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Belgian fighter jet crashes in France, pilot hits power line

Sep. 19, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A Belgian F-16 fighter jet crashed in western France Thursday, damaging a house, setting a field ablaze and leaving one of the two pilots dangling by his parachute from a high-voltage electricity line for two hours, French authorities said. But neither of the pilots, both who were able to...

EU hopes for Russia-Ukraine gas deal despite slow progress

Sep. 19, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top energy official says he's optimistic Russia and Ukraine can conclude a new gas transit agreement by the end of the year even though several issues need to be resolved. Energy Commissioner Maros Sefcovic said Thursday that there was "a sense of urgency" at talks in...

UN faces rival cease-fire resolutions in Syrian rebel area

Sep. 19, 2019 1:07 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is facing rival resolutions calling for a cease-fire in Syria's last rebel stronghold in Idlib, "to avoid a further deterioration of the already catastrophic humanitarian situation." Germany, Belgium and Kuwait finalized their text Wednesday afternoon and...

Belgium, Congo normalize diplomatic relations during visit

Sep. 17, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Officials from Belgium and Congo have signed agreements aimed at normalizing relations between the former European colonial power and the Africa nation during an official visit of Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi to Belgium. Belgium's foreign affairs ministry said officials met Tuesday...

Study finds air pollution reaches placenta during pregnancy

Sep. 17, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study suggests when a pregnant woman breathes in air pollution, it can travel beyond her lungs to the placenta that guards her fetus. Pollution composed of tiny particles from car exhaust, factory smokestacks and other sources is dangerous to everyone's health, and during pregnancy...

EU probes Belgian tax deals with multinationals

Sep. 16, 2019 8:21 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission is investigating tax schemes that Belgium has set up with 39 multinational companies. The commission said Monday the investigations aim to assess whether Belgian rulings issued between 2005 and 2014 gave an unfair advantage to the companies by allowing them to pay...

7 years after 2nd 'retirement,' Clijsters returns to tennis

Sep. 12, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

Seven years after retiring from tennis a second time, Kim Clijsters is attempting another comeback at age 36. The former No. 1 and four-time major champion, who already is a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, announced Thursday she is planning to return to the pro tour in 2020, although she's not...

English Channel dolphins carry 'toxic cocktail' of chemicals

Sep. 12, 2019 11:44 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Bottlenose dolphins in the English Channel harbor a "toxic cocktail" of chemicals, some of which have been banned for decades and which may be harming the rare marine mammals' health, scientists said Thursday. Belgian and French scientists said they've detected high accumulations of...

Player's agent arrested in money laundering soccer probe

Sep. 11, 2019 9:44 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Police have arrested two people, including a player's agent, as part of an international money laundering and corruption investigation in soccer. Brussels prosecutors said that several raids took place in Monaco, Belgium and London on Tuesday and Wednesday. Belgian police cooperated with...

Irishman set to lead EU future trade talks with UK, US

Sep. 10, 2019 8:47 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The incoming president of the European Union's powerful executive arm on Tuesday nominated Irishman Phil Hogan to lead future EU trade talks, which could put him in charge of negotiations with Britain after Brexit. Hogan, whose country is set to be hit hard economically by Brexit, would...