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Armenian genocide commemorated in Brussels

Brussels’ Armenian community yesterday marked the 98th anniversary of the genocide at the hands of Ottoman Turkey, reports news.am . A liturgy held at St Mary Magdalene in central Brussels was followed by a procession to the memorial stones dedicated to the victims, on Henri Michaux Square in...

Les Brigittines

Myny, who grew up in Dilbeek, just outside of Brussels, learned to cook in his grandmother’s kitchen. That explains the long list of classics filling the menu, from cow udder broth to his famed pig’s trotters.

My dining companion and I opt for five courses, each paired with a different beer. What we get is entirely up to the chef. We eagerly await the first course by nibbling on fresh, crusty bread smeared with butter, all the while admiring the magnificent Art Nouveau dining room.

Parents asked to invest in children’s property

Parents in Belgium are increasingly being asked by banks and lenders to buy a 10% stake in the property their children wish to buy, otherwise they will not give them a mortgage. If the children are still at the beginning of their careers, do not have a high enough deposit or a stable enough job,...

Date of birth as PIN code ‘not gross negligence’

Using one’s date of birth as a bank card PIN code may not be the safest option, but it is still a secret combination, Belgium’s financial ombudsman has deemed. Some victims of bank card theft had been refused compensation by their banks who claimed that, because the PIN code was their date of birth...

Bomb-detector conman found guilty

James McCormick, the 57-year-old Somerset millionaire who sold fake bomb-detection kits based on novelty golf-ball finders worth less than €15, is facing jail after being found guilty of fraud, reports the Telegraph’s Melanie Hall . He is reported to have sold the devices for as much as €31,000...

Belgian teacher missing in Syria

Belgian teacher Pierre Piccinin da Prata, who has been in Syria since the beginning of the month, has not been heard from for two weeks, reports Le Soir. The historian and political scientist was on his seventh trip to Syria since the start of the popular uprising in early 2011. The teacher from...

Electro festival gets Michelin-starred catering

Two of Belgium’s most celebrated chefs are to provide the menu in the VIP enclosure of the forthcoming Extrema Outdoor Belgium festival in Houthalen, Limburg province. Sergio Herman of the three-star Oud Sluis and Ken Verschueren of De Tuinkamer (just the one star) will serve high-end dining to...

Running for Retrak: Week 11

So, the first big test is under my belt and out of the way: on Sunday, along with more than 20,000 others, I ran the Antwerp 10 Miles (that’s 16km, metric fans). By some way the furthest I’ve ever run, and I have the aching joints to prove it. It’s also the first event of that size I’ve taken part...

Brussels chief inspector jailed for racist offences

A Brussels police officer was yesterday sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment, with four years suspended, and to pay court costs, for racially motivated violence and using racist language. In 2009, Nordine Saidi (pictured) , who was arrested after taking part in a demonstration calling for the...

New amnesty terms offered to Antwerp diamond traders

Five hundred Antwerp diamond traders whose secret Swiss HSBC bank accounts were discovered have received a final proposal to regularise the situation, reports De Tijd. If they accept the proposal, it may represent a windfall of more than €300 million for the Treasury. Thierry Afschrift, counsel for...

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