Belgium Bomb Alert Was False Alarm as Arrested Suspect Admits Fabricating Story

Belgium Bomb Alert Was False Alarm as Arrested Suspect Admits Fabricating Story

Belgian authorities said Tuesday afternoon the person they arrested earlier in the day wearing a fake explosives belt had made up his story and the incident was a false alarm. The man, identified by authorities as J.B., called the police at 5:30 a.m. local time claiming he was kidnapped in a car before being dropped off near the shopping mall and strapped with an explosive belt designed to be detonated by a third party, prosecutors said. The suspect was arrested at City2, a shopping mall, wearing what the bomb squad…

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President Rivlin may meet with Mahmoud Abbas in Belgium

President Rivlin may meet with Mahmoud Abbas in Belgium

President of EU parliament attempts to coordinate meeting in Brussles between Israeli and PA presidents. Rivlin agrees, but Abbas yet to respond; Belgian PM: ‘I reaffirm Belgium’s commitment to fighting anti-Semitism.’ President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz is trying to bring about a meeting in Brussels between President Reuven Rivlin and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. The two are staying this week in Brussels and with Rivlin and Abbas set to address the European parliament on Wednesday and Thursday respectively. Schulz asked Rivlin if he would accept an invitation…

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Belgium remains on high alert after weekend arrests

Belgium remains on high alert after weekend arrests

Brussels remains on high alert with increased security after a weekend sweep which left three in jail facing terrorism charges. The MIVB metro system says a half dozen subway stations have reduced entry on request from authorities but all subway lines were running during the morning rush hour Monday. On Saturday, authorities charged three men with terror-related crimes after weekend raids and the detention of 40 people in a major investigation. Authorities said the probe required “immediate intervention” because they feared a new attack was close. Prime Minister Charles Michel…

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Céline Dion summer tour kicks off in Belgium Monday

Céline Dion summer tour kicks off in Belgium Monday

The highly publicized summer tour of Quebec superstar Céline Dion kicks off Monday night in Antwerp, Belgium. Dion will give 28 concerts in Europe and Quebec. She will perform twice in Antwerp, then nine times in Paris before coming home for concerts in Montreal, Quebec City and Trois-Rivières. Her first single from her upcoming French album Encore un soir is among the best sellers in France and Quebec.

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Brussels central station evacuated amid heightened security fears

Brussels central station evacuated amid heightened security fears

Brussels central train station was evacuated for about an hour on Sunday because of a suspicious suitcase amid heightened security fears in the Belgian capital after a huge anti-terror operation led to three men being charged with terrorism offences. The suitcase later turned out to be a false alarm but shows Belgium’s high state of alert as the Euro 2016 soccer tournament is under way in neighboring France, three months after Islamist bombers killed 32 people in Brussels. Investigators say the attackers had links to militants who carried out attacks…

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This Vintage-Inspired Royal Wedding in Belgium

This Vintage-Inspired Royal Wedding in Belgium

Another weekend, another royal wedding across the Atlantic that’s giving us all the bridal envy. The lucky couple are Belgium’s Princess Alex de Ligne and France’s Earl Guillaume de Dampierre who met at a party in Paris in 2010 and got engaged in February. Their wedding reception was held at the bride’s family chateau (#casual), also known at the Versailles of Belgium, and was attended by give or take … 800 guests including the Grand-Duke Henri of Luxembourg and his wife the Grand-Duchess Maria Teresa. The bride was stunning in…

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Beer Guy: New Belgium collaboration

Beer Guy: New Belgium collaboration

With New Belgium Brewing’s 25th anniversary happening this summer, the brewery has released something special: a box set of beer inspired by its flagship Fat Tire amber ale, but made by five outstanding American craft breweries. The Fat Tire and Friends collaborative box set is in stores and New Belgium’;s Asheville brewery has them all on tap in its Liquid Center tasting room, which has quickly become one of the most comfortable and popular brewery spots around the mountains. This was an interesting project. While all the beers are branded…

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Belgium charges three men with terrorism offences after overnight raids

Belgium charges three men with terrorism offences after overnight raids

Belgian prosecutors charged three men with terrorism offences on Saturday following overnight raids that took place amid heightened security in Belgium and France due to the Euro 2016 soccer tournament. Three months after Islamist bombers killed 32 people in Brussels, police searched dozens of houses across the country and arrested 12 people the night before Belgium’s Euro 2016 game against Ireland. Nine of them were released after questioning but three Belgian nationals identified as 27-year-old Samir C., 40-year-old Moustapha B., and 29-year-old Jawad B., were charged with “having attempted to…

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Man with ‘salt and biscuits’ suicide vest sparks Belgian security operation

Man with ‘salt and biscuits’ suicide vest sparks Belgian security operation

Prosecutors are still investigating whether the suspect, who has psychiatric problems, has genuine links to militant groups. A man with psychiatric problems, who was carrying a fake suicide belt full of salt and biscuits, was arrested on Tuesday after he triggered a major anti-terror operation at a Brussels shopping mall, prosecutors said. Prosecutors said they were still investigating whether the man – who had once claimed he had been urged to join the Islamic State group in Syria – had any genuine links to terrorism. The 26-year-old man, identified only…

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Belgium: Police free six arrested in connection with 2015 failed train terror attack

Belgium: Police free six arrested in connection with 2015 failed train terror attack

Six men arrested in connection with the August 2015 attack on a high speed train travelling from Amsterdam to Paris have been released without charge. Two people were injured by the Kalashnikov-wielding attacker on the train before he was overpowered by passengers. “They were released as planned after some checks,” a spokesman for the Belgian federal prosecutor told Reuters. “There were no charges, either.” Four of the men who foiled the train attack were subsequently awarded France’s highest honour, the Legion d’honneur. The alleged perpetrator, Ayoub el Khazzani, remains in…

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