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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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

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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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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

Police arrest 2 suspected of plotting attack in Belgium

Jul 30, 2016 - 6:02 PM

Both men are suspected of planning a terrorist attack somewhere in Belgium a spokesman says

Iranian student held in Brussels bomb false alarm

Jul 21, 2016 - 8:19 AM

Ghent University says the student is in fact carrying equipment to compare radiation levels in the city and the countryside who was unable to answer police questions because he did not speak French or Flemish

Wales fights back against Belgium to reach historic Euro 2016 semi-final

Jul 02, 2016 - 12:15 PM

Wales victory gets them a matchup against Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal in their first ever major tournament semi final

European leaders to discuss EU future after Brexit shock

Jun 25, 2016 - 2:09 PM

The foreign ministers of the 6 founding members of the European Union begin a series of crisis meetings over the coming week in the aftermath of Brexit

BREXIT. A Union Jack flag flutters next to European Union flags ahead a visits of the British Prime Minister David Cameron at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium on January 29. File photo by Laurent Dubrule/EPA

Man with 'suicide belt' of biscuits and salt triggers Brussels alert

Jun 21, 2016 - 3:12 PM

UPDATED Tuesday s incident began at about 6:30 am after a report of a man acting suspiciously near the City 2 shopping center set off a bomb alert

Belgium anti-terror sweep over 'imminent' attack fears

Jun 18, 2016 - 11:30 PM

UPDATED The alert comes as thousands of people gathered across the country in fan zones for Belgium s Euro 2016 match against Ireland

Italy celebrates on road to redemption at Euro 2016

Jun 14, 2016 - 2:30 PM

Italy kicks off its Euro 2016 campaign with a 2 0 victory over Belgium Defending champion Spain also beats Czech Republic while Sweden draws Ireland

VICTORY. Players of Italy celebrate the 2-0 during the UEFA EURO 2016 group E preliminary round match between Belgium and Italy. Photo by MAST IRHAM/EPA

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Belgium probes deadly train crash

Jun 06, 2016 - 8:53 AM

4th UPDATE Authorities say lightning and flood damage are being explored as a possible cause

WRECK. A damaged train is seen following a collision between a goods train and a passenger train on June 5, 2016 near Saint-Georges-sur-Meuse, Belgium. John Thys/AFP

'It's a boy!': Chinese panda gives birth in Belgium

Jun 02, 2016 - 8:05 PM

UPDATED Less than 2 000 pandas can be found in the wild making every birth a true miracle says the Pairi Daiza zoo

This handout picture taken and released on June 2, 2016 by the Paira Daiza shows female Giant Panda Hao Hao holding her cub in her mouth at the Paira Daiza zoologic parc. A giant panda on loan to Belgium from China has given birth to a cub, a rare event for the endangered species, the Pairi Daiza zoo said on June 2, 2016. The zoo and the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda "have the great pleasure to announce the birth of a panda cub", Pairi Daiza said in a statement."Less than 2,000 pandas can be found in the wild, making every birth a true miracle", it said.  / AFP PHOTO / Paira Daiza / Benoit Bouchez / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / PAIRA DAIZA / BENOIT BOUCHEZ- NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Paris suspect Salah Abdeslam to face French investigators

May 20, 2016 - 10:15 AM

Abdeslam 26 is known to have dropped off the 3 suicide bombers who blew themselves up outside the Stade de France national stadium in northern Paris

TRIAL. Exterior view of the Fleury-Merogis prison, south of Paris, France, April 28, 2016. On April 27, Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam was handed over to French authorities to face prosecution in relation to the Paris terror attacks on November 13, 2015. File photo by Yoan Valat/EPA

Brussels airport departure hall partly reopens 40 days after attacks

May 02, 2016 - 12:35 AM

Government and airport officials pay tribute to the victims killed at the departure hall

epa05285705 First passenger arrive at Brussels airport in Zaventem, Brussels, Belgium, 01 May 2016. The departure hall was partially reopened about six weeks after Islamic State suicide bombers killed 16 people in blasts that gutted parts of the building. EPA/LAURENT DUBRULE

Bombed Brussels airport departure hall to partly reopen

Apr 30, 2016 - 5:02 PM

From Monday passengers will check in for flights at 111 desks in the departure hall and 36 others in temporary buildings

BRUSSELS AIRPORT. In this file photo, workers repair as a Parliamentary Committee investigating the Brussels attacks visits the Zaventem airport in Brussels, Belgium, 22 April 2016. Photo by Francois Lenoir/EPA

Paris attacks suspect Abdeslam transferred to France

Apr 27, 2016 - 8:15 PM

Salah Abdeslam s lawyer says his client is anxious to explain himself in France

epa05279294 A police officers stands guard at the Palais de Justice at the 36, Quai des Orfevres where Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam (unseen) is due to appear before the investigating magistrate, in Paris, France, 27 April 2016. Salah Abdeslam was handed over to French authorities to face prosecution in relation to the Paris terror attacks on 13 November 2015. EPA/ETIENNE LAURENT

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