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Normal service resumes at Brussels Airport

Normal service has resumed at Brussels Airport, spokesman Jan Van der Cruysse announced this morning. Staff at handling company Swissport resumed work last night after four days of strike action, protesting against staff shortages leading to increased pressure on workers. Brussels Airport said...

Aspirin consumption rises sharply

The use of aspirin has increased by 25% in Belgium in four years, with around 1.1 million Belgians taking it every day, Het Laatste Nieuws reports today, based on statistics provided by public health minister Laurette Onkelinx. Doctors often prescribe the drug preventively, especially against heart...

Regulator to advise reopening nuclear reactors

Belgium’s nuclear safety regulator will recommend reopening two GDF Suez nuclear reactors closed last year over safety concerns, writes Reuters’ Ben Deighton , citing a report in Le Soir. A recommendation from the regulator, FANC, will today be presented to government ministers, who must give final...

Former Belgian buskers rock out Birmingham

Belgian pop/rock outfit Balthazar have arrived in Birmingham brimming with confidence for their Birmingham show tonight, writes the Burton Mail’s James Brindle . As teenagers, the band’s two songwriters, Maarten Devoldre and Jinte Deprez, took to busking to earn a few euros. Beginning on opposite...

Top cycling director investigated by fraud squad

The same Belgian tax-fraud investigation that is looking into Tom Boonen’s affairs is also taking on RadioShack-Leopard sport director Dirk Demol, reports Cycling News . Demol is suspected of using a Luxembourg company address as an illegal mailbox. The investigation centres on Belgian accountant...

Culture beat – May 16

New York-based English painter Malcolm Morley returns to the Xavier Hufkens gallery with Recent Paintings from May 17 until June 15. The series comprises eight new oil paintings and a painting-installation by the 1984 Turner Prize winner. Morley presents here signature subjects such as old ships...

Aksum Coffee House

For the best beans, they go to the mother country of all coffee: Ethiopia. Aksum roasts the beans daily on site, and you can even take a few bags of it home with you.

Aksum is not exclusively Ethiopian, however, even if one of the baristas is from there. You can also order an attaya, sweet Senegalese tea, café touba, Senegalese coffee with jar pepper or amarula coffee, made with espresso and marula cream from South Africa.

Over 300 sex abuse complaints against Belgian Church

The Belgian Roman Catholic Church said yesterday that it had received more than 300 complaints about sexual abuse of minors last year. Three quarters of the 307 dossiers opened were from Flanders, and the majority of complainants were adults who had waited before coming forward after the Church...

30% fewer road deaths on weekend nights

While weekend nighttime road accidents killed 12 people a month on average in 2011, last year that figure dropped to 8.5 per month. Given this sharp decline, weeknights are for the first time potentially more lethal than weekend nights. More road deaths occur in the daytime than at night at...

Mobistar suspends broadband, landline & internet products

Belgian operator Mobistar has said it will suspend its internet, fixed telephony and TV services on the residential market from next week while awaiting more favourable regulation, reports Broadband TV News . Mobistar will, however, ensure the continuity of internet and fixed telephony services for...

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