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Farmers, unions defy EU-US trade talks

2014-12-19 20:00

Farmers and trade unionists are protesting against a EU and US plan to set up a trans-Atlantic free trade zone.

National transport strike hits Belgium

2014-12-15 12:15

A national strike is crippling Belgium, with flights grounded, trains at a standstill and businesses across the country blocked by picket lines.

SA not alone in load shedding

2014-12-02 07:30
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Belgians are being asked to cut down on power usage and forgo Christmas lighting cheer after three of the country’s nuclear power stations were closed down.

EU committed to tackling ISIS beheading

2014-11-17 12:31

The European Union says it remains "fully committed" to tackling the threat posed by ISIS after the beheading of Peter Kassig.

Brussels protest turns violent

2014-11-06 18:53

The Brussels fire brigade says several people have been seriously injured during anti-government demonstrations in Belgium, according to broadcaster RTL.

Spanish woman had €55 500 hidden in stomach

2014-10-27 09:36

A woman arriving from Belgium has been arrested at an airport in the Dominican Republic with €55 500 hidden in her stomach and €54 600 in her luggage, anti-drugs police say

EU nations threaten to block green energy rules

2014-10-23 07:56

EU leaders face hours of haggling as they seek to agree on a new decade of climate and energy policy with nations from Poland to Portugal threatening to block a deal.

Belgium launches its biggest Islamist extremist trial

2014-09-29 22:25

Belgian prosecutors have accused 46 members of Sharia4Belgium of belonging to a terrorist organisation and brainwashing young men in Belgium into fighting a holy war in Syria.

Belgian synagogue hit by suspected arson attack

2014-09-16 19:34

Belgian authorities are investigating a suspected arson attack on a synagogue in the capital Brussels, prosecutors say.

Merc chiefs vow to 'cool hot heads'

2014-08-28 10:33

Mercedes F1 chiefs have resolved to cool the feud between its title-warring team mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg caused by a controversial crash during the 2014 Spa F1 GP.

'Remarkable' Ricciardo: Title hunt now on

2014-08-25 11:12

Red Bull's surprise newcomer Daniel Ricciardo, winner of the 2014 Belgian GP, has declared himself in the hunt for the Formula 1 title. What will Mercedes' bickering pair say?

Nico in hot water after Spa crash?

2014-08-25 08:13

Just when the Mercedes star wars was simmering down it's back to a new peak after a crash on Lap 2 during the Belggian GP on Sunday. Now Nico Rosberg might have to pay the consequences...

Off again, on again: Marussia saves Chilton seat

2014-08-22 12:27

Caterham's Kamui Kobayashi was not going to be the only F1 regular sitting out the 2014 Belgian GP as Marussia ousted driver Max Chilton...Then the team changed its mind.

Sixth engine grid-penalty for Vettel?

2014-08-22 11:08

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel's 2014 season could be set to go from bad to worse if he is given another penalty ahead of the 2014 Belgium GP on Sunday.

Thieves nab Belgian PM's laptop from car

2014-08-21 19:01

Thieves have broken into the official car of Belgian Prime Minister Elio di Rupo, stealing his laptop and personal documents.

EU demands 'real-world' fuel test

2014-08-20 13:22

EU regulators are preparing draft legislation that will require fuel consumption to be tested on roads rather than in laboratories, as it seeks to close loopholes that allow automakers to exaggerate fuel-saving and emissions credentials.

EU freezes assets over oil to Syria

2014-07-23 17:32

The EU has frozen the assets of two oil- trading firms accused of organising covert shipments of oil to Syria.

Belgium strike late to sink US

2014-07-02 01:02

Extra-time goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku have sealed a thrilling victory for Belgium over a spirited US.

Ugandans jailed for tourist murder

2014-06-11 16:47

Four Ugandans have been jailed for up to 30 years for murdering a Belgian tourist hiking in a national park over six years ago.

Suspect in Brussels Jewish museum arrested

2014-06-01 11:00

The Paris prosecutor's office says a man has been arrested in the investigation of a shooting at a Jewish museum in Brussels that left at least three people dead.

Hunt on for gunman, attack claims fourth victim

2014-05-25 21:00

An attack on a Brussels Jewish Museum has claimed a fourth victim as Belgian police carried out a manhunt for the gunman, releasing chilling video footage of the shooting.

EU wants to boost energy savings

2014-05-20 21:15

EU policymakers are considering a goal to increase energy efficiency by 2030 as part of efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Watch Rossi test new Bridgestones!

2014-05-13 10:55

You want to ride like Valentino Rossi in MotoGP? Tyremaker Bridgestone has developed a motorcycle road tyre using racing technology - and The Doctor says you'll be, er, OK.

Brussels air catastrophe narrowly avoided

2014-05-05 22:19

Angry Brussels residents say a Turkish cargo plane following a controversial new flight path over the city almost caused an aviation catastrophe.

Belgium crushes 1.5 tons of seized ivory

2014-04-10 05:45

Belgium has destroyed 1.5 ton of ivory seized at the country's ports and airports over the last 25 years, in a public condemnation of the illegal trade.

 

EU bans investment in Crimea

2014-12-18 16:30

The European Union has banned investment in Crimea, halting European help for Russian Black Sea oil and gas exploration.

Hacking of telecoms firm far-reaching

2014-12-14 11:06

Hacking at Belgian telecoms firm Belgacom, alleged to have been carried out by a British spy agency, has been more far-reaching than previously thought.

Belgian strike to hit trains, Antwerp port

2014-11-21 15:18

A strike in parts of Belgium is expected to disrupt rail services and one of Europe's largest ports as workers voice their anger over austerity measures.

EU extends ban on deep-sea shark fishing

2014-11-11 13:35

EU nations have extended their ban on deep-sea shark fishing for the European fleet for at least another two years, with only Spain and Portugal voting against.

100 000 protest Belgian labour reform

2014-11-06 17:29

One of Belgium's biggest postwar labour demonstrations brought some 100 000 workers to the capital to protest government free-market reforms and austerity measures.

Belgium extends Iraq air mission

2014-10-23 20:00

Belgium has said six F-16 fighter jets would continue operations until the end of the year as part of the US-led coalition trying to force back Islamic State militants in Iraq.

Brussels becomes latest EU airport to screen for Ebola

2014-10-20 13:06

Belgium's Brussels Airport has became the latest European hub to screen passengers for the deadly Ebola virus when a flight landed from Guinea via Sierra Leone, an airport spokesperson says.

Belgium thwarts jihadist attacks - report

2014-09-20 14:30

Belgian authorities have prevented several attacks by jihadist fighters returning home from Syria and by sympathisers with the Islamic State extremist group, a report says.

Belgium OKs sex offender's euthanasia request

2014-09-15 20:27

Belgium, one of only a few countries to allow euthanasia, has accepted a serial rapist's request that he be allowed to die, his lawyer says.

Ricciardo on high beam in Mercs' mirrors

2014-08-26 08:12

While Mercedes' drivers are at war Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo is basking in the aftermath of his third win, this time in Belgium. He's focusing on chasing down the silver cars.

Bernie's back at work: 'I paid way out'

2014-08-25 08:18

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone is officially back on the executive board of F1's parent company... even though he never really left.

Infiniti's Q50 Eau Rouge meets it's 'maker'

2014-08-22 14:00

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel has been involved with Infiniti's Q50 Eau Rouge - yes, named after the famous Spa's historic corner. Now, Vettel has put the beastly 'baby' through its paces on track. Watch the cool video!

Rosberg tops Belgian GP first practice

2014-08-22 12:14

Nico Rosberg trumped Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton during the first practice session ahead of the 2014 Belgian GP. The sessions saw two new drivers take on the Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

Perez: 'I'm here to stay'

2014-08-22 10:28

Sergio Perez says he expects to stay at Force India for the 2015 Formula 1season with an extension likely to be agreed in a matter of weeks.

Hamilton, Rosberg battle to resume in Spa

2014-08-21 12:36

Despite Formula 1 drivers being on holiday, no one really expects that the break has cooled the rivalry between championship leaders Mercedes' Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton ahead of the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix.

World leaders mark start of WWI

2014-08-04 20:21

World leaders have commemorated the 100th anniversary of the start WWI by warning of lessons to be learned in the face of today's many crises, including Ukraine.

Apple wins EU court case on store design

2014-07-10 21:00

Apple has won the EU court's backing to have its typical store layout registered as a trademark, rejecting a previous decision by German authorities.

Belgian pimp ordered to rename brothel

2014-06-30 20:14

A Belgian court barred a renowned pimp from naming his latest venture "DSK", the initials of disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss Kahn who filed the suit.

Frenchman admits to Brussels shooting in video

2014-06-01 18:55

A Frenchman who spent over a year in Syria has claimed responsibility for the deadly shooting at a Jewish Museum in Brussels in a video recording, prosecutors say.

EU leaders look for answers amid euroscepticism

2014-05-27 15:07

European leaders are set to carry out a post-mortem, with calls for reforms to the bloc following the dramatic breakthrough of nationalist, eurosceptic and anti-immigrant parties in EU elections.

Israelis among dead in Brussels shooting

2014-05-25 10:47

Two Israeli tourists are among the four victims of a shooting at Brussels' Jewish Museum, Israeli authorities have confirmed, as Belgium continues a manhunt for the perpetrator.

Anti-EU protest vote leaves business cold

2014-05-16 21:15

Intense lobbying prior to European elections has escalated fear that the rise of protest parties and anti-EU rebels can derail the process.

Belgium frees Burundi opposition leader

2014-05-07 12:19

Belgian authorities have released a prominent Burundian opposition leader who had been detained at the airport last week while he was on route to Italy.

Sarolea reveals 250km/h e-bike

2014-04-29 11:02

Belgian motorcycle Sarolea has teamed-up with Bridgestone as it reveals its SP7 electric superbike. Sarolea e-bike is capable of rocketing from 0-100km/h in 2.8 seconds!

Rwanda: Tearful memorial for Belgian troops

2014-04-08 14:48

Emotional commemorations have been held for a group of Belgian peacekeepers murdered at the start of Rwanda’s genocide 20 years ago.

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