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Three Belgian directors at Karlovy Vary Film Festival

There will be three Belgian directors featured at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, which runs from June 28 until July 6, writes Cineuropa's Aurore Engelen . Vincent Lannoo’s In the Name of the Son (pictured) will be in the running for the Independent Camera in the ‘Independents’ Forum...

Wage watchers: how much does a prison officer earn?

Prison officer Thomas, 30, from Antwerp province talks about what he earns and how he spends it What do you do for a living? I'm a prison officer in Hoogstraten. We have all kinds of inmates: sex offenders, drug dealers... Mostly people who are nearing the end of their sentences and learning a...

Fyra manufacturer blames ‘irresponsible driving’

AnsaldoBreda, the Italian manufacturer of the infamous Fyra train, rejects all charges that led to the service being discontinued, in a statement released yesterday. "The public should be made aware that the Fyra is safe and has been certified and verified by the competent international authorities...

InBev finalises Corona purchase

Corona, the Mexican lager which, in its nearly 90 years of production grew into a symbol of the nation's cultural heritage, has come into Belgian hands, writes the Latin Times’ David Iaconangelo . Leuven-based InBev Anheuser-Busch, the world's largest brewer, finalised a deal to buy Grupo Modelo,...

Belgian sailor rescued from sinking yacht after phone call to girlfriend

A sailor who ran into trouble in the middle of the ocean was saved after sending a desperate SOS to his girlfriend more than 1,600km away, reports the Daily Mail . Guy Meuser sprung a leak in the mid-Atlantic when he was almost 500km from the nearest land, and he called girlfriend Agnes Goeman back...

Belgian writer wows critics with first US release

Belgian crime writer Pieter Aspe has had his first novel published in the United States – 18 years after its original release. The Square of Revenge is published by Pegasus Crime – an achievement in itself, considering that less than 3% of all books sold in the US are translations of foreign...

Prince Philippe back in California

Prince Philippe was Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s guest of honour at a dinner held at the Getty House (pictured) last night, reports the Daily News . The 53-year-old heir to the Belgian throne is heading a group of about 400 business figures, most of them representing Belgian companies,...

Something’s brewing: Sterling Books opens a cafe!

For sixteen years, Sterling Books has provided Brussels with the kind of bookshop usually seen in feel-good films: a place where you not only buy books, but where you also stick around for a chat, where the person behind the counter is as passionate about novels, poetry or culinary dictionaries as...

PM to introduce new concept to royal family: paying tax

Prime minister Elio Di Rupo has submitted to the Committee for the implementation of institutional reforms (Comori) a list of proposals aimed at overhauling the way stipends are awarded to members of the royal family. Among the more eye-catching proposals is the introduction of tax and VAT on royal...

Belgium’s Fyra announcement causes ripples in the Netherlands

The political impact of Belgium's decision to drop the Fyra high speed trains service continued to unfold on Monday, with Dutch finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem saying it is 'too early' to pull the plug, reports Dutch News . However, Dutch railway company NS is also keen to abandon the project...

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