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New Zealanders mark Anzac Day in Belgium

Hundreds of New Zealanders marked Anzac Day on the Western Front at a series of services in Flanders, reports TVNZ . Kiwis attended services in Messines and Zonnebeke’s Polygon Wood to mark the anniversary. The number of New Zealanders and Australians attending such commemorations is expected to...

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Leuven students make a big splash – literally

Thousands of students took to Leuven’s sun- (and water-) drenched Ladeuzeplein for the second edition of Big Splash on Wednesday. Belgium’s largest water balloon fight pits student clubs against each other in a battle to stay dry. Fifteen teams of 200 took part, armed with an arsenal of 150,000...

Manufacturing industry boosts Belgian business confidence

Belgian business confidence rebounded in April from a three-and-a-half-year low in the previous month as gains in the manufacturing industry offset deterioration elsewhere in the economy, reports Bloomberg’s Jones Hayden . The confidence index for Belgium rose to -14.7 from -15 in March, the...

Answers on a postcard: a Q&A with bpost

The Belgian postal service, bpost, does get a raw deal. True, some of its recent decisions, such as the closure of a half of its post offices between 2006 and 2009, have triggered emotional reactions * . But a lot of unjust criticism is levelled at it, mainly through ignorance, simplification or...

Culture beat - April 25

Step aside Tintin – Belgium has more than one comic-strip hero and there’s no escaping Spirou this year as the hotel bellboy celebrates his 75th anniversary. One of the many events around the country is the exhibition Spirou Passed from Hand to Hand at the Belgian Comic Strip Centre until October 6...

32,000 heavy weapons registered in Belgium

A total of 32,425 heavy weapons have been officially registered in Belgium in the central arms register, as required by law, Le Soir reports today. The figure is based on a parliamentary question by MP Stefaan Van Hecke to justice minister Annemie Turtelboom. The Weapons Act states that so-called...

Dixons brings Knowhow to Belgium

UK company Dixons has made its first foray into the Belgian market by opening two travel stores at Brussels airport under its Knowhow brand, reports Retail Week’s Tiffany Holland. The electrical retailer opened one shop on Saturday and will open another today. They are the first to open under...

Belgian village honours Australian WWII airmen

Australian foreign minister Bob Carr this week visited the village of Bas-Oha, in Liège province, where the western wall of a tiny church cemetery is a grave marking the deaths of four Australian airmen, reports news.com.au . All were barely out of their teens when they were shot down on August 13...

Belgian MEP sets up banker-bashing website

Belgian Green MEP Philippe Lamberts, dubbed ‘the City’s enemy no. 1’ and ‘the man who capped the banks’ by the Financial Times, is launching a stylish website aimed at denouncing the excesses of the banking industry, writes eFinancialServices’ Sarah Butcher . The site isn’t fully functional yet,...

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