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One Direction fans go wild in Belgium

Belgian fans of British boy band One Direction took to the streets in the hope of catching a glimpse of their idols this week. Niall Horan used Twitter to tell his followers of the hectic behaviour outside his hotel, reports Entertainmentwise . The boy band were in Belgium for the European leg of...

Danger above: the balconies of Brussels

I have always liked balconies, and when I lived in New York and didn’t have one I envied all those tens of thousands of people who did. Not that they ever so much as stepped out on them to survey the city below. Most of those narrow waist-high projections lacked even a flower pot, much less a table...

Sabam claims 3.4% of every internet bill

Authors’ society Sabam is launching legal proceedings against Belgium’s internet providers, demanding 3.4% of the fees they receive from their customers, writes Ars Technica’s Joe Mullin . Sabam’s claim is similar to the blank media levy that exists in Canada and seems to be based on the assumption...

Chechen bomber deported to Belgium

The so-called one-legged bomber Lors Doukaev has been transferred from Denmark to Belgium where he will serve the remainder of his sentence, reports the Copenhagen Post . Two Danish police officers escorted Doukaev to Belgium where he was taken into the custody of Belgian police. In September 2010...

Belgian homes hold 89,000 foreign bank accounts

Nearly 89,000 Belgian households declared having foreign bank accounts to the tax authorities in 2011, the Sudpresse newspapers report. The number of registered accounts is down since 2008, mainly because of the exchange of information between countries. Belgians reported 108,880 foreign accounts...

Belgians sceptical about ethical labels

While ‘ethical buying’, which takes into account environmental aspects, fair trade and the respect for the rights of workers, is well established in Belgium, a large number of consumers remain sceptical about fairtrade and sustainable labels. Less than half of consumers believe their purchasing of...

Belgian found dead in Thailand

The body of a 57-year-old Belgian was found in his flat in South Pattaya, Thailand, yesterday. No obvious signs of a disturbance in the room or injuries to the victim were seen, but the cause of death remains unexplained, reports Pattaya One . Police were called to the Loft Condominium after the...

Running for Retrak: Week 12

I come from India and work as an IT analyst in Brussels. My job gave me a great opportunity to work in Brussels and I’ve enjoyed every moment of it. This is my second stint in Brussels and I have been here for the past year, though I was here for a couple of years back in 2007. Running was a...

Multinationals take €45bn out of Belgium

Multinational companies have started moving money from Belgium to other countries, De Morgen and Het Laatste Nieuws report today. Over the last three months of last year, €45 billion left Belgium, the dailies say, quoting figures from the OECD. The massive capital withdrawal is due to a drop in the...

Belgium urged to stay in Afghanistan after 2015

US ambassador to Belgium Howard Gutman yesterday made a subtle plea to Belgium by suggesting the government should “stay involved” in Afghanistan after 2015, after the end of the current Nato mission. Nato is putting a new mission in place, focused on training Afghan security forces. “To maintain...

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