Minnesota man was 'soldier' in ISIS suicide unit, feds say
MINNEAPOLIS — A St. Louis Park man who abandoned his family while vacationing in Morocco has been charged by federal authorities five years later with joining an ISIS battalion trained to carry out suicide attacks in Europe.Abdelhamid Al-Madioum, 23, was indicted in U.S. District Court on a charge of providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization.Al-Madioum, who lost much of one arm from an apparent air assault in Iraq, was in court in Minneapolis on Wednesday after his overseas capture by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the major fighting force against ISIS, who...
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Belgian squad to be tested ahead of Iceland game after Covid-19 case
Belgium are to test their entire squad, including support staff, for Covid-19 after one player tested positive, the national team said via Twitter on Tuesday.The tests are to take place on Tuesday after Brandon Mechele tested positive on Sunday. The Club Brugge defender has "left the group," Belgium said. They are due to play Iceland in a Nations League group game at 8.45 pm (1845 GMT) on Tuesday.
US has left Rusesabagina in Rwanda’s hands, as Belgium goes dead silent
Kigali. The US, where Paul Rusesabagina has a residence, has declined to respond to questions seeking comment on his arrest and impending prosecution, reports The East African.Belgium, whose citizenship the Hotel Rwanda film hero holds, has remained tight-lipped on the matter and only issued a statement stating that it was not involved in his arrest.Mr Rusesabagina’s fate seems to be in the hands of the Rwandan justice system.“We are aware of the arrest of Paul Rusesabagina, and we are monitoring the situation. We refer you to the Rwandan government for additional information,” US Embassy spok...
Only for dentists: Belgian tattoo artist specializes in hidden spot
There are many spots on the body where a tattoo would normally be invisible in everyday life, covered up with clothing. And then there's some spots that go even beyond that.To see Lucas' tattoo, he has to put his head all the way back and open his mouth wide. Then, on the roof of his mouth, a tattoo of the infamous pile of poo emoji, though without the eyes, becomes visible.Lucas is certainly no stranger to tattoos - he is covered in them. But he freely admits that he never would have thought to tattoo his palate. He selflessly gave this patch of skin to his best friend, the Belgian tattoo art...
There is no mystery about the charm of the real 'Three Pines'
KNOWLTON, Quebec — Louise Penny adores her adopted village of Knowlton in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. And she’s delighted that her Three Pines mystery series has inspired fans to make the trek southeast from Montreal, searching for sites mentioned in her books and hoping, magically, to stumble into the real Three Pines.In reality, Knowlton and surrounding towns seem more than happy to embrace the celebrity status gained via their most famous resident. “Bienvenue a Three Pines,” welcome signs on business doors say. Brome Lake Books, owned by Danny McAuley and Lucy Hoblyn, Penny’s close friends,...
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Ostend, Belgium: Where 'Sexual Healing' almost saved Marvin Gaye
The unassuming Belgian seaside resort Ostend has attracted many visitors over the years with its vast sandy beaches and scruffy charm.But of all those who have strolled along its concrete high-rise shoreline and gazed out at the cold North Sea, perhaps none has a more unexpectedly intimate relationship with the town than US soul legend Marvin Gaye.The singer-songwriter, famed for hits like "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and "Inner City Blues," ended up there in 1981 following a chance encounter with a Belgian concert promoter. Drug-addicted and spiritually exhausted, Gaye spent about 18 month...
The implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for the environment
A forestry worker, wearing a face mask for protection against coronavirus, gathers fallen wood from a tropical area, in Guinée, Africa. Photo courtesy Aboubacarkhoraa Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0)COVID-19 lockdowns have yielded dramatic scenes of natural recovery: smog disappearing from the skies of India, waterways of Italy becoming clear for the first time in memory, wild mountain goats roaming the streets of Wales, sea turtles returning to the beaches of Brazil. Many people, while confined to their homes, have had time to think about these revelations. Stories about everyday life brought...
Belgium using UV machines to disinfect shopping carts
chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2020-08-27 00:25Three supermarkets in Belgium have introduced UV machines to sanitize shopping carts, replacing manual wipe-downs.Video by Yilin Yang© Copyright 2020 China Daily Information Company. All Rights Reserved.Provided by SyndiGate Media Inc.
Belgium commemorates kidnapping of two teenagers 25 years ago
Belgium is commemorating the killing of two teenagers who were kidnapped 25 years ago on Sunday, and whose bodies were found a year later, in a case that shocked the nation.A ceremony was held on Sunday morning in eastern city of Hasselt, where 17-year-old An Marchal and 19-year-old Eefje Lambrecks were from.The two disappeared on the night of August 22, 1995. Belgian Marc Dutroux was sentenced for their kidnapping almost a decade later."We have to keep this in our collective memory," Hasselt mayor Steven Vandeput was reported as saying at the ceremony."It is important that we keep remembering...
Beerschot Receive Suzuki Reinforcement
J.League 1 side Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo announced on Tuesday that their prolific striker Musashi Suzuki has departed the club for newly promoted Belgian Pro League side Beerschot on a fee that is estimated to be around € 1.5 million. Suzuki became the fourth J1 star to make the leap to Europe this season, following FC Tokyo duo Kento Hashimoto (FC Rostov, Russia) and Sei Muroya (Hannover 96, Germany) and Yokohama F. Marinos' Keita Endo (Union Berlin, Germany).26-year old Suzuki was on the back of an excellent campaign last season, scoring a career-high 13 goals in the J1 as he led Consadole...
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