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Belgian Red Devils slip past Cyprus in final five minutes

Belgium's national football team is one win away from qualification for next year's UEFA European Championships in France (Euro 2016). With a sluggish 1-0 win over Cyprus in Nicosia on Sunday, the Red Devils maintain their second place in Group B. Eden Hazard scored the winning goal of the match in...

Government pledges €30 million for overseas refugee camps

Belgium has put aside an extra €30 million for emergency aid for refugee camps in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, according to Alexander De Croo, federal minister for development co-operation. The money is part of a joint fund with the Dutch government, which provides €48.5 million. “Together we want...

Hotel Métropole heads to court over pedestrian zone

Brussels' historic five-star Hotel Métropole at Place de Brouckère is taking judicial action for the third time to protest against the new pedestrian zone in the city centre. The zone has made the hotel less accessible, according to management, which is taking the case to court to demand better...

Flight to Egypt blocked because of suspect passenger

An EgyptAir flight to Cairo took off from Brussels Airport on Sunday afternoon after being detained for 24 hours because of suspicions about one of the passengers. “The procedure states that no risks are to be taken when there exists the slightest uncertainty regarding safety,” said a spokesperson...

One in four Belgians left unguided after suicide attempt

More than a quarter of the people in Belgium who have attempted suicide had no contact with a general practitioner or psychiatrist in the three months following the incident, according to a study by the socialist health insurance fund. The data also reveal that people in a precarious health or...

Culture beat: 4 September

The month of September traditionally kicks off with a homage to the country’s favourite beverage, the Belgian Beer Weekend in the Grand Place. The ale festival is already underway and a staggering array of beers remain on tap until Sunday evening. A variety of brewers, from artisan to famed...

Third annual Color Run gears up to splatter Brussels

Some 15,000 will gather at the Tour & Taxis complex in Brussels this Sunday for what is billed as the happiest race on the planet: the 5km Color Run. It’s taking place for the third time in the capital, promising to transform the jogging crowds into a moving, kaleidoscopic splatter-art piece...

Atomium closes out successful summer season

More than 200,000 people visited the Brussels Atomium this summer. It is only the third time since the monument's reopening in 2006, that it exceeds the milestone of 200,000 visitors, reported the Atomium on Thursday in a press release. In the months of June, July and August this year, 201,280...

End in sight for Schuman station works

There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak: Works on the Schuman metro and railway station in Brussels, as well as the new Schuman-Josaphat tunnel under the European quarter are due to be complete in December, after nearly eight years of chaos for transport users, traffic and local...

1,000 tractors expected at protest in Brussels on Monday

More than 1,000 farmers are expected to arrive in Brussels by tractor on Monday to take part in a protest against low milk prices, according to the European Milk Board (EMB). The demonstration coincides with an emergency meeting of EU agriculture ministers and is expected to attract 5,000 farmers...

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