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Belgium after King Albert

BRUSSELS — Abdication seems to be in fashion among the world's leaders for life. After the recent departures of Pope Benedict XVI, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and Sheikh Hamad of Qatar, King Albert II of the Belgians has become the latest sovereign to announce he's stepping down.

Belgium diamond heist: 31 detained in 3 countries

Authorities in Switzerland, Belgium and France have arrested 31 people in connection with a diamond heist at Brussels Airport.

Deaf Belgian twins euthanized after discovering that they are going blind

Two deaf 45-year-old brothers commited assisted suicide in Belgium in December after finding out they were going deaf, in a case that has brought euthanasia issues in Europe back into the spotlight.

Belgian university warns against cross-dressing after male student gang-raped

The Brussels Institute of Higher Education University has asked students not to cross-dress after a male student in drag was gang-raped.

Don't call them French fries

BRUSSELS — Fries may be devoured around the world, but only Belgians elevate the golden fingers of deep fried potato to the status of national treasure. This month, the Belgian capital is honoring its traditional fritkots — street stands whose paper cones of hot fries topped with mayo are to Brussels what pizzas are to Naples — at the climax of a year-long gastronomic festival.

Ex-wife of child killer given early release

Belgium's highest appeals court, the Cour de Cassation, ruled Tuesday that a lower court had not made any procedural errors and that Martin, 52, would still be allowed to live on conditional release in a convent.

Muslims in Europe suffer discrimination, says Amnesty International

The report, which focuses on Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland, comes two days after Marine Le Pen’s right-wing National Front party secured a record result in the first round of France’s presidential elections.

Belgian art dealer convicted of smuggling dies under house arrest in Beijing

Kurt de Raedemaeker was arrested at Beijing airport in 2006 and convicted two years later of illegally exporting an ancient sarcophagus.

PHOTOS: Belgium grieves after bus crash kills 28, including schoolchildren

The party was on its way back from a skiing holiday when the coach collided head-on with the wall of a tunnel near Sierre, in southern Switzerland.

Hissène Habré extradition case opens at ICJ

Habré is currently ensconced in a luxury villa in Senegal’s capital, Dakar, where the government refuses UN, African Union and Amnesty International requests to try him or extradite him to a country that will.
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