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BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: Illustration picture shows the dreve des Bonniers / Bundersdreef road that runs along the border between Brussels and Flanders at the Sonian Forest (Zonienwoud - Foret de Soignes). (BELGA PHOTO SISKA GREMMELPREZ)

Increase in visitors to Sonian Forest results in more fines, warnings

The significant increase in the number of visitors to the Sonian Forest since the first coronavirus restrictions came into force in March 2020 has resulted in an equally substantial rise in fines and warnings issued by forestry officials. The rangers and supervisors of the Sonian Forest issued 175...
Riot police arrest protesters at an unauthorized protest demonstration against the curfew organized by the association 'Vecht voor je recht', in front of the Brussels Central Station, in the city centre of Brussels, Sunday 31 January 2021. (BELGA PHOTO NICOLAS MAETERLINCK)

Police officers complain of brutality by colleagues after prohibited demo

A dozen police officers from the Brussels-Capital Ixelles zone have reported misconduct by colleagues in relation to the arrests made following a prohibited demonstration in January. Their testimonies led to a letter from police union ACOD being sent to Brussels mayor Philippe Close. According to...

Corona-proof foodie tours support local eateries

Take a tour of Brussels and get deals from eateries that are open during the new Stadswandeling initiative. Visitors get a walking map that passes four restaurants and coffeehouses, which serve special treats to Stadswandeling participants. The idea was thought up by out-of-work restaurant workers...

Cyclist dies at infamous Berkendael intersection in Forest

A 30-year-old woman died at the weekend after being struck by a car while riding her bicycle in Forest. It turns out that the intersection has long been a source of concern for area residents. The woman was hit by the car at about 17.45 on Saturday while crossing the tram tracks that run along...
Illustration picture shows the Ter Kamerenbos - Bois de la Cambre parc in Brussels, crowded with people due to the sunny weather conditions, Sunday 21 February 2021. 17 degrees are expected, just one week after several days of negatives temperatures and snow all over Belgium. (BELGA PHOTO NILS QUINTELIER)

Record February temperatures bring Belgians out en masse

A new Belgian temperature record for 21 February was recorded on Sunday in Uccle, where the mercury reached 17.9°C. The previous record, 14.6°C, was set in 1946. The warm weather, coming hard on the heels of one of the coldest winter snaps for some time, brought many people out of their homes and...
KNOKKE-HEIST, BELGIUM: Count Leopold Lippens, Mayor of Knokke-Heist, who died on Friday, February 19, 2021 at the age of 79. (BELGA PHOTO YVES BOUCAU)

Week of mourning begins for iconic Knokke-Heist mayor

The Knokke-Heist municipal council has declared a week of mourning, until Saturday 27 February, in tribute to its mayor Leopold Lippens, who died on Friday. All flags in the commune are currently flying at half-mast and a minute's silence will be observed on Friday in several locations in the...

Protests around Belgium in support for culture sector

Several thousand people took part in some 500 protest actions around Belgium on Saturday to show their support for the country's culture sector during the coronavirus shutdown. The initiative, Still Standing for Culture, was marked in 120 towns and cities - including some creative interpretations...

Lockdown Portraits: Photographer captures special year in life of Brussels families

Like the rest of us, Sophie Lenoir took to her bike for a little exercise and fresh air during the lockdown last spring. And she began to think about all those families behind all those locked doors. A professional photographer, she put out a call on a Facebook group devoted to the Laeken...

Still Standing for Culture plans hundreds of interventions this weekend

This weekend, Cinema Nova will turn into a museum piece, while the Kanal Centre Pompidou will host a human zoo made up of out-of-work artists. Hundreds of such actions will be carried out across Belgium on Saturday, the UN’s World Day of Social Justice. Museums, abbeys, cinemas, theatres and more...

wAnderCoop: New co-op supermarket opens in Anderlecht

A new co-operative supermarket has opened in Anderlecht. People can become members of wAnderCoop by buying shares in order to have access to the shop. wAnderCoop is the second fully co-operative supermarket in Belgium, following Bees Coop in Schaerbeek, which opened in 2018. A co-operative...

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