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Antwerp man charged over attempted 'terrorist' murder
A man has been charged with terror offences including attempted murder after he was arrested driving at high speed into a crowded shopping area in the Belgian port city of Antwerp, prosecutors said Friday.
 
UK looks for answers after London attack
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Thursday for an attack by a man who plowed an SUV into pedestrians on a crowded London bridge and then stabbed a police officer to death on the grounds of Britain's Parliament.
 
Eurogroup chief regrets drinks remark but won't quit
Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem on Wednesday expressed "regret" over his comment that southern European countries blew their money on "drinks and women" but rejected calls to resign.
 
So far, the French political campaign has defied each and every prediction. Current president Francois Hollande is not running for re-election, a first in the history of the fifth Republic.
 
5 dead in vehicle, knife attack at British Parliament
A knife-wielding man went on a deadly rampage in the heart of Britain's seat of power Wednesday, plowing a car into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge before stabbing a police officer to death inside the gates of Parliament. Five people were killed, including the assailant, and 40 others were injured in what Prime Minister Theresa May condemned as a "sick and depraved terrorist attack."
 
Belgium falls silent a year after Brussels attacks
Belgium fell silent Wednesday to mark the first anniversary of the Islamic State suicide attacks in Brussels that killed 32 people, on a day of emotional ceremonies designed to show that the heart of Europe is still beating.
 
Eye of the beholder
The Pink Star diamond, the most valuable cut diamond ever offered at auction, is displayed by a model at Sotheby's auction rooms in London on Monday, March 20. It is the largest internally flawless fancy vivid pink diamond ever graded by the GIA. The diamond, estimated to be worth in excess of US$60 million, will go under the hammer in Hong Kong on April 4.
 
Recycling the world's wastewater, almost all of which goes untreated, would ease global water shortages while protecting the environment, the United Nations said in a major report Wednesday.
 
Minister says man shot by police at UK parliament
The leader of Britain's House of Commons says a man has been shot by police at Parliament. David Liddington also said there were "reports of further violent incidents in the vicinity."
 
Gunshots reported outside UK Parliament
Shots were reported to have been fired close to the UK Parliament building on Wednesday.
 
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