After a chaotic drama in which a small Belgian region threatened to sink a giant trade deal seven years in the making, the European Union and Canada will finally sign on the dotted line on Sunday.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau agreed at the last minute to fly to Brussels to ink the landmark pact known as CETA at a summit with European Union President Donald Tusk and European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker.
Belgian prosecutors opened a case against seven top executives at three Belgian pharmaceutical corporations over the supply of drugs to Mexican drug baron Ezio Figueroa Vazquez.
The pharma execs are accused of supplying to Vasquez medicines based on ephedrine, helping him to produce crystal meth, a highly addictive and widely banned narcotic also known as methamphetamine.
A priest was reportedly stabbed in his own home when he refused to give money to a man claiming to be an asylum seeker who had asked to use his shower.
Father Jos Vanderlee, a 65-year-old priest in the north east Belgian town of Lanaken, was rushed to hospital with hand and tendon injuries. He is expected to make a full recovery.
Facebook has won a long-running legal battle with the Belgian data protection authority over how it tracks non-users.
Originally, the regulator won its case and ordered the social network to stop tracking non-members when they visited publicly available Facebook pages.
Belgium on Friday said it was hunting for two unidentified terror suspects it said are “armed and dangerous” and who used false ID papers to help Salah Abdeslam, wanted over the Paris attacks claimed by Isil.
The pair, who used fake Belgian identity cards with the names Samir Bouzid and Soufiane Kayal, are thought to have aided Abdeslam to travel to Hungary in September.