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Ex-hostage claims Syrian rebels were behind gas attacks

Newly freed Belgian teacher Pierre Piccinin da Prata claims that Syrian rebels, not the Assad regime, were responsible for the Sarin attack that killed over 1,400 civilians on August 21. Piccinin da Prata was released last weekend after being kidnapped in Syria five months ago, together with...

Penguin to publish 75 Maigret novels as part of massive Simenon campaign

Pipe-smoking detective Jules Maigret will return to British bookstores this autumn, with Penguin publishing all 75 books in Belgian author’s Georges Simenon’s series over as many months, writes The Bookseller's Stacey Bartlett . Starting with Pietr the Latvian, the first in the series, on November...

Belgian ‘healthy chocolate’ gets EU seal of approval

The European Union has granted Belgian chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut the right to use the first ever health claim in the history of the cocoa and chocolate industry, reports Food.be . It took seven years of research in the company’s research & development centre on the Belgian...

Belgium to tempt investors with new 30-year bond

Belgium is taking advantage of a back-up in yields and a stable market backdrop to offload a long-awaited new 30-year bond on Tuesday, reports Reuters’ John Geddie . The new June 2045 benchmark euro bond, named OLO 71, is being marketed to investors with initial price thoughts at mid-swaps plus...

China to import horses directly from Belgium

China is set to give the green light to the direct import of Belgian riding horses instead of buying them from a third country, reports China.org . According to Flemish minister-president Kris Peeters, under the current system, Belgian horses can only be transported first to the Netherlands,...

Getting you through the world: Design September 2013

The fine arts are a known quantity in Brussels, home to dozens of internationally recognised museums and galleries. What you might not know is that the capital is also a hotbed of the functional arts: architecture, furniture, textiles and industrial design. Although less glamorous, designers are...

Belgian teacher and Italian journalist freed from Syria

A Belgian teacher who had been kidnapped in Syria has returned to Belgium after he and an Italian war reporter for the Turin daily La Stampa were freed on Sunday. A few hours after their release was announced, Pierre Piccinin and Domenico Quirico landed at Rome’s Ciampino airport where they were...

'Security concern' grounds Chicago-Brussels flight

A United Airlines plane en route to Brussels with more than 200 passengers returned to Chicago’s O'Hare international airport Friday because of a "suspected security concern," writes the Chicago Tribune’s Naomi Nix . United Flight 972 was scheduled to depart from O'Hare around 6p.m Friday and...

Chinese ambassador hails Sino-Belgian ties

Belgium can play a bigger role in China's economic structural reform and grow economically by tapping into the Chinese market according to the Chinese ambassador to Belgium . Liao Liqiang said he was especially optimistic about the prospects of Sino-Belgian cooperation in the high-tech sector ,...

Belgian show jumper wins $1m Spruce Meadows Masters

Belgium’s Pieter Devos yesterday won the CN International show jumping competition at the Spruce Meadows’ Masters tournament in Calgary, the Lethbridge Herald reports. Olympic gold medallist Steve Guerdat of Switzerland took second place riding Nasa and France’s Penelope Leprevost finished third...

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