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Belgium’s first Wings for Life World Run a success

More than 2,000 runners participated in Belgium’s first Wings for Life World Run in Ypres, West Flanders, on Sunday. The same race took place simultaneously in 34 other cities around the world. The Wings for Life World Run raises money for research into spinal cord injuries. 2,143 participants...

36 gangs active in Brussels

In 2013, seven new gangs formed in Brussels, bringing the total number of gangs in the city up to 36. The gangs recruited 140 new members altogether. There are currently 652 gang members active in Brussels, according to Sudpresse and La Capitale , based on figures from Interior Minister Joëlle...

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One Belgian restaurant among world's top 50

Belgium's top-ranked chef, Peter Goossens of Hof Van Cleve in Kruishoutem, East Flanders, this week saw his restaurant slip 20 places in the top 50 international restaurants, as voted annually by Restaurant magazine. Goossens ( pictured ) falls from 25 last year to 45 this year; his remains the...

Brussels residents to vote electronically on May 25

The elections on 25 May will see electronic voting machines installed in 209 of the 589 municipalities across Belgium. The remaining 380 municipalities will use the traditional method involving a paper list of candidates and a pen to mark preferences. More than half of voters will use electronic...

VUB and ULB celebrate anniversaries together

Brussels universities VUB (Vlaamse Universiteit Brussel) and ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles) are celebrating their respective 45th and 180th anniversaries together on May 9. The festivities will take place on the eve of the Iris Festival, which celebrates the Brussels-Capital Region’s 25th...

Gigantic cave system discovered in Belgium

Cave explorers have discovered a huge cave system in Sprimont, in the Belgian province of Liège. The caves are divided into a number of large halls and galleries with a river running through them. The actual discovery was made 1.5 years ago during quarry works, but the news is only now going public...

Obama returns to Belgium in June

Just a few months after his visit in March, US president Barack Obama will again visit Belgium in June. Obama first travels to Warsaw to celebrate 25 years of Polish democracy and meet with strategic partners in the context of rising tensions between East and West. In Belgium Obama plans to attend...

Culture Beat – April 30

Inaugurated in 2007 to open a dialogue between Brussels and the Balkans as well as challenge the stereotypes that still cling to this European region, the Balkan Trafik! festival goes from strength to strength. It continues to show off the cream of the region’s cultural crop, with a focus on music...

Brussels city council opens new discussion on flight paths

Brussels city council has called on federal transport minister Melchior Wathelet to change flight paths into and out of Brussels Airport. The routes were changed on 6 February to spread the aircraft over a wider zone, but the result is that more aircraft are flying over densely populated areas of...

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