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Belgium

2017

16

Nov

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Police clash with ‘hundreds of youths’ in downtown Brussels

Police clashed with the rowdy fans of a French social media star who called for his followers to meet him in the centre of Brussels on Wednesday, November 15. These videos taken by Brussels-based journalism student Katya Bohdan showed crowds of people gathered for Snapchat and Instagram star Vargasss92 in Place de la Monnaie and the following […]

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Country: Belgium
Source: Yahoo News

08

Nov

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Belgium: Turkish-origin deputy barred from medical body

A Turkish-origin Brussels lawmaker has told Anadolu Agency has been barred from the board of a university hospital in the Belgian capital. Sevket Temiz, 47, a Socialist member of the parliament of the Brussels-Capital Region since 2014, was nominated by his party to join the board of Brugmann University Hospital ahead of an election to […]

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Country: Belgium
Source: Anadolu Agency

11

Oct

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Belgian police gambled online using private citizens’ data

Belgian authorities are investigating allegations that dozens of local police officers used private citizens’ personal information to register online gambling accounts. On Saturday, Belgian news outlet Het Nieuwsblad reported that dozens of officers at the Antwerp Police Service were under investigation for using private citizens’ data to open online gambling accounts, thereby allowing the officers to […]

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Country: Belgium
Source: Calvin Ayre

16

Sep

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Belgium deports Danish woman wearing niqab to Tunis

A Danish woman, who allegedly refused to take off her niqab at the Brussels airport, has been deported after police were unable to identify her, according to a Belgian official Saturday. State Secretary for Asylum and Migration Theo Francken confirmed the incident on his official Twitter account. “A Danish citizen coming from Tunis refused to […]

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Country: Belgium
Source: Anadolu Agency

12

Sep

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Belgian NGO hits out at police action against refugees

Clearing refugees from public parks and transport hubs in Brussels has been described as “inhuman” by a Belgian NGO. Brussels-based aid organization Humain on Tuesday said recent increased police action against refugees taking shelter in parks and metro stations had caused anxiety. It claimed the 500-600 refugees who had been based in the Maximilian Park […]

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Country: Belgium
Source: Anadolu Agency

12

Jul

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Open NGO Letter to EU Member States and Institutions Regarding the Export of Surveillance Equipment

Open NGO Letter to EU Member States and Institutions Regarding the Export of Surveillance Equipment Following the alarming evidence that EU-made electronic surveillance equipment is still being exported to authoritarian countries around the world, we strongly urge all EU member states and institutions to respect their human rights obligations and call on them to prioritise […]

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Country: Belgium
Source: Bahrain Watch

11

Jul

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ECtHR upholds Belgium’s Muslim face veil ban

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) upheld Belgium’s Muslim face veil ban in a ruling announced Tuesday. The court ruled that the restriction sought to guarantee social cohesion, the “protection of the rights and freedoms of others” and that it was “necessary in a democratic society.” The court rejected arguments by three Muslim women […]

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Country: Belgium
Source: Daily Sabah

21

Jun

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One year on: EU’s approach to migration is failing

12 months ago the EU launched a partnership approach for working with African countries on managing migration. To date this has failed to provide safe and regular channels for migration or offer long-term solutions that improve the lives of people on the move, said Oxfam today. European heads of state and government, meeting today in […]

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Country: Belgium
Source: Oxfam , DW

17

Jun

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Europol says the PKK is targeting Turkish institutions across the EU

A report by the European police body Europol says the PKK terror group remains operative in Europe and has strong support in France, Italy and Switzerland. The PKK terror group attacked Turkish institutions and private property across Europe last year, the EU’s top law enforcement body said on Thursday. “A number of incidents targeting Turkish […]

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Country: Belgium
Source: TRT World , Europol

25

May

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Africa is not poor, we are stealing its wealth

Africa is poor, but we can try to help its people. It’s a simple statement, repeated through a thousand images, newspaper stories and charity appeals each year, so that it takes on the weight of truth. When we read it, we reinforce assumptions and stories about Africa that we’ve heard throughout our lives. We reconfirm […]

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Country: Belgium
Source: Al Jazeera English