PARIS (AP) — The U.N.'s cultural agency said Friday it could remove Belgium's famed Aalst carnival from its cultural heritage list following accusations of anti-Semitism during a...
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Ali Krieger was between training sessions with the Orlando Pride on Tuesday afternoon when U.S. coach Jill Ellis texted her and asked whether she had time to...
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...
Belgium recovers from Courtois error to beat Russia 3-1
BRUSSELS (AP) — Eden Hazard scored twice as Belgium recovered from a blunder by Thibaut Courtois to beat Russia 3-1 Thursday and start its European Championship qualifying campaign on a...
Growing match-fixing probe in tennis snares more players
PARIS (AP) — 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 dollars to fix...
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The Portuguese hacker awaiting extradition to his homeland from Hungary is expected to be questioned as a witness over Football Leaks revelations being investigated in...
Brexit uncertainty means anxiety for some UK students
CANTERBURY, England (AP) — 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...
Hungarian PM Orban apologizes for insulting EU allies
BRUSSELS (AP) — 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...
BRUSSELS (AP) — 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.
BRUSSELS (AP) — A Belgian court has sentenced a French citizen to life in prison on terror charges for gunning down four people at the Brussels Jewish Museum four years ago.
Turkey protests Belgian court ruling decision on PKK
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey has summoned the Belgian ambassador in Ankara to protest a Brussels appeals court decision that said a Kurdish rebel group cannot be considered to be a terrorist...
BRUSSELS (AP) — A French citizen suspected of working for the Islamic State group in Syria was convicted Thursday of murdering four people at a Jewish museum in Belgium's capital, an attack that...
BRUSSELS (AP) — A suspected jihadi insisted Tuesday that he's innocent of terrorism charges over the 2014 killing of four people at Belgium's Jewish museum, as the jury in his trial prepared to...
Defense sums up case in Belgium Jewish museum slaying trial
BRUSSELS (AP) — A lawyer for a man charged with "terror murder" over the killing four people at a Jewish museum in Belgium set about dismantling the case against his client Thursday, accusing...
Holcomb to lead trade mission to France, Belgium, Germany
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb will lead a trade mission to France, Belgium and Germany beginning next week.
Holcomb will be accompanied by Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim...
Germany: No former SS getting pensions in Belgium
BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say no former Nazi SS soldiers are receiving disability pensions in Belgium, responding to concerns raised by lawmakers there.
Nationwide strike hits Belgian transport, factories
BRUSSELS (AP) — 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 education on the job.
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Belgian PM criticizes UN report on racism in Belgium
BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel says he is baffled by a preliminary U.N. report that said racial discrimination against Africans "is endemic" in Belgium's institutions and that the nation needs to apologize for the crimes committed during its colonization of Congo.
He says Belgium will await the full U.N. expert report in September but says the U.N. Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent has produced "a very strange report."
Belgium to shut airspace for 24 hours due to strike
BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium's air traffic control authority said Tuesday it is shutting down the country's airspace for 24 hours due to staffing uncertainties caused by a nation-wide strike.
The authority, called skeyes, said it is forced to shut down Belgian airspace from 10:00 pm (2100 GMT) Tuesday until 10:00 pm Wednesday.
It said in a statement that it "does not have sufficient insight into the staffing levels during the industrial action that will start tonight."
UN: Belgium must apologize for colonialism, face its racism
BRUSSELS (AP) — Racial discrimination against Africans "is endemic" in Belgium's institutions and the nation needs to apologize for the crimes committed during its colonization of Congo and make reparations, U.N. experts said Monday.
Belgium's actions in Congo have long been criticized as one of the worst examples of colonial abuse. Writer Adam Hochschild alleged in his 1998 book "King Leopold's Ghost" that Leopold reigned over the mass deaths of millions of Congolese.
Trump’s Afghan envoy intensifies peace efforts with Taliban
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's special 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 U.S. peace initiative.
The State Department said in a statement Sunday that Special Representative for Afghan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad would spend the rest of February traveling to Belgium, Germany, Turkey, Qatar, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Ex-hostages say suspect in Belgian shooting was their jailer
BRUSSELS (AP) — Two journalists who were taken hostage in Syria testified Thursday that a 33-year-old man who is now on trial for the fatal shootings of four people at a Jewish museum in Belgium definitely was one of their jailers.
Dutch students march for better climate policies
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Thousands of students skipped classes Thursday and marched past the Dutch parliament, calling for more ambitious climate policies in the Netherlands.
The noisy but peaceful demonstration by Dutch students follows similar marches in recent weeks in neighboring Belgium that also have drawn thousands of protesters.
The protests there continued, too, with thousands more teenagers demonstrating in several cities for the fifth week in a row.
The Latest: Belgian students march in climate protests
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Latest on student climate protests (all times local):
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.
The Latest: Belgian official quits after climate plot remark
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on climate change activism in Belgium (all times local):
A Belgian environment minister has been forced to resign after saying she had state security confirmation that massive climate demonstrations in recent weeks were staged as a plot against her.
The regional environment minister, Joke Schauvliege, initially refused to step down after admitting she had no such information from state security services.
Belgian police have 1 suspect behind bars in bank robbery
ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) — Authorities have arrested a suspect in the spectacular weekend bank robbery in Antwerp's famed diamond district, and continue investigating the tunnels dug to get inside the vault for further clues about the heist.
The Antwerp prosecutor's office said Tuesday that a 27-year-old man from Georgia was arrested for grand theft and belonging to a gang. Police continued looking for more suspects, and for the loot, after some 30 deposit boxes were emptied at the bank on Sunday.
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A tunnel, a hole in the floor: Belgium ponders bank heist
BRUSSELS (AP) — 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 — some 30 empty deposit boxes, a hole in the floor, a tunnel to the sewage system.
AP Interview: Puigdemont says Catalan trial ‘vengeance’
WATERLOO, Belgium (AP) — The leader of Catalonia's failed secession bid in 2017 says that Spain will seek "vengeance" rather than justice when 12 of his separatist allies stand trial next week accused of rebellion and other charges.
Belgium says willing to receive ex-Ivory Coast president
BRUSSELS (AP) — 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 out "in the coming days."
Marouane Fellaini leaves Man United to join Chinese club
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini has left Manchester United to move to China to play for Shandong Luneng.
The 31-year-old Fellaini made 177 appearances for United after joining in 2013. He followed David Moyes from Everton to become the club's first major signing of the post-Alex Ferguson era.
Fellaini, who last year signed a new and improved deal until 2020, was a key figure at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho.
Thousands of Belgian teens skip school for 4th climate march
BRUSSELS (AP) — 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 as many protesters as the youth movement spread further across the country. In Leuven, close to Brussels, there were more than 3,000 protesters, including many primary school pupils.
Daughters of slain Israeli couple face accused in Belgium
BRUSSELS (AP) — 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 when Emanuel and Miriam Riva were shot at point blank range on May 24, 2014 — spoke of two devoted parents who were in the Belgian capital on vacation to mark their wedding anniversary.
EU-Canada trade deal gets green light from legal adviser
BRUSSELS (AP) — 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.
Some 70,000 Brussels protesters demand action on climate
BRUSSELS (AP) — At least 70,000 people braved cold and rain in Brussels on Sunday to demand the Belgian government and the European Union increase their efforts to fight climate change, the Belgian capital's fourth climate rally in two months to attract at least 10,000 participants.
Elia Viviani wins Cadel Evans Road Race over Ewan
GEELONG, Australia (AP) — Italy's Elia Viviani won the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Cycle Race on Sunday, edging Australian Caleb Ewan in a sprint finish.
Viviani was runner-up in the race last year to Australia's Jay McCarthy but was able to go one better this season with help from his powerful Belgium-based team Decuninck-Quick Step.
While Viviani went on to record 18 wins in an extraordinary 2018 season, his second placing in the Cadel Evans race was an irritation.
Congo’s surprise new leader in 1st peaceful power transfer
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi was sworn in as Congo's president Thursday, marking the country's first peaceful transfer of power since independence from Belgium nearly 60 years ago, and immediately announced plans for the release of all political prisoners.
The 55-year-old Tshisekedi succeeds Joseph Kabila, the strongman who governed the largely impoverished and corruption-riddled Central African country for 18 years before stepping down under pressure.
In Congo, the Tshisekedi no one had expected takes power
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — 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.
Dutch magazine cuts ties with reporter over suspect stories
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Media in the Netherlands and Belgium said Tuesday and Wednesday that they have cut ties with a freelance reporter amid allegations he plagiarized other media and cited sources in stories who could not be traced.
The scandal was another blow to the reputation of journalism in Western Europe, following a high profile case in Germany last month.
AP Interview: Europol ties together tennis match-fixer rings
PARIS (AP) — 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, told The Associated Press in a phone interview that there are "strong indications" the fixers were also involved in volleyball, beach volleyball, and basketball.
From FIFA to field hockey, Weil takes on new event challenge
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — 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 of the FIH Pro League.
Thousands skip school again to go to Belgium climate protest
BRUSSELS (AP) — 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 for our future," highlighted the march, which was free of incidents.
Europeans unravel massive tennis match-fixing ring
PARIS (AP) — The crooked tennis players knew him as "Maestro." To European investigators, the Armenian based in Belgium is emerging as the suspected ringleader of an organized gambling syndicate suspected of fixing hundreds of matches and paying off more than 100 players from around Europe.
Suspect in Brussels Jewish museum attack refuses to testify
BRUSSELS (AP) — A French citizen charged with "terrorist murder" for the slayings of four people at a Jewish museum in Belgium refused to testify at his trial Tuesday, saying he didn't commit the killings but the court had barred witnesses who could have spoken on his behalf.
Police in Portugal, Belgium break up sham marriages ring
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The European Union's law enforcement agency says authorities in Belgium and Portugal have dismantled a gang suspected of organizing sham marriages between mostly Portuguese women and Pakistani men.
Europol says in a statement Tuesday the men were seeking to obtain residence rights in the European Union and the women were paid several thousand euros (dollars) to marry them.
Feuding French rappers seek to take dispute to boxing ring
BRUSSELS (AP) — Two French rappers who fought a running battle inside a Paris airport with their entourages over the summer are seeking to take their dispute into a boxing ring in Belgium.
Booba, one of France's most successful rap artists, announced on social media a "light-heavyweight category" bout at the Palais 12 venue in Brussels on April 5.
Jewish museum attack suspect on trial in Belgium
BRUSSELS (AP) — 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.
Convicted terrorist charged over Belgium attacks data theft
BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian authorities said Wednesday that they have arrested a man who served jail time on terrorism charges over the theft of a computer hard drive containing autopsy reports about the victims of the suicide bombings in Brussels in 2016.
Europe’s top rights court to hear Belgian euthanasia case
LONDON (AP) — 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 Tuesday, lawyers for Tom Mortier said they brought their case to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg after Belgian authorities declined to pursue it.