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Belgian PM criticizes UN report on racism in Belgium

Feb. 12, 2019 12:10 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel says he is baffled by a preliminary U.N. report that said racial discrimination against Africans "is endemic" in Belgium's institutions and that the nation needs to apologize for the crimes committed during its colonization of Congo. He says Belgium...

UN: Belgium must apologize for colonialism, face its racism

Feb. 11, 2019 1:25 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Racial discrimination against Africans "is endemic" in Belgium's institutions and the nation needs to apologize for the crimes committed during its colonization of Congo and make reparations, U.N. experts said Monday. Belgium's actions in Congo have long been criticized as one of the worst...

Belgian climate minister resigns after protest march scandal

Feb. 5, 2019 1:57 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — A Belgian environment minister resigned Tuesday after claiming she had confirmation from state security services that massive climate demonstrations in recent weeks were staged as a plot against her. Though regional environment minister Joke Schauvliege initially failed to step down after...

The Latest: Belgian official quits after climate plot remark

Feb. 5, 2019 1:23 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on climate change activism in Belgium (all times local): 7:10 p.m. A Belgian environment minister has been forced to resign after saying she had state security confirmation that massive climate demonstrations in recent weeks were staged as a plot against her. The regional...

AP Interview: Puigdemont says Catalan trial 'vengeance'

Feb. 4, 2019 8:18 AM EST

WATERLOO, Belgium (AP) — The leader of Catalonia's failed secession bid in 2017 says that Spain will seek "vengeance" rather than justice when 12 of his separatist allies stand trial next week accused of rebellion and other charges. Carles Puigdemont, who will follow the trial from self-imposed exile in...

Russia angry, Europe worried after US announces treaty exit

Feb. 1, 2019 2:24 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian politicians accused the United States on Friday of undermining global security by ending compliance with a nuclear arms treaty, while NATO said Russia was at fault for the pact's demise and European countries watched with dismay. The U.S. announced it would stop observing the...

Some 70,000 Brussels protesters demand action on climate

Jan. 27, 2019 5:57 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — At least 70,000 people braved cold and rain in Brussels on Sunday to demand the Belgian government and the European Union increase their efforts to fight climate change, the Belgian capital's fourth climate rally in two months to attract at least 10,000 participants. The event was described...

The Latest: Police, military seen near Congo opposition area

Jan. 10, 2019 5:54 PM EST

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The Latest on Congo's presidential election results. All times local: 7:35 p.m. As night falls in Congo, scores of police with automatic rifles and tear gas launchers are positioned along a road in the capital leading to Limete, a stronghold of opposition candidate Martin Fayulu....

Belgian king asks premier to stay and lead caretaker Cabinet

Dec. 21, 2018 8:05 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium's king on Friday accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Charles Michel but asked the premier to stay on at the head of a caretaker government until elections are held in May, rather than call snap polls. After two days of talks with party leaders, King Philippe "notes the...

Belgian media say king accepts prime minister's resignation, asks him to run caretaker government until May

Dec. 21, 2018 6:17 AM EST
BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian media say king accepts prime minister's resignation, asks him to run caretaker government until May.