Brussels area close to EU reopened after bomb alert
BRUSSELS (AP) — Police in Brussels have reopened a street close to the European Union headquarters after a bomb threat was sent to a company linked to the EU.
LONDON (AP) — The speaker of Britain's House of Commons dealt a potentially fatal blow to Prime Minister Theresa May's ailing Brexit deal on Monday, saying the government couldn't keep asking...
BRUSSELS (AP) — Across Brussels, British residents are waking up. The first thing midwife Jo Everatt does is to check websites for Brexit updates. Lobbyist Brian O'Riordan scans two newspapers....
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) — Aid organizations appealed Tuesday for funds to help Syria recover from an eight-year war that has driven almost 6 million people out of the country, as donors from nearly 85...
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) — The Latest on the murder trial from slayings of four people at Brussels Jewish museum (all times local):
A Belgian court says a Frenchman suspected of working...
BRUSSELS (AP) — Chinese tech company Huawei on Tuesday opened a cybersecurity lab in Brussels, the heart of the European Union, as it tries to win over government leaders and fight back U.S....
BRUSSELS (AP) — Brexit talks with the European Union are making progress, a senior British government minister said Tuesday, as Prime Minister Theresa May seeks concessions from Brussels to help...
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...
Thousands of Belgian youths protest for more climate action
BRUSSELS (AP) — Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg has led thousands of Belgian students in a climate change march — the second she's led in as many weeks to draw more attention to the...
EU Parliament election could upend politics across Europe
BRUSSELS (AP) — EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was so stupefied after Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban attacked his migration policies that he publicly muttered "I cannot believe...
Swedish teen leads Belgian students on 7th climate march
BRUSSELS (AP) — Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg led a march of thousands of Belgian students who are skipped classes for the seventh Thursday in a row to march through Brussels and draw more...
UK’s May, EU chief call latest Brexit talks ‘constructive’
BRUSSELS (AP) — After the resignations of three of her party's lawmakers over Brexit, British Prime Minister Theresa May came away from more talks on preventing the U.K. from crashing out of the...
EU border guard chief says ‘no burning crisis’ over migrants
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union faces "no burning crisis" right now over migrant arrivals, but more people from Africa are trying to enter Europe through Spain from Morocco, the head of the...
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EU states mixed on Trump demand to take back IS fighters
BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump's demand that European countries take back their citizens fighting in Syria received a mixed reaction Monday, as nations voiced concerns about how to bring home-grown Islamic State extremists to trial.
The question of such foreign fighters has been a conundrum for the Europeans for several years. Islamic State prisoners could be exposed to torture or the death penalty if they remain in jail in Syria or Iraq, and the EU opposes the death penalty.
11,000 march in Brussels climate protest
BRUSSELS (AP) — Thousands of Belgian teenagers skipping school to protest for better climate protections have been joined by university students and grandparents for a sixth straight week of marches to keep pressure on authorities to do more.
Police say the demonstration in Brussels drew at least 11,000 people on Thursday.
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.
The Latest: May vows to deliver Brexit on time
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):
British Prime Minister Theresa May has vowed that she will deliver Britain's departure from the EU on time following another session of talks with EU leaders.
Despite fundamental differences over whether the draft withdrawal agreement May negotiated with the EU should be changed to address strong objections by British lawmakers, May pledged to achieve an orderly withdrawal by the March 29 deadline.
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.
EU chief ponders ‘special place in hell’ for some Brexiteers
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Council President Donald Tusk took a swipe Wednesday at some Brexit-backers in Britain, wondering aloud what "special place in hell" might be reserved for those who had no idea how to deliver the country's exit from the European Union.
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EU, Arab League agree to disagree over meeting statement
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and Arab League say they agree on tackling conflicts in Syria and Yemen or stalled Middle East peace efforts but were unable to approve a joint statement at talks in Brussels.
The organizations' ministers were preparing Monday for a summit in the Egyptian city of Sharm el-Sheikh on Feb 24-25.
Asked about the holdup, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said "common ground was there on 90-95 percent of issues."
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 won’t budge on Brexit deal as May seeks cross-party unity
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders offered a united chorus of "No" on Wednesday to Britain's belated bid to negotiate changes to the Brexit divorce deal, with one official calling on British lawmakers to stop bickering and work out a cross-party approach.
In London, Prime Minister Theresa May acknowledged that her government hasn't decided exactly how it will try to change the deal to address British lawmakers' concerns about the Irish border.
The Latest: EU calls for cross-party approach to Brexit
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Brexit negotiations (all times local):
The European Parliament's chief Brexit official has called on British Prime Minister Theresa May and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn to start working on a cross-party approach as the best way to achieve an orderly withdrawal of Britain from the EU before March 29.
Belgian prosecutors probe theft at attack lawyer’s office
BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian prosecutors said Wednesday that they are investigating an apparent attempt to intimidate a lawyer in the trial of a suspect in the 2014 shooting attack at the Brussels Jewish Museum.
Germany says EU soon to launch Iran funding scheme
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is on the verge of launching an alternative channel to send money to Iran that would sidestep U.S. sanctions against the Islamic republic, Germany's foreign minister said Monday.
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.
32,000 Belgian students march to demand climate protections
BRUSSELS (AP) — Thousands of students skipped school for the third week in a row and more than 30,000 swamped the center of Brussels to demand better protection of the world's climate.
What started out as a march of a few thousand high school students swelled to a vocal movement that Thursday also included many that skipped courses at university. Brussels police estimated the crowds at 32,000, who braved the cold and snowy conditions.
The Latest: Trump, Pelosi flex muscle, shutdown goes on
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the partial government shutdown (all times local):
President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are both flexing their political powers as the negotiations to end the monthlong partial government shutdown remain stalled.
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.
Theft of church painting puzzles Belgian police
BRUSSELS (AP) — It's probably not a long-lost painting by Michelangelo. It almost certainly wasn't stolen by a sophisticated gang of international art thieves. But the disappearance of a painting that a priest claimed resembled a work by the Renaissance master has Belgian investigators scratching their heads.
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.
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.
Brussels Jewish museum shooting suspect appears in court
BRUSSELS (AP) — 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 four with a handgun and an assault rifle in the Brussels Jewish museum in May 2014. His alleged accomplice, Nacer Bendrer, 30, also appeared in court.
Kosovo betrayed by EU on visa-free travel, premier says
BRUSSELS (AP) — Kosovo's prime minister said Monday the country feels betrayed by the European Union, which it is aspiring to join one day, because of the bloc's delays on enacting visa-free travel for its citizens.
Ramush Haradinaj's comments came in a speech he made in Brussels at a meeting with senior EU officials.
Kosovo's citizens "feel betrayed and disillusioned with the EU," he said. "Time is not our friend. We should see concrete progress."
Police, anti-migration protesters clash at EU headquarters
BRUSSELS (AP) — 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.
About 5,000 people gathered on Sunday for the march that local authorities initially banned for fear of violence. Belgium's high court overturned the ban, citing the right to protest peacefully.
May aims to rescue Brexit plan; EU says ball’s in UK’s court
BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May launched a rescue mission for her ailing Brexit deal Friday, after the European Union rebuffed her request to sweeten the divorce agreement so she can win over hostile lawmakers at home.
The Latest: UK minister says Brexit bill can pass Parliament
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):
Britain's environmental secretary says Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit bill can survive in Parliament despite strong opposition.
Michael Gove said Friday he thinks the contentious bill can pass in Parliament although he did not offer details about how parliamentary support can be gained in the coming weeks.
"Yes, I think it can," he said when asked about whether the bill could win a majority in Parliament.
EU leaders wary of May’s plea for help selling Brexit deal
BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May implored European Union leaders Thursday to help her sell the Brexit divorce deal at home, only to be told that her proposals are not clear enough for the bloc to offer a helping hand now.
Instead, the EU said it would plow ahead with plans for a cliff-edge "no-deal" Brexit on March 29, with a raft of contingency measures to be presented next week.