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.
Jewels and diamonds worth $53 million have been stolen from a hotel in Cannes, France. The heist was one of the biggest in Europe in recent years.
As questions linger over the origins of the military-style weapons in the hands of extremists in France and Belgium, a murky picture of arms trafficking has emerged, writes Erin Conroy from Paris.
A member of the "Pink Panther" jewel thief syndicate has escaped in elaborate fashion from a Swiss prison with a fellow inmate. He is the third member of the gang to break out of a Swiss prison in as many months.