A US army officer escorts US President Barack Obama (2nd-L), Belgium’s King Philippe (2nd-R) and Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo (R) as they visit the WWI Flanders Field Cemetery in Waregem on Wednesday. The cemetery is the final resting place for 368 Americans, most of whom were killed during World War I. Obama will pay his first visit ever to the EU headquarters in Brussels, cementing US-EU opposition to the takeover of Crimea after hitting out at Russian expansionism as a “sign of weakness”.
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Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel looks through her car window as she arrives at the EU leaders summit in Brussels
A visitor examines a piece by US visual artist Tony Oursler during the exhibition “Phantasmagoria” at the Modern Art Museum of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation MAC’s in Hornu, southwestern Belgium
Russian sculptor Artem Samoylov carves a figure based on Disney’s newest movie Frozen at the Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival in Bruges. Some 28 artists made 55 sculptures out of 250 tonnes of ice depicting many characters from Disney movies. The festival opens on November 22 and ends on January 5, 2014.
World War Two veteran Harry Marrington, from Portsmouth, England, leans down to pick up a paper poppy during an Armistice Day ceremony under the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium. The Menin Gate Memorial bears the names of more than 54,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers who were killed in the Ypres Salient of World War I and whose graves are not known.
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Policemen stand guard while firefighters are spraying foam from behind the barricades during a protest near the Lambermont in Brussels, the residence of the Belgian prime minister, while ministers were holding a cabinet meeting to discuss the budget. Firefighters are asking for more funding for their service.
A Belgian firefighter takes part in a protest for better work conditions in central Brussels.
Alexander Naddour, of the US, competes on the rings during heats at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium.
Anke Van Dermeersch, a Belgian senator for the far-right Vlaams Belang party, arrives at court on Friday to hear a preliminary injunction brought by French shoe designer Christian Louboutin against an advertising campaign by her party. Mr Louboutin asked the court in Antwerp to stop the campaign for the Flemish group “Women against Islamisation” using his iconic stilettos for a poster denouncing Islam. The poster shows the bare legs of former Miss Belgium Ms Van Dermeersch wearing signature red-soled Louboutins as she lifts up a black dress. Read more
Technicians check tyres at the paddock, ahead of the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium on Thursday. Read more