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2 alleged jihadists admit being at Brussels airport during attack – official

Apr 28, 2017 - 12:49 PM

The men who are charged with belonging to a terrorist organization admit that while in Brussels they visited the cousin of the two brothers who blew themselves up in the coordinated attack

In this file photo, passengers and airport staff are evacuated from the terminal building after explosions at Brussels Airport in Zaventem near Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016. File photo by Laurent Dubrule/AFP

Belgium falls silent one year after Brussels attacks

Mar 22, 2017 - 3:51 PM

UPDATED A year on Belgium remains on high alert with troops patrolling the streets and warnings of fresh risks from ISIS jihadists returning home from Iraq and Syria

REMEMBRANCE. Employees pause to look at a wreath and flowers placed at Brussels' international airport in Zaventem during a memorial ceremony to mark the first anniversary of the twin Brussels attacks by Islamic extremists on March 22, 2017. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Bombed Brussels metro station reopens one month after attacks

Apr 25, 2016 - 4:32 PM

UPDATED Along the platform hand written notes on the station wall expressed condolences for those killed on March 22

NEW NORMAL. A train arrives during the reopening of the Maalbeek metro station on on April 25, 2016 in Brussels, which was closed since the March 22 attacks in the Belgian capital. Thierry Roge/Belga/EPA

Brussels airport bomber worked there for 5 years – report

Apr 21, 2016 - 9:06 AM

For 5 years until 2012 Laachraoui worked at Brussels airport Flemish language VTM reports adding that he had been recruited by a temp agency

In this file photo, passengers and airport staff are evacuated from the terminal building after explosions at Brussels Airport in Zaventem near Brussels, Belgium, 22 March 2016. Laurent Dubrule/AFP

Brussels airport 'back to full capacity in June'

Apr 16, 2016 - 7:26 PM

Although the airport will be fully operational in June its chief executive says it will be a basic service the facilities will not be fully renovated

epa05243659 Passengers stand next to messages in tribute to the 22 March terror attacks victims at a provisional airport building at Brussels Airport in Zaventem, near Brussels, Belgium, 04 April 2016. The airport was reopened 03 April after the terror attacks of 22 March, when at least 31 people were killed and hundreds injured in bombs explosions at the departures hall of the airport and at Metro stations in downtown Brussels. Militants of the so-called Islamic State (IS) have claimed responsibility for the attacks. EPA/LAURIE DIEFFEMBACQ/POOL

Belgium charges new suspects over Brussels attacks

Apr 12, 2016 - 4:00 PM

UPDATED A statement says Smail F and Ibrahim F are charged with participation in the activities of a terrorist group terrorist murders and attempts to commit terrorist murders

In this file photo, Belgian police officers stand guard near Maelbeek - Maalbeek subway station in Brussels on March 23, 2016, a day after triple bomb attacks in the Belgian capital killed about 35 people and left more than 200 people wounded. Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Belgium identifies 'man in hat' at Brussels airport bombing

Apr 10, 2016 - 1:46 AM

Prosecutors say Paris attacks suspect Mohamed Abrini is indeed the 3rd man present at the Brussels national airport attacks

6th suspect nabbed in raids over Brussels attacks – official

Apr 09, 2016 - 9:27 PM

Five people including top Paris attacks suspect Mohamed Abrini have been arrested on Friday but a spokesman confirms that a sixth is being held

POLICE RAIDS. Belgian police officers stand on Albert I square in Anderlecht where a key Paris attacks suspect was arrested earlier on April 8, 2016. Thierry Charlier/AFP

Belgium arrests Paris attacks suspect Abrini, 4 others

Apr 08, 2016 - 11:58 PM

3rd UPDATE Immediately after the Brussels attacks there was intense speculation that Mohamed Abrini was the 3rd man seen on CCTV with the two suicide bombers at the airport shortly before they blew themselves up

MOHAMED ABRINI. An undated combo handout photograph made available by the Belgian Federal Police showing Mohamed Abrini. Photo by Belgian Federal Police/EPA

Beleaguered Brussels neighborhood struggles to fend off jihadist recruiters

Apr 03, 2016 - 12:17 PM

In Molenbeek residents are struggling to confront the threat of radicalism as recruiters increasingly go underground to prey on the area s youngsters

This file photo taken on November 16, 2015 shows the Molenbeek road sign in the Molenbeek-Saint-Jean district in Brussels. Dirk Waem/Belga/AFP

Flights resume at bomb-hit Brussels Airport under tighter security

Apr 02, 2016 - 11:35 AM

6th UPDATE Airport employees and government officials turn emotional as the first flight takes off from the reopened airport

epa05241964 Brussels Airlines flight SN1901 to Faro takes off after operations resumed at Brussels Airport in Zaventem, near Brussels, Belgium, 03 April 2016. The airport was reopened after the terror attacks of 22 March, when at least 31 people were killed and hundreds injured in bombs explosions at the departures hall of the airport and at Metro stations in downtown Brussels. Militants of the so-called Islamic State (IS) have claimed responsibility for the attacks. EPA/BENOIT DOPPAGNE/POOL

Belgium to extradite Paris suspect Abdeslam to France

Apr 01, 2016 - 12:56 AM

2nd UPDATE The transfer to France should happen within 10 days says French justice minister Jean Jacques Urvoas

EXTRADITION. Paris attack suspect Salah Abdeslam's lawyer Sven Mary (C) leaves the court where suspect in the November 13 Paris terrorist attacks Salah Abdeslam (not pictured) is expected to make an appearance, in Brussels, Belgium, March 24, 2016. Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

Paris suspect Abdeslam 'wants to cooperate', fresh raid in Belgium

Mar 31, 2016 - 7:15 PM

UPDATED Belgian federal prosecutors do not object to handing the suspect over to France says spokesman Eric Van der Sypt

epa05237330 Police forces guard at the entrance of Brussels court prior to the decision on extradition of Abdeslam Salah to France in Brussels, Belgium, 31 March 2016. The advocat of Abdeslam Salah, believed to having masterminded the 13 November Paris attacks, says he is no longer fighting his extradition to France. A decision should be taken later the day. EPA/LAURENT DUBRULE

Brussels airport delays reopening as Belgium lowers attacks toll to 32

Mar 30, 2016 - 8:23 AM

UPDATED As Brussels struggles to get back on its feet criticism of authorities handling of the case has mounted after the sole suspect charged over the attacks was freed

IDLE. An Airbus A319 of Brussels Airlines stands at Brussels Zaventem airport in Brussels, Belgium, March 29, 2016. Laurent Dubrule/EPA

Belgium resumes hunt for airport suspect as criticism mounts

Mar 29, 2016 - 8:55 PM

Criticism of Belgium s handling of the case mounts after the sole suspect to be charged over the metro and airport attacks isfreed for lack of evidence linking him to the carnage

POLICE CHECK. Police forces check vehicles at the entry to Brussels Zaventem airport in Brussels, Belgium, 29 March 2016. Photo by Laurent Dubrule/EPA

Belgium releases sole suspect charged over Brussels attacks

Mar 28, 2016 - 11:19 PM

The sole suspect charged over last week s Brussels attacks is released following a lack of evidence linking him to the carnage

Brussels attacks death toll rises to 35

Mar 28, 2016 - 6:17 PM

Officials from the government s crisis center says 31 people died at the two attack sites and 4 died in hospital The number does not include the 3 bombers

COMMEMORATING THE VICTIMS. People gather to commemorate the victims of the March 22 terror attacks, at the site of a memorial in Place de la Bourse, Brussels, Belgium, March 27, 2016. Photo by Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Brussels police clash with far-right mob at attacks shrine

Mar 28, 2016 - 12:35 AM

UPDATED Under fire Belgian authorities meanwhile detain 4 terror suspects after carrying out 13 raids as they seek to round up a web of jihadists with links to the carnage in the Belgian capital and to attacks and plots in France

Masked and hooded men walk amongst floral tributes in area outside the stock exchange in Brussels on March 27, 2016 as tensions mounted after the square was invaded by some 200 far-right football hooligans. Riot police fired water cannon on March 27, 2016 at far-right football hooligans who invaded a square in the Belgian capital that has become a memorial to the victims of the Brussels attacks, an AFP journalist said. Police took action after about 200 black-clad hooligans shouting nationalist and anti-immigrant slogans moved in on the Place de la Bourse where people were gathering in a show of solidarity with the victims. / AFP / PATRIK STOLLARZ

Belgian police detain 4 suspects after 13 raids

Mar 27, 2016 - 11:15 PM

The raids come in the wake of the deadly explosions in Brussels

epa05231711 People gather and pay tribute to the many people killed and injured in multiple terrorist attacks accross Brussels on 26 March, at Place de la Bourse, in Brussels, Belgium, 25 March 2016. At least 31 people were killed with hundreds injured in terror attacks in Brussels, Belgium on 22 March. Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the attacks EPA/LAURENT DUBRULE

Cardinal Tagle on Easter: Sing 'alleluia' amid gunfire

Mar 27, 2016 - 10:15 AM

Cardinal Tagle cites the terrorist attacks in Belgium as a ‘tomb’ that should be conquered by Easter

Organizers cancel Brussels protest march set Sunday

Mar 27, 2016 - 12:42 AM

Authorities have asked for the March Against Fear to be put off because of security fears and to allow the police to concentrate on investigating the terror attacks in Brussels

Defiant Belgians gather as 2nd France plot suspect charged

Mar 26, 2016 - 9:28 PM

5th UPDATE Mourners assemble at a square in central Brussels as prosecutors file charges against a suspect identified as Abderamane A

AFTERMATH. Blown-out windows are seen at Brussels Airport on March 25, following terrorist attacks there that left more than 30 dead. Andrew Harnik/Pool/AFP

Brussels airport will not reopen before March 29 – statement

Mar 26, 2016 - 6:26 PM

The airport will remain closed as the authorities implement new security measures and repair the damage caused by the suicide bombings

epa05227683 Exterior view on the damaged departure hall at Brussels Airport, in Zaventem, Belgium, 23 March 2016. At least 31 people were killed with hundreds injured in terror attacks in Brussels, Belgium on 22 March. The jihadist terror militia referring to itself as Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the attacks. EPA/FREDERIC SIERAKOWSKI / POOL

Brussels victims from around the world

Mar 26, 2016 - 1:26 PM

Victims come from as far afield as Morocco Peru China and the United States as well as neighboring France and the Netherlands

DEADLY ATTACKS. Members of the public attend a vigil for the victims of the Brussels attacks in Trafalgar Square, London, Britain, March 24, 2016. File photo by EPA/Will Oliver

Mariah Carey cancels Brussels show, citing security

Mar 26, 2016 - 10:06 AM

I love my fans in Brussels and at this time I am being advised to cancel my show for the safety of my fans my band crew and everyone involved with the tour Mariah tweeted

CANCELED. Mariah Carey cancels her Brussels concert, citing security concerns folliowing the bombings that rocked the Belgian capital. This file photo was taken at the World Music Awards 2014 in Monaco. Photo by Sebastien Nogier/EPA

Belgium's Muslims vow to fight radicalization after attacks

Mar 26, 2016 - 9:06 AM

The time has come to act Today we re launching a program against radicalization says Imam Ndiaye Mouhameth Galaye

Najim Laachraoui confirmed as 2nd airport bomber, linked to Paris

Mar 26, 2016 - 12:07 AM

Belgian prosecutors say Najim Laachraoui who is believed to be one of two suicide bombers behind the Brussels attacks is connected to the carnage in Paris last year

Belgian police shoot suspect in Europe-wide terror raids

Mar 25, 2016 - 11:17 PM

UPDATED Even if the one that committed the attacks in Paris and Brussels is in the process of being destroyed there is still a heavy threat says French President Francois Hollande

A police officers sets security perimeter near Maalbeek metro station, on March 22, 2016 in Brussels, after a blast at this station near the EU institutions caused deaths and injuries. AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP / EMMANUEL DUNAND

US defends under fire Belgian anti-terror campaign

Mar 25, 2016 - 9:57 PM

US Secretary of State John Kerry says Belgium has moved very forcefully to deal with terrorism

AFTER THE ATTACKS. Passengers and airport staff are evacuated from the terminal building after explosions at Brussels Airport in Zaventem near Brussels, Belgium on March 22. Photo by Laurent Dubrule/EPA

Pope Francis washes asylum seekers' feet

Mar 25, 2016 - 7:30 AM

The Pope says this fraternal gesture sharply contrasts with the gesture of war of destruction committed 3 days ago in a European city

Belgium ministers offer to resign in row over attacks

Mar 24, 2016 - 10:25 PM

Interior and justice ministers offer to resign due to intelligence failures but their offers to quit are refused by Prime Minister Charles Michel

VIGIL. People gather and light candles at the Place de la Bourse during a vigil to pay tribute to the victims of the attacks in Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016. Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

Mourning Belgium in frantic hunt for 2 attacks suspects

Mar 24, 2016 - 7:50 PM

European security authorities face mounting pressure after it is found that two brothers who blew themselves up at the airport and on a metro train are known to police with one of them having been deported from Turkey as a foreign terrorist fighter

STANDING GUARD. Police officers stand guard outside the court where suspect in the November 13 Paris terrorist attacks Salah Abdeslam (non pictured) is expected to make an appearance, in Brussels, Belgium, March 24, 2016. Photo by Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

Obama says unite against terror, fight ISIS

Mar 24, 2016 - 12:59 AM

US President Barack Obama: The world has to be united against terrorism and we can and we will defeat those who threaten the safety and security not only of our own people but of people all around the world

UNITE AGAINST TERROR. President of Argentina Mauricio Macri (R) welcomes US President Barack Obama at the Casa Rosada in Buenos Aires, Argentina, March 23, 2016. Photo by David Fernandez/EPA

Brussels suicide brothers are the link to Paris carnage

Mar 23, 2016 - 10:44 PM

Khalid and Ibrahim El Bakraoui are Belgian nationals with major convictions not linked to terrorism federal prosecutor Frederic Van Leeuw says at a news briefing on Wednesday March 23

POLICE SEARCH. Belgian police secure a house at 64 Busselenberg street in the district of Anderlecht-Brussels, during a police search, Brussels, Belgium, March 23, 2016. Photo by Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

Dozens of nationalities in Brussels carnage

Mar 23, 2016 - 10:02 PM

The broad range of nationalities hit by the attacks reflects the cosmopolitan nature of Brussels – home to many migrants to Belgium as well as the institutional capital of the 28 nation European Union

PAYING RESPECTS. People pay their respects at a tribute to the many people killed and injured in multiple terrorist attacks accross Brussels on March 22, at Place de la Bourse, Brussels, Belgium, March 23, 2016. Photo by Yoan Valat/EPA

3 Brussels attackers identified as nation mourns

Mar 23, 2016 - 8:43 PM

3rd UPDATE All 3 suspects have been linked to the November attacks in Paris

AFTER THE BLAST. Destroyed windows at the terminal building after explosions at Brussels Airport in Zaventem near Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016. Photo by Laurent Dubrule/EPA

Belgians observe minute of silence for Brussels attacks victims

Mar 23, 2016 - 8:11 PM

Defiant applause breaks out after the symbolic display of solidarity from a large crowd at the central Place de la Bourse where mourners have been holding a vigil since Tuesday evening following the attacks

STRONG EMOTIONS. A man reacts as people gather to observe a minute of silence in memory of the victims of the Brussels airport and metro bombings, on the Place de la Bourse in central Brussels, on March 23, 2016. Photo by Patrik Stollarz/AFP

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Mar 23, 2016 - 7:04 PM

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Belgian media withdraw report that suspect Laachraoui arrested

Mar 23, 2016 - 6:45 PM

Officials did not confirm the report but Belgium s federal prosecutor is due to give a press conference at 1200 GMT

NAJIM LAACHRAOUI. A combo photograph made available on 21 March 2016 by the Belgium Federal Police shows Najim Laachraoui, who was previously identified in a false passport as Soufiane Kayal by Belgium Federal Police during a money transfer on 17 November 2015 in a Western Union bank in the Brussels region of Belgium. Photo by Belgium Federal Police/EPA

Trump says Muslims 'not reporting' terror activity

Mar 23, 2016 - 6:34 PM

Trump s comments are immediately rejected by the Muslim Council of Britain MCB which represents hundreds of mosques and charities and by one of Britain s top counter terrorism officers Neil Basu

DONALD TRUMP. 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers remarks at the American Israel Political Action Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in Washington, DC, USA, March 21, 2016. Photo by Shawn Thew/EPA

Bloody week in Brussels: From police raid to bombings

Mar 23, 2016 - 3:00 PM

A look at the developments over the past week in Belgium

BLOWN AWAY. A general view on the terminal building after explosions at Brussels Airport in Zaventem near Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016. Olivier Hoslet/EPA

WATCH: Adele performs 'Make You Feel My Love' as Brussels tribute in London concert

Mar 23, 2016 - 12:58 PM

Adele introduces the song: This is Make You Feel My Love and this is for Brussels

'MAKE YOU FEEL MY LOVE.' Adele sings her cover of Bob Dylan's 1997 song as tribute to the people of Brussels, which suffered terror attacks on March 22, Tuesday. She posted this photo taken at London's O2 Arena where she performed the tribute. Screengrab from Instagram/Adele

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Mar 23, 2016 - 12:43 PM

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TIMELINE: Brussels terror attacks

Mar 23, 2016 - 12:39 PM

Brussels bombings: Here is a timeline of what has happened so far

Emergency workers and police at Rue de la Loi, after an explosion at Malbeek Metro station, Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016. Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Philippines denounces Belgium attacks: 'This is cowardice'

Mar 23, 2016 - 12:03 PM

The Philippines vows to ‘continue working to make such acts of extremism a thing of the past’

I AM BRUSSELS. People hold a banner saying, 'I am Brussels'  in French and Flemish on March 22, 2016, following the terrorist attacks on the Belgian capital. Photo by AFP

NBA legend Mutombo among survivors of Belgium terror attack

Mar 23, 2016 - 10:24 AM

Mt Mutombo was asleep in a passenger lounge at the airport when explosions rocked Zavantem Airport in Brussels

SURVIVOR. Dikembe Mutombo, an 8-time NBA All-Star and 4-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, was at the airport when it was attacked. Photo by Erik S. Lesser/EPA

Grieving Brussels holds vigil at historic city square

Mar 23, 2016 - 8:40 AM

UPDATED Belgians flock in their hundreds to the Place de la Bourse in the ancient heart of the city to grieve for the dead

VIGIL. People gather and light candles at the Place de la Bourse during a vigil to pay tribute to the victims of the attacks in Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016. Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

Huge manhunt after Brussels attacks horror

Mar 23, 2016 - 7:27 AM

UPDATED The bombings will raise fresh questions about the continent s ability to cope with the terror threat and underscores doubts about how Belgium has allowed extremism to develop unchecked

TRIBUTES. People hold a banner reading in French and Flamish 'I AM BRUSSELS' as they gather around floral tributes, candles, Belgian and peace flags and notes in front of the Bourse of Brussels on March 22, 2016 in tribute to the victims of Brussels following triple bomb attacks in the Belgian capital that killed about 35 people and left more than 200 people wounded. Aurore Belot/Belga/AFP

#PrayForBelgium: The Internet stands together

Mar 23, 2016 - 12:48 AM

Must it take something as big as a terror attack to unite us towards the fight against terrorism?

International, PH celebrities react to Brussels explosions

Mar 23, 2016 - 12:45 AM

Kerry Washington Khloe Kardashian Kendall Jenner Courteney Cox and more condemn the terror in Belgium