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Inside 'Bomb Workshop,' Paris Fugitive's Fingerprint

Salah Abdeslam may have returned to Brussels apartment

(Newser) - Belgian authorities say they've found a hideout visited by Paris-attacks fugitive Salah Abdeslam. Police found traces of the explosive powder acetone peroxide, three handmade belts that could carry explosives, and Abdeslam's fingerprint in a third-floor apartment on Rue Bergé in Brussels' Schaerbeek district during a raid on Dec.... More »

Why Belgium Is Handing Land to the Netherlands

It has a little bit to do with a headless body

(Newser) - Throughout history, borders have caused unfathomable bloodshed, ageless feuds, and decades-old legal disputes, which makes plans for a friendly exchange of land between the Netherlands and Belgium all the more remarkable. The reason for such magnanimity? "Because it makes sense to do so," says Marcel Neven, the mayor... More »

Cops, Soldiers May Have Had Orgy During Hunt for Terrorists

The alleged sex party took place while Brussels was locked down on high alert

(Newser) - Soldiers and police officers in Belgium may have held an orgy in the midst of the hunt for terror suspects in the weeks following the Paris attacks, the BBC reports. According to the New York Times , the orgy was allegedly held sometime between Nov. 21 and Nov. 26—when the... More »

Belgium Arrests 2 It Says Plotted 'End-of-Year' Terror

Alleged plan was to attack 'emblematic' places

(Newser) - Two people have been arrested in Belgium on suspicion of planning attacks in Brussels during the holidays, the federal prosecutor's office said Tuesday. The investigation revealed "the threat of serious attacks that would target several emblematic places in Brussels and be committed during the end-of-year holidays," the... More »

Brussels Uses Cats to Lure Tourists Back

Tourism chiefs say they haven't lost their sense of humor

(Newser) - After a five-day lockdown prompted by the maximum security alert , Brussels officials are attempting to entice back tourists who may have been scared away by images of soldiers armed with machine guns in the capital's deserted streets. Their secret weapon? Cats. They became an unofficial mascot of the Brussels... More »

4th Suspect Charged in Paris Attacks

But Salah Abdeslam remains on the run

(Newser) - An alleged perpetrator of the Paris terror attacks remains at large, but authorities in Belgium may have nabbed one of his helpers. Prosecutors on Monday charged one of the people arrested in raids on Sunday with "participating in activities of a terrorist group and with [a] terrorist attack,"... More »

Belgians React to Raids With Twitterstorm of Cats

#BrusselsLockdown hashtag was meant to stymie terror suspects

(Newser) - Brussels may have been on lockdown Sunday , but residents' Twitter accounts weren't—and they tweeted photos of cats. As police continued anti-terror raids and their search for Paris attack suspects , including Salah Abdeslam, Belgian citizens were asked to keep their social media dark about any police activity so the... More »

Belgium Police Arrest 16, But Not Paris Fugitive

Salah Abdeslam not to be found

(Newser) - Belgian prosecutors announced early Monday that police had detained 16 people in 22 raids but that Paris fugitive Salah Abdeslam was not among them. Federal prosecutor Eric Van Der Sypt said no firearms or explosives were discovered in the raids—19 in Brussels and three in Charleroi in the country'... More »

Brussels Still on Alert, Seeking 'Several Suspects'

As brother of suspect Salah Abdeslam urges him: 'Surrender'

(Newser) - Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambon says "several suspects" tied to the Paris attacks could be at large in the country. Jambon told Flemish broadcaster VRT this is why Belgium has put so many security resources in place in the past few days. Authorities have previously said Salah Abdeslam, who... More »

Brussels Raises Terror Alert to Highest Level

Warning 'based on quite precise information'

(Newser) - Belgium's capital entered a security lockdown Saturday as the government warned of a threat of a repeat of Paris-style attacks, with subways in Brussels closed and heavily armed police and soldiers deployed. At least one suspect from the deadly Paris attacks is at large, and was last seen crossing... More »

WWII Nurse Who Saved Hundreds of US Soldiers Dies

Augusta Chiwy: 'I would have done it for anyone'

(Newser) - Augusta Chiwy was an American heroine, though she hailed from abroad. Chiwy, a wartime nurse who saved the lives of hundreds of American soldiers injured in the bloodiest battle of World War II, the Battle of the Bulge, died Sunday near Brussels at age 94. Born in what is now... More »

Belgium to Tweak 'Mayonnaise Law'

Manufacturers bound by old recipe

(Newser) - Mayonnaise is taken seriously in Belgium, but producers say the government's 60-year-old rules dictating how it gets made are starting to hurt. The problem is that those rules decree that the mayo be 80% fat and 7.7% yolk, and today's consumers don't like that much fat,... More »

Depressed 24-Year-Old Granted the Right to Die

'Laura' says she has been depressed since childhood

(Newser) - Euthanasia has been legal in Belgium for more than a decade, and 2013 saw 1,807 euthanasia cases in the country, per the Guardian . Occasionally, individual deaths garner international attention, as in the case of the pair of deaf identical twins who were euthanized in December 2012 after learning they... More »

Top Belgian Politician Found Dead After Rape Charge

Former Flemish Socialist Party leader's body pulled from canal

(Newser) - A leading politician in Belgium has been found dead hours after prosecutors announced that the 60-year-old would face trial for rape, indecent assault, and abuse of office. Police in the city of Hasselt say Steve Stevaert's body was recovered last night, reports the BBC . Stevaert was one of the... More »

GPS Fail Takes Tourists on 750-Mile Detour

Bus driver went to La Plagne in southern France, not La Plagne in the Alps

(Newser) - A group of 50 Belgian tourists headed to the Alps for a ski holiday were slightly confused when they woke up from their overnight bus ride and found themselves surrounded by … vineyards in the south of France. The snow hadn't melted at La Plagne ski resort, their true... More »

Greece Holds 4 Terror Suspects, Including Possible Belgium Ringleader

Investigators still looking for one man: reports

(Newser) - Greek police have detained four suspected terrorists, including one who could be the man wanted by Belgian authorities as an alleged ringleader of a jihadi cell, a police official told the AP today. The four were arrested today, including one who "matches the description" of Abdelhamid Abaaoud—the man... More »

'These People Had Intentions to Kill Policemen in Street'

Officials say Belgium attacks thwarted at the last minute

(Newser) - Yesterday's terror raids in Belgium stopped, at the last minute, a terrorist plan to kill police officers in the street, officials say. Two suspected terrorists were shot dead in the series of raids, and another 15 were arrested in Belgium and France, the Guardian reports. Authorities were working to... More »

Belgium: Raids Hit Terror Cell Planning Attacks

Suspects had reportedly returned from Syria

(Newser) - At least two people were killed today in a Belgium raid one official describes as "jihadist-related," reports the BBC . A third person was wounded and taken into custody, reports the New York Times . The shootout took place in the city of Verviers, about 75 miles east of Brussels,... More »

Euthanasia Doctors Visit ... Auschwitz?

Ultraorthodox Jews in Antwerp have called the physician a 'professional killer'

(Newser) - Wim Distelmans, a Belgian doctor who helps people die and has been nicknamed "Dr. Death," is raising eyebrows again with a trip he recently led to Auschwitz. The doctors, nurses, and psychologists who joined him from Brussels, most of whom also work in the field of euthanasia, were... More »

Chocolate-Maker ISIS Decides to Change Name

Belgium company had just changed it months ago

(Newser) - A 90-year-old chocolate company in Belgium got tired of its name of Italo Suisse last year and settled on what it thought was a sure winner: ISIS. Then along came the extremist group Islamic State, known by various names, including, of course, ISIS. "Had we known there was a... More »

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