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Lukaku sends Belgium to World Cup with 2-1 win in Greece

Monday, 4 September 2017

Belgium became the first European team to qualify for next year’s World Cup when a Romelu Lukaku header gave them a dramatic 2-1 win away to Greece on Sunday. Belgium became the sixth team to make sure of their place at the 2018 tournament alongside Brazil, Japan, Iran and Mexico, plus Russia who qualified automatically as hosts. The win left Belgium with 22 points from eight games at the top of Group H, eight clear of Bosnia who won 4-0 away to Gibraltar. They ...

Belgian FM stresses need for ‘transparent financial flows’ in Qatar meeting

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Belgium stressed on the need for a mechanism to ensure the “transparency of financial flows” to religious institutions in a meeting between Belgian and Qatari foreign ministers on Friday.Belgian diplomat Didier Reynders met with his Qatari counterpart Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani to discuss the Gulf crisis which has seen Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt cut diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar since June. The four Arab states accuse Doha of supporting ...

WATCH: CCTV footage shows suspected Barcelona attackers at petrol station

Thursday, 24 August 2017

A CCTV video has emerged showing the suspected attackers behind last week’s Barcelona terror attack laughing at a petrol station in Cambrils earlier that same day. A Spanish news site had featured images of the three young men at the petrol stop, one they allegedly frequented. The site also noted that the men had visited the stop four times the same day. Similarly, ISIS that immediately claimed responsibility for the attack in Catalonia, had aired footage on Wednesday night showing ...

Belgian-Moroccan boxer Mohamed El Marcouchi aims to redefine Molenbeek

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Brussels, Belgium - Mohamed El Marcouchi, 29, is a Belgian boxer of Moroccan origin. He recently won the African super lightweight boxing title. Born in Molenbeek, a municipality in the heart of Brussels that has been described by some foreign media as “a hotspot for international terrorism” after the 2016 Paris and Brussels attacks. His success has not come easy and fighting his young life so far against many difficulties, prejudices and discrimination. His ambition and ...

Top Europe court upholds ban on full-face veil in Belgium

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday upheld a Belgian ban on wearing the full-face niqab veil in public.The court ruled that the restriction sought to guarantee social cohesion, the "protection of the rights and freedoms of others" and that it was "necessary in a democratic society", a statement said.Belgian banned the wearing of the full-face veil under a June 2011 law. It prohibits appearing in public "with a face masked or hidden, in whole or in part, in such ...

Belgian federal prosecutor fears an imminent attack

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Several suspects are still wanted within the framework of a terrorism case that led on Wednesday to a series of searches in Anderlecht, a neighbourhood of Brussels. “We can’t exclude a similar scenario as the one of March 22, 2016 Brussels attacks, but for the moment we have no element that goes into that sense of this hypothesis,” said the Prosecutor to Belga, the Belgian press agency. One day after the searches that led to the arrest of the brothers Saouti, Akim and Khalid, ...

Brussels bomber identified as 36-year-old Moroccan

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

The man shot dead at Brussels Central Station on Tuesday after an abortive detonation of a nail bomb in a bag was a Moroccan national, aged 36, who had no history of being a terrorist suspect, a prosecutor said on Wednesday. Eric Van Der Sypt told a news conference that the man’s initials were O.Z. and that his home in Brussels’ Molenbeek district had been searched. He said the man had not been wearing a suicide belt. He shouted “Allahu akbar” -- God is greater, in Arabic ...

Belgium raises security in Antwerp after high speed car

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Belgian authorities tightened security Thursday in the port city of Antwerp after a Frenchman drove his car at high speed through a busy shopping area, forcing pedestrians to jump out of the way. French President Francois Hollande compared the incident to the attack in London that that left three people dead Wednesday, saying the Frenchman was “trying to kill people or create a dramatic event.” The federal prosecutor’s office said the car was intercepted late Thursday morning ...

Amid spike in racism, Belgium struggles to open police to Muslim minority

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Tarek Chatt says he is one of only two Brussels policemen of Moroccan descent who grew up and is working in the same streets as the Islamist militants who attacked Paris and Brussels. Police and security experts say increasing police diversity in communities like the largely Muslim borough of Molenbeek, where a key suspect in the Paris attacks lived and then hid, is crucial for improving intelligence and spotting radicalization. While Belgian officials want more tip-offs to prevent the kind of ...

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