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Peruvian police arrest Belgian with 20 wild birds in suitcase

Jan 16, 2020 - 11:25 AM

Some of the brightly colored birds showed signs of dehydration and stress, and some had lost part of their plumage having spent hours in the boxes, the wildlife service says

WILDLIFE. A Crimson rumped Toucanet (Aulacorhynchus haematopygus) is seen at the private reserve of Paz de las Aves (Peace of the Birds) near Nanegalito, Ecuador, 65 Km north of Quito on April 4, 2012. (Photo by Rodrigo Buendia/AFP)

Rwandan convicted of genocide faces 30-year jail term

Dec 20, 2019 - 11:43 AM

(UPDATED) Former director of Rwanda's coffee exports, Fabien Neretse, is the first person to be convicted in Belgium on genocide charges

GUILTY. In this file photo taken on November 04, 2019 Rwandais Fabien Neretse is pictured in front of the Palace of Justice during the first day of his trial in Brussels. Photo by John Thys/AFP

6 European countries join barter system for Iran trade

Dec 01, 2019 - 1:47 PM

The entry of the new members 'further strengthens INSTEX and demonstrates European efforts to facilitate legitimate trade between Europe and Iran,' say founding shareholders France, Germany and UK

LIFE IN IRAN. An Iranian cleric walks past a mural painting of the national flag in the capital Tehran. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Migrants found alive in refrigerated truck in Belgium

Oct 31, 2019 - 1:05 PM

The discovery comes as British police investigate the deaths of 39 people whose bodies were found a week ago in another refrigerated truck parked east of London

STOWAWAYS? This photograph taken on October 24, 2019, shows container docks at the Belgian port of Zeebrugge. Photo by Kurt Desplenter/BELGA/AFP

Fresh UK arrests over 39 dead found in truck

Oct 25, 2019 - 9:21 PM

The first 11 corpses were recovered from the trailer on Thursday, October 24, and taken to a nearby hospital mortuary. Autopsies will attempt to establish how the victims died.

FRESH ARRESTS. Flowers are pictured by a road sign on Eastern Avenue at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, east of London, on October 23, 2019, after the discovery of a lorry containing 39 dead bodies. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

UK police say 39 found dead in truck were Chinese

Oct 24, 2019 - 7:10 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Chinese embassy in London says that British police had yet to confirm their nationality, a day after a consular official travelled to Essex

PROBE. British Police forensics officers work on lorry, found to be containing 39 dead bodies, at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, east of London, on October 23, 2019. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

EU leaders clash over top Brussels jobs

May 29, 2019 - 10:01 AM

(UPDATED) European leaders begin the work needed to determine the EU's political direction

CLASH OVER JOBS. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) meets with French President Emmanuel Macron prior to a meeting on the sidelines of a European Union summit at EU Commission Headquarters in Brussels on May 28, 2019. Photo by Olivier Matthys/AFP

Brussels show presents private side of icon Audrey Hepburn

May 01, 2019 - 5:58 PM

Hundreds of photos and personal items of Audrey Hepburn are on display in her hometown of Brussels to celebrate the screen icon's legacy

Catalonia's ex-leader Puigdemont banned from EU polls – party

Apr 29, 2019 - 11:02 PM

Together for Catalonia accuses the electoral commission of wanting to 'silence and push aside' Carles Puigdemont 'so that he can't explain what he represents at the heart of European institutions'

Belgian man charged with terrorism offense

Apr 15, 2019 - 11:15 PM

Belgian federal prosecutors say the suspect, identified as Jimmy K, was formally charged on Sunday following reports of his arrest south of the capital Brussels on Saturday

European Parliament approves no-deal Brexit visa waiver

Apr 04, 2019 - 6:38 PM

The law means British visitors making trips of fewer than 90 days to the Schengen passport-free zone will not need visas, even if Britain crashes out of the EU without a deal in place

PH asks EU, Belgium to stop funding alleged CPP-NPA 'fronts'

Mar 13, 2019 - 2:36 PM

Philippine officials want EU and Belgium to stop funding the Rural Missionaries of the Philppines, Ibon Foundation, Karapatan, and other groups saying the funds are only prolonging the communist insurgency

Prosecutors demand life sentence for Brussels Jewish museum killer

Mar 11, 2019 - 8:46 PM

'What we ask, without the slightest hesitation, is that you sentence Mehdi Nemmouche to life in prison,' prosecutor Yves Moreau tells a Brussels court

Belgium to take in ex-Ivory Coast president Gbagbo

Feb 02, 2019 - 7:03 PM

The International Criminal Court finally frees Gbagbo, after his shock acquittal last month on charges of crimes against humanity

ICC DECISION. Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo enters the courtroom of the International Criminal Court in The Hague on January 15, 2019. Photo by Peter Dejong/ANP/AFP

Belgian museum attack suspect denounces intimidation

Jan 31, 2019 - 5:57 PM

Appearing in the dock in Brussels' main criminal court, 33-year-old Mehdi Nemmouche again denies shooting dead 4 people in the 2014 anti-Semitic attack, and 'condemned any act of intimidation'

MUSEUM ATTACK TRIAL. Lawyer Henri Laquay, defending Mehdi Nemmouche, looks on on January 29, 2019 at the Brussels Justice Palace during the trial of Nemmouche, accused of shooting 4 people dead at a Jewish museum in Brussels in May 2014. Photo by Didier Lebrun/AFP)

Belgium reviews smartphone use by troops to counter spying – media

Dec 29, 2018 - 8:54 PM

A review is underway of all Belgian military and troops operating in Baltic states, including those bordering Russia, should no longer be allowed to use their smartphones in 'certain regions and circumstances,' news agency Belga says

Belgian Jewish museum attack suspect appears in court

Dec 20, 2018 - 7:28 PM

Suspect Mehdi Nemmouche, through his defense lawyer, says he wants 'to see his innocence recognized'

This court drawing made on June 26, 2014, shows Mehdi Nemmouche (C), the 29-year-old suspected gunman in a quadruple murder at the Brussels Jewish Museum, during a court hearing in Versailles, France. Benoit Peyrucq/AFP

70 arrested in Brussels during 'yellow vest' protest

Dec 08, 2018 - 8:14 PM

The protesters gather in two districts of the city – Arts Lois and Porte de Namur – but there are no incidents of violence

BRUSSELS VERSION. Two "Yellow vest" (Gilet Jaune) protesters hug each other during clashes with anti-riot police as part of a demonstration on November 30, 2018, near major EU buildings in Brussels. Photo by Aris Oikonomou/AFP

Man blows himself up on empty Belgium football field

Jul 31, 2018 - 11:35 PM

The victim, 65, whose name was not made public, 'was quickly identified as a local resident and a former career soldier,' a statement from the public prosecutor's office says

'Golden generation' completes Belgium's best World Cup finish

Jul 15, 2018 - 12:23 AM

Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard score as Belgium shuts out England to clinch 3rd place

CONSOLATION. Belgium's Eden Hazard (left) celebrates with teammates Dries Mertens (right) and Kevin De Bruyne after scoring their second goal in the consolation match versus England. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Dejected England, Belgium aim to leave World Cup on a high

Jul 14, 2018 - 11:31 AM

After gut-wrenching semifinal losses, England and Belgium hope to salvage a 3rd-place finish

Deep striker: FIFA World Cup 2018 best scorers

Jul 14, 2018 - 9:30 AM

Check out the top 5 contenders for the Golden Boot award

FRONTUNNER. England's Harry Kane leads the top Golden Boot candidates. Photo by Martin Bernetti/AFP

Trump, at NATO summit, says Germany is 'captive' of Russia

Jul 11, 2018 - 4:34 PM

'Germany is captive of Russia because it is getting so much of its energy from Russia,' Trump says, referring to Berlin's deal for the Nord Stream II gas pipeline

BREAKFAST MEETING.  White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, US Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison, US President Donald Trump, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Secretary of Defence James Mattis attend a breakfast meeting with the NATO Secretary General and staff at the US chief of mission's residence in Brussels on July 11, 2018.  Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Paris erupts as France struts to World Cup final

Jul 11, 2018 - 8:57 AM

A header from Samuel Umtiti seals France's semifinal triumph over Belgium

GAME HERO. French defender Samuel Umtiti celebrates scoring the opening goal during France's semifinal match against Belgium. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

France and Belgium fight it out for World Cup final place

Jul 10, 2018 - 6:02 PM

France aims to return to the final for the first time since 2006 while Belgium looks to make history with its first

CLASH. Kylian Mbappe's (left) and Eden Hazard's teams will go head-to-head in the World Cup semifinal. Photos by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP (Mbappe) and Benjamin Cremel (Hazard)

France eyes World Cup final but Belgium has Henry factor

Jul 09, 2018 - 10:31 PM

Thierry Henry, a member of the France team that won the World Cup 20 years ago, is now alongside Belgium coach Roberto Martinez

SEEKING. Kylian Mbappe and France gun for seat in the finals of the 2018 World Cup. Photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP


Tactical masterstroke key as Belgium stuns 'bitter' Brazil

Jul 07, 2018 - 11:50 AM

Coach Roberto Martinez says the Belgian players 'deserve to be heroes' back home

SHOCKER. Belgium's Vincent Kompany (left) consoles Brazil superstar Neymar. Photo by Luis Acosta/AFP

EU Parliament rejects copyright law in win for US tech giants

Jul 05, 2018 - 9:15 PM

The draft law is resisted by major US tech giants as well as advocates of internet freedom, with some campaigners warning it could even spell the end of viral 'memes' or jokes.

World Cup 2018: The elite 8

Jul 04, 2018 - 4:41 PM

The big guns are all primed up for global football's quarterfinal battles

FAVORED. England stands among the favorites to reach the World Cup semifinals. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Belgium strikes back to beat Japan in epic World Cup duel

Jul 03, 2018 - 9:44 AM

The Belgians rally from a two-goal deficit as the Japanese exit in the most painful fashion

TURNAROUND. Belgium stars (from left) Romelu Lukaku, Thomas Meunier and Nacer Chadli celebrate their incredible comeback. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

6 held over attack plot on Iran opposition in France

Jul 02, 2018 - 9:50 PM

(UPDATED) The developments come the day Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Switzerland on a visit that Tehran said was of "crucial importance" for cooperation between the Islamic Republic and Europe after US withdraws from the Iranian nuclear agreement

FREE IRAN 2018. People attend the "Free Iran 2018 - the Alternative" event on June 30, 2018 in Villepinte, north of Paris during the Iranian resistance national council (CNRI) annual meeting. Photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP

World Cup 2018: The last 16

Jun 29, 2018 - 12:17 PM

Check out how the 16 teams rank ahead of the World Cup's knockout stages

STRONG START. Belgium (in red) downs England, 1-0, in their final group game to join Croatia and Uruguay as the only teams to win all 3 games in the group stage. Photo by Attila Kisbenedek/AFP

World Cup wide open after dramatic group stage

Jun 29, 2018 - 10:11 AM

Croatia stays impressive, Brazil finds its footing, while France and Argentina labor through

CONSISTENCY. Croatian star Luka Modric (right) looks to lead the way again in the last 16 after Croatia’s impressive run in the group stage. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

EU leaders tackle political flare-up over migrants

Jun 24, 2018 - 7:47 PM

The talks involving 16 of the 28 European Union leaders aim to mend rifts over the migrant crisis

Lukaku, Hazard power Belgium to brink of World Cup last 16

Jun 23, 2018 - 11:43 PM

The Belgians, tagged as one of the dark horses to win the tournament, pick up their second straight victory

DOMINANT. Belgium's Romelu Lukaku celebrates after scoring his team's second goal against Tunisia. Photo by Kirill Kudryavstev/AFP

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

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