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32,000 heavy weapons registered in Belgium

A total of 32,425 heavy weapons have been officially registered in Belgium in the central arms register, as required by law, Le Soir reports today. The figure is based on a parliamentary question by MP Stefaan Van Hecke to justice minister Annemie Turtelboom. The Weapons Act states that so-called...

Dixons brings Knowhow to Belgium

UK company Dixons has made its first foray into the Belgian market by opening two travel stores at Brussels airport under its Knowhow brand, reports Retail Week’s Tiffany Holland. The electrical retailer opened one shop on Saturday and will open another today. They are the first to open under...

Belgian village honours Australian WWII airmen

Australian foreign minister Bob Carr this week visited the village of Bas-Oha, in Liège province, where the western wall of a tiny church cemetery is a grave marking the deaths of four Australian airmen, reports news.com.au . All were barely out of their teens when they were shot down on August 13...

Belgian MEP sets up banker-bashing website

Belgian Green MEP Philippe Lamberts, dubbed ‘the City’s enemy no. 1’ and ‘the man who capped the banks’ by the Financial Times, is launching a stylish website aimed at denouncing the excesses of the banking industry, writes eFinancialServices’ Sarah Butcher . The site isn’t fully functional yet,...

Armenian genocide commemorated in Brussels

Brussels’ Armenian community yesterday marked the 98th anniversary of the genocide at the hands of Ottoman Turkey, reports news.am . A liturgy held at St Mary Magdalene in central Brussels was followed by a procession to the memorial stones dedicated to the victims, on Henri Michaux Square in...

Les Brigittines

Myny, who grew up in Dilbeek, just outside of Brussels, learned to cook in his grandmother’s kitchen. That explains the long list of classics filling the menu, from cow udder broth to his famed pig’s trotters.

My dining companion and I opt for five courses, each paired with a different beer. What we get is entirely up to the chef. We eagerly await the first course by nibbling on fresh, crusty bread smeared with butter, all the while admiring the magnificent Art Nouveau dining room.

Parents asked to invest in children’s property

Parents in Belgium are increasingly being asked by banks and lenders to buy a 10% stake in the property their children wish to buy, otherwise they will not give them a mortgage. If the children are still at the beginning of their careers, do not have a high enough deposit or a stable enough job,...

Date of birth as PIN code ‘not gross negligence’

Using one’s date of birth as a bank card PIN code may not be the safest option, but it is still a secret combination, Belgium’s financial ombudsman has deemed. Some victims of bank card theft had been refused compensation by their banks who claimed that, because the PIN code was their date of birth...

Bomb-detector conman found guilty

James McCormick, the 57-year-old Somerset millionaire who sold fake bomb-detection kits based on novelty golf-ball finders worth less than €15, is facing jail after being found guilty of fraud, reports the Telegraph’s Melanie Hall . He is reported to have sold the devices for as much as €31,000...

Belgian teacher missing in Syria

Belgian teacher Pierre Piccinin da Prata, who has been in Syria since the beginning of the month, has not been heard from for two weeks, reports Le Soir. The historian and political scientist was on his seventh trip to Syria since the start of the popular uprising in early 2011. The teacher from...

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