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Heritage group applies for protection of Jeu de Balle

Heritage association Pétitions-Patrimoine and Plateforme Marolles, a union made up of the merchants, shopkeepers and residents of Brussels’ Marolles district, have submitted an application to the City of Brussels for the protection of the square at Jeu de Balle, including its underground war bunker...

Body armour sales in Belgium up fivefold

Producers of bulletproof vests can barely keep up with demand, claiming a fivefold sales boost since the terrorist attacks in Paris earlier this month, according to Het Laatste Nieuws . Since the attacks in Paris and the dismantling of the terror network in Verviers and Brussels over the last few...

More Belgians spend holiday in the Netherlands

The number of Belgians who took a holiday in the Netherlands last year increased by 10%, to 1.8 million. The trend is partly due to an increasing preference for short holiday trips, as well as an improved image of the neighbouring country, reports De Standaard . In total, nearly 14 million foreign...

Foreign ministry unveils Belgian pavilion for Milan Expo

Federal foreign trade minister Kris Peeters is presenting the design and look of the Belgian pavilion at the forthcoming Expo Milan 2015 this morning, precisely 100 days before the exhibition is due to begin. Peeters is accompanied by fellow Christian democrat Leo Delcroix, who has been put in...

Belgian pears smuggled into Russia

The Russian import ban on European products such as fruit and meat is being circumvented via smuggling routes along Belarus and Kazakhstan. Belgian pears from Limburg are among the banned products that are still reaching Russian shelves, reports Het Belang van Limburg . Russian prime minister...

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Queen Elisabeth Competition now open to cellists

The Queen Elisabeth Competition, the prestigious annual event in Brussels for pianists, singers and violinists in alternate years, is adding cellists to its roster in 2017. “The decision was arrived at spontaneously, following meetings with a number of outstanding young cellists,” competition...

Belgium is 15th most expensive country

Belgium is among the top 15 most expensive countries in the world, according to the Cost of Living Index 2015 . The list of 119 countries was compiled by Numbeo, an online crowd-sourced global database, based on a comparison of the prices of daily essentials such as groceries, housing and...

Fewer alcohol checks due to terror threat

Keeping police agents stationed for hours in the same place to perform alcohol checks is no longer safe since the overall threat level for a terrorist attack in Belgium was last week raised from level 2 (moderate) to level 3 (high) on a scale of 4, said the general commissioner of the federal...

UA researchers: Trapped ions cause batteries to lose power

Although batteries are becoming increasingly powerful, they still lose their effectiveness when they are constantly recharged over a period of time. This limited capacity is one of the burdens of users of mobile devices but also a major reason why consumers aren’t buying electric cars in greater...

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