits repatriation of former opposition leader's body

Apo - Democratic Republic of Congo awaited Thursday the return of the remains of former opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, an emotion-laden moment for the country after his son Felix became president this year.

Prosecutors slam Jewish museum suspect's 'indecent' silence at trial

Apo - Prosecutors on Monday poured scorn on the "indecent" silence of a Frenchman accused of shooting dead four people at the Jewish museum in Brussels as they began their closing summary.

Jewish museum attack families tell court of grief

Apo - The Israelis orphaned by the murderous gun attack on Belgium's Jewish Museum testified on Thursday in the trial of the accused attacker.

Thousands of young Belgians protest for climate action

Apo - Thousands of young people rallied in Belgium to demand action on climate change Thursday as part of a wave of demonstrations led by high school students aimed at intensifying pressure on governments.

Bolivia to build museum at bottom of 'sacred lake'

La Paz - Bolivia is to build an underwater museum in its sacred Lake Titicaca, the culture minister said.The move comes after thousands of priceless artifacts were discovered at the bottom of the abyss.

Baron Empain, survivor of brutal 1978 kidnapping, dies at 80

Apo - Leading Franco-Belgian industrialist Baron Edouard-Jean Empain, whose brutal kidnapping in France in 1978 made headlines, has died at the age of 80, a relative said.

Escaped lion shot dead at Belgium zoo, sparking criticism

Apo - Belgian police have been criticised for shooting dead a young lioness at a zoo on Thursday after it escaped from its enclosure.

Restorers unveil original face of Belgium's 'Mystic Lamb'

Ghent - A painstaking restoration of the "Mystic Lamb", a 15th-century Flemish masterpiece by the Van Eyck brothers, was unveiled on Tuesday, revealing a "much more expressive and intense" version of the central image of the giant altarpiece.

Napoleon fever confirmed as hat sells for 350,000 euros

Lyon - A two-cornered military dress hat thought to have belonged to Napoleon went for 350,000 euros ($406,000) at auction on Monday, the latest sale to highlight the boundless appetite for all things associated with the emperor.

Belgian of Somali origin staged Brussels knife attack: prosecutors

Brussels - The man armed with a knife who stabbed a soldier in Brussels before being shot dead was a Belgian of Somali origin, prosecutors said Saturday.

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