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Card payment system crash causes pre-holiday havoc in Belgium

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Pre-holiday shopping and travel was thrown into chaos in Belgium on Monday when a bank card payment system broke down.

Posted: December 24th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Belgium: 100 cars crash in fog; at least 1 dead

Crashed cars sit on top of a shoulder on the A19 highway in Zonnebeke, western Belgium, Tuesday, Dec.3, 2013. Dozens of cars and trucks crashed in dense morning fog, killing at least one and injuring dozens more. AP

About 100 cars and trucks were involved in three pile-ups at a highway in western Belgium in a dense morning fog Thursday, leaving at least one dead and 54 injured.

Posted: December 3rd, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Relief teams, goods arrive at, depart from NAIA, Villamor Air Base

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The Ninoy Aquino International Airport and nearby Villamor Air Force Base were bustling with activity on Wednesday as the two facilities continued to serve as transit points for relief aid and humanitarian missions, both local and foreign.

Posted: November 13th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Belgian plane crash leaves 11 dead

A rescue worker stands next to the debris of a small plane which crashed in a field in Marchovelette, Belgium on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. A plane carrying parachutists for a skydiving trip crashed in southern Belgium on Saturday, killing all 11 people aboard, officials said. AP

A plane carrying parachutists planning to celebrate a birthday with a skydive crashed in Belgium on Saturday, killing all 11 people aboard.

Posted: October 20th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Belgium’s King Albert II abdicates in favor of son Philippe

King Albert II of Belgium, second left, his wife Queen Paola, left, Crown Prince Philippe, center, and Crown Princess Mathilde, second right, attend the national ball in the Marolles district of Brussels on Saturday, July 20, 2013, King Albert used his farewell speech Saturday, on the eve of his abdication, to call for unity in the linguistically divided nation. PHOTO/AP

Belgium’s King Albert has abdicated after a 20-year reign with his son Philippe ready to take the oath as the nation’s seventh king later in the day.

Posted: July 21st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Divided Belgium ushers in a new king

King Albert II of Belgium, second left, his wife Queen Paola, left, Crown Prince Philippe, second right, and Crown Princess Mathilde, right, hold hands as they attend the national ball in the Marolles district of Brussels on Saturday, July 20, 2013, King Albert used his farewell speech Saturday, on the eve of his abdication, to call for unity in the linguistically divided nation. When his son Philippe takes over the throne during ceremonies on Sunday, he will almost immediately come face to face with a protracted 2014 election campaign centering on even further division of the two main language groups. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

Belgium turns a page of history Sunday, ushering in its seventh king, Philippe, on a day of celebrations against a backdrop of continuing concern over the future of a divided nation.

At noon (1000 GMT), Philippe, 53, dressed in full military uniform, will take his oath of office in the country’s three official languages — French, Flemish and German — before Parliament.

Posted: July 21st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Belgium’s King Albert II to announce abdication

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Belgium’s King Albert II is to announce he will abdicate July 21, the country’s national day, in a speech to the nation Wednesday, a Belgian government source told AFP

Posted: July 3rd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Belgian Nobel winner commits euthanasia at 95

A file picture taken on January 27, 2006, in Namur, shows Belgian Professor Christian de Duve speaking during a conference entitled " What is life ?". Biochemical cytology specialist, Chrisitian de Duve who won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1974, died on May 4, 2013 euthanized at the age of 95 years. AFP PHOTO / BELGA / BRUNO ARNOLD

Eminent Belgian scientist Christian de Duve, a winner of the Nobel prize for medicine, died Saturday aged 95 after committing euthanasia, which is legal in Belgium, his family said.

Posted: May 6th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

300 evacuated in Belgium after chemical train fire

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Belgian authorities on Saturday evacuated nearly 300 people from their homes after several cars of a train carrying chemicals derailed, causing a major fire near the city of Gent.

Posted: May 4th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Belgian diamond heist is one of biggest recent hold-ups

An armored truck of Brinks Diamond & Jewelry Services arrives at the cargo section of Brussels international airport, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. Armed robbers made off with $50 million (37 million euros) worth of diamonds at Brussels airport on Monday in one of the biggest heists ever.  AP/YVES LOGGHE

Armed robbers made off with $50 million (37 million euros) worth of diamonds at Brussels airport on Monday in one of the biggest heists ever.

Posted: February 20th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Brussels airport heist nets $50M diamond haul

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Baggage carts make their way past a Helvetic Airways aircraft from which about $50 million worth of diamonds were stolen on the tarmac of Brussels international airport Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. Eight armed and masked men made a hole in a security fence at the airport, drove onto the tarmac and snatched the diamonds from the hold of the Swiss-bound plane without firing a shot, authorities said Tuesday.  AP PHOTO/YVES LOGGHE

Heavily armed robbers disguised as police made off with $50 million worth of diamonds in a spectacular heist on the tarmac at Brussels airport, prosecutors and diamond dealers said Tuesday.

Posted: February 20th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Child killer Dutroux, Belgium’s most reviled criminal

In this March 20, 2000 file photo, Marc Dutroux, right, is led out the courthouse of Neufchateau, Belgium. Marc Dutroux, a pedophile and child-killer who became one of Belgium’s most notorious criminals, is asking a sentencing court on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 to release him from prison and monitor him with an electronic ankle bracelet.  AP PHOTO/YVES LOGGHE

He was dubbed the “monster of Charleroi” by the Belgian press but psychiatrists say Marc Dutroux is less a pedophile than an icy-hearted predator with a murderous desire to control his victims.

Posted: February 5th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Dutch man dies at Viagra-fueled sex party

Essen town, Belgium

A Dutch man died of a heart attack at a sex party after he apparently took a mix of recreational drugs and Viagra, a popular Dutch daily reported on Monday.

Posted: November 12th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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