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Suspected terrorist arrested at Charleroi airport

A 24-year-old Syrian was intercepted by customs officials at Charleroi Airport in Gosselies on Tuesday. Suspected of belonging to a terrorist group, he was placed under arrest by an examining magistrate on Thursday. The man, who had come from Greece and was on his way to Scandinavia, was in...

Original Tintin illustration turns up after house furniture move

A Tintin fan in Brussels has uncovered an original plate from King Ottokar’s Sceptre after moving his furniture around at home, reports Le Figaro . The Tintin comic strip collector had forgotten of the work’s existence, which was drawn personally by Tintin’s creator Hergé in a mix of Indian ink and...

Pharma company accidentally dumps polio virus in river

Staff at the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline in Rixensart, Walloon Brabant, dumped 45 litres of liquid contaminated by live polio virus into the river Laan, the federal health ministry has revealed. The incident took place on 2 September but has only now been confirmed. A ministry statement...

More than 86,000 drivers caught speeding in 30 km/h zones in 2013

More than 86,000 speeding tickets were issued in 2013 for drivers breaking the speed limit in 30 km/h zones. Across the country, in 2013, 86,442 drivers were caught on speed camera in 30 km/h zones, which is nearly 30% more than in 2012 (66,684 tickets) and 44% more than in 2011 (59,846 tickets)...

First capsule hostel opens in Antwerp

Belgium’s first student hostel with capsule beds opened this week in Antwerp. The Antwerp Student Hostel (ASH) provides the minimum of accommodation: the cheapest formula is a bed in the form of a capsule, long and wide enough to sleep in ( pictured ). Each capsule is soundproofed and air-...

Police claim success for strike action

Yesterday’s police strike was a great success, according to the liberal public service union VSOA Politie. “On average, 55% of police employees are on strike,” said chair Vincent Gilles. “In fact 65 to 75% of police are behind our action, though they cannot show it because they are required to work...

Collective taxi service Collecto gets its own app

The Brussels collective taxi service Collecto can now be ordered using a smartphone app, mobility minister Pascal Smet has announced. Until now the service has only been available to order by telephone and text message. Collecto is an initiative of the Brussels region’s mobility agency, Brussel...

US calls on Belgium’s support in fight against Islamic State

Outgoing Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo confirmed on Tuesday that Belgium had received a formal request from the US to take part in the military operation against Islamic State (IS), namely with the mobilisation of six F-16s. The military operation against IS, to which Belgium is very likely to lend...

Belgian victim of 9/11 attacks formally identified

Thirteen years after the 9/11 attacks on New York’s Twin Towers, a Belgian victim has been formally identified. The New York medical examiner’s office identified the victim as Patrice Braut, who was 31 at the time, on Tuesday. Braut was able to be identified thanks to new DNA tests carried out on...

Delhaize shops set to shut on Friday

Numerous Delhaize outlets around the country are set to shut up shop this Friday in protest at the management’s planned restructuring programme. The decision was adopted by staff after a works council on Monday and confirmed by participating trade unions on Tuesday. Since Delhaize is planning to...

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