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Belgian Syria fighter Jejoen knew James Foley

Jejoen Bontinck, the teenager who traveled from his home in Antwerp last year to fight alongside Syrian rebels, spent time in prison with James Foley, the American journalist who was beheaded last week by Jihadist militants of the Islamic State (IS). The news was reported VTM on Monday and...

Turn off lights to cut consumption, urges BBL

Demand for electricity in Belgium this winter could be reduced by 800 megawatts just by turning off unnecessary lighting in schools, offices, hospitals and office buildings, according to a study by the environmental organisation Bond Beter Leefmilieu (BBL). The measure, which would have no...

Antwerp named world’s most beautiful station

Antwerp’s Central Station was recently rated number one in a list of the world’s most beautiful train stations, according to the British-American independent news website Mashable. In the article, ‘ All Aboard! 12 Beautiful Railway Stations From Around the World ’, writer Dennis Green explains that...

Lidl to launch fashion range in Belgium

Starting in 2015, supermarket chain Lidl will launch a new clothing line in Belgium. Last week it was announced that the German global discount chain would begin selling clothing in the UK, followed by the Netherlands in September and in Belgium from early next year. Lidl has always sold some kind...

Brussels Airport calls flight routes proposal "unacceptable"

Brussels Airport’s management company has described as “unacceptable” a proposal by federal transport minister Catherine Fonck that would see the airport’s capacity cut in half. Fonck is facing the impossible task of complying with a court ruling to scrap two flight routes for aircraft taking off...

Government measures minimise risk of power cuts

The country faces a real risk of electricity shortages this winter as a result of three nuclear power plants being out of action, but the risk is minimised by measures the government has taken over the last few years, according to federal energy minister Catherine Fonck (pictured). She was...

House prices highest in Brussels

The house prices in the Brussels-Capital Region have gone down slightly in 2014 compared to the previous year, but are still significantly higher than in Flanders and Wallonia, according to Brusselnieuws.be, based on the latest figures from the FPS Economy published this week. The three most...

Easy win for Ricciardo in Belgian Grand Prix

Daniel Ricciardo is the winner of the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix Formula 1 race in Spa-Francorchamps on Sunday, his third Grand Prix of the season. The Australian Red Bull driver took advantage of an early incident between the two Mercedes drivers, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. Rosberg was able to...

Belgian travel industry content with ‘stable summer’

The Belgian travel industry is able to look back on a stable summer compared to last year, says Claude Perignon of the Association of Belgian Tour Operators (ABTO) in De Zondag . In late June, 2014, the Belgian travel market was still facing a deficit of 4% compared to 2013. But sales in July and...

Culture beat – August 22

The Royal Park is home to the travelling life this weekend with the Nomad Theatre Festival . Marquees, outdoor stages, Berber tents and caravans host some 50 shows (all free or contributions welcome; booking necessary for some shows). Expect street theatre, story-telling, circus, puppet theatre,...

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