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Faces on the underground: the Metro5 project

When commuters make use of Brussels’ metro, they move from place to place without seeing anything of what is lying over their heads above ground. The project Metro5: Moving People, Moving Stories is meant to change that. Spearheaded by the city’s transport minister Brigitte Grouwels, the project...

Belgian police arrests terror suspect wanted by Spain

Spanish authorities say Belgian police have arrested a suspected top member of a terrorist recruitment network based in Spain that allegedly sent militants to carry out attacks for al-Qaida-linked groups in Syria. A Spanish interior ministry statement said Ismail Abdellatif Al Lal was arrested...

Mobile telephony prices in Belgium have almost halved

Mobile telephony contract prices in Belgium came down by almost half in the last year, the result of a price war started by the entrance of Telenet on the Mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) market, Het Laatste Nieuws reports, citing telecoms regulator BIPT. The difference reached up to €27 per...

One in two tattoo parlours fails hygiene test

One in two tattoo parlours in Belgium is in breach of hygiene regulations, it appears from reply by health minister Laurette Onkelinx to a written parliamentary question, La Dernière Heure reports today. "50% [of tattoo or piercing parlours] have received a warning" the minister said. In March this...

Belgian PM calls for ‘veto’ on tyrants

Citing his own country’s experience as the first place in the world where chemical weapons were used in a conflict nearly 100 years ago, Belgian prime minister Elio Di Rupo decried the recent use of such weapons in Syria, declaring that a veto should be imposed on tyrants, the United Nations...

Eight dogs a day stolen or lost in Belgium

In the first five months of 2013, the Belgian association for canine identification and registration (ABIEC) has recorded 1,178 stolen and/or lost dogs - an average of eight per day, the SudPresse newspapers report. 2012 had already been a record year for dog disappearances, with 2,224 lost or...

Culture beat – September 26

Mexico City-born artist Ana Fuentes has, perhaps inevitably, been described by some critics as the "new Frida Kahlo". Well, there’s nothing quite like lumping artists together on the basis of their gender and nationality, is there? Fuentes started painting at the age of five, fell in love with the...

Electronic ID to replace SIS card

Patients will no longer need their SIS card in order to receive treatment or to buy prescription drugs, health minister Laurette Onkelinx announced today. From January 2014, the electronic ID card will suffice - although the chip won’t store any medical data. SIS cards, which were launched 15 years...

Louboutin seeks withdrawal of far-right ad campaign

Luxury shoe designer Christian Louboutin is asking a Belgian court to stop a far-right campaign from using his iconic stilettos for a poster denouncing Islam, the Belga news agency reported yesterday. The poster by Flemish group Women against Islamization shows the bare legs of a former beauty...

Switch to full-time work and enjoy more holidays

People who switch from part-time to full-time employment will from now on automatically benefit from extra days off and will be entitled to a total of 20 days’ statutory holidays, L'Echo and De Tijd report. Practically speaking, this means they won’t have to wait for two years before they are...

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