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Red Devils touch down in Brazil

With just under a week to go before their first match in the World Cup, the Red Devils landed in Brazil on Tuesday evening at 19.40 local time. After their 14-hour flight, the players headed for the Paradise Golf & Lake resort at Mogi das Cruzes. The 23 Red Devils flew with 38 members of the...

Further one-week extension for De Wever

Bart De Wever, president of the Flemish nationalist party N-VA, has been given an extra week to investigate ways of forming a federal coalition government. De Wever ( pictured ) was initially instructed by King Filip to come up with a proposal by 3 June, but was granted a further week to continue...

Pedestrians crossing railway tracks cause three hours of delays daily

Members of the public trespassing on railway tracks – walking along or on them or crossing the tracks where it’s not allowed – causes up to three hours of delays a day, according to research carried out for the rail infrastructure company Infrabel. Infrabel made a list of every incident that led to...

Belgian beer exports down 5%

According to the latest annual report of the Belgian Brewers federation, 2013 was a year to forget, with Belgian beer exports down 5%. Belgians drank less beer than in 2012, continuing the downward consumption trend of recent years. Exports were hit particularly badly, especially within the...

Bad weather text alert system on trial

The government could soon be sending out messages to mobile phone owners – within proximity of a transmitting antenna – which warn them of an imminent catastrophe, reports De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad . It is hoped that the system, which is currently on trial in 33 municipalities, will enable...

Fourth Jewish Museum shooting victim dies in hospital

The 25-year-old man injured by a gunman at the Jewish Museum of Belgium in Brussels on 24 May has died of his injuries, bringing the death toll to four. Alexandre Strens was of Belgian nationality and was employed at the museum. An Israeli couple and a French woman died at the scene of the shooting...

Violent storms sweep across Belgium

Strong winds, hail and heavy rain caused widespread damage across the country during the Pentecost bank holiday weekend. The entire country was put on ‘orange alert’ until June 10, 08.00, indicating a high risk of violent storms and flooding. On Monday, the town of Sint-Niklaas in East Flanders...

In de Wulf takes top place in Europe’s 100 best restaurants list

The restaurant In de Wulf headed by chef Kobe Desramaults in the village of Dranouter, West Flanders, took first place in a list of Europe’s 100 best restaurants compiled by the blogging internet site Opinionated About Dining. The list, which is drawn up from a total of 140,000 restaurants visited...

450,000 tourists head to the coast over Pentecost weekend

The changeable weather did not deter tourists flooding to the Belgian coast over the Pentecost weekend, claimed Franky De Block of the West Flanders tourism province, Westtoer. Some 450,000 tourists are estimated to have headed to the seaside to relax. According to De Block, hotels in the area were...

Increasing number of job students working year round

More students in Belgium are making use of their special employment status to work in periods of the year other than the popular summer holidays, according to numbers provided by Federgon, the federal association of human resource professionals. The third quarter of last year, which includes the...

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