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Ten more young Belgians off to Syria

Just before the end of the summer holiday, another ten Muslim youth from Vilvoorde have left for Syria. The group includes five minors, Mayor of Vilvoorde Hans Bonte (SP.A) told Het Laatste Nieuws . Fifteen other young people are also suspected to be en route to Syria, or about to leave, as they...

50,000 Belgians use the e-cigarette

This year, an estimated 50,000 Belgians regularly use electronic cigarettes, or 2 percent of smokers. Last year, e-cigarette users accounted for just 0.2 percent of smokers, a ccording to figures from the Cancer Foundation. In Belgium, users of products containing nicotine must respect the law on...

Government performs Facebook checks

The Belgian government asked Facebook 150 times during the first half of this year for information about users of the social networking site, according to Facebook's first 'Global Government Requests Report', published Tuesday. The 150 applications were all related to users in Belgium. Facebook is...

Seatbelt checkpoint pays off in Brussels

In a large-scale check on the use of seat belts and child seats in cars in the Brussels Region last Saturday between 10.00 and 18.00, police noted 732 cases of people using at least one of the two incorrectly. The checkpoint took place at 15 locations across the city and involved about 100 police...

Teacher education increasingly popular

A growing number of college students is signing up for teacher education, reports Flemish public broadcaster VRT. The number of registrations has gone up significantly compared to last year. Some schools saw the number of enrolments, especially for a Bachelor in primary education, rise by 20...

Cohabitation continues to rise in Belgium

This year there are more people living together than are officially married. The first half of this year showed 32,510 Belgians register with the municipality as living together legally, while only 24,372 registered as married. It is the first time in Belgium that more people choose cohabitation...

Antwerp hosts party for the Facebook elite

Belgium's first-ever "klout" party takes place tonight in Antwerp and features free bubbles, lobster and maybe a cigar. That is, if your 'value' on social media like Twitter and Facebook is high enough. So-called klout parties have been popular for a while now in the US, and now Belgium has its own...

Mobile internet improving in Belgium

The quality of mobile internet service has improved significantly in Belgium in the past few years, according to consumer organisation Test-Achats. Proximus continues to offer the best quality, while Base recently surpassed Mobistar. Overall network coverage for mobile internet has also improved,...

Volle Brol

Until late in the afternoon, groups of tourists mix with locals at café Volle Brol, located along the cobblestones of the Place du Jeu de Balle in the Marolles area of Brussels. Place du Jeu de Balle is the scene of the well-known daily flea market in this popular down-to-earth neighbourhood. The name of the café itself is a wink to the antique trinkets and vintage curiosities that are sold on the market, brol meaning “junk”.

MR Chairman calls for €5 billion tax cut

Chairman of the francophone liberal party MR, Charles Michel, is advocating a tax reform in 2014 that would cut taxes by €5 billion and generate up to 100,000 jobs. Michel's aim is to reduce the corporate income tax for SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) from 33.9 percent to 23 percent...

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