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Walloon life expectancy lower than neighbouring regions

Life expectancy in Wallonia is lower than that of all neighbouring regions, according to figures released by the World Health Organisation. With the exception of Walloon Brabant, all Walloon provinces have a lower life expectancy than adjacent regions. In Hainaut, women have a life expectancy of 81...

Production resumes at Ford Genk

Production has resumed at the Ford factory in Genk today after a four-month stoppage, due chiefly to worker unrest. Ford said in October that it would shut its Genk plant and transfer the manufacturing of about 120,000 cars a year to a plant in Valencia, Spain, resulting in the loss of about 4,300...

School drug busts on the rise

The number of dog-assisted police drug busts in Belgian schools has risen sharply in the past five years, Le Soir reports. A total of 157 such operations took place last year, compared to 64 in 2007. They are initiated by school authorities, under the terms of the PLP41 directive, which governs...

60% of Turkish women coming to Belgium end up divorced

A large majority of women who come to Belgium end up seeking a divorce, Today’s Zaman reports. The figures come from research by the Ella association, which was established in Brussels in 2000 and helps promote women’s emancipation among ethnic minorities. Birsen Taşpınar (pictured) and Sarah Avcı...

Cancer survival rate among children improves dramatically

The survival rate among children and young people affected by cancer in Belgium has dramatically improved in recent years, according to figures from the cancer registry of the Belgian Society of Paediatric Haematology and Oncology. In the early 1960s, out of one million boys aged up to 19, 90 died...

Coldest night is behind us

The coldest temperature of the winter for Belgium was recorded last night. In Elsenborn in the High Fens, mercury fell to -17.9C, said meteorologist Eddy De Mey. Several factors caused this low temperature, including a thick layer of snow, generally clear skies and little wind in the polar air...

.eu domain names increasingly popular in Belgium

Latest reports based on the last quarter of 2012 show that the total number of .eu domain registrations increased in 22 of the 27 EU member states, writes New Europe’s Stanislava Gaydazhieva . Belgium, Bulgaria and Slovenia all saw growth of more than 5%. According to the results of the study...

US to play Belgium in World Cup qualifier warm-up

The US football team will begin preparing for three June World Cup qualifiers with a May 29 friendly against Belgium in Cleveland, writes Sporting News’s Brian Straus . The friendly has been rumoured for some time and is expected to be the first of two games the Americans will play before the...

British siblings cycle from Belgium for hospice

Two British brothers are taking on a harsh physical challenge by cycling from Belgium to England to raise £20,000 in memory of a friend who died from a brain tumour this year, Surrey Today reports. Kieron and Darrell Hughes will cycle the 500 miles between the motor racing circuits of Spa and...

Al Barmaki

My first impression is positive, based on a warm reception and the dining room’s intricate Moorish decor and cosily busy atmosphere. Our server leads us to a table at the back where my only complaint is the number of mirrored walls. Other than that, my partner and I are pleased to be at a roomy corner table decked in all-white linens, while soft rock music sets the tone for what is to be a really enjoyable evening. Here’s the catch with a non-touristy place, though: The menu is half in French, half in Arabic.

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