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First American headline tour for Selah Sue

Belgian soul sensation Selah Sue has announced her first North American headline tour . The tour will kick off in Toronto on June 14 and make several stops before the final show in Dover, Delaware. Along the way, she will play at New York’s prestigious Bowery Ballroom. She has previously toured...

All creatures cute and cruel

Kids can meet their animal peers in a new exhibition at Brussels’ Museum of Natural Sciences. Most of the baby animals on show are, as you might imagine, cuddly and cute. But there’s also the ugly duckling and the mother hamster who eats her own offspring. Entering the exhibition hall, you get the...

Vrijmoed

The concept, much like the name, is uncomplicated yet elegant. Belgian-French cuisine with a contemporary twist is served here, in a stately townhouse in the heart of Ghent. Our party of eight is greeted with such smooth professionalism, you’d never guess it is just the second day after opening.

Art Brut – "Top Of The Pops"

“Britain is the only country in the world where being ‘too clever by half’ is an insult,” the self-important oaf AA Gill once remarked. In Art Brut’s case, it may have cost them the chance to become proper rock royalty. Yes, they could have played it safe all along and garnished their infectious guitar-driven tunes with the usual dross about – yawn – being a rebel, feeling alienated, that sort of thing. Instead, singer Eddie Argos chose to assume an uber-naive persona, his own in fact, and sing his heart out about his record collection, his sweet tooth and his bedroom gaucheness.

Five dead in Belgian coach crash

Five people died and several were badly injured when a coach carrying Russian youngsters on their way to Paris crashed early on Sunday in northern Belgium, officials said. The Polish-registered coach had 42 passengers on board when it swerved off the E34 motorway approaching Antwerp at around 6.30...

French and Belgian police hunt convict after spectacular jailbreak

Police in France and Belgium are hunting a dangerous convicted bank robber who dynamited his way out of a French prison at the weekend. A Europe-wide alert for 40-year-old Redoine Faid is in effect, as is an Interpol bulletin. Faid, who was serving a sentence for robberies and who risked a long...

Hero’s return to Belgium for Idaho WW2 veteran

World War Two veteran Melvin Lagoon, from Boise, Idaho, was given a hero’s welcome during an emotional return to Belgium, reports KTVB’s Justin Corr . “We took quite a beating in the Battle of the Bulge when we were there. We had a lot to be thankful for to be able to be alive. You can’t imagine...

De Crem to represent Belgium at Thatcher funeral

Vice-PM and defence minister Pieter De Crem will represent Belgium at the funeral of the former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, reports Flanders News . Thatcher died last Monday at the age of 87 and the ceremony takes places in London’s Saint Paul's Cathedral on Wednesday. She was Britain...

Belgian on board Bali crash plane

A Belgian was among the 108 passengers on board the plane that missed the runway on Saturday at Bali airport and landed in the sea, a spokesman for the Indonesian transport ministry confirmed. All passengers and seven crew members survived the crash, though some passengers were slightly injured and...

Belgium told to pay €5,000 to asylum seeker

The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Belgium to pay €5,000 to an Afghan asylum seeker who had been imprisoned for four months due to appeal proceedings by the Court of Cassation even though his lawyer had obtained his release after just four days, De Morgen reports today. "This judgement...

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