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Infrabel provides place of worship for Muslim SNCB employees

Railway infrastructure manager Infrabel has turned an unused room in Brussels South Station into a place of worship for the Muslim employees of Belgian rail company SNCB. Until recently, the employees were using the staff kitchen for their daily prayer sessions, writes brusselnieuws.be. News of the...

Open Brussels canals for recreation, urges green party

Members of Brussels’ green party Groen Brussel on Sunday took part in the Big Jump, an event which sees thousands of European citizens go for a swim in their local rivers, lakes and waterways to raise awareness of the need for safer, cleaner public water, writes brusselnieuws.be. In Belgium,...

E-gates at Brussels Airport back in service

The new automated border control gates at Brussels Airport, or e-gates, are working again after breaking down for a short period, says a spokesperson for the airport. The e-gates were officially opened on Friday, but technical problems forced them to shut down at the weekend, report various Belgian...

Taxi associations demand ban on Uber

The Belgian Taxi Federation (FeBeT) will send an ultimatum to the federal and Brussels governments requesting they put a stop to the alternative taxi service Uber by 1 September, announced the federation president Khalid Ed-Denguir. FeBeT has threatened to carry out multiple strike actions in early...

Godetia returns to Belgium after Mediterranean rescue mission

The Belgian navy ship BNS Godetia is back in the port of Zeebrugge following a successful humanitarian mission in the Mediterranean Sea. In nearly two months, the ship’s crew rescued 1,617 refugees from the sea, report various Belgian media. In addition to crowds of relatives, the crew was welcomed...

Free University of Brussels to open Confucius Institute

The Free University of Brussels (VUB) has signed an agreement with Chinese prime minister Li Keqiang to open a branch of the Confucius Institute. The two parties met when Li was in Brussels on a state visit earlier this month. The institute will provide lessons in Mandarin at academic and...

Mass fish die-off in Brussels canal

In a Brussels canal last week thousands of dead fish were found floating over a stretch of two kilometres between the Biestebroeck dock at Anderlecht and the Molenbeek lock, according to a report in La Libre Belgique confirmed by the Brussels Environment Agency (IBGE-BIM). The fish found are mainly...

Rare corpse flower attracts 1,300 visitors

More than 1,000 people have visited Ghent University’s botanical garden to admire a rare plant that has bloomed for the first time in 10 years. During its bloom, which lasts 48 hours, the flowers of the large titan arum open and it releases a strong, unpleasant smell, which is why it is known as...

Belgian troops to withdraw from Afghanistan in 2016

The number of Belgian troops in Afghanistan will gradually decline from the beginning of 2016, according to defence minister Steven Vandeput, report various Belgian media. "In autumn 2015, we will launch the operation Resolute Support and its plan for the gradual withdrawal of all Belgian troops...

Culture beat: 10 July

Cheer on teams of travellers setting off on a charity roadtrip to Mongolia from Cinquantenaire Park on Saturday. The Mongolia Charity Rally is a 30-day, 15,000km journey to the ancient Mongol capital of Ulaanbaatar while the finishing line of the Roof of the World Charity Rally is Dushanbe...

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