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Burned out vehicles left after fiery clashes in Brussels

Burned out and defaced vehicles and rubbish-strewn streets have been left in central Brussels after violent clashes erupted as more than 100,000 protesters marched against austerity measures.

A burned out and overturned vehicle is seen after clashes between demonstrators and riot police in central Brussels. Credit: Reuters/Yves Herman
Rubbish was strewn on the ground around the written-off vehicles after fiery crashes in the Belgian capital. Credit: Reuters/Yves Herman
Protesters, including many dockers, clashed with riot police after the peaceful march of more than 100,000 turned violent. Credit: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

Fiery clashes in Brussels as 100,000 march against cuts

Vehicles have been overturned and set alight as a peaceful anti-austerity demonstration through Brussels involving more than 100,000 protesters erupted into violence.

Riot police fired water cannons to repel the demonstrators, who had taken to the streets in opposition to cuts introduced by the new Belgian government.

Vehicles were set on fire as the massive anti-austerity demonstrations, involving dockworkers, metalworkers and students, turned violent. Credit: Reuters/Francois Lenoir
Green smoke bombs were among the objects hurled at riot police during clashes in the centre of the city. Credit: Reuters/Yves Herman
Weekly strikes are planned across Belgium's regions from later in the month before a national walk-out on December 15 in opposition to the cuts worth £8.6 billion. Credit: Reuters/Yves Herman


Duke pays tribute to 'courageous' Belgians during WW1

The Duke of Cambridge has paid tribute to the Belgian people for their "courageous resistance" in the First World War, as he gave a speech in Liege marking the 100th anniversary of the start of the war.

He said: "Among the very first victims [of WW1] were the people of Belgium whose resistance was as gallant as their suffering was great.

"The magnificent war memorial where we gather today honours the city of Liege and its people for their courageous resistance in 1914.

"The memorial and this ceremony also honours all Belgians who fought, suffered and died in the Great War".

Duke and Duchess attend WW1 event in Belgium

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are attending a commemorative First World War ceremony in Liege, Belgium.

The event is marking the 1914 invasion of neutral Belgium, which led to Britain declaring war on Germany.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Liege. Credit: EBU
The ceremony is part of the commemorations for the First World War. Credit: EBU
Events are being held across Europe today to mark the 100th anniversary of WW1. Credit: EBU

Brussels shooting suspect carried militant group's flag

The man arrested in France on suspicion of killing three people at Brussels' Jewish Museum has been carrying a Kalashnikov wrapped in a flag with the inscriptions of a militant Islamist group, prosecutors said.

Mehdi Nemmouche, carried the flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), an ultra-conservative militant group reconstituted from an earlier incarnation of al Qaeda and active in Syria and Iraq.

The 29-year-old Frenchman is said to have returned recently from fighting with Islamist militant rebels in Syria, prosecutors said.


Jewish Museum suspect 'admits to killings' in a video

The 29-year-old Frenchman arrested over the fatal shooting of three people at Brussels' Jewish Museum, has admitted to the killings, authorities said.

Mehdi Nemmouche is said to have admitted to the shooting in a video recording he was carrying while arrested in France.

"(In the video) he states that he committed the attack in Brussels against the Jews," Belgian federal prosecutor Frederic Van Leeuw said at a press conference.

Jewish Museum killings suspect 'radicalised in prison'

The 29-year-old Frenchman arrested over the fatal shooting of three people at Brussels' Jewish Museum was radicalised during the last of his five stays in jail in France, a prosecutor said.

Three people were killed in the attack at Brussels' Jewish Museum. Credit: Reuters

"During his last stay in jail he was noticed for extremist (Islamic) proselytism," Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said.

He said that the suspect, Mehdi Nemmouche, travelled to Syria only three weeks after he was freed in December 2012.

Jewish Museum suspect had 'visited Syria in 2013'

French media have reported that the man arrested over the Jewish Museum shootings in Brussels, was suspected of having visited jihadist groups in Syria in 2013.

Joel Rubinfeld, head of the Belgian League against Antisemitism, told of their concerns over the Syrian visit:

This is a relief.

But this is also worrying us ... it is is crucial that countries who have citizens who have gone to Syria, take all necessary measures to make sure this does not happen again.

– Joel Rubinfeld, head of the Belgian League against Antisemitism

Jewish Museum suspect was 'arrested with AK-47'

French police have arrested a 29-year-old man suspected of being involved in the shooting deaths last weekend of three people at Brussels' Jewish Museum, official sources in Belgium and France said on Sunday.

Still image from the 30 second clip of the man shooting with the Kalashnikov. Credit: CCTV

The Frenchman was arrested in the southern French city of Marseilles on Friday and had a Kalashnikov and another gun with him, a French police source said.

The man, from the northern city of Roubaix, had been in jail in 2012.

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