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Six more women come forward in taxi rapes

Six more women have come forward with allegations of sexual assault at the hands of men posing as taxi drivers. This comes only days after Brussels prosecutors’ announcement that 23 other women say they too were victims of rape by apparent taxi drivers who took them into Bois de la Cambre/ Ter...

Disturbing anti-Semitic announcement made on Belgian train

Authorities are investigating the origins of a disturbing announcement targeting Jewish passengers in late January on Belgium’s state-owned rail company SNCB/ NMBS. On the 31st of last month, as the train bound for Liege arrived at Ottignies, an unidentified person used the train’s intercom to...

14-02-13

Major public transport disruptions expected Friday

Users of Brussels’ public transportation system are being warned to expect significant delays along the city’s metro, tram, and bus lines tomorrow as employees of the Brussels transport service STIB/MIVB reduce staffing along the lines. The labour action comes on the heels of the court verdict that...

Belgian university launches online courses

Belgium’s Catholic University of Louvain has broken new ground Wednesday after launching the first version of its international Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOC. Students now have the opportunity to study at the university whether they are in the country or not. The university has joined the...

Changing address in Belgium: a moving box of tips

We may move a lot, but that doesn’t mean we’re good at it According to an internet survey , 53% of us move five times or more in our lifetime. As expats, this number is doubled, tripled – or perhaps you’ve just stopped counting. Still, no matter how many times we change addresses in life, the...

Lawmakers to vote on child euthanasia law today

A controversial new child euthanasia law that has made headlines around the world was heavily debated for a final time yesterday in Belgium’s parliament. If passed today, the legal right to die, already an option for adults, will also extend to the country’s sick children. Much of the debate on...

Belgian Brewers launch first-ever national campaign

For the first time ever, Belgian brewers have decided to launch an advertising campaign to promote all Belgian beers together. Yesterday in Brussels, the Belgian Brewers association presented its campaign slogan – Fier op ons bier (Proud of Our Beer) – and three TV ads, in which foreigners profess...

Minister unveils mega floodwater holding basin in Limburg

The Flemish Environment Agency has just completed one of the biggest floodwater holding basins to be constructed over the past decade. Located on the Herk river in Stevoort, a district of Hasselt, the new basin is designed to reduce the risk of flooding the region around the river Demer. “This...

95 suicides on Belgium's rails in 2013

Belgium’s rail network manager, Infrabel, along with SNCB/NMBS, says it will focus efforts in preventing suicides along Belgium’s rail lines. The announcement comes as a response to the 95 suicides committed and 69 attempted suicides along the rails in 2013. Infrabel has decided to dedicate two...

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