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Bigger and better: Technopolis science centre

At the opening of the new extension at Technopolis last month, all eyes were on the guests of honour, Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde, as they tried their hands at one of the many new experiments and activities at the science and technology centre. It might have been more pertinent, however,...

Belgium to extradite 17-year-old main suspect in Eindhoven attack

A Belgian court yesterday ruled that the main Belgian suspect in a case known as the ‘Eindhoven security camera attack’ will be extradited to the Netherlands to face trial, reports Dutch News . There had been doubts about whether Brent L., who is 17, would be sent to the Netherlands. The ruling...

Last stand to save Belgian ‘ghost town’

The Belgian village of Doel is facing its final battle for survival against plans to expand the adjacent port of Antwerp that will erase it from the map to make way for a new dock, writes Reuters’s Robert-Jan Bartunek . Doel is wedged between a nuclear power plant and an existing set of docks and...

Belgium targets trade cooperation with Arab world

Belgian foreign and external trade minister Didier Reynders said that the effect of the Arab Spring on bilateral economic links between Belgium and the Arab world had "by and large been a negative one." "Against the background to economic adjustments linked to political and social unrest, trade...

All-time low for number of weddings in Belgium

The number of weddings in Belgium was at an all-time low in 2012, reports La Dernière Heure. Responding to a parliamentary question, interior minister Joëlle Milquet confirmed that 91,566 people got married last year, a drop of 14% in five years. The number of legal cohabitants is stagnating; 78,...

England Counties name side to play Belgium A

Lancashire fly-half and Bill Beaumont Cup winner Chris Johnson will captain the England Counties against Belgium A at Brussels’ Kituro Rugby Club tonight, the RFU’s website announces. There are 11 players in the starting line up making their England Counties debut but the Fylde play-maker will be...

Wage watchers: how much does an SEO specialist earn?

SEO specialist Katrijn Hendrickx, 25, from Lier, Antwerp province talks about what she earns and how she spends it What do you do for a living? I work as an SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) specialist for the Yellow Pages, making sure that our clients' websites pop up as high as possible in search...

Waterloo, finally facing my Waterloo

Upon reading the word Waterloo, people are split into three camps; those who hear (or start singing) the classic Abba tune; those who think of a leafy town in modern Belgium with a British school and expensive real estate; and those who are transported back to a time of epic battle between the...

Eight reported cases of rape a day in Belgium

Belgian police has recorded eight cases of rape and nine of indecent assault a day since 2010, it has been revealed. Federal and regional ministers have announced an update to the National Plan of Action (PAN), which now features about 250 measures. The ‘PAN 2010-2014’ scheme, adopted in November...

Decrease in asylum applications

The downward trend in the number of asylum applications is continuing, according to figures released yesterday by the commissioner-general for refugees and stateless persons (CGRA). A total of 1,202 applications were recorded in May - the lowest number since April 2010. The number of asylum...

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