Belgium

Daesh Claims Responsibility for Machete Attack in Belgium

By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS, Aug 7 – Daesh claimed responsibility on Sunday for an attack by a machete-wielding man in Belgium that left two female police officers seriously injured, the group’s Amaq news agency said on Twitter. Shortly before the claim, Belgian prosecutors had identified the assailant as a 33-year-old Algerian, K.B., who had lived

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Israel: EU’S Growing Concern

A two-state solution may be out of reach By Ben White On June 3, a few days before the 49th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, diplomats gathered in Paris for a conference framed as a preliminary step towards reviving official Israeli-Palestinian peace talks – though without the presence of either’s respective

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Belgian Police Detain 12 Suspected of Planning New Attacks

By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS, June 18 – Belgian police arrested 12 people suspected of planning new attacks after about 40 houses were searched across the country overnight, the federal prosecutor’s office said on Saturday. Europe is on high security alert, with the Euro 2016 soccer tournament underway in neighbouring France, after Islamist suicide bombers killed

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Belgian Police Alerted to Daesh Fighters En Route to Europe

BRUSSELS, June 15 – Belgian police have received an anti-terror alert warning that a group of Daesh fighters recently left Syria en route for Europe planning attacks in Belgium and France, a security source said on Wednesday. The Belgian crisis centre in charge or coordinating security responses said that an alert had been circulated to all

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Prosecutor Seeks 10-Year Sentence for Brother of Paris Attacker

PARIS, June 7 – A French prosecutor on Monday demanded the maximum 10-year jail sentence for the brother of one of the Paris attackers, who is accused of travelling to Syria to train as a militant fighter. Karim and Foued Mohamed-Aggad were among a group that travelled to Syria in December 2013. Karim came back to

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Alienation Grows in Brussels District that Bred Paris Attackers

By Alissa de Carbonnel BRUSSELS, June 1 – When Moroccan-born former boxer Mohamed Idrissi orders a young man out of his gym for smoking, the respect is tangible. The youngster stubs out his cigarette and leaves, head bowed. Inside the gym, the muted thud of leather gloves striking punchbags resumes. Idrissi’s influence goes beyond his

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Raided Belgian Cell Had Possible Targets in Second City Antwerp

BRUSSELS, May 26 – A suspected Belgian Islamist group raided on Wednesday had potential attack targets in Belgium’s second city of Antwerp including the main railway station, a source close to the investigation said on Thursday. Belgian police searched eight homes on Wednesday, mostly in the port city, and detained four teenagers who were charged

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Brother of Brussels Suicide Bomber Set for Rio Olympics

BRUSSELS, May 21 – Mourad Laachraoui, the brother of one of the Brussels suicide bombers, has won gold at the European Taekwondo Championships and is now set to compete for Belgium at the Olympic Games in Brazil. Older brother Najim, 24, was one of two suicide bombers who blew himself up at Brussels Airport on

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Paris Attacks Suspect Extradited to France From Belgium

By Brian Love and Simon Carraud PARIS, April 27 – Salah Abdeslam, believed to be the sole survivor among a group of Islamist militants who killed 130 people in Paris in November, was extradited to France from Belgium on Wednesday. Abdeslam, 26, was Europe’s most wanted fugitive until his capture in Brussels on March 18

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