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Kinepolis overwhelmed by Film Days audience

Kinepolis cinema multiplex in Brussels had to be evacuated over the weekend when it was overrun by cinemagoers hoping to take advantage of a cheap ticket offer. When around 4,000 people turned up on Saturday afternoon, the last day of the BNP Paribas Fortis Film Days promotion, the management...

Thousands march in Brussels to support refugees

Between 15,000 and 23,000 people marched through Brussels on Sunday afternoon to show their support for more refugees being allowed into Belgium. There were also calls for conditions to be improved in the country's migrant reception centres, and for steps to be taken against racism and xenophobia...

New football stadium in jeopardy as Anderlecht pulls out

The future of a planned new national football stadium has been thrown into doubt, after Brussels football club Anderlecht pulled out of a deal in which they would rent the stadium, making it available for the matches of the Red Devils national side. The stadium would replace the existing King...

KU Leuven is Europe’s second-most innovative university

The University of Leuven (KU Leuven) is considered the second most innovative European university, behind Imperial College London, in a ranking by press agency Reuters. KU Leuven ranked 16th worldwide. Reuters made the ranking on the basis of various aspects: the number of patent requests submitted...

Number of pharmacies in Belgium continues to decline

The number of pharmacies in Belgium is declining steadily according to figures from the Association pharmaceutique belge (APB), the national federation of independent pharmacies. Numbers peaked in 1999, with 5,277 pharmacies across the country, but have been declining ever since. A moratorium on...

Culture beat: 25 September

The weather is looking fine for the last roller bike parade of the season this evening (Friday). Skaters and cyclists are welcome to mark the last date of 2015 by speeding through the tunnels of the city centre. Meet at Place Poelaert from 19.00 for a departure at 20.00. Alternatively, re-live your...

More than 40% of Belgians speak only one language

Forty-two percent of Belgians speak only their native language, according to a study by the Directorate-General for Statistics and Economic Information. The research, which was conducted on the occasion of the European Day of Languages, shows that, among the Belgians who do speak a foreign language...

Audi A1 built in Brussels also suspected in Volkswagen scandal

The Audi A1 produced in Vorst could also be implicated in the scandal known as Dieselgate, in which motor manufacturer Volkswagen is accused of using on-board software to falsify the results of emissions tests. Federal minister of consumer affairs Kris Peeters, Flemish minister of mobility Ben...

Few passengers for bus around Brussels pedestrian zone

The new bus service line 86, which tours the traffic loop around the pedestrian zone in the centre of Brussels, has not met with great success so far, according to a report presented this week by the board of directors of the Brussels public transport network (STIB), writes brusselnieuws.be. STIB...

Sharp rise in number of female inmates in Belgium

According to the British Institute for Criminal Policy Research, the number of women prisoners around the world has exceeded the 700,000 mark for the first time, or an increase of about 50% compared to 2000. The results show that the number of women prisoners worldwide is increasing faster than the...

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