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Massive fish die-off in Brussels park

Brussels Environment Institute yesterday removed 500kg of dead fish from the water at King Baudouin Park. The extreme heat of the past week caused the water level to fall to dangerous levels. The fish were gathered near a drain in one of the park’s recently reconstructed canals. Unable to move from...

Belgium supports UNRWA in Palestine

Belgium sent more than €6 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), to assist Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, says minister of development Jean-Pascal Labille. The money should enable UNRWA to finance its activities and to meet...

Family drama in Forest, father and son dead

The Brussels prosecutor is to carry out a full investigation of an incident in the municipality of Forest in which a man is alleged to have thrown his son to his death from an 11th-floor apartment in Avenue Minerve (pictured), before killing himself in the same way. According to investigators,...

Ramadan fasting improves concentration, say researchers

The fact that Muslims don’t eat or drink between sunrise and sunset during Ramadan doesn’t have a negative influence on their health, according to research at the University of Leuven. On the contrary, the researchers found positive effects. A team led by professor Lode Godderis followed up the...

Relatives of MH air disaster victims feel unsupported

The federal foreign affairs ministry has responded to criticism this week from the brother of one of the six Belgian victims of the MH17 air disaster. A ministry spokesperson said it had done everything in its power to keep relatives informed, even during the long weekend of National Day. “We had...

Cannabis seized at Molenbeek cafe

Police in the Brussels West zone, which includes Jette, Ganshoren, Koekelberg, Berchem-Sainte-Agathe and Molenbeek Saint-Jean, have seized 3kg of cannabis discovered in a cafe in Molenbeek, the Brussels prosecutor’s office said. The manager of the cafe, a 20-year-old man, was arrested and detained...

Belgian football approves use of vanishing spray

The Belgian Football Association will allow several new features to be added to the game in time for the upcoming football season, its Referee Department announced during a press conference. Starting next season, Belgium’s Jupiler Pro League will use vanishing spray during matches, a spray that is...

Alken-Maes books loss for fourth consecutive year

Alken-Maes, the number two brewery in Belgium, incurred a significant operating loss for the fourth year in a row. The Dutch parent company, brewer Heineken, is therefore investing heavily in marketing its abbey beer, Affligem. With an operating loss of €6.44 million in 2013, Alken-Maes did better...

More Belgian tourists choose Spain

In the first six months of 2014, more than 900,000 Belgian tourists travelled to Spain, 21% more than in the same period last year, according to figures from the Spanish Ministry of Tourism. In total, foreign tourism in Spain grew by 7.3%. The largest number of tourists to Spain last year came from...

Belgium celebrates National Day

King Philippe joined his people on Monday to celebrate his first full National Day as King, a day marked by the notable absence of his father, former King Albert, from whom he took over the throne exactly one year previously. The day began as always with a Te Deum in the cathedral in Brussels. The...

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