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Paris attacks suspect charged over Brussels suicide bombings

Aug 13, 2019 - 12:03 AM

Salah Abdeslam, a Belgian-born French national who hails from the Brussels Molenbeek neighborhood, is charged with 'participating in the activities of a terrorist group'

CHARGED. In this file photo, 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. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/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

EU leaders launch hunt to fill Brussels' top job

May 28, 2019 - 8:39 PM

The key job to be filled is that of president of the European Commission, the union's powerful chief executive, a five-year post currently held by Jean-Claude Juncker

EU. A European flag flutters in the wind in front of the European Commission headquarters in Brussels on March 14, 2018. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/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

Britain's May seeks Brexit delay from Merkel, Macron

Apr 09, 2019 - 6:22 PM

Her huddles with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin and President Emmanuel Macron in Paris come on the eve of another tension-packed summit in Brussels

BREXIT. File photo of a protester draped in a European Union flag outside the Houses of Parliament in London. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

EU leaders pile pressure on UK MPs to back Brexit deal

Mar 21, 2019 - 9:23 PM

(UPDATED) Theresa May has insisted that she will not oversee a long delay, which would increase pressure at home for a general election or for a second Brexit referendum that might reverse the decision to leave

EU SUMMIT. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May arrives on March 21, 2019 in Brussels on the first day of an EU summit focused on Brexit. Photo by Aris Oikonomou/AFP

Bomb scare in Brussels EU quarter

Mar 19, 2019 - 9:19 PM

Belgian police and the fire brigade mobilize significant resources, including a team to evacuate potential victims as quickly as possible

BOMB THREAT. Security personels intervene during a bomb scare around the European institutions in Brussels on March 19, 2019. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

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

EU ready to give Britain conditional Brexit extra time

Mar 01, 2019 - 10:59 AM

'If the British need more time, we will examine a request for an extension – if it is justified by new choices on the part of the British,' says French President Emmanuel Macron

A mural by British artist Banksy, depicting a workman chipping away at one of the stars on a European Union (EU) themed flag, is pictured in Dover, south east England on March 19, 2018. Britain and the European Union on March 19, 2018 reached a landmark deal on a transition phase that will last for nearly two years after the historic Brexit divorce next year, EU negotiator Michel Barnier said. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION

Romania takes EU helm amid tensions with Brussels

Dec 27, 2018 - 10:08 AM

Several crucial events will take place during Romania's first 6-month tenure in the presidency, including Brexit, EU parliamentary elections in which euroskeptics will vie for increased influence, and wrangling over the next budget

ROMANIA. Planes spread the colors of the national flag in the sky as they fly over the military parade on Romania's National Day in Bucharest, December 1, 2018. File photo by Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

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

British PM wins business support for draft Brexit deal

Nov 19, 2018 - 9:07 PM

British Prime Minister Theresa May tells the Confederation of British Industry, the UK's main business lobby group, that she is 'determined to deliver' her Brexit deal

MADAM PRIME MINISTER.Britain's new Prime Minister Theresa May speaks outside 10 Downing Street in central London on July 13, 2016 on the day she takes office following the formal resignation of David Cameron.  Oli Scarff/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

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

Behind the scenes, PH scrambles to mend EU ties

Dec 07, 2017 - 2:49 PM

A European official sees the appointment of Edgardo Angara as special envoy as 'a positive sign' to 'control the damage' done by President Rodrigo Duterte

MENDING TIES. The Philippine embassy in Brussels, Belgium, stands witness to the efforts of Filipino officials to mend ties with Europe in the face of President Rodrigo Duterte's tirades against Europeans. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

What this media briefing room tells us about the EU

Dec 06, 2017 - 3:17 PM

The EU is not, as many Filipinos think, a monolithic body that knows nothing but to criticize President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs

LIKE A THEATER. The media briefing room of the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, can accommodate up to 300 out of 1,000 accredit journalists. All photos by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Ousted Catalan leader blasts Spain after Belgium frees him

Nov 06, 2017 - 8:15 PM

After his release, Carles Puigdemont tweets: 'Released without bail. Our thoughts are with colleagues unjustly imprisoned by a state that is far from democratic norms'

ON BAIL. This file photo taken on October 31, 2017 shows dismissed Catalonia's leader Carles Puigdemont arriving to address media representatives at The Press Club in Brussels. Photo by Nicolas Maeterlinck/AFP

Police probing knife attacks in Brussels and London

Aug 26, 2017 - 9:46 PM

The two incidents come as much of Europe is on high alert following a string of major attacks over the past two years

KNIFE ATTACK. Policemen stand guard the Boulevard Emile Jacqmain in the city centre of Brussels on August 25, 2017, where a man is alleged to have attacked soldiers with a knife and was shot. Photo by AFP

2nd round of Brexit talks set for July 17

Jul 15, 2017 - 7:58 AM

Britain s Brexit minister David Davis will meet EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier for talks followed by a meeting of coordinators and negotiating groups

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

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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Trump aims to mend Muslim ties on 1st foreign trip

May 20, 2017 - 12:02 PM

US President Donald Trump tweets he will be strongly protecting American interests in his marathan 8 day trip to the Middle East and Europe

FIRST FOREIGN TRIP. US President Donald Trump speaks during an event with Independent Community Bankers Association in the Kennedy Garden of the White House on May 1. Photo by Mandal Ngan/AFP

Trump takes perilous first steps on world stage

May 20, 2017 - 7:33 AM

US President Donald Trump will make 6 stops in 8 days holding countless face to face meetings with world leaders like Saudi s King Salman and Pope Francis

FIRST FOREIGN TRIP. US President Donald Trump gives the thumbs-up as he makes his way to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on May 4. Photo by Mandael Ngan/AFP


Britain blocking EU military HQ – sources

May 12, 2017 - 9:45 PM

All 28 member states approved plans in March for a small grouping in Brussels to coordinate three of the bloc s overseas training operations

BREXIT. File photo by Hayoung Jeon/EPA

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

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

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

Erdogan says Turkey in 'endgame' over EU membership

Oct 02, 2016 - 7:49 AM

Turkey s bid to join the EU dates back to the 1960s with formal talks starting in 2005

Knifeman attacks Brussels police

Sep 07, 2016 - 11:02 PM

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

Europe to push for quickie British divorce as Kerry flies in

Jun 26, 2016 - 11:33 PM

Angela Merkel will host the leaders of France Italy and the European Union in Berlin on Monday amid fears Britain s vote to leave will create a domino effect in eurosceptic member states

Top US envoy Kerry heads to Britain amid Brexit crisis

Jun 26, 2016 - 4:48 PM

US officials travelling to Rome with the top US diplomat John Kerry say they will be going to Brussels and London

BREXIT VISIT. US Secretary of State John Kerry is set to visit Britain after it voted to leave the European Union. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

The Brussels Years: The making of Brexit Boris

Jun 19, 2016 - 10:56 AM

The ironic twist behind Boris Johnson s anti EU stance is that he knows the inner workings of the bloc s institutions far better than most people in Britain where surveys show knowledge about the EU is among the lowest in Europe

This handout picture released by ITV shows Former Mayor of London and Conservative Party politician Boris Johnson, gesturing while representing the 'Leave' campaign during The ITV Referendum Debate in London on June 9, 2016. Photo by Matt Frost/ Rex Features / AFP

New suspect charged over Brussels attacks

Jun 18, 2016 - 8:30 AM

The man has been charged with participation in the activities of a terrorist group terrorist murders and attempts to terrorist murders as a perpetrator co perpetrator of accomplice

NEW SUSPECT. A scene at Zaventem airport after multiple explosions occured during a terror attack earlier in the day, Zaventem, Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016. File photo by Laurent Dubrule/EPA

Uni Eropa: Lion Air berhasil perbaiki tingkat keselamatan penumpang

Jun 17, 2016 - 4:27 PM

Kementerian Perhubungan mengatakan insiden keterlambatan dan salah turunkan penumpang di terminal yang dialami Lion Air tidak termasuk dalam faktor keselamatan penerbangan yang dinilai Uni Eropa

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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

Lufthansa delays Brussels Airlines acquisition decision after attacks

Apr 28, 2016 - 5:45 PM

Lufthansa chief executive Carsten Spohr explains that Brussels Airlines must first prioritize the restoration of flight operations

epa05279529 An Airbus A-320 plane (front) and an Airbus A-330 plane (back) of Brussels airlines on the runway at Brussels Airport in Brussels, Belgium, 27 April 2016. When presenting the results of the Lufthansa on March 17, its head of finance, Simone Menne, had indicated that a decision on the purchase or not Brussels Airlines (SN) would be taken in the first half. And to clarify later that it would be on 27 April. Meanwhile, there were the attacks of March 22, which included hit SN and it appears possible that the decision be postponed. But maybe not only for matters of uncertainty about the future of the Belgian company. We know that Lufthansa owns 45 per cent stake in SN Airholding, parent company of Brussels Airlines. She has a right of recovery of all the shares which runs until 2018. The sum to pay in this case falls within an articulated calculation around a complex formula sprung from the head who was Michel Meyfroidt CFO and co-CEO (with Bernard Gustin) SN. It takes into account many parameters, including the results of the Belgian company during the past three years. EPA/LAURENT DUBRULE

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

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

Italy insists 'no invasion' after spike in migrant arrivals

Apr 16, 2016 - 9:05 AM

But Italian officials are wary of the possibility of neighboring EU countries closing their borders as France did temporarily last year and Austria is threatening to do now

'NO INVASION'. Border signs of Austria and Italy (R) during a demonstration against the Austrian government's planned reintroduction of border controls at the Brennerpass, Austria, April 3, 2016. File photo by Jan Hetfleisch/EPA

Belgian transport minister quits over airport security lapses

Apr 15, 2016 - 8:25 PM

Jacqueline Galant is under fire for supposedly not paying attention to EU reports on the poor security of Belgium s airports

epa05259857 (FILE) A file picture dated 10 November 2015 shows Belgian Transport Minister Jacqueline Galant at a hearing by the Belgian Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. According to news reports on 15 April 2016, Galant has resigned over a report on airport security. Terror attacks on 22 March killed at least 31 people and injured hundreds when bombs exploded at the departures hall of the Brussels airport Zaventem and at Metro stations in downtown Brussels. Militants of the so-called Islamic State (IS) have claimed responsibility for the attacks. EPA/LAURENT DUBRULE

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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