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Mass arrests over US$50m Belgium diamond heist

Brussels' prosecution spokespersons Anja Bijnens (left) and Jean-Marc Meilleur attend a news conference of the Brussels' parquet, on Wednesday. Photo: EPA

Police in Belgium, France and Switzerland have arrested 33 people and recovered “a large quantity” of diamonds and cash in a joint probe into a spectacular US$50-million diamond heist at Brussels airport.

Wednesday, 8 May, 2013, 9:53pm

Gunmen in daring US$50m diamond heist on Brussels airport

Baggage carts make their way past a Helvetic Airways aircraft from which about US$50m in diamonds were stolen on the tarmac of Brussels international airport. Photo: AP

Machine-gun-toting robbers disguised as police made off with diamonds worth US$50 million in a spectacular heist on the tarmac at Brussels’ Zaventem airport.

20 Feb 2013 - 6:56am

Silver lining

Brussels is frequently written off as a grey and stuffy city. But for interior designer Michel Penneman, who rose to international fame after designing the Hotel Pantone in his hometown, the Belgian capital's appeal lies in the fact that it eludes classification.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:15pm

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

High hopes for euro in Brussels summit

9 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

International city where cultures mix happily

Business and politics go hand in hand in the capital city of Belgium, Brussels.

The city is known as the second international city in the world because it has numerous headquarters of international organisations and is also the capital of the European Union.

The headquarters of Nato is also in Brussels.

15 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Up the sprout

If you're lucky enough to have a garden, Brussels sprouts would be worth planting just for visual interest: the small, cabbage-like vegetables cling tightly to a thick centre stalk.

21 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Hong Kong dancers catch the eye

Three young Hong Kong dancers have impressed one of Europe's most influential dance choreographers. Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, who performed at the Arts Festival earlier this year, also held an open audition for her prestigious dance school in Brussels, the Performing Arts Research and Training Studios at the European School for Contemporary Dance.

27 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Le Dixseptieme

Where? In the historical heart of Brussels, close to the Grand Place, a huge cobbled square flanked by 17th-century guild houses.

17 Dec 2002 - 12:00am

Risk to euro

Brussels: Ahead of crunch EU finance talks, leading German government figures warned that failure to overhaul the Brussels budget could trigger rising interest rates across Europe and make the euro slump against the US dollar.

25 Feb 1999 - 12:00am

First Pacific report wins again

First Pacific has again won an international award for its annual report.

The company, undergoing a restructuring in the wake of the regional crisis, has won the award for Asia's best report for 1997 - issued by the Enterprise Group, a Brussels-based management consultancy. It was also rated as the world's seventh-best in a survey of 500 annual reports by the Enterprise Group.

18 Sep 1998 - 12:00am