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For 23, WWI U-Boat May Have Become a Coffin

Sunken sub found off the coast of Belgium

(Newser) - Eleven German submarines from World War I have been found sunk in Belgian waters. The latest to be discovered, however, is the "best preserved" of all, officials say. The U-boat, 88 feet long by 20 feet wide, has been found in an undisclosed location off the Belgian coast near... More »

Fearing Nuclear Disaster, German City Hands Out Iodine

It's an unusual move

(Newser) - In an unusual move, a German city is handing out iodine tablets to be used in a nuclear emergency without the justification of an actual disaster going on. The BBC reports Aachen is giving away free iodine tablets to the half a million people who live in the city and... More »

Man With Knife Shot Dead in Brussels 'Terror Attack'

One soldier was injured

(Newser) - Belgian soldiers shot a man dead in downtown Brussels on Friday evening after he attacked the troops with a knife in what prosecutors described as a "terror attack," the AP reports. Spokesperson Esther Natus of the federal prosecutor's office, which handles terrorism investigations, said the man twice... More »

Burger King Marketing Stunt Ticks Off Belgian Monarchy

The ad pits King Philippe against Burger King's mascot

(Newser) - Fast food giant Burger King started off on the wrong foot with a fairly important Belgian family in the chain's latest global venture. Reuters reports that Belgium’s monarchy is not happy with an online marketing campaign depicting the country's King Philippe that Burger King launched to advertise... More »

Trump Gets 'Chilly Reception' From European Leaders

The president criticized NATO allies directly during speech

(Newser) - President Trump chided NATO leaders to their faces Thursday for "chronic underpayments" to the organization, the New York Times reports. "Members of the alliance must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations," CNN quotes Trump as saying during the opening of a new NATO... More »

Astronaut's Pics of Belgium Are Beautiful—and Bothersome

Country leaves most of its streetlights on all night long, and it's obvious from space

(Newser) - After Thomas Pesquet gets off work and completes his exercise routine, he often whiles away his evenings with his camera, taking pictures he thinks others will enjoy—and those images recently exposed to the entire world the odd obsession Belgium has with leaving its lights on all night long. Pesquet,... More »

Woman Seeking Soldier Finds Siblings Half a World Away

Search by Florence Heene of Belgium ends in Canada

(Newser) - For 71 years, "we didn't even know about her. I'm getting tears now just thinking about it," says Thelma Janes of Canada, days after discovering she has a Belgian sister. Janes' father, Herbert Louis Hellyer, married and had five children in British Columbia before heading off... More »

2 EU Nations Pull Off Land Swap —Peacefully

Belgium, Netherlands solve a 'jurisdictional nightmare'

(Newser) - The Netherlands and Belgium, with their royals in attendance, on Monday signed a deal for a peaceful exchange of land between them for the mere fact it makes sense to do so. While the globe is littered with pieces of territory jealously held or fought over for historical reasons, the... More »

A Child Was Euthanized in Belgium for 1st Time

The 17-year-old was in 'unbearable physical pain'

(Newser) - A child has been euthanized in Belgium for the first time since the country became the first to eliminate age restrictions for euthanasia two years ago, CNN reports. According to the BBC , the 17-year-old had an incurable disease, was in "unbearable physical pain," and requested euthanasia, as the... More »

Attacker Shouts 'Allahu Akhbar,' Wounds 2 Cops

The machete attack happened outside a police station in Belgium

(Newser) - Belgian police say two female officers have been attacked and wounded by a man wielding a machete and shouting "Allahu Akhbar" outside a police station in the city of Charleroi. Police in the city said in a message posted on Twitter that the attacker was shot but is still... More »

Music Can Help You Enjoy Your Beer Even More

If you like the song, you'll probably like the brew

(Newser) - Some scientists get to have all the fun, especially those who live in the land of beer. A team of researchers led by Dr. Felipe Reinoso Cavalho of Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium set up an experiment to investigate whether music and packaging affect one's perception of taste. The... More »

Blood-Stained Leaves Hold Truth of King Albert's Death

Forensic geneticist says DNA analysis disproves 'mise-en-scene' theories

(Newser) - As far as souvenirs go, they were gory ones: bloodied leaves and stones collected during the wee hours of Feb. 18, 1934, by Belgian villagers who lived near Marche-les-Dames. King Albert I had set off on a solo climb amid the area's 600-foot-tall peaks on the 17th, having instructed... More »

Man With 'Suicide Belt' of Cookies Nabbed in Brussels

He claimed to have been enlisted by ISIS

(Newser) - A man wearing a fake explosive belt filled with salt and cookies sparked a major security alert outside a downtown Brussels shopping center and an emergency meeting of government ministers Tuesday. Police say the man—known to police and thought to have had psychiatric problems, according to prosecutors—claimed to... More »

Three Charged With Planning Terror Attack in Belgium

Attack may have been planned to coincide with Euro 2016 soccer match Saturday

(Newser) - Twelve people were arrested in Brussels on suspicion of planning terror attacks after dozens of homes were raided and 40 people were questioned overnight, NBC News reports. According to AFP, three of those arrested have been charged with attempted terrorist murder and participation in the activities of a terrorist group.... More »

Pipeline Will Transport 1.5K Gallons of Beer Each Hour

Sorry, no home taps

(Newser) - Forget Keystone , here's a pipeline we can all get behind. A series of underground tubes will transport beer from the De Halve Maan brewery at the center of Bruges, Belgium, to a bottling plant a couple miles away. "It all started as a joke," brewer Xavier Vanneste... More »

Every Belgium Resident to Get Iodine Ration

Amid fears of an ISIS dirty bomb or nuclear plant meltdown

(Newser) - Last month's terrorist attacks in Brussels heightened already existing fears of ISIS building and setting off a dirty bomb in Belgium, and now the government is taking no chances. Health Minister Maggie De Block announced Thursday that iodine pills—which counteract radiation buildup in the thyroid gland, the part... More »

Belgium Authorities Think They've Got 'Man in the Hat'

'Several arrests' made in Belgium linked to Paris, Brussels terror attacks

(Newser) - Mohamed Abrini, one of the suspects in the November Paris attacks (and said to be likely involved in last month's Brussels attacks ) was arrested Friday in Brussels, unnamed sources tell Belgian broadcaster VRT, via Reuters —and he's likely the mysterious "man in the hat" seen... More »

Brussels' 'Man in the Hat' Surfaces in New Video

It shows him in Schaerbeek neighborhood after the attacks

(Newser) - Almost two weeks after admitting they arrested the wrong man , Belgian authorities say the real " man in the hat " has surfaced in surveillance video from after the Brussels attacks. The footage shows the alleged terrorist—wearing a hat, glasses, and a light-colored jacket—leaving the Brussels Airport near... More »

Monks Don't Brew Leffe. A Man Is Suing Because of It

It's not exactly brewed in smaller quantities, as Henry Vazquez believed it to be

(Newser) - In the year 1240, Leffe came into being , brewed by Belgian monks at the Abbaye Notre-Dame de Leffe. The French Revolution put an end to the brewing in the 1790s, but the reestablishment of the abbey in 1929 was followed, 23 years later, by its restart, though no longer at... More »

Lawyer: Paris Suspect Ready to Cooperate

Salah Abdeslam to accept extradition to France

(Newser) - A lawyer for Paris terror suspect Salah Abdeslam says he's finally ready "to cooperate with the French authorities," reports the Independent . At a Thursday hearing in Belgium—where Abdeslam was captured in the basement of a distant relative on March 18—his lawyer says the alleged terrorist... More »

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