Belgium manager delighted with start as Lukaku sinks Panama

Jun 19, 2018 - 10:44 AM

Roberto Martinez' squad continues its charge toward the knockout stages as it is currently unbeaten in 20 matches

PRODIGY. Romelu Lokaku prays after the match as his brace brings his scoring record to 38 goals for Belgium at 25 years old. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Kane grabs late winner for England, Belgium beats Panama

Jun 19, 2018 - 8:20 AM

Sweden defeats South Korea with a VAR-given penalty

England's forward Harry Kane celebrates after  his header found the back of net to give England its first World Cup opening win since 2006. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

FIFA World Cup 2018: 5 potential group stage highlights

Jun 14, 2018 - 11:31 AM

From Spain's sudden sacking of its coach to Egypt star Salah's doubtful return, here are some moments to look out for in the global football showpiece

CHAOTIC. Andres Iniesta (left), Cesar Azpilicueta and the Spanish players try to stay focused even as training gets thrown into turmoil after coach Julen Lopetegui got fired on the eve of the World Cup. Photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 30, 2018

May 30, 2018 - 12:21 PM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shows a gesture of respect as he takes center stage during the San Beda University (SBU) Commencement Exercises at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on May 29, 2018. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Gunman with Islamist links kills 3 in Belgium terror attack

May 29, 2018 - 10:22 PM

(UPDATED) Federal prosecutors say they have launched a terror investigation into the incident in Liege, Belgium

TERROR ATTACK. Police and forensic police officers work on the scene of a shooting in Liege, Belgium, after a gunman on May 29, 2018 shot dead two female police officers with their own weapons before killing a bystander in a brazen suspected terror attack in Belgium, briefly taking a hostage at a school before being killed by police.  Photo by Eric Lalmand/Belga/AFP

Belgian court orders Facebook to stop tracking web users

Feb 19, 2018 - 7:33 PM

Facebook must 'stop following and recording internet use by people surfing in Belgium, until it complies with Belgian privacy laws,' the Brussels court says

Puigdemont's party seeks law change to allow rule from Belgium

Feb 10, 2018 - 8:27 AM

However, the proposal is reportedly not backed by Catalonia's jailed former vice president Oriol Junqueras

IN SELF-EXILE. Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont. AFP file photo

Paris suspect Abdeslam refuses to return to Brussels trial

Feb 07, 2018 - 7:18 AM

The fresh show of defiance comes after Abdeslam berated judges for being anti-Muslim, refused to stand and said that he put his 'trust in Allah' on the first day of the trial

COURT SCENE. A courtroom sketch made on February 5, 2018 shows prime suspect in the November 2015 Paris attacks Salah Abdeslam prior to the opening of his trial at the "Palais de Justice" courthouse in Brussels. Benoit Peyruco/AFP

Paris attacks suspect refuses to answer questions at Belgian trial

Feb 05, 2018 - 1:20 PM

(UPDATED) Salah Abdeslam, who has declined to to speak to investigators since his arrest in March 2016, immediately signals his defiance by refusing to stand when asked by the judge and saying he would not cooperate

PARIS ATTACKS TRIAL. Prime suspect in the November 2015 Paris attacks Salah Abdeslam (2nd R) sits beside his alleged accomplice Sofiane Ayari (R) as they are surrounded by Belgian special police officers in the courtroom at the "Palais de Justice" courthouse in Brussels for the opening of his trial, on February 5, 2018. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Last surviving 2015 Paris attacks suspect faces trial in Belgium

Feb 01, 2018 - 12:05 PM

It will be the first public glimpse of the 28-year-old who led police on a 4-month international manhunt following the attacks in the French capital that killed 130 people

COURTHOUSE. In this file photo, soldiers stand guard at the Brussels' courthouse, on December 18, 2017. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Filipino-Belgian Angeline Flor Pua wins Miss Belgium 2018

Jan 14, 2018 - 10:40 PM

Angeline will represent Belgium in the Miss Universe pageant

May heads for last-ditch Brussels talks on Brexit deal

Dec 08, 2017 - 2:10 PM

Negotiators work through the night to reach a deal before a deadline on Sunday, December 10, for Britain to finalize its divorce terms from the EU

Polls must 'ratify' Catalonia's desire for independence – Puigdemont

Nov 25, 2017 - 8:34 PM

Catalonia's deposed leader Carles Puigdemont launches his campaign for regional elections from Belgium

DEPOSED LEADER. This file photo taken on October 10, 2017 shows Catalan president Carles Puigdemont attending a regional government meeting at the Generalitat Palace in Barcelona. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Madrid prosecutors want Catalan separatists detained

Nov 02, 2017 - 9:03 PM

Spanish prosecutors asks for eight former separatist members of Catalonia's deposed government to be detained, on another day of high drama in the region's independence drive

Catalan leader 'not returning to Spain,' says his lawyer

Nov 01, 2017 - 9:36 PM

The Belgian lawyer hired by the Catalan independence leader says his client would not return to Spain as there is a 'good chance that he would be detained'

Axed Catalan president to stay in Brussels 'for safety'

Oct 31, 2017 - 11:52 PM

'I am not here in order to demand asylum,' says Catalonia's deposed separatist leader Carles Puigdemont during a news conference in Brussels after he was sacked by the Spanish government

FREE. People hold a Catalan flag during a demonstration of pro and anti Catalan independence in front of the Press Club in Brussels, on October 31, 2017. Photo by Aurore Belot/AFP

Egg scare costs Dutch poultry farmers 33 million euros

Aug 24, 2017 - 10:10 AM

The estimate does not include non farmers in the poultry sector nor does it take into account further losses in production by farms

SAFETY CHECK. Eggs wait to be tested for contamination by the insecticide fipronil at the Chemical veterinary examination office in Krefeld, western Germany on August 7, 2017. dpa / Marcel Kusch / dpa / AFP

Two arrested as Europe tries to crack egg scandal

Aug 10, 2017 - 11:40 PM

With questions growing about how the contamination happened and whether consumers have been kept in the dark pressure has grown on the two countries at the center of the scandal: the Netherlands and Belgium

Picture taken on August 4, 2017 shows an employee of the Chemisches Veterinäruntersuchungsamt Münsterland-Emscher-Lippe (chemical veterinary examination office) cracking an egg at the institute in Muenster, northwestern Germany, in order to analyse it on toxic residues. Supermarkets in the Netherlands and Germany moved to halt some egg sales as hundreds of thousands may have been contaminated by a toxic insecticide in a widening food scandal. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Guido Kirchner / Germany OUT

Belgium accuses Netherlands of tainted eggs cover-up

Aug 09, 2017 - 9:57 PM

UPDATED When a country like the Netherlands one of the world s biggest exporters of eggs does not pass on this kind of information that is a real problem says Belgium s Agriculture Minister Denis Ducarme

TAINTED EGGS SCANDAL. Belgium Minister of SMEs, Entrepreneurs, Agriculture and Social Integration Denis Ducarme speaks to journalists at a hearing of the parliamentary commission for agriculture and public health, at the Federal Parliament in Brussels, on August 9, 2017. Photo by Virginie Lefour/ Belga / AFP

Dutch egg probe widens to chicken meat tests

Aug 09, 2017 - 7:28 AM

Scientists are looking for the presence of the insecticide fipronil a substance potentially dangerous to humans after supermarkets in Germany the Netherlands Belgium Sweden and Switzerland pulled millions of eggs from the shelves

SAFETY CHECK. Eggs wait to be tested for contamination by the insecticide fipronil at the Chemical veterinary examination office in Krefeld, western Germany on August 7, 2017. dpa / Marcel Kusch / dpa / AFP

Four arrested, arms cache found after Brussels terror raids

Jul 05, 2017 - 6:51 PM

A spokesman says the raids are linked to the Kamikaze Riders which has been implicated in terror offenses

PH bows out of FIBA 3x3 U18 after falling to Belgium in quarters

Jul 02, 2017 - 4:14 PM

What seems like a tightly contested ball game in the opening minutes slowly shifts to the advantage of Belgium

ELIMINATED. The Philippines has been eliminated from the FIBA 3x3 U18 competition. Photo from

Belgium frees 4 questioned over station attack

Jun 23, 2017 - 12:08 AM

The 4 persons who were taken in for a thorough questioning are released without indictment Belgium s federal prosecutor s office said

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Jun 21, 2017 - 8:38 PM

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Brussels attacker identified as Moroccan with nail bomb

Jun 21, 2017 - 3:04 PM

3rd UPDATE The 36 year old – named by prosecutors only by the initials O Z but by the media as Oussama Zariouh – tries to detonate a suitcase among a group of passengers at Brussels Central station before being shot by a soldier

OFF LIMITS. A police cordon is pictured outside Brussels Central railway station on June 21, 2017.  Bruno Fahy/Belga/AFP

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Jun 21, 2017 - 12:35 PM

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Soldiers shoot attacker in Brussels 'terrorist' blast

Jun 21, 2017 - 7:37 AM

Witnesses say the suspect shouted Allahu Akbar God is Greatest before causing the blast with local media saying the individual had activated an explosive belt

ALERT. Police officials and soldiers stand alert in a cordoned off area outside Gare Centrale in Brussels on June 20, 2017, after an explosion in the Belgian capital. Thierry Roge/AFP

North Korea missile test a 'threat to international peace' – EU

May 14, 2017 - 8:22 PM

The missile was launched early Sunday and flew more than 700 kilometres before landing in the Sea of Japan East Sea

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

Prehistoric human DNA is found in caves without bones

Apr 28, 2017 - 11:42 AM

This work represents an enormous scientific breakthrough says Antonio Rosas scientist at Spain s Natural Science Museum in Madrid

Belgium drops terror charges against Antwerp driver

Apr 07, 2017 - 7:54 PM

Mohamed R is arrested on March 23 for driving at high speed into the crowded Meir shopping area in Antwerp forcing people to jump out of the way but causing no injuries

Antwerp driver charged with attempted 'terrorist' murder

Mar 24, 2017 - 8:39 PM

The 39 year old Tunisian identified as Mohamed R is charged with an attempt to murder in a terrorist manner an attempt to hit and wound in a terrorist manner and arms infractions the federal prosecutor s office says

ANTWERP POLICE. Policemen patrol on the Meir, Antwerp's main pedestrian street, after a man was arrested after he tried to drive into a crowd of shoppers at high speed on the street, on March 23, 2017, in Antwerp. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Man held for driving car at crowd in Belgium's Antwerp

Mar 23, 2017 - 9:49 PM

4th UPDATE Authorities find a rifle and bladed weapons in the car after the 39 year old man tried to flee and was detained in the northern city

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

1 dead, 27 hurt in Belgium train derailment – officials

Feb 19, 2017 - 12:44 AM

The train carrying 85 passengers derailed 4 minutes after leaving Louvain bound for the North Sea coast via the Belgian capital the SNCB railway authorities say

DERAILED. Police officers and officials stand next to a train after it derailed in Kessel-Lo, Leuven, on February 18, 2017. Nicolas Maeterlinck/Belga/AFP

US teen confessed to Brussels airport cyberattack – prosecutors

Feb 09, 2017 - 8:18 PM

FBI agents question a 14 year old boy from the US city of Pittsburgh who admitted trying to hack Zaventem airport s website and computer system in March 2016 they say

ZAVENTEM AIRPORT. A man enters Brussels Airport in Zaventem by a new double-door entrance set up following new security measures, on November 7, 2016. Photo by Theirry Roge/ Belga / AFP

Pivots: The world in 2016

Dec 28, 2016 - 10:18 AM

Here is a look at some of the biggest stories from the past year

Alternative weapon suppliers for the PH: how they fare

Nov 07, 2016 - 12:12 AM

With the reluctance of the US to continue with its arms deal with the Philippines PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa says the country can still source weapons from Germany Israel Belgium Russia and China

Belgium drama over, EU and Canada to sign trade deal

Oct 29, 2016 - 8:47 AM

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement removes 99 of customs duties between the two sides linking the single EU market of 500 million people with the world s 10th largest economy

MARATHON TALKS. Members of the Wallon parliament attend a plenary session in Namur during a debate on the CETA (EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) on October 28, 2016. Photo by Bruno Fahy/AFP

Belgium plans new talks to break EU-Canada trade deadlock

Oct 27, 2016 - 10:46 AM

The stakes are high amid warnings that the EU s international standing will suffer further if 7 years of trade negotiations go to waste because of internal Belgian politics

Vice-Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Didier Reynders (C) speaks to the press as he arrives for a third meeting of the consultative committee with ministers of the Federal government, the regional governments and the community governments, in Brussels on October 26, 2016. Nicolas Maeterlinck/Belga/AFP

Belgium's Wallonia misses EU 'ultimatum' on Canada trade pact

Oct 25, 2016 - 8:20 AM

A Brussels summit to seal a landmark EU Canada trade deal is still possible this week European Council President Donald Tusk says even though Belgium cannot give its approval

NO TO FREE TRADE DEAL. A demonstrator holds a poster reading 'Stop TTIP - Stop CETA' ahead of an emergency meeting of all Belgium federal entities on the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) in Brussels on October 24, 2016. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Belgium missed 13 chances to unmask Paris attackers – report

Oct 08, 2016 - 9:41 PM

Of the 13 missed chances for Belgian police to catch some of the Paris attackers six were due to staffing shortages the secret report says

POLICE OPERATION. Police operation in Saint Denis, near Paris on November 18, 2015, five day after Paris terror attacks. Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

World donors pledge $15B for Afghanistan

Oct 06, 2016 - 11:37 AM

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is in the Belgian capital seeking aid from officials from 75 countries and more than 20 global organizations

2 Brussels police stabbed in suspected terror attack

Oct 05, 2016 - 10:41 PM

UPDATED Prosecutors identify the man who was later shot in the leg as 43 year old Belgian national Hicham D but give no further details about him or why they are linking the attack in the Schaerbeek area to terrorism

STABBING ATTACK. A security perimeter has been set around n the scene where two police officers were stabbed on October 5, 2016 in the Schaerbeek neighbourhood in Brussels. Photo by Dirk Waem/ BELGA / AFP

5 arrested in Europe on suspicion of forming ISIS cell

Sep 28, 2016 - 10:34 PM

Two suspects are arrested in Barcelona in northeastern Spain one in Spain s North African territory of Melilla one in Brussels and another in Wuppertal in Germany the ministry says in a statement

First mercy killing of minor in Belgium – report

Sep 18, 2016 - 8:05 AM

Belgium has been the only country in the world that allows terminally ill children of any age to choose to end their suffering – as long as they are conscious and capable of making rational decisions

Knifeman attacks Brussels police

Sep 07, 2016 - 11:02 PM

Body armor protects the police leaving them unhurt by the knife wielding assailant

Explosion at Brussels crime lab, no casualties – prosecutors

Aug 29, 2016 - 1:28 PM

UPDATED It was not immediately known what caused the blast but a fire service spokesman said it was probably not accidental

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Aug 08, 2016 - 11:57 AM

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ISIS claims Belgium police machete attack

Aug 07, 2016 - 9:33 AM

UPDATED ISIS linked Amaq Agency says the attack came in response to calls to target citizens of countries part of the US led coalition striking the jihadist group

Police stand as they secure the area around a police building in the southern Belgian city of Charleroi following a machete attack on August 6, 2016. Virginie Lefour/Belga/AFP