Belgium to expand targeted security measures in Brussels

Belgium to expand targeted security measures in Brussels

Belgian authorities plan to expand their intensified law-enforcement efforts beyond Molenbeek, the Brussels neighborhood that was home to several suicide bombers, said officials, who also publicly detailed steps taken in recent months to curb terror threats, Fox News reported. The “Canal Plan”—so called because a canal separates Molenbeek from the center of Brussels—was implemented in February after the November terrorist attacks in Paris revealed that several of the Islamic State fighters had grown up in the Brussels neighborhood. Some left for Syria and came back undetected by using fake documents…

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Tens of thousands of Belgians protest reforms, labor law

Tens of thousands of Belgians protest reforms, labor law

Tens of thousands of workers have rallied in the Belgian capital to protest against government reforms and labor laws, disrupting public transport and traffic. Brussels police spokeswoman Ilse Van de Keere said around 45,000 people took part in Thursday’s protest, the fourth since Prime Minister Charles Michel took office in 2014. The march ended peacefully. Tensions have been high since U.S. heavy equipment maker Caterpillar announced the closure of its Belgian production plant, meaning the loss of more than 2,000 jobs. Marc Goblet, head of the FGTB trade union, said…

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Confrontation at Molenbeek – five arrests

Confrontation at Molenbeek – five arrests

The Brussels-West police zone carried out five arrests on Sunday afternoon, which brought police into conflict close to the metro station Beekkant in Molenbeek-Saint-Jean. Two policemen were injured and several police vehicles were damaged by stones and other projectiles, Johan Berckmans, the commissioner indicated. Around 4.30 p.m. calm was restored a police spokesperson said. Commisioner Berckmans explained, “Problems began when our anti-banditry police squad undertook a check around 2 p.m. above the metro station.” He went on, “Two individuals were arrested. Several youngsters in the neighbourhood got worked up and…

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Under fire Trump admits Obama is American

Under fire Trump admits Obama is American

After years of fueling conspiracy theories, Republican White House nominee Donald Trump admitted Friday that President Barack Obama is an American as he tried to neutralize damaging charges of racism. But he also stepped up attacks against his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, accusing her of initiating the doubts about Obama and later raising the specter of violence against her again. In a much-hyped televised event, Trump gave a lengthy plug for his new Washington hotel before acknowledging that “President Barack Obama was born in the United States, period.” The mogul-turned-politico…

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Sadiq Khan and leaders of world’s megacities unite to demand climate change action

Sadiq Khan and leaders of world’s megacities unite to demand climate change action

Sadiq Khan has joined forces with leaders of the world’s biggest cities to demand governments take urgent action against climate change. Leaders from 30 cities including Paris, Tokyo, Sydney, New York, Cape Town and Rio de Janeiro called on national leaders to work with them to “build a low carbon, climate safe world”. It comes as Theresa May prepares for the G20 meeting in Hangzhou, China, next week, in which the world’s leading nations will discuss climate change. In an open letter, the mayors welcomed government moves to secure the…

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Hong Kong tycoon donates £1m to Garden Bridge

Hong Kong tycoon donates £1m to Garden Bridge

A Hong Kong based tycoon has donated £1 million to London’s Garden Bridge project, it was revealed today. Victor Lo, the chairman and chief executive of Gold Peak Industries, was among the names of donors disclosed under freedom of information requests. Fashion house Burberry has given £250,000 towards the £175 million Thames crossing which is set to become a unique attraction. The Garden Bridge Trust needs to raise another £52 million to deliver the horticultural oasis designed by Thomas Heatherwick. Theresa May’s new government backed the scheme last week and…

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Belgians lived shorter lives in 2015

Belgians lived shorter lives in 2015

The average Belgian lost on average 64 days of life expectancy in 2015. The country’s life expectancy was 80.9 years at birth, according to mortality figures published Thursday by DG Statistique of SPF Économie. This decline is however not unprecedented, with a similar situation having occurred in 2012. Segregated by sex, life expectancy was 83.16 last year for women and 78.55 for men. Flanders was once again the region where people lived longest (81.79 years), followed by Brussels (80.86) and finally Wallonia (79.26). The downturn of 2015 was more limited…

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Blast at Brussels crime lab, no casualties

Blast at Brussels crime lab, no casualties

A explosion “of criminal origin” at Belgium’s national criminology institute in Brussels early Monday caused a fire and major damage but no casualties, officials said. Belgian media said the blast was caused by a car which rammed the building. It comes as Belgium remains on high alert following the devastating IS-claimed suicide attacks on the city’s airport and metro in March. “There was no one at the site” in the northern Brussels suburb of Neder-Over-Heembeek, a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office told AFP, refusing to comment on the cause except…

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Belgium stunned after Anti-Christian Muslim video emerges

Belgium stunned after Anti-Christian Muslim video emerges

With the continuous high alert warning in Europe, it is no wonder that a viral anti-Christian video of an imam’s 16-year-old son would draw outrage from Christians living in Belgium. That throws thick shadow on constant mumbling about ‘the peaceful religion’. According to Haaretz, the Muslim teenager in the video was chanting “Allah, kill the despicable Christians! Allah, kill each and every last one of them!” The video was reportedly recorded during the Ramadan this year, and was only translated after the horrific terrorist killing of French priest Jacques Hamel…

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Belgian jailed for 5 years for killing son in Singapore

Belgian jailed for 5 years for killing son in Singapore

A Belgian expatriate who previously lived in Luxembourg was sentenced to five years’ jail in Singapore on Monday for killing his five-year-old son last year while suffering from severe depression during a child custody battle. Philippe Graffart, 42, was sentenced on a reduced charge of culpable homicide instead of murder, after psychiatric findings showed he had “diminished responsibility” for suffocating his son Keryan with a pillow in their apartment. Murder is punishable by hanging in Singapore. Judicial Commissioner Hoo Sheau Peng said she took into consideration the grievous nature of…

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