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Belgium hunts Jewish museum gunman amid fears of anti-Semitism

Belgian police hunted down a gunman Sunday who shot dead three people including two Israelis in an attack on the Brussels Jewish Museum reviving fears of a fresh wave of anti-Semitism in Europe. The first attack against a Jewish target in Belgium for……

Belgium close to agreeing euthanasia for children

Belgium, one of only a few countries to allow euthanasia, on Wednesday moved a step closer to extending mercy-killing to terminally-ill children. A proposed draft bill to extend the practice some experts say already takes place outside the law was approved by the Senate’s justice and social affairs committee after…

Separatists chant ‘Death to Belgium’ at country’s new royal couple

Belgium’s newly-crowned royals, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, faced a crowd of separatist hecklers on their first foray into the rebellious port city of Antwerp on Friday. Though several hundred people lined up to greet Philippe, who ascended to the throne in July after his father’s abdication, an equally big…

Striking Belgian firefighters hose down the cops

When Belgium’s firefighters were threatened with a government attempt to raise their retirement age, they fought back using the tools of their trade. According to Russia Today, “Several hundred firemen broke through police cordons and hosed down the prime minister’s office. The men, dressed in full gear, were smiling as…

Belgium says 674 people got PIP breast implants

At least 674 people were fitted in Belgium with potentially faulty breast implants made by French firm PIP, nearly seven times more than previously estimated, the health ministry said Monday. About 300,000 women in 65 countries are estimated to have received implants made by PIP, which allegedly used an illegal industrial-grade gel that investigators say has…

Five women in Belgium have had PIP implants removed

Five women in Belgium have had potentially faulty breast implantsmade by French firm PIP removed since the beginning of December, the country’s health watchdog said Saturday. The Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products (AFMPS) had received the information because a royal decree obliged health professionals to keep it informed of such matters, spokeswomanAnn Eeckhout told AFP. To…

Belgian king names new government after 18-month crisis

BRUSSELS — Belgian King Albert II named Socialist Elio Di Rupo to head a new government Monday, turning the page on 540 days without a government — the longest political crisis in the country’s history. A palace statement said “the King this evening received Elio Di Rupo at Belvedere castle…

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