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Taking it easy in a Belgian park.

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A pro-Flemish independence demonstration in 2007.

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During the two months in 1944 that U.S. airmen Jerry Sorensen and Mac McManaman were hidden the Abeels family home, they only went out once, to the Basilica of the Sacred Heart a couple of blocks away. On the outing, from left, were Sorenson, Clementine Abeels, Jenny Abeels and MacManaman. In Nazi-occupied Brussels, if the Americans had been discovered it could heave meant death for them and the Abeels family.

Even the military - fastidious about taking care of its fallen members - lost track of Staff Sgt. Jerry Sorensen, buried in an "isolated grave" in Belgium in World War II. But while Sorensen may have been forgotten in Washington, D.C., he was never alone, thanks to the devotion of one Belgian woman. Read more» 1

A pro-Flemish independence demonstration in 2007.

Despite the popularity of Flemish separatist parties, splitting Belgium could prove impractical. Read more»

Richard Bushong, 86, a B-17 pilot, with 'Liberty Belle.' Bushong was a B-17 pilot in the European Theater with 28 combat missions under his belt.

B-17 pilot Col. Richard Bushong, 86, is a Tucsonan who flew 28 combat missions over Europe during World War II. Monday, Bushong was on hand with the B-17 "Liberty Belle" to talk about his experiences. With photo gallery. Read more»

Flags in front of the European Parliament, Brussels.

It's not the best of times; it's not the worst of times. But it's surely not the kind of times Brussels and Washington anticipated when Barack Obama took over the White House. Read more»

Members of the European Parliament hold a vote.

The fate of the United States government’s Terrorist Finance Tracking Program (TFTP) may hinge on how Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert’s week turns out. And it’s not looking particularly rosy for the TFTP at the moment. Read more»