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Chinese official fired for not returning from Belgian holiday

A Chinese official has been sacked after deciding not to return to her post in China and to enjoy married life in Belgium instead, reports eChinaCities.com . Wang Weihua, 45, from Guangzhou, was the deputy chief of the foreign investment and agricultural resources audit office – a position she had...

Arrival of two Chinese pandas confirmed

China and Belgium have struck a deal on the loaning of two giant pandas to the Pairi Daiza animal park in Brugelette, Hainaut province, reports Flanders News . Xinhui ('Sparkling Star', the male) and Haohao ('Sweet', the female) are only 4 years old. Pairi Daiza will build ultra-modern...

Telecoms watchdog calls for better wholesale cable offers

Belgium's media and telecoms regulatory body has called for the country’s major cable operators to improve their wholesale offers to alternative providers, reports Telecompaper . The watchdog, known as the CRC, approved the basic reference offers from Brutele, Tecteo (Voo), Coditel (Numericable)...

Ice Watch set to conquer India

Belgian watch brand Ice-Watch has announced its launch in the Indian market, spread across the cities of Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune and Kochi. In addition, the watches will also be available through all key retail online portals. The watches in India will now be a part of the...

Belgium to host Japanese football team in November

The Red Devils will play a friendly against Japan on November 19 at Brussels’ Stade Roi Baudouin, reports Goal.com . The Samurai Blue were the first side to qualify for the 2014 World Cup and are eager to test themselves against the calibre of country they expect to face next June in Brazil. Japan...

Jetairfly to launch direct flights between Miami and Brussels

Non-stop flights between Miami and Brussels will start in April next year — the first direct service to Brussels from anywhere in Florida, reports the Miami Herald’s Hannah Sampson . Belgian carrier Jetairfly is launching its first U.S. route with the Miami-Brussels flights; the new service starts...

Wage watchers: how much does an adviser in the Flemish government earn?

Adviser Lars Hegemann, 40, from Kessel-Lo talks about what he earns and how he spends it What do you do for a living? I work at the Flemish government’s department of administrative affairs . We support the minister, Geert Bourgeois , on administrative matters . We support the various Flemish...

Ex-hostage claims Syrian rebels were behind gas attacks

Newly freed Belgian teacher Pierre Piccinin da Prata claims that Syrian rebels, not the Assad regime, were responsible for the Sarin attack that killed over 1,400 civilians on August 21. Piccinin da Prata was released last weekend after being kidnapped in Syria five months ago, together with...

Penguin to publish 75 Maigret novels as part of massive Simenon campaign

Pipe-smoking detective Jules Maigret will return to British bookstores this autumn, with Penguin publishing all 75 books in Belgian author’s Georges Simenon’s series over as many months, writes The Bookseller's Stacey Bartlett . Starting with Pietr the Latvian, the first in the series, on November...

Belgian ‘healthy chocolate’ gets EU seal of approval

The European Union has granted Belgian chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut the right to use the first ever health claim in the history of the cocoa and chocolate industry, reports Food.be . It took seven years of research in the company’s research & development centre on the Belgian...

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