DWORP, Belgium (AP) — The ruby lettering on the front of the old corner pub "In de Welkom" has peeled almost beyond recognition. Owner Leza Wauters, a tough 87-year-old, is holding on to her business but can't say how much longer. Sooner or later, yet another bar with a warm "Welcome" will be gone.
BRUSSELS (AP) — "Fighting boar" midfielder, senator, coach — Marc Wilmots will need the traits of all three of his careers, past and present, to turn Belgium's World Cup into a success.
BRUSSELS (AP) — With only a few notable exceptions, Belgium has often been a team bigger than the sum of its players.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium is back in the World Cup after 12 years, and with its hottest crop of players in a generation.
BRUSSELS (AP) — With Belgium, Russia, South Korea and Algeria, don't expect too much pre-World Cup hype from Group H.
SOCHI, Russia — Eric Heiden and Sven Kramer are perhaps the two greatest speedskaters of all time. Only one of them has an Olympic medal haul to match his reputation — so far.
BRUSSELS - Belgians shouted "Long live the king" Sunday to welcome their new monarch to the throne on a sunny national holiday.
BRUSSELS - The European Union has decided to lift the arms embargo on the Syrian opposition while maintaining all other sanctions against President Bashar Assad's regime after June 1, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said late Monday.
BRUSSELS - Unlike the brilliant thieves in "Ocean's Eleven," it appears that those behind the clockwork-precision, $50 million diamond heist at Brussels Airport may not get a Hollywood ending.
PARIS - Steven Coppens had already spent most of his lifetime battling illness before his autoimmune disease took yet another toll seven years ago, leaving him in a wheelchair.
The Grande Canale in the heart of Venice bustles with water traffic. Twain fell under the spell of the city, "afloat on the placid sea."
Tourists at the Palace of the Doges in the heart of Venice.
Gondolas in a traffic jam on a narrow canal of Venice.
Cathedral spires, "that forest of graceful needles," in Milan.
FERRARA, Italy - I came to Italy to test a French adage by way of an American writer, Mark Twain.
BRUSSELS - The European Union says that a recession brought on by a crippling debt crisis could give way to a modest recovery later this year - provided governments persevere on the tough austerity track.
BRUSELAS.– Las naciones de la Unión Europea respaldaron el lunes una propuesta que prohíbe pescar tiburones sólo para cortar sus aletas y arrojarlos de nuevo al mar para que mueran.
DAEGU, South Korea - Six days and a slow start later, Usain Bolt
finally won gold at the world championships, running the
fourth-fastest 200 meters in history to back up his showmanship
with a stunning performance.
SINSHEIM, Germany - On a great day for women's soccer, it was a
good day for Europe's teams.
WASHINGTON - Despite rebel setbacks and an increasingly public
rift with NATO allies, the U.S. will stick to its plan to remain in
the back seat of the Libya air campaign, the Obama administration
insisted Tuesday after three weeks of air missions that have failed
to turn the tide against Mo…
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands - Kohei Uchimura of Japan overcame
searing shoulder pain to retain his all-around title Friday, and
16-year old Aliya Mustafina of Russia won the women's event for her
second gold medal at the world gymnastics championships.
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands - China won its fourth straight men's
team title at the world championships on Thursday, while the United
States struggled on the pommel horse and finished fourth.
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands - China moved into the lead of team
qualifying Tuesday at the world gymnastics championships, pushing
Japan into second place.
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands - A brilliant all-around performance by
Aliya Mustafina led Russia past China and into the provisional lead
of the women's team qualifying at the world gymnastics
CAPE TOWN, South Africa - David Villa finished off a move of
Spanish perfection to finally break down Portugal's defensive wall
Tuesday, giving the European champions a 1-0 win and a spot in the
World Cup quarterfinals.
Spain's David Villa scored off his own rebound, finally breaking
down Portugal's defense in a 1-0 victory that put the European
champs in the World Cup quarterfinal.
Every night, when Louis Dubazana passes Soccer City in a bus
heading toward his apartment in Soweto, the look of the
rusty-colored dome over the stadium fills him with pride. When
other passengers also marvel at the World Cup stadium, it is just
too much for him. The junior foreman has to te…
Four years after reaching the World Cup final, Italy's Azzurri
and France's Les Bleus appear to have a bad case of, well, the
blues just days ahead of their opening matches.
BRUSSELS — Georgia and Russia both claimed to find vindication
in Wednesday's independent report on the causes of their 2008 war,
but neither seemed likely to be able to take the moral high ground
because of its blunt judgments.
BRUSSELS — Justine Henin is seeking the elusive Wimbledon title
in her return to the WTA Tour.
BERLIN — Usain Bolt startled the world again.
BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa — The world will surely take notice
BASEL, Switzerland — In one of the wilder finishes of an
unpredictable European Championship, it figures that a player
struggling to find his game would score the winner.
LIMELETTE, Belgium — The determination that helped Justine Henin
beat bigger, stronger opponents time and again was fading.
VALENCIA, Spain — World record-holder Haile Gebrselassie is
almost certain to miss the marathon at the Beijing Olympics because
of the city's poor air quality.
OSAKA, Japan — Torri Edwards thinks it's now her turn.
POPERINGE, Belgium — In Flanders Fields, justice has come late
to Sgt. John Thomas Wall.
NUREMBERG, Germany — Portugal survived a brutal foul-fest with
the Netherlands, one of the dirtiest matches in World Cup history
on Sunday. Cleats bashed into thighs and shoulders, heads butted
and elbows flew.