Belgian climate minister denounces protest marches as plot

Europe 02/05/19, 04:01

A Belgian environment minister has been forced to climb down over accusations that the massive climate demonstrations in Belgium over the past weeks were a plot and that she had state security confirmation.Though regional environment minister Joke Schauvliege said Tuesday she had no such information from state security services, she ...

A tunnel, a hole in the floor: Belgium ponders bank heist

World 02/04/19, 10:13

It was anything but a false alarm.When police reacted to a warning call at a bank in Antwerp's famed diamond center, they found the vault door still secured. It was only after they forced their way inside that they realized the sheer audacity of the robbery that had taken place ...

Interview: Puigdemont says Catalan trial ‘vengeance’

Europe 02/04/19, 08:06

The leader of Catalonia's failed secession bid in 2017 who fled Spain to avoid arrest says that the central government will be seeking "vengeance" instead of justice when 12 of his separatist allies stand trial next week.Carles Puigdemont has told The Associated Press at his house in Belgium, where he ...

Belgium says willing to receive ex-Ivory Coast president

Europe 02/02/19, 06:48

Belgium says it is willing to receive Ivory Coast's ex-president Laurent Gbagbo after he was released from International Criminal Court custody but is still discussing the details of his stay.Foreign affairs spokesman Karl Lagatie said Saturday that Belgium had "in principle accepted to receive" Gbagbo but details would be worked ...

Belgium urges US to continue nuclear talks with Russia

Europe 02/01/19, 04:48

Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders says he hopes the United States will work closely with Russia to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons after it pulls out of a key Cold War-era missile treaty. The Trump administration is poised to announce that it is withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty ...

Daughters of slain Israeli couple face accused in Belgium

World 01/31/19, 11:30

The young daughters of an Israeli couple gunned down at a Jewish museum in Belgium came face to face on Thursday with the man accused of killing their parents.Speaking Hebrew quietly through an interpreter at the Brussels criminal court, Shira and Ayalet Riva — who were aged 17 and 15 ...

Thousands skip school for 4th climate march in Brussels

Europe 01/31/19, 08:28

Ten of thousands of teenagers in Belgium skipped school for the fourth week in a row Thursday in an attempt to push authorities into providing better protection for the world's climate.Police say the march through Brussels drew at least 12,500 students, and another march in eastern Liege had at least ...

EU-Canada trade deal gets green light from legal adviser

Europe 01/29/19, 05:09

A key adviser to the European Union's highest court said Tuesday that a controversial element on dispute settlement in the free trade agreement with Canada complies with EU law.Advocate General Yves Bot said in a legal opinion that the 2016 agreement does not impede the autonomy of EU law or ...

In Congo, the Tshisekedi no one had expected takes power

World 01/23/19, 04:11

Felix Tshisekedi has emerged from his father's shadow to become Congo's next president. For decades that post eluded his father, the venerated opposition politician, Etienne, whose death in 2017 helped catapult his son into the limelight.The passage of power from father to son is a familiar story in Congo, where ...

Interview: Europol ties together tennis match-fixer rings

Sports 01/17/19, 09:55

European police agency Europol says it has identified links between match-fixing gambling syndicates being unraveled in Spain and Belgium that are thought to have paid off dozens of players and corrupted lower-level tennis tournaments on a massive scale.Pedro Felicio, who heads Europol's Economic and Property Crime unit, said there are ...

Thousands skip school again to go to Belgium climate protest

Europe 01/17/19, 07:04

More than 10,000 students skipped school again in Belgium to join a march demanding better protections of the globe's fragile climate.Despite the rain and cold, the colorful protest march in Brussels was bigger than the initial one last week.Banners reading "School strike 4 Climate" and "Skipping school? No. We fight ...

From FIFA to field hockey, Weil takes on new event challenge

Soccer 01/17/19, 04:25

Launching a new global competition into a packed sports calendar, field hockey's governing body hired the former top salesman at FIFA to oversee it.On Saturday, Thierry Weil will be in Valencia as the International Hockey Federation CEO to see Spain host top-ranked world champion Belgium in the first men's game ...

APNewsbreak: Europeans unravel big tennis match-fixing ring

Sports 01/16/19, 13:28

The crooked tennis players knew him as "Maestro." To European investigators, the Armenian based in Belgium is emerging as something else: The suspected ringleader of a highly organized illegal gambling syndicate suspected of fixing hundreds of matches and corrupting more than 100 players from around Europe.As Roger Federer and other ...

Suspect in Brussels Jewish museum attack refuses to testify

Europe 01/15/19, 10:29

A man accused of carrying out one of the first attacks in Europe by a foreign fighter returning from Syria has refused to testify at his trial over the killing of four people at a Jewish museum in Belgium, saying that witnesses who could have spoken on his behalf were ...

Suspect faces court in Belgium over Jewish museum attack

Entertainment 01/10/19, 05:58

The trial of a man accused of shooting dead four people at a Jewish museum in Belgium in 2014 after fighting alongside extremists in Syria started in Brussels on Thursday amid high security.French national Mehdi Nemmouche is accused of "terrorist murder" for gunning down the four, an Israeli couple and ...

Europe’s human rights court to hear Belgian euthanasia case

Europe 01/08/19, 06:47

Europe's top human rights court has agreed to hear a case being brought against Belgium by a man whose mother was euthanized in 2012 for depression, the second case that implicates one of Belgium's leading euthanasia doctors.In a statement on Tuesday, lawyers for Tom Mortier said they brought their case ...

Belgian media: King asks Michel to lead caretaker Cabinet

Europe 12/21/18, 06:27

Belgian media says King Philippe has accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Charles Michel but wants the premier to stay on at the head of a caretaker government until elections are held in May.Quoting Royal Palace sources, state broadcaster RTBF said Friday that the king had noted a willingness among ...

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