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Forest to get new Islamic school via crowdfunding

The Islamic centre El Hikma has collected €1 million for the purchase of a building in Rue Saint-Denis in Forest where they will open a new Islamic primary school, Brusselnieuws.be reports. The school will be the fourth Islamic primary school in Brussels, where students incorporate two hours of...

Nightlife app b2n gets 5,000 downloads

Developed a year and a half ago by Brussels students Tom Leunen and Sam Gubel, b2n, a free mobile application that gives an overview of all that is happening in Brussels nightlife, has reached over 5,000 downloads, reports Brusselnieuws.be. The app has been praised for its user-friendliness. Users...

Dinner gone wild

If you were to bike from Brussels to Mumbai, you’d see climates change and flat fields turn to mountains then back to flat. Customs and religions would reshape themselves and languages would bleed one into the next. But you’d always have your plants, says Ben Brumagne, an herbalist specialised in...

Delhaize begins selling “ugly veggies”

Delhaize supermarkets are to begin selling boxes of “ugly vegetables” in an effort to tackle the problem of food waste. Ugly vegetables are those that do not correspond to our modern requirements of regularity of shape, size or colour, but which nevertheless meet the supermarket’s standards of...

Brussels Airport security staff to take industrial action on Monday

Brussels Airport security staff announced they will conduct a work-to-rule on Monday, after expressing concerns that around 50 people have slipped through the gates to the Schengen area without a valid boarding pass. The action will take place on a particularly busy day for the airport. "The gates...

Sentences handed down in terrorism trial

Prison sentences of ten months to twenty years were handed down on 30 suspects in the so-called ‘Syrian network’ trial in Brussels’ magistrates’ court on Wednesday. They are all suspected of having taken part in terrorist activities. The chief suspect Khalid Z. was sentenced to 12 years in prison...

Euthanasia carried out for 1 in 3 for psychological suffering

Of 100 patients who filed a demand for euthanasia on the basis of unbearable psychological suffering between October 2007 and 2011, 35 died after euthanasia was carried out. That was shown by a study of six Belgian doctors and scientists, published in the British Medical Journal. It’s the first...

Film The Forgotten Angel of Bastogne wins Emmy Documentary – Historical award

“I mentioned Bastogne and she clammed up,” says historian Martin King as he describes the painstaking process of encouraging Augusta Chiwy to recall the traumatic events of December 1944. The Antwerp-based British author had tracked down Chiwy to a care home in Brussels after hearing about her...

Nearly half of all drivers caught speeding are foreigners

Nearly half of all drivers caught speeding on Belgian roads last year were foreigners, according to figures released to VTM Nieuws by the police. A total of 323,721 drivers were caught speeding in 2014, up 44% on the previous year’s figure which stood at 224,536. The reason for the surge is...

Dismembered body of ULB law student found in Dilbeek

The head, legs and arms of Xhuliano B a 22-year-old ULB law student of Albanian origin, were found in two suitcases in a Dilbeek park following a search in the area on Monday. Xhuliano B’s torso was discovered in a sports bag on 9 June in a field on the border of Jette and Wemmel. The two chief...

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