Belgium

Dozens ill with carbon monoxide poisoning at Belgian go-kart track

Around 70 people fell ill with carbon monoxide poisoning at a Belgian go-karting track late Saturday, the news agency Belga reported.

European nations hit back at Trump's anti-abortion measure

Four European nations will host an international meeting next month aimed at countering President Donald Trump's order that blocks US funding for charities that provide abortion-related services.

Manneken-Pis dressed in Croatian traditional costume

Manneken-Pis, the symbol of Brussels folklore, has been dressed in Croatia's traditional costume from Slavonia region, to honor Croatia and help the country celebrating the 25th anniversary of its international recognition, at the initiative of Croatian MEP Dubravka Suica.

Belgium charges two new suspects for 2015 Paris terrorist attack

Belgian authorities have charged two new suspects with providing assistance in the lead up to the November 2015 Paris terrorist attack, the Belgian federal prosecutor's office said in a statement Thursday.

Belgian police charge man with weapons possession after Brussels raid

Belgian police have arrested a man on charges of weapons possession following an anti-terrorism raid in north-eastern Brussels, the city's public prosecutor's office said Tuesday in a statement.

Congo expels Belgian television crews ahead of expected protests

Congo has expelled five journalists from the Belgian broadcasters VRT and VTM, a government spokesman said Saturday, amid reports that they had intended to cover protests against President Joseph Kabila.

Britain jails two men for handing cash to Brussels terrorist suspect

A British court jailed two men on terrorism-related charges on Monday after they were convicted of providing funds to Mohamed Abrini, the surviving airport bomber from the Brussels terrorist attacks in March.

Hackers target European Commission computer systems

The European Commission's computer systems were targeted by hackers this week in an attack that impaired internet services, a spokesman confirmed Friday.

Ronaldo double boosts Portugal; Belgium hit eight in WC qualifiers

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice and missed a penalty as Portugal defeated Latvia 4-1 in Faro to boost their hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

French investigators eye Belgian as terrorist coordinator

French investigators suspect a 32-year-old Belgian known as Abu Ahmad of planning the terrorism attacks that struck Paris and Brussels during the last year, a source said Tuesday.

Belgium signs long-delayed trade deal between EU and Canada

Belgium signed a controversial trade deal between the European Union and Canada on Saturday, two days after a hold-out Belgian region finally endorsed the agreement.

Landmark EU trade deal with Canada to be signed on Sunday

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada is to be signed in Brussels Sunday, European Council President Donald Tusk said on Twitter.

EU's deadline day for landmark Canada trade deal

The European Union was set to achieve a long-sought consensus on a landmark EU-Canada trade deal Friday, after more than a week of intense negotiation.

EU-Canada trade deal on home stretch after Belgium resolves impasse

The European Union and Canada closed in Thursday on a landmark free trade deal after Belgium cleared internal political opposition, just hours after a planned summit to sign the agreement had to be cancelled.

EU cancels summit with Canada as CETA trade deal impasse drags on

The European Union has cancelled Thursday's planned summit with Canada, after the failure to resolve an internal Belgian deadlock over a landmark free trade deal in time for it to be signed by both sides.

Belgium closes in on CETA deal as Thursday summit hangs in balance

Belgian regional governments were closing in on a compromise late Wednesday that would allow the country to approve a free trade deal between the European Union and Canada, but it remained unclear whether Thursday's planned summit could proceed.

No breakthrough on Ceta this week, says president of EU parliament

There will be no breakthrough in negotiations over a controversial EU-Canada trade deal this week and a summit set to be attended by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should be postponed, EU Parliament President Martin Schulz said Tuesday.

EU-Canada summit gets green light despite trade deal setback

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will travel to Brussels for an EU-Canada summit despite resistance in the bloc to a landmark free trade deal with his country.

Belgian premier: Efforts to win over regions on EU-Canada deal failed

Belgium cannot approve a landmark free trade deal between the European Union and Canada, Prime Minister Charles Michel said Monday following consultations with the country's regions, the Belga news agency reported.

Belgian regional parliament digs in heels on EU-Canada trade deal

Last-ditch efforts to salvage a free trade deal between the European Union and Canada on Monday are bound to fail, a Walloon official said, hours ahead of crisis talks aimed at overcoming the Belgian region's opposition.

EU parliament chief raises hopes of salvaging Canada trade deal

European Parliament President Martin Schulz says a free trade deal between the European Union and Canada should be signed next week, after overcoming a roadblock set by the Belgian region of Wallonia.

Canada: Efforts to resolve impasse over EU trade deal failed

Canadian Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland says it appears "impossible" to conclude a free trade deal with the European Union, indicating that efforts to resolve a deadlock with the Belgian region of Wallonia have failed.

EU summit fails to break Belgian impasse over Canada trade deal

EU leaders ended two days of talks Friday with a failure to break a regional blockade to a landmark deal the bloc is anxious to conclude with Canada.

Tusk: EU leaders agree on need for better tools against cheap imports

EU leaders have made progress on ramping up the bloc's protection against unfairly cheap imports, European Council President Donald Tusk says, while adding that he remains "concerned" about a deadlock over the bloc's trade agreement with Canada.

Belgian regional parliament opposes EU trade deal with Canada

A Belgian regional parliament voted Friday against a trade deal that the European Union is on the verge of finalizing with Canada, the Belga news agency reported, raising questions over whether the country will be able to ratify the agreement.

France deal Dutch World Cup blow as Benteke races to fastest goal

France dealt the Netherlands a major blow in their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup with a 1-0 victory over the Dutch in Amsterdam on Monday.

Report: Belgian police missed evidence in Paris terrorist attacks

Belgian police in investigating the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris made crucial mistakes or did not pursue important leads in at least 13 cases, according to a report by a Belgian parliamentary committee that came to light via the Belgian daily De Tijd.

Belgian brothers charged with terrorist offences after police attack

Two Belgian brothers have been charged with terrorist offences following a knife attack on police officers in Brussels earlier this week, federal prosecutors said Friday.

Two Belgian police officers stabbed in possible terrorist attack

A knife attack on two Belgian police officers in Brussels on Wednesday is being investigated as a possible terrorist attack, federal prosecutors said.

Police count 45,000 at Belgian anti-government demonstration

Around 45,000 people took part Thursday in a national demonstration against the government of Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, police said according to the Belga news agency, while transport services were hampered for several hours.

Belgian transport hampered as police expect 50,000 at national demo

Transport services across Belgium were severely disrupted Thursday as tens of thousands of people were expected in Brussels to demonstrate against reforms pursued by the centre-right government of Prime Minister Charles Michel.

Islamic State propaganda cell broken up in Germany, Spain and Belgium

Five supporters of the Islamic State terrorist group have been arrested in Germany, Spain and Belgium on suspicion of spreading jihadist propaganda, the Interior Ministry in Madrid said Wednesday.

Thousands protest free trade deals as EU gears up to sign with Canada

Nine thousand people took to the streets of Brussels on Tuesday to demonstrate against free trade deals that the European Union is pursuing with Canada and the United States.

Euthanasia performed on a minor for first time in Belgium

Euthanasia has been carried out on an underage person for the first time in Belgium, under a law introduced in early 2014, the head of the country's euthanasia commission confirmed Saturday.

Five suspects freed after arson attack on Brussels criminology centre

Five suspects in an overnight arson attack on a Belgian crime investigation centre were released Monday following questioning, prosecutors said, without giving details on the ongoing inquiry into the incident.

Rosberg wins Belgian GP as Hamilton finishes third

Nico Rosberg in a Mercedes wins an incident-packed Belgian Grand Prix, while team-mate Lewis Hamilton finishes third after starting in the last row.

Rosberg on pole as Verstappen becomes youngest front-row starter

Nico Rosberg edged Dutch teenager Max Verstappen to capture pole position Saturday in qualifying for Sunday's Formula One Belgian Grand Prix.

One dead, four injured in explosion in Belgium sports centre

A large explosion in a sports centre in a small Belgian community near the border with France killed one person and injured four, the Belgian news agency Belga reported Friday.

New Belgian airline to target Chinese market from 2017

​A new Belgian airline is planning to offer several direct weekly flights to China as of June 2017, local media reported Wednesday.

Schumacher's debut 25 years ago changed F1

Michael Schumacher made his Formula One debut 25 years ago at the Belgian Grand Prix and F1 insiders say the importance of that moment can not be overestimated.

Belgian city of Bruges sees tourism slowdown after terror attacks

Tourist services in the Belgian city of Bruges - one of the country's visitor hotspots - have seen a decline in numbers during the first half of 2016, following terrorist attacks in Brussels in March, the Belga news agency reported Friday.

Argentina claim first-ever gold in men's hockey after thriller

Argentina survived a nail-biting finale to claim their first-ever Olympic gold medal in men's hockey with a 4-2 win over Belgium in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday.

Armed suspect in mortal danger after being shot by Belgian police

A man shot by police in the Belgian city of Ghent after refusing to drop a handgun is in a critical condition, a prosecution spokeswoman told dpa, while giving few details on the incident late Monday, as it was under investigation.

Report: Armed suspect shot by police in Belgian city

An armed man was shot by police when he refused to drop his handgun Monday evening in the Belgian city of Ghent, the news agency Belga reported, citing authorities.

All clear given after bomb alert at Brussels airport

The all clear has been given at Brussels airport following a suspected bomb alert that was later ruled out as unfounded, Belgian officials said Wednesday evening.

Belgian customs finds 1.7 tons of cocaine under banana shipment

Belgian customs authorities found 1,500 packages containing 1.7 tons of cocaine hidden in a shipment of bananas, the Finance Ministry announced Wednesday, according to the Belga news agency. 

Belgian zoo raises 12,000 euros for conservation with Pokemon Go

Players of Pokemon Go, the new mobile gaming phenomenon, can help protect real species while hunting down fictitious creatures, as one Belgian zoo has demonstrated.

Belgian machete wielder identified; Islamic State claims attack

A man who attacked two police officers in the Belgian city of Charleroi this weekend has been identified as a 33-year-old Algerian national, prosecutors said Sunday, while the Islamic State extremist group claimed responsibility.

Charleroi machete attacker was living illegally in Belgium

A 33-year-old Algerian man who attacked two police officers with a machete on Saturday was staying illegally in Belgium, despite being ordered to leave the country, says the office of State Secretary for Migration Theo Francken, the Belga news agency reports.

Belgian attack on police officers being treated as terrorist act

An attack this weekend on two female police officers by a machete-wielding man in the Belgian city of Charleroi is being classed as a terrorist act, Prime Minister Charles Michel said Sunday.

Belgian police kill machete-wielding man who attacked two officers

Two female police officers in the Belgian city of Charleroi were injured Saturday by a man wielding a machete who called out "Allahu Akbar," or "God is greatest," in Arabic, city police said.

Two female police officers attacked with machete in Belgium

Two female police officers in the Belgian city of Charleroi were injured Saturday by a person armed with a machete, who was calling "Allahu Akbar," the city police wrote on Twitter.

Belgian police arrest terror suspect following raids

A court in Belgium issued an arrest warrant for one of two terror suspects detained following several raids in the country, public prosecutors said Saturday.

No guarantees: Future uncertain for British officials in Brussels

British EU officials are saying goodbye to job security and entering into limbo until Article 50 has been triggered. Only then will they get an answer. So they hope.

Belgian National Day to proceed with extra security after Nice attack

Celebrations marking Belgian National Day on July 21 will go ahead, but extra security is being planned after the Bastille Day attack in neighbouring France, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said Friday.

Jewish survivors hidden in castle during WWII thank Belgian royals

A Belgian prince saved Jewish children from the Nazis by hiding them in his castle during World War II. Three-quarters of a century later, the prince's descendants meet some of the survivors in an emotional gathering at the Israeli presidential residence in Jerusalem.

EU launches probe into tax exemptions for French, Belgian ports

Ports in France and Belgium may be unfairly benefiting from tax exemptions that give them an advantage over competitors, the European Commission said Friday as it launched an investigation into the issue.

Brussels airport was a target long before attack, Belgian court finds

The Brussels international airport, where suicide bombers launched a deadly attack in March, had been a target in early 2015 already, a Belgian court found Tuesday, as it wrapped up a trial against a terrorist cell foiled more than 18 months ago.

Abdeslam played key role in Paris attacks, fellow suspect says: media

Salah Abdeslam, a key suspect in last year's terrorist attacks in Paris, played a far larger role than he has indicated, fellow detainee Mohamed Abrini told investigators, according to Belgian media.

Fabulous Wales stay grounded: no title dreams as Portugal next

Wales are hailed for their awe-inspiring 3-1 win over Belgium in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals, but they are staying grounded and only looking at their next opponents Portugal - far from dreaming of the title

Wales stun Belgium 3-1 for historic place in Euro semis

Wales were on fire on Friday as they stunned favoured Belgium 3-1 in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals for their best ever showing at a major football event.

Wales fans fear missing Euro game due to long Eurotunnel delays

Fans travelling from Wales by car to their team's Euro 2016 quarter-final against Belgium in Lille later on Friday fear missing the game because of long delays at the Eurotunnel.

Vertonghen injury blow for Belgium but Hazard back for Wales match

Belgium's defensive woes grew in the form of a tournament-ending ankle injury for Jan Vertonghen on the eve of Friday's Euro 2016 quarter-final against a determined Wales team.

Wales brush family dilemmas aside for Belgium date in Euro quarters

Wales' quarter-final berth at Euro 2016 appears to have even caught some of their players by surprise. But they are ready to shelve family plans as they take on mighty Belgium for a place in the semis.

Hazard the dance master as Belgium crush Hungary 4-0

Belgium cruised into the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 Sunday with an impressive 4-0 destruction of Hungary on goals from Toby Alderweireld, Michy Batshuayi, Eden Hazard and Yannick Carrasco.

Two arrested in Belgium on terrorism-related charges

Police in Belgium have arrested two people on terrorism-related charges, the Federal Public Prosecutor's office said in statement on Saturday.

Founding members hold urgent EU reform talks after Brexit vote

The foreign ministers of the European Union's six founding member states were meeting outside Berlin on Saturday to discuss a reform initiative in response to Britain's decision to leave the bloc.

Late defeat against Belgium puts Sweden out of Euros

Sweden crashed out of Euro 2016 with a 1-0 defeat Wednesday against solid Belgium in Nice, on a handsome late goal from Radja Nainggolan.

Brussels terrorism suspect admits to having made up story

A suspect who triggered a false security alert in Brussels early Tuesday with a fake explosive belt has admitted that there was no truth to the story he told police, the crown prosecution said.

Fake Brussels bomb contained salt and biscuits

An explosive belt worn by a criminal suspect in Brussels early Tuesday was found to contain salt and biscuits, prosecutors said, adding that the man

Brussels bomb alert suspect was wearing fake explosive belt

A suspect who triggered a bomb alert in Brussels early Tuesday was wearing a false explosive belt, judicial sources told the Belga news agency, as police began scaling back a security perimeter around the targeted shopping centre.

Two Belgians charged in terrorism raids related to Brussels attackers

Two of the suspects arrested in overnight raids in Brussels this weekend are related to the suicide bombers behind the attacks on the capital in March, according to local media outlets.

Three Belgians charged with terrorism offenses after overnight raids

Authorities in Belgium have charged three suspects detained in a series of overnight anti-terrorism raids with attempted terrorist murder and participating in a terrorist organization, the public prosecutors' office in Brussels announced Saturday.

Belgium race past Ireland for first win, Italy lock up first place

Belgium finally showed their class at Euro 2016 with Romelu Lukaku scoring two of his team's three second half goals in a 3-0 victory over Ireland on Saturday.

12 arrested in major anti-terrorism raid in Belgium

Authorities in Belgium have conducted a series of anti-terrorism raids and arrested 12 suspects, the prosecutor's office said Saturday.

Astute Italy out-think and out-play Belgium to claim shock win

Underdogs Italy produced a tactical masterclass to defeat Belgium 2-0 in Lyon Monday and inflict a shock defeat on one of the favourites for Euro 2016.

Belgium hope to hit the ground running but underdogs Italy resolute

Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has admitted his side must hit the ground running in Euro 2016 when they take on an Italy team looking to disprove their underdog status in their opening Group E encounter on Monday.

Strong Belgium hoping to hit the ground running against Italy

Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has admitted his side have no alternative but to hit the ground running in Euro 2016 when they take on Italy in their opening Group E encounter on Monday.

The suspects linked to the Brussels terrorist attacks

More than 30 people were killed and over 300 injured in consecutive terrorist attacks carried out in March on the Brussels airport and an underground station in the Belgian capital.

New arrest made in connection with Brussels terrorist attacks

Belgian police have arrested another person suspected of having played a role in the March terrorist attacks in Brussels, prosecutors said Friday.

Paris, Brussels terrorism suspect Abrini can be tried in France

Mohamed Abrini, one of the suspects in November's terrorist attacks in Paris and suicide bombings in Brussels this year, can be transferred to French custody, Belgian authorities agreed Thursday.

Three dead in Belgian train crash

At least three people were dead after a passenger train hit a freight train near the Belgian city of Liege, the Belga news agency reported early Monday.

EU approves giant beer merger, but requires sale of SABMiller assets

The European Union gave its blessing Tuesday to the merger of the world's two largest beer companies, Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller, as long as most of SABMiller's business in Europe is put up for sale.

Luxembourg faces new questions over corporate tax practices

Luxembourg faced new questions over its corporate tax practices on Tuesday after Belgian media reported that it had started verbally offering companies beneficial tax arrangements.

Tens of thousands join trade union protest in Brussels, some injured

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Brussels on Tuesday to protest the policies pursued by the Belgian government, with around 10 people reported injured during confrontations between police and rioters.

After attacks, Brussels' culture institutes struggle to draw visitors

For Brussels' artistic and cultural institutions, the effects of the attacks in the Belgian capital earlier this year remain palpable. With museum openings pushed back and visitors staying away, the situation has prompted talk of financial aid from the government.

Paris suspect Salah Abdeslam posted Islamic State flag online: report

Weeks before the terrorist attacks in Paris last November, key suspect Salah Abdeslam had posted the flag of the Islamic State extremist group on social media but no action was taken, Belgian broadcaster RTBF reported Tuesday.

Belgian court prolongs detention of Brussels airport bomber

A Belgian court has prolonged the detention of a surviving bomber from the March 22 terrorist attacks in Brussels by one month, prosecutors said Thursday.

Brussels airport departure hall partially reopens after attacks

The departure hall at the Brussels international airport partially reopened on Sunday, nearly six weeks after it was damaged during terrorist attacks on the Belgian capital.

Men gave cash to Brussels airport bomber on England trip, court hears

Two suspects arrested in the English city of Birmingham on terrorism-related charges allegedly gave 3,000 pounds (4,300 dollars) to Mohamed Abrini, the surviving airport bomber from last month's Brussels terrorist attacks, a court heard on Friday.

Abdeslam charged over Paris attacks after extradition from Belgium

French authorities Wednesday charged Salah Abdeslam with terrorist murder for his suspected role in November's attacks in Paris, following his extradition from Belgium earlier that day.

Paris attack suspect Abdeslam extradited from Belgium to France

Salah Abdeslam

Abdeslam to be held in isolated high-security detention near Paris

French Justice Minister Jean-Jacques Urvoas says preparations are underway to hold Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam in a high-security detention centre near the French capital.

Report: Belgian police lacked funds to monitor Abdeslam brothers

A Belgian investigation into last year's terrorist attacks in Paris found that one of the perpetrators, Brahim Abdeslam, and his brother Salah had not been placed under sufficient surveillance due to a lack of funds, media reported Tuesday.

Belgian minister defends country's image after terrorist attacks

Belgian Justice Minister Koen Geens on Monday rejected international media criticism of his country's response to terrorist threats, just over a month after suicide bombing attacks killed more than 30 people in Brussels.

Brussels metro station reopens after last month's suicide attack

The Brussels underground station of Maelbeek reopened Monday, just over a month after suicide bombing attacks killed more than 30 people there and at the city's international airport.

Paris suspect Abdeslam charged in Belgium over shootout with police

Salah Abdeslam, a key suspect in last November's Paris terrorist attacks, has been charged in Belgium with attempted murder over a shootout with police, prosecutors said Thursday.

Brussels bomber had previously worked at airport, minister confirms

One of the suicide bombers who died in the March 22 terrorist attacks on the Brussels airport had previously been an employee there, Interior Minister Jan Jambon confirmed on Thursday.

Belgian nuclear regulator declines German request to close reactors

Belgium's nuclear regulator FANC on Wednesday dismissed a request from German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks to temporarily shut down two defect-prone nuclear reactors until questions can be answered about their safety.

Islamic State has sent more fighters to Europe, Belgium says

The Islamic State appears to have sent more fighters to Europe and Belgium, the country's coordinating unit for threat analysis said Tuesday, four weeks after attacks in its capital Brussels for which the extremist group claimed responsibility.