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Family fun – activities for all ages in Brussels and beyond

Brussels Atomium – Kids’ sphere Square de l’ Atomium (02.475.4775) Mon, Tue, Thu (excluding public holidays), 18.00-10.00 Educational project invites primary-school children (six to 12) to spend the night in one of the spheres. Cirque Royal 81 Rue de l’Enseignement APR 6, 14.00 Oui-oui et le grand...

Police to look out for suspicious beards

Police in Antwerp have been asked to keep an eye out for young men who suddenly let their beards grow, in order to prevent more young Flemings travelling to Syria to fight as jihadists, Het Laatste Nieuws reports today. In a letter sent to 2,600 police officers, the head of Antwerp police, Serge...

Freight airships coming to Antwerp?

Airships full of freight containers may soon be flying over Antwerp, report De Gazet van Antwerpen and Het Belang van Limburg. Flemish minister for mobility Hilde Crevits has commissioned a study to determine whether the airships could be used to transport goods. The first test flight is expected...

Support for homeless extended as cold snap lingers

Emergency winter aid for the homeless will continue for a fortnight as a result of the unseasonal freezing temperatures in Brussels, reports Flanders News . The Brussels Region is providing emergency accommodation for 400 homeless people and this measure will be extended for a further two weeks...

Madness to headline Brussels Summer Festival

Madness were yesterday announced as the biggest name to grace the bill of this year’s Brussels Summer Festival. The London legends will play at the Place des Palais on August 11 as the band, currently promoting their latest album, Oui Oui Si Si Ja Ja Da Da , carry on their royal residence theme,...

Grillo sees Belgium as an example

Populist Italian comedian-turned-politician Beppe Grillo has hailed Belgium as proof that a country can function with a caretaker government. Pier Luigi Bersani yesterday gave up his efforts to try and form a coalition, handing in his resignation to president Giorgio Napolitano, who this morning...

Wage watchers: how much does an airport customer service agent earn?

Airport customer service agent Gertjan Vos, 24, from Antwerp talks about what he earns and how he spends it. What do you do for a living? I have two part-time jobs, both as a passenger service agent – one for American Airlines, the other for Aviapartner. I check passengers in, do the boarding and...

Culture beat - March 28

Belgium’s love affair with fantasy comes alive once a year with the Brussels International Fantastic Film Fair from Tuesday until April 13. The 31st edition swaps Tour & Taxis for the more spacious Bozar in a programme offering more than 100 feature films, many of them premieres. BIFFF opens on...

Weapons arsenal found in dead terror suspect’s flat

Belgian authorities searching the home of a terror suspect who was shot dead after a motorway pursuit found an arsenal of terrorist weapons at his flat in Anderlecht. Prosecutors confirmed the man was born in 1973 and came from Algeria, later joining the Foreign Legion, before moving to Belgium...

Claims of media censorship at Reynders honours ceremony

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) yesterday denounced the “media censorship” it claims took place at the ceremony at which Belgian deputy prime minister Didier Reynders received the Legion of Honour from former French president Nicolas Sarkozy. Sarkozy was last week placed under...

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