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Running for Retrak: Week 6

Developmental psychologist Julyata Shibru manages Retrak ’s drop-in centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which reintegrates street children with their families, educates them and organises vocational training to help them fulfil their potential. She explains what the centre does and how donations to...

Belgian ministers lodge complaint against ‘shameful’ German employment practices

Minister for economy Johan Vande Lanotte and employment minister Monica De Coninck will lodge an official complaint to the European Commission against the German authorities in order to stop social dumping in the country, Le Soir and De Morgen report today. This unfair competition leads Belgian...

Uncertainties over latest tax amnesty plans

The new tax amnesty plan featured in the federal government’s 2013 budget will allow corporate fraudsters to regularise their black money, but legal uncertainties in the draft proposal could result in many reconsidering their decision to come clean. One of the novelties of this plan is that, for...

Fewer attacks on train conductors

Physical and verbal attacks on train conductors are decreasing, La Libre Belgique reports today. A total of 1,178 attacks were recorded last year, compared to 1,230 in 2011. The 2010 figures, however, were slightly better, with 1,084 attacks. The majority (70%) of physical or verbal violence stems...

Vintage rail museum has too many trains

Train World, the vintage train museum due to open next year in Brussels’ Schaerbeek station, is faced with an unexpected problem: there are too many trains, writes the Wall Street Journal’s Frances Robinson . Belgium built continental Europe’s first railway line in 1835 and still has the world’s...

Franz Ferdinand, Eminem and Neil Young announced for Pukkelpop

Pukkelpop has announced this year’s line-up, with Eminem, Nine Inch Nails, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, The Prodigy and The xx as headliners. The festival will take place from August 15 to 17 in Kiewit, near Hasselt. Franz Ferdinand, Boys Noize, Slayer, Bat for Lashes and The Deftones are also among...

Mille et une nuits

Upon entering Mille et une nuits on a nippy Friday evening, our group is met with a waft of heavy warm air and a room so dark it takes the eyes a moment to adjust.

Belgian diplomatic representations to be reformed

A shake-up of Belgian diplomatic posts is under way, foreign minister Didier Reynders confirmed to Le Soir. The reform is borne out of economic necessity and sees some embassies and consulates close, some open and others merge with their Dutch counterparts. Among the most high-profile new permanent...

Walloon life expectancy lower than neighbouring regions

Life expectancy in Wallonia is lower than that of all neighbouring regions, according to figures released by the World Health Organisation. With the exception of Walloon Brabant, all Walloon provinces have a lower life expectancy than adjacent regions. In Hainaut, women have a life expectancy of 81...

Production resumes at Ford Genk

Production has resumed at the Ford factory in Genk today after a four-month stoppage, due chiefly to worker unrest. Ford said in October that it would shut its Genk plant and transfer the manufacturing of about 120,000 cars a year to a plant in Valencia, Spain, resulting in the loss of about 4,300...

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