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Sailing to Byzantium: a trip to the shores of Istanbul

Over the centuries Istanbul has been influenced both by Christianity and Islam as its rulers changed. Originally known as Byzantium, the city switched its name to Constantinople, when it became the capital of the Roman Empire. In 1453, the city was absorbed into the Ottoman Empire; its name was...

44,000 children living abroad get Belgian family allowances

Last year, 44,176 children living abroad earned their parents €69.4 million in family allowances paid by the Belgian authorities, the Sudpresse newspapers report, marking a considerable increase on the 2006 figure of 33,858. The vast majority of these children (42,182) live in EU countries. “They...

New Brussels minister-president to create 4,000 jobs

Newly appointed Brussels minister-president Rudi Vervoort plans 30 “concrete and immediate measures” to create 4,000 jobs in the Brussels Region, Le Soir and De Standaard report today. His priority is to put young people in the capital to work, when one in three is currently unemployed. The...

Jordan and Belgium discuss police training collaboration

Belgium and Jordan are to collaborate in the training of Jordanian police, reports the Petra Agency . The acting director general of the police force, Brigadier General Yousef Hamdan Abbadi, yesterday met the Belgian defence attaché, Colonel Guy Claeys, in Amman to discuss ways of exchanging...

Belgium-bound diamonds stolen from Mumbai airport

Mumbai police have arrested a man suspected of stealing diamonds bound for Belgium worth €552,000 from the city’s Chhatrapati Shivaji international airport. The identity of the suspect hasn’t been made public, pending further investigation. The incident surfaced when a private courier company...

England Counties rugby team to tour Belgium

England Counties will continue their tradition of touring and supporting developing rugby nations by travelling to Belgium from Saturday, June 8 until Monday, June 17, reports the RFU’s website . During the week-long tour they will play a Belgian Rugby Federation President’s XV on June 12 in...

Top ten bargain-price legendary cars

You’ve dreamed of them – they can be yours. On the second-hand market, these relatively recent models only cost a fraction of their original value. So, rather than buy a reliable German turbo sedan, why not plump for one of these titans? Aston Martin DB9 After the sculptural but ageing DB7, Aston...

Normal service resumes at Brussels Airport

Normal service has resumed at Brussels Airport, spokesman Jan Van der Cruysse announced this morning. Staff at handling company Swissport resumed work last night after four days of strike action, protesting against staff shortages leading to increased pressure on workers. Brussels Airport said...

Aspirin consumption rises sharply

The use of aspirin has increased by 25% in Belgium in four years, with around 1.1 million Belgians taking it every day, Het Laatste Nieuws reports today, based on statistics provided by public health minister Laurette Onkelinx. Doctors often prescribe the drug preventively, especially against heart...

Regulator to advise reopening nuclear reactors

Belgium’s nuclear safety regulator will recommend reopening two GDF Suez nuclear reactors closed last year over safety concerns, writes Reuters’ Ben Deighton , citing a report in Le Soir. A recommendation from the regulator, FANC, will today be presented to government ministers, who must give final...

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