Tired of racism charge, Belgian ‘Blackies’ change colours

The “Noirauds” or “Blackies”, a group that marks Belgium’s annual carnival season by charitable fund-raising in black face paint, have changed their colours. They will now wear the colours of the Belgian flag, hoping their costume will no longer attract comparison to racist “blackface” caricatures

UK students march for climate change awareness

Students in London protest in Parliament Square in defiance of government inaction to tackle climate change. The growing global movement started by Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg has seen protests in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands in recent weeks.

Passengers react as national strike brings Belgium to standstill

Passengers at Zaventem airport in Brussels react to a slew of cancelled flights, as a national strike closes airports and causes major disruption to railways.

DRC election: vote ongoing in Kinshasa polling stations

Congolese citizens vote in a polling station in the capital, Kinshasa. Millions of electors are choosing a successor to President Joseph Kabila, who is stepping down after nearly 18 years at the helm. The vote gives DR Congo the chance of its first peaceful transfer of power since it gained independence from Belgium in 1960.

Belgian Jewish museum attack suspect appears in court

An alleged French jihadist accused of returning from Syria and shooting dead four people in an attack on the Jewish Museum of Belgium in central Brussels appears in court. IMAGES

NVA party leader Wever arrives to meet Belgian King Philippe

The leader of Belgium’s NVA party, Bart de Wever, arrives to meet with King Philippe following the resignation of prime minister Charles Michel. IMAGES