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Molenbeek house searched in Thalys attack investigation

Federal police officers carried out searches in Molenbeek, Brussels, on Monday at the home of the sister of Thalys gunman Ayoub El Khazzani, as well as a man said to be her friend. The sister is said to be strictly religious, even fundamentalist according to reports, but is not accused of any...

Brussels' wealthiest district is Le Vivier d'Oie

New figures published by the the Brussels Institute for Statistics and Analysis (BISA) reveal the average income per tax return in each of the 118 districts of Brussels. The district Le Vivier d'Oie in Uccle is by far the richest with an average of €65,511 per tax return. The area around the West...

Unknown benefactor gives large sum of money to foundling Marie

The baby that was found by a bus driver last week on the side of a road in Sint-Truiden, in Limburg province, has received a large sum of money from an unknown benefactor, according to TV Limburg, reports De Standaard . The public has shown great compassion for the foundling, with many people...

More students choose to study technology

The number of students choosing a technology course at university or college in Flanders and Brussels has risen by 18% compared to the same period last year, according to the industry federation Agoria. Registrations also increased considerably last academic year. According to Agoria, more than 4,...

Flemish Brabant launches new campaign for Dutch learners

The Belgian province of Flemish Brabant on Tuesday launched a new campaign under an old motto: 'Nederlands leren, simple comme bonjour; Nederlands leren, a piece of cake'. The aim of the renewed initiative is to encourage more residents in the Flemish periphery of Brussels to learn Dutch, reports...

Belgium named world's most traffic-congested country

Belgium is the worst country in the world for traffic jams, according to the annual Traffic Scorecard of US company Inrix, a world leader in real-time traffic data. The Scorecard shows that Belgians spent an average of 51 hours stuck in traffic last year, compared with 58 hours in 2013, writes Het...

Tourists staying longer in Brussels

In July and August this year, the hotels in and around Brussels saw their sales increase by 5% compared to the same period last year. They also noted that tourists are booking more lengthy stays in the capital. "This gives the industry some breathing room after a few rough years," Rodolphe Van...

Thalys gunman was under surveillance of Belgian security services

Ayoub el-Khazzani, the gunman on board a Thalys train from Brussels to Paris, who was thwarted by members of the public last Friday, had been under surveillance by the Belgian state security service, home affairs minister Jan Jambon has revealed. He was not under a strict regime of surveillance, as...

Animal welfare committee holds special session on ritual slaughter

The Flemish parliament’s animal welfare committee will meet this week to discuss the issue surrounding the slaughter of animals without stunning them, against the law in Belgium but required by Jewish and Muslim tradition. The animal welfare committee of the Flemish parliament will hold a special...

14 new webshops a day in Belgium

In the coming years, about 5,000 new online shops are expected to launch in Belgium every year, or about 14 per day, according to industry federation BeCommerce . The prediction means that the number of webshops in the country would surpass the number of physical shops for the first time by 2020...

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