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Police in dawn raids on Syria-bound Muslim fighters

Belgian police today staged dozens of early-morning raids on radical Islamists suspected of recruiting volunteers to fight the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. Police carried out 46 raids, “essentially in Antwerp and in Vilvoorde”, a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office told AFP. An...

Russian PM thanks Belgium for helping children hurt in bus crash

Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev has thanked the Belgian authorities for the help they gave to the Russian children injured in Sunday’s coach crash outside Antwerp in which five people died, reports the Itar-Tass agency . “First, I wanted to thank our Belgian partners for their help,”...

Hasselt ends free public transport scheme

People in Hasselt will no longer be able to travel for free on public transport in the city. The free bus scheme, launched in 1997 by the then mayor, the popular former pub landlord Steve Stevaert, cost public transport company De Lijn €967,000 per year, with the city of Hasselt also contributing...

First American headline tour for Selah Sue

Belgian soul sensation Selah Sue has announced her first North American headline tour . The tour will kick off in Toronto on June 14 and make several stops before the final show in Dover, Delaware. Along the way, she will play at New York’s prestigious Bowery Ballroom. She has previously toured...

All creatures cute and cruel

Kids can meet their animal peers in a new exhibition at Brussels’ Museum of Natural Sciences. Most of the baby animals on show are, as you might imagine, cuddly and cute. But there’s also the ugly duckling and the mother hamster who eats her own offspring. Entering the exhibition hall, you get the...

Vrijmoed

The concept, much like the name, is uncomplicated yet elegant. Belgian-French cuisine with a contemporary twist is served here, in a stately townhouse in the heart of Ghent. Our party of eight is greeted with such smooth professionalism, you’d never guess it is just the second day after opening.

Art Brut – "Top Of The Pops"

“Britain is the only country in the world where being ‘too clever by half’ is an insult,” the self-important oaf AA Gill once remarked. In Art Brut’s case, it may have cost them the chance to become proper rock royalty. Yes, they could have played it safe all along and garnished their infectious guitar-driven tunes with the usual dross about – yawn – being a rebel, feeling alienated, that sort of thing. Instead, singer Eddie Argos chose to assume an uber-naive persona, his own in fact, and sing his heart out about his record collection, his sweet tooth and his bedroom gaucheness.

Five dead in Belgian coach crash

Five people died and several were badly injured when a coach carrying Russian youngsters on their way to Paris crashed early on Sunday in northern Belgium, officials said. The Polish-registered coach had 42 passengers on board when it swerved off the E34 motorway approaching Antwerp at around 6.30...

French and Belgian police hunt convict after spectacular jailbreak

Police in France and Belgium are hunting a dangerous convicted bank robber who dynamited his way out of a French prison at the weekend. A Europe-wide alert for 40-year-old Redoine Faid is in effect, as is an Interpol bulletin. Faid, who was serving a sentence for robberies and who risked a long...

Hero’s return to Belgium for Idaho WW2 veteran

World War Two veteran Melvin Lagoon, from Boise, Idaho, was given a hero’s welcome during an emotional return to Belgium, reports KTVB’s Justin Corr . “We took quite a beating in the Battle of the Bulge when we were there. We had a lot to be thankful for to be able to be alive. You can’t imagine...

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