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Uber in Landmark Court Battle on Tuesday to Escape Strict Rules

BRUSSELS, Nov 28 – Uber will seek to convince Europe’s top court next week that it is a digital service, not a transport company, in a case that could determine whether app-based startups should be exempt from strict laws meant for regular companies. The European Commission is trying to boost e-commerce, a sector where the

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Hackers Attack EU Executive but no Data Breach -spokesman

BRUSSELS, Nov 25 – Hackers attacked the European Commission’s computers on Thursday, flooding the EU executive’s servers with digital service requests, but while connection speeds were affected, there was no data breach, the Commission said. “Yesterday afternoon the Commission was targeted by an attempt to saturate our internet connection,” Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas told a

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Five Arrested in Europe on Suspicion of Forming Daesh Cell

MADRID, Sept 28 – Spanish, German and Belgian authorities have arrested five people suspected of forming an “active and dangerous” Daesh cell and promoting Islamist militancy in the three countries, Spain’s interior ministry said on Wednesday. Four were Spanish and one was Moroccan, it said. Two were detained in Barcelona, one in Spain’s North African

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“No Need to Write, David,” Impatient EU Tells Cameron

By Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS, June 26 – Britain need not send a formal letter to the European Union to trigger a two-year countdown to its exit from the bloc, EU officials said, implying British Prime Minister David Cameron could start the process when he speaks at a summit on Tuesday. “‘Triggering’ … could either be

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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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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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