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After Subway Push, Driver Stops With Inches to Spare

Suspect was seen pushing woman onto tracks at Brussels metro station

(Newser) - A day before a woman was shoved to her death at a subway station in New York, a woman in Belgium had a very narrow escape. Video from the Rogier metro station in Brussels Friday shows a young man pushing a woman onto the tracks moments before a train arrives....

COVID Protesters, Police Clash
COVID Protesters, Police Clash
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COVID Protesters, Police Clash

Thousands in European capitals march against restrictions

(Newser) - Police fired water cannons and thick clouds of tear gas in Brussels on Sunday to disperse demonstrators protesting COVID-19 vaccinations and restrictions that aim to curb the fast-spreading omicron variant. The protest drew thousands of people, some traveling from France, Germany, and other countries, the AP reports, with demonstrators yelling...

Belgians Demand Fewer Rules, More Help

Party turns into march to EU headquarters while tired health care workers seek support

(Newser) - Thousands of protesters angry at pandemic-related restrictions marched to European Union headquarters in Brussels on Saturday and had minor tussles with police over their unauthorized gathering. The crowd initially assembled in a Brussels park for a party designed to flout Belgium's COVID-19 rules and a related gathering calling for...

Off-Duty Cops Antiquing in Brussels Make Quite a Find

Roman statue worth $120K had been stolen from Italy nearly a decade ago

(Newser) - Two Italian police officers on assignment in Belgium were exploring some of Brussels' antique shops after work when they discovered a $120,000 Roman statue, stolen from Italy nearly a decade ago. The statue of a headless Roman in a draped toga struck the men as suspicious. As members of...

Up to 5K Turned Out for Hoax Concert. It Did Not End Well

Belgian police officer hospitalized after clashes in Brussels

(Newser) - An April Fools' joke in Belgium did not go over well Thursday as police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse a crowd that had gathered to attend a concert, which turned out to be a hoax. An announcement posted to Facebook in March promised a slate of famous...

Bombers Killed a Man First so They'd Know 'What it Was Like'

Accomplice told investigators brothers picked a victim out on the street in 2014

(Newser) - Suicide bombers whose 2016 attacks left 31 people dead in Brussels first shot a man to death at random, investigators said, to learn what it was like to kill. Ibrahim El-Bakraoui carried out a suicide bombing at Zaventem airport, killing 11. His brother Khalid killed another 20 at a metro...

Right-Wing MEP Caught Fleeing Gay Orgy With Drugs: Police

József Szájer has stepped down in Hungary

(Newser) - A European Parliament member who opposes LGBT rights has resigned after police say he was arrested fleeing a gay orgy, the Guardian reports. József Szájer, of Hungary's right-wing Fidesz party, apparently fled the scene last Friday by scrambling down a drainpipe with drugs in his backpack. Police...

After Grueling Slog, Weary EU Leaders OK $2.1T COVID Deal

It took 4 days and nights of negotiations in Brussels

(Newser) - After four days and nights of wrangling, exhausted European Union leaders finally clinched a deal on an unprecedented $2.1 trillion budget and coronavirus recovery fund early Tuesday, after one of their longest summits ever. The 27 leaders grudgingly committed to a costly, massive aid package for those hit hardest...

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...

Terrorist Attack Foiled in Brussels: Authorities

Suspect shot after explosion at Brussels train station

(Newser) - Soldiers shot a suspect in the heart of Brussels after a small explosion at a busy train station Tuesday night, the AP reports. A bomb squad performed a controlled explosion of a bomb belt the suspect had at the Central Station and established a wide perimeter near the city's...

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...

Crime Lab Arson a Possible Attempt to Destroy Evidence

The crime lab assists and advises Belgium's justice authorities

(Newser) - Reports of a bomb outside Belgium's criminal institute early Monday are probably false, the Brussels prosecutor's office says, describing the incident as much more likely an arson attack designed to destroy criminal evidence. "It's probably not terrorism. It's a criminal act," says spokeswoman Ine...

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...

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....

Prosecutor: Man Admits to Being 'Man in Hat' at Airport Bombing

Mohamed Abrini was charged Saturday

(Newser) - Mohamed Abrini, who was arrested Friday in Brussels , reportedly confessed Saturday to being the "man in the hat" long sought by authorities in connection with the attacks that killed 32 people in March, ABC News reports. According to the BBC , a federal prosecutor says the 31-year-old Belgian admitted to...

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...

Brussels Airport Will Partially Reopen Sunday

'This is a sign of hope'

(Newser) - Twelve days after suicide bombs killed 16 people there, the Brussels Airport will reopen—at least partially—on Sunday, Reuters reports. Brussels Airlines will fly three flights—to Greece, Italy, and Portugal—out of the airport that day. "A restart of the operations, even only partially, as quick as...

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...

Brussels Youth Are Sent a Text: 'Fight the Westerners'

Extremists step up recruitment efforts after attacks

(Newser) - In the troubled Molenbeek district of Brussels, extremists have spied opportunity in the wake of last week's attacks. Over the weekend, young men in the heavily Muslim neighborhood were sent text messages, reading (in French): "My brother, why not fight the Westerners? Make the right choice in your...

At Shrine for the Dead in Brussels, 'Hooligans' Give Nazi Salute

Chanted 'Death to Arabs'

(Newser) - Belgian riot police clashed Sunday with hundreds of right-wing hooligans at a temporary shrine honoring victims of the Brussels suicide bombings , as investigators launched fresh anti-terror raids, taking four more people into custody, the AP reports. Police used water cannons when scuffles broke out in front of the Bourse, which...

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