Godiva moves beyond chocolate to open 2,000 cafes

Business 04/16/19, 23:22

Godiva is looking beyond its iconic gold gift box of chocolates.The Belgium confectioner is rolling out 2,000 cafes over the next six years that will serve a complete menu of items like the croiffle, a croissant and waffle hybrid that's stuffed with fillings like cheese or chocolate and pressed on ...

Lloyd gets 2 goals in US’ 6-0 exhibition rout of Belgium

Soccer 04/07/19, 22:14

The World Cup must be getting close, because Carli Lloyd is looking dangerous.The 2015 World Cup star scored her first two goals of the year in the opening 19 minutes of the U.S. women's national team's 6-0 thrashing of Belgium in an exhibition Sunday night.Lindsey Horan and Samantha Mewis added ...

Belgium leads FIFA rankings; England above Croatia to No. 4

Sports 04/04/19, 03:20

Belgium stays atop the FIFA rankings and England rises above Croatia, which it defeated in the World Cup semifinals, to reach No. 4 this month.Two wins in European Championship qualifying games means England swaps places with Croatia, which lost against Hungary last month and is No. 5.Belgium edges World Cup ...

World Cup role reversal as Germany wins, Croatia struggles

Europe 03/24/19, 18:46

Germany is winning again, and Croatia is struggling. The World Cup feels like a long time ago.After a year of problems off the field — and humiliation on it — the new Germany is finally starting to look like the old Germany. Grit, determination and Nico Schulz's 90th-minute winner earned ...

Hazard scores in 100th game as Belgium beats Cyprus

Europe 03/24/19, 17:09

Eden Hazard scored in his 100th international game for Belgium on Sunday, helping his team to a 2-0 win over Cyprus in European Championship qualifying.Hazard curled the ball into the top corner in the 10th minute after receiving a pass from Michy Batshuayi, who held off three Cypriot defenders as ...

Belgian carnival may lose UN recognition amid anti-Semitism

Europe 03/22/19, 10:59

The U.N.'s cultural agency said Friday it is considering whether to remove its recognition of a Belgium carnival as a valuable piece of cultural heritage following accusations of anti-Semitism during a parade.UNESCO, Jewish organizations and European authorities have condemned the supposed anti-Semitic and racist nature of a parade float at ...

Belgium, Croatia battle to wins as 2020 qualifying begins

Europe 03/21/19, 17:23

The stars of last year's World Cup had to dig deep as European Championship qualifying began Thursday.World Cup finalist Croatia nearly dropped points against Azerbaijan, only to be saved by a fine curling shot from Andrej Kramaric for a 2-1 win. Belgium needed two goals from Eden Hazard to defeat ...

Defender Ali Krieger returns to the US women’s national team

Soccer 03/21/19, 13:06

Defender Ali Krieger has returned to the U.S. women's national team for the first time since 2017.Krieger was named to the team's roster Thursday for exhibition matches against Australia and Belgium as the team prepares for the World Cup in France starting in June.She has not played for the United ...

Growing match-fixing probe in tennis snares more players

Tennis 03/21/19, 06:56

Judicial officials say French police have questioned another batch of tennis players in a growing investigation into a match-fixing syndicate suspected of paying out hundreds of thousands of euros (dollars) to fix and then gamble on low-level matches.The officials say seven French players were taken into custody this week and ...

Brexit uncertainty means anxiety for some UK students

Europe 03/14/19, 12:17

It bills itself as the U.K.'s European university because of its study centers in France, Italy, Belgium and Greece. But now the uncertainty over Brexit is creating anxiety for students at the University of Kent.There is disappointment and anger at lawmakers as they wrangle over Brexit details as the deadline ...

Hungarian PM Orban apologizes for insulting EU allies

Europe 03/14/19, 11:10

Hungary's prime minister has apologized for calling some of his allies in the European Parliament "useful idiots," but continues to face demands that he and his right-wing Fidesz party be expelled from the political group.Prime Minister Viktor Orban sent apologetic letters to the leaders of 13 parties belonging to the ...

Anti-Brexit Britons hit Irish pub in Brussels to watch vote

Europe 03/12/19, 17:15

A small group of British citizens who oppose Brexit were in an Irish pub in Belgium's capital when they watched a vote on their country's future.The Britons drinking beer in Brussels had their eyes fixed intently on the James Joyce pub's TV as lawmakers in London said "yea" or "nay" ...

Jurors weigh verdict in Belgium Jewish museum attack

Europe 03/07/19, 04:58

Jurors in the trial of a suspected jihadi charged with terrorism offenses over the 2014 killing of four people at Belgium's Jewish museum are still considering their verdict.The 12-member jury had been due to rule Thursday morning on whether Mehdi Nemmouche is guilty of four counts of "terrorist murder." But ...

Suspect in Belgium’s Jewish museum attack claims innocence

Europe 03/05/19, 05:20

A suspected jihadi says he's innocent of terrorism charges over the killings of four people at Belgium's Jewish museum as the jury in his trial prepares to consider its verdict.Weeks after telling the Brussels criminal court that he would reveal the truth "when the time is right," Mehdi Nemmouche on ...

Macron’s plea for Europe gets backing outside French borders

Europe 03/05/19, 03:46

French President Emmanuel Macron's plea in the publications of 28 nations for a stronger European Union has gained support from neighboring Belgium and Finland.In a tweet Tuesday, Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila offered support for Macron's call for "security, sustainable growth and ambitious climate policy."Sipila added that people needed to ...

Belgian, Luxembourg want Orban out of EU group

Europe 03/01/19, 05:06

The Christian Democrat parties from Belgium and Luxembourg want to kick Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban out of their European Union EPP umbrella group in a move that could impact European elections in May.The Luxembourg and two Belgian member parties wrote to the presidency asking for Orban's Fidesz to be ...

Defense sums up case in Belgium Jewish museum slaying

Europe 02/28/19, 05:59

The defense lawyer for a man charged with terror offenses over the killing of four people at a Jewish museum in Belgium is summing up his case, a week before the verdict is to be handed down.Lawyer Sebastien Courtoy on Thursday set about establishing doubt in the 12 jurors' minds ...

Nationwide strike hits Belgian transport, factories

Europe 02/13/19, 03:30

A national strike to demand higher pay has paralyzed airports, sea ports and rail traffic in Belgium, while hundreds of factories are shut down for the day.Trade unions are protesting limits on wage increases during times of economic growth and want better conditions for early retirement, minimum wages and better ...

Trump’s Afghan envoy intensifies peace efforts with Taliban

Politics 02/10/19, 12:25

The special U.S. envoy for Afghanistan is returning to the country after stops in Europe and the Middle East for an extended diplomatic tour aimed at pushing a Trump administration peace initiative. The State Department says Zalmay Khalilzad (ZAHL'-may kah-LEEL'-zahd) will spend the rest of February traveling to Belgium, Germany, Turkey, ...

Update: Belgian students march in climate protests

Europe 02/07/19, 09:26

The Latest on student climate protests (all times local):3:20 p.m.More than 10,000 teenagers in Belgium have skipped school for the fifth Thursday in a row and demonstrated in several cities in an attempt to push authorities into providing better protection for the world's climate.Police said that in central Leuven alone ...

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