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Hundreds march against COVID-19 restrictions in Belgium

Dec. 05, 2021 08:05 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Hundreds of people marched through central Brussels on Sunday to protest tightened COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the Belgian government to counter the latest spike in coronavirus cases. Marchers came to protest the measures that were announced Friday,...

Israel, Belgium clash over settlement products labeling

Nov. 24, 2021 13:57 PM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel's deputy foreign minister canceled meetings with Belgian officials on Wednesday after a decision by Brussels earlier this week to begin labeling products made in Jewish West Bank settlements. Idan Roll said on Twitter he was scrapping...

French prime minister positive for COVID-19, as cases rise

Nov. 22, 2021 17:27 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — France's prime minister tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, hours after returning from a visit to neighboring Belgium and just as France is seeing a nationwide resurgence of infections, according to his office. The positive test also means that his...

EU wants calm amid virus protests; rioters called 'idiots'

Nov. 22, 2021 13:00 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — In the face of demonstrations across much of Europe protesting tough COVID-19 measures over the past days, authorities on Monday pleaded for patience, calm and a willingness to get a vaccine shot in the arm as infections spike upward again. ...

Tens of thousands protest Belgium's tighter COVID-19 rules

Nov. 21, 2021 22:42 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Tens of thousands of people demonstrated through central Brussels on Sunday to protest reinforced COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the Belgian government to counter the latest spike in coronavirus cases. Many among the police estimate of 35,000 at the...

Suspects in Paris attacks on stand after victims' testimony

Nov. 02, 2021 13:07 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The lone survivor of the cell of Islamic State group extremists who attacked Paris in November 2015 came under public questioning Tuesday for the first time in France, describing a close family life and his neighborhood acquaintance with many of the other defendants seated...

EU unconvinced by Polish arguments on rule of law changes

Oct. 22, 2021 14:07 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Polish arguments that fundamental judicial changes the country has made would not undermine the European Union on Friday failed to convince key bloc leaders who said that the withholding of billions in EU recovery funds would likely continue unless Warsaw falls back into...

Merkel backs dialogue with Poland over tensions with EU

Oct. 15, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday that Poland's European Union partners need to step away from confrontation and instead talk to the government in Warsaw to seek solutions to the difficulties in their relationship. Last week, Poland's...

Women taken from mothers in Congo seek Belgian reparations

Oct. 14, 2021 11:23 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — A court in Brussels has started considering a crimes against humanity lawsuit brought by five biracial women who were born in Congo and taken away from their Black mothers when they were little and the country was under Belgian colonial rule. Lea Tavares...

Thousands march in Brussels to demand tougher climate action

Oct. 10, 2021 11:03 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Dressed as endangered fish or tigers or wearing toy polar bears on their heads, demonstrators marched through Brussels on Sunday to push world leaders to take bolder action to fight climate change at the U.N. climate summit in Glasgow starting this month. ...