1. National

Schools and metro reopen in Brussels after four-day security lockdown

Schools and the metro have reopened in Brussels on Wednesday after being shut down for four days in a security lockdown in the Belgian capital.

With troops and armed police patrolling the streets of Brussels, Belgian authorities have charged a fifth person with terror offences relating to the attacks that killed 130 people in the French capital on November 13.

A security alert in the Belgian capital has been extended until Monday.

View all 33 updates ›

Belgium lowers security threat level in Brussels

Brussels has been on lockdown for almost a week. Credit: Reuters

Belgium has lowered the security threat level in Brussels after nearly a week on maximum alert following the Paris attacks.

The reduction to Level 3 - serious - from Level 4 - very serious - brings the capital into line with the rest of the country.

More on this story