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High-speed Brussels-Strasbourg train by 2016

A new high-speed direct rail link between Brussels and Strasbourg will come into service in the spring of 2016, the French rail authority SNCF has announced. The train will travel twice a day in each direction, via Lille and Paris Charles De Gaulle airport in a trip lasting three hours and 40...

Homeland Security department could clash with other services

A new “homeland security” department proposed by N-VA chairman Bart De Wever to tackle the problem of jihadi fighters returning from battle in Syria would risk clashing with existing services like state intelligence and the terror risk co-ordination office, according to criminologist and security...

Police accused of beating man on hospital trolley

Three police officers have been suspended from duty accused of assaulting a man who was handcuffed and lying on a trolley in the Saint-Pierre hospital in central Brussels ( photo ). The actions of the three men, two from the Brussels-Ixelles zone and one from a federal police department, were...

Saint-Josse plans new pedestrian-friendly red light area

The municipality of Saint-Josse in Brussels could have a new pedestrian red light area by North station by the beginning of next year, a spokesperson for mayor Emir Kir said. Kir commissioned a study to look at the best ways to reduce the nuisance caused by sex workers plying their trade in the...

Five projects selected for Sainte-Catherine church

The jury appointed to select ideas for a new purpose for the Sainte-Catherine church in central Brussels has chosen a short list of five projects, including a social restaurant, a roof terrace, a museum and an extension for the Rits art school. The city of Brussels earlier this year called for...

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De Wever seeks ‘Homeland Security’ against Syrian combatants

Bart De Wever, the leader of the N-VA, said yesterday that he wanted Belgium to set up a department for homeland security to survey, among other things, young combatants who leave the country to fight in Syria. Speaking to a group of Belgian and Dutch mayors in the Dutch city of Delft, De Wever,...

New cancer surgery for King Albert

King Albert has had a small tumour removed from his scalp, his second cancer surgery in three years, the Royal Palace announced yesterday. Albert, who abdicated last July in favour of his son, Philippe, was immediately discharged from the hospital to return to his home in Larken, but is still in a...
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Brussels Airport flight path changes rejected

A plan by federal transport minister Melchior Wathelet to change the flight paths of some flights arriving at and taking off from Brussels Airport has been shelved by his colleagues in the council of ministers. According to Wathelet’s cabinet, no consensus on the question could be found due to the...

No breakthrough on Flemish government talks

Geert Bourgeois and Kris Peeters, the respective negotiators of the nationalist N-VA and the Christian-democrat CD&V, have failed to secure a breakthrough in their talks on a new Flemish government coalition, six weeks after elections in Flanders. The two negotiators met alone without any...

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