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Nemmouche denies Jewish Museum attack

Mehdi Nemmouche, who is in custody in France accused of the shooting deaths of three people in Brussels’ Jewish Museum last month, is now denying the attack. Nemmouche, 29, was arrested last week in possession of a revolver, a Kalashnikov rifle and ammunition, but now claims the weapons were stolen...

Belgians book fewer holidays due to World Cup

Nearly half of the Belgians planning to go on a trip this summer had not yet booked their trip by the beginning of May. Of those opting for a camping holiday, 70% did not yet have any set plans. According to tour operators, the reluctance to book is due to the upcoming World Cup matches. Early last...

Hotel Le Méridien bankrupt

Brussels’ well-known hotel Le Méridien, across from Central Station, has declared bankruptcy following a dispute between hotel lease holder Starman and the owner of the building, investment company SHLC, based in Switzerland. According to a spokesperson from the socialist union, 140 jobs are at...

Belgium defends BNP Paribas against US sanctions

Belgium is taking action to fight against a possible €7.3 billion fine imposed on French bank BNP Paribas by American authorities. The United States government is accusing the French financial group of violating US embargos by conducting financial transactions with countries such as Cuba, Iran and...

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Electrabel raises prices, consumers advised to shop around

Consumers have been advised to compare the prices offered by various electricity suppliers, following allegations that the largest of them, Electrabel, is trying to circumvent government measures taken to reduce prices. According to reports, the company is imposing an increase of 10% to 15% on what...

N-VA leader De Wever needs more time to present report to king

N-VA party president Bart De Wever has been given one more week to draw up a report for King Philippe on the formation of a coalition government. De Wever was initially asked by the king to submit his findings yesterday, but the N-VA leader has requested a further week to continue talks with...

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Belgium joins UN Arms Trade Treaty

Belgium ratified the UN Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) yesterday at UN headquarters in New York, reports the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Belgium was one of eight countries yesterday to sign the landmark UN treaty with an aim to regulate the multibillion-dollar global arms trade. Forty countries...

Insects approved for consumption in Belgium

The Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC) confirmed that insects may be used for human consumption. From now on, ten different types of insects can be eaten in Belgium, but there are a host of strict regulations around the cultivation and sale of insects for consumption. There is...

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