Belgian investigators are trying to track down a gang of eight masked robbers, who made off with diamonds worth 37 million euros on Monday night. The stones were taken from the cargo hold of a plane at Brussels airport.
For months now, Africa's rough diamonds have been increasing in value but the sale proceeds do not reach the people. Instead, they benefit metropolitan elites and the mine companies, which are usually foreign-owned.
French authorities have recovered all the loot stolen by a group of thieves in a brazen robbery of the Ritz hotel in Paris. The police still hunt for two suspects who managed to flee the scene as three were left behind.
Many of the suspects in European terrorist attacks have come from marginalized communities in Belgium. In the face of radicalization, the city of Mechelen has successfully embraced integration. Adrian Breda reports.
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