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Call for ban on chocolate cigarettes

Two MPs, Catherine Fonck and Mie-Jeanne Nyanga-Lu, have introduced a bill which prohibits "the sale of sweets and toys for children, with the intention of giving the product or its packaging the appearance of a product containing tobacco," reports La Dernière Heure. Chocolate and chewing gum...

End of the line for the Saturn chain in Belgium

German electronics group Media Markt - Saturn today announced its intentions to end the Saturn brand in Belgium, writes Retail Detail’s Gary Peeters . While most of the Saturn stores will continue under the Media Markt banner, the Antwerp branch will be closed. The changes mark the end of a six-...

Belgian ambassador in trade dispute over racing pigeons held in China

Belgium's ambassador to Beijing, Michel Malherbe, is in talks to free more than 1,000 racing pigeons detained by Chinese authorities in a dispute over import duties, writes the Guardian’s Tania Branigan . Officials impounded 1,600 birds that had been sold to Chinese enthusiasts at auction in...

Doctors’ poor hand hygiene the main cause of hospital infections

Despite numerous hygiene awareness campaigns, the number of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) has failed to go down, De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad report. Not only are the infections more dangerous, they are also largely caused by doctors with dirty hands. Approximately 6% of patients contract...

Bulgarian builders 'exploited for months' on NATO site

Around 200 Bulgarians were exploited for months by a contractor on a NATO building site in Brussels, La Dernière Heure reports. The information only came to light during an investigation into illegal practices on the site of the future prison in Marche-en-Famenne, Namur province, which has resulted...

Israel arrests Belgian man on suspicion of spying

Israeli security officials said Sunday that they have arrested a Belgian businessman of Iranian descent for spying on Israel and gathering intelligence on possible terrorism targets, writes the Washington Post’s William Booth . Israel’s Shin Bet domestic intelligence service released photographs...

Eurostar from London to Amsterdam via Brussels and Antwerp in 2016

Eurostar has announced it will run trains from London to Amsterdam via the Channel Tunnel from December 2016 after reaching a deal with Dutch Railways, writes Bloomberg’s Chris Jasper . Trains from London will call at Brussels, Antwerp, Rotterdam and Schiphol airport before terminating at Amsterdam...

Virus found in PM’s office computers

Belgian experts investigating the security of the government's computer network discovered a virus in the offices of prime minister Elio Di Rupo, writes Reuters’ Claire Davenport . "A virus was detected on a number of computers of the federal office that was communicating with a server in Hong Kong...

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Faces on the underground: the Metro5 project

When commuters make use of Brussels’ metro, they move from place to place without seeing anything of what is lying over their heads above ground. The project Metro5: Moving People, Moving Stories is meant to change that. Spearheaded by the city’s transport minister Brigitte Grouwels, the project...

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