Brussels Jewish museum shooting suspect appears in court

Europe 12/20/18, 05:24

A man accused of shooting dead four people at a Jewish museum in Belgium in 2014 after fighting alongside extremists in Syria appeared in court Thursday amid high security, as preparations began for his trial next month.French national Mehdi Nemmouche, 33, is accused of "terrorist murder" for gunning down the ...

Belgium edges France to end 2018 on top of FIFA rankings

Soccer 12/20/18, 04:58

Belgium ends 2018 atop FIFA's rankings with World Cup winner France at No. 2.FIFA says Belgium is a single ranking point — 1,727 to 1,726 — ahead of a French team which won their World Cup semifinal in Russia.Brazil is No. 3 and World Cup runner-up Croatia is No. 4 ...

Budweiser maker teams up with Tilray to explore pot drinks

Business 12/19/18, 18:43

The maker of Budweiser is partnering with medical cannabis company Tilray in a $100 million deal to research cannabis-infused drinks for the Canadian market.The alliance announced Wednesday is the latest foray by a major beer company into the cannabis business in Canada, which legalized recreational marijuana in October.Anheuser-Busch InBev and ...

Belgian king consults party leaders after PM offers to quit

Europe 12/19/18, 04:43

Belgium's King Philippe is consulting leaders of political parties to work out who should govern the country until the next elections after Prime Minister Charles Michel handed in his resignation.The king was expected to meet several party leaders Wednesday as he weighs whether to keep Michel temporarily in office at ...

Belgian premier resigns as coalition comes under pressure

Europe 12/18/18, 14:14

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has resigned amid pressure on his government after the biggest party in his coalition quit over his support for the U.N. global compact on migration.Michel told Belgian lawmakers Tuesday that "I am taking the decision to offer my resignation. I am now going to see ...

Belgium wins field hockey final after shootout with Dutch

Europe 12/16/18, 14:18

Goalkeeper Vincent Vanasch proved the difference as Belgium beat the Netherlands 3-2 in a shootout to win the men's field hockey World Cup final on Sunday.Vanasch helped to clinch Belgium's first title when he forced Jeroen Hertzberger wide and the attacker's shot went over in sudden death.Belgium's captain Thomas Briels, ...

Police, anti-migration protesters clash at EU headquarters

Europe 12/16/18, 10:34

Police fired tear gas and water cannons on demonstrators who had congregated around the European Union's headquarters in Brussels after marching against a new United Nations migration pact.Protestors face off against the police during an anti-migrant demonstration outside of EU headquarters in Brussels, Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo)Protestors grab objects to ...

Update: Brexit: Belgium warns about ‘no-deal’ scenario

Europe 12/14/18, 04:24

The Latest on Brexit (all times local):10:20 a.m.Belgium's prime minister says European Union leaders aren't convinced that Britain can respect their Brexit agreement and they are planning for a potentially catastrophic "no-deal" scenario.Charles Michel said Friday that "very objectively, the signals that we heard yesterday are not especially reassuring about ...

Atletico finishes CL group 2nd after 0-0 draw at Club Brugge

Soccer 12/11/18, 17:30

Atletico Madrid finished its Champions League group in second place after being held to a disappointing 0-0 draw at Belgian side Club Brugge on Tuesday.Atletico entered the match leading Group A, but its stumble combined with Dortmund Borussia's 2-0 victory at Monaco gave the German club the top spot.Brugge defender ...

PHOTOS: Belgian experts seek e-waste gold in climate curb

Europe 12/10/18, 09:43

Mark Adriaenssens and his colleagues are looking for gold — and other precious materials — all in a quest to save the planet.While thousands of delegates are debating how to best fight climate change at U.N. talks in Poland, experts are gathering up old electronic equipment from Belgium, the Netherlands ...

Braekhus, Shields win decisions on HBO’s last boxing show

Sports 12/09/18, 00:37

Cecilia Braekhus defended her welterweight titles with a dominant unanimous decision over Aleksandra Magdziak-Lopes on Saturday night in the final fight of the last HBO boxing telecast.Claressa Shields celebrates her win against Belgium's Femke Hermans during their WBC/IBF/WBA middleweight title boxing match, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Claressa Shields, left, hits ...

Hundreds join yellow vest rallies in Belgium, Netherlands

Europe 12/08/18, 07:30

Hundreds of yellow-vested protesters calling for the resignation of Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel marched on the European quarter of Brussels Saturday, as the movement that started in France made its mark in Belgium and the Netherlands.Police used pepper spray and scuffled with a small group of protesters who tried ...

Activist allowed to enter Poland ahead of climate march

World 12/08/18, 04:24

Campaign group Climate Action Network says one of its employees has been allowed to enter Poland after earlier being stopped by border guards citing unspecified security threats.The group, an alliance of hundreds of organizations from around the world, said Polish authorities gave Belgium-based activist Zanna Vanrenterghem permission to continue to ...

Update: Belgium, Netherlands also expecting protests

World 12/08/18, 02:42

The Latest on anti-government protests in France and neighboring countries (all times local):8:40 a.m.The French yellow vest protest movement is crossing borders, with demonstrations planned in neighboring Belgium and in the Netherlands.Yellow vests hang on the rooftop of an apartment building Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 in Marseille, southern France. (AP ...

Belgian colonial museum takes new look at troubled history

Entertainment 12/05/18, 06:15

For decades, Belgian schoolchildren had come to the Africa Museum near Brussels to marvel at the stuffed animals, ritual masks and minerals that glowed in the darkness of vast cellars. Old colonialists came to remember their glorious past.Museum director Guido Gryseels, left, looks out from the new visitor center onto ...

European launch crackdown on Italian mob, arrested 90 suspected mafia

Europe 12/05/18, 04:13

Authorities are conducting coordinated raids in Germany, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands in a crackdown on the Italian mafia. Police arrest about 90 suspected mafia members in a series of coordinated raids in four European countries. German federal police said in a statement Wednesday that there had been multiple arrests in the ...

Belgian government on brink of collapse over migration

Europe 12/05/18, 04:03

Belgium's center-right government is teetering on the brink of collapse after Prime Minister Charles Michel took the U.N. migration pact to parliament for approval against the wishes of the biggest coalition partner.Michel told RTL network early Wednesday that "whoever makes the government collapse shows a lack of responsibility," clearly targeting ...

Dispute over UN migration pact fractures Belgian government

Europe 12/04/18, 15:48

Belgium's center-right government is fighting for its survival this week after the largest coalition party broke away from its three partners and said it would not back a global U.N.-backed migration pact.The right-wing N-VA party started a social media campaign against the migration pact Tuesday, more than two months after ...

Belgian billionaire Albert Frere has died at age 92

Europe 12/03/18, 05:34

Albert Frere, the industrialist who became one of Belgium's richest people during more than a half-century of deal-making, has died at age 92, according to his GBL group.Starting out in the scrap metal sector, his relentless business drive turned him into one of Europe's most important businessmen until he retired ...

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