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Illicit drug trade at Belgian port fuels crime wave

Antwerp - Bomb explosions, shootings and even kidnapping of children: drug trafficking around Antwerp in northern Belgium is generating increasingly violent crime, which the authorities are struggling to tackle.

Belgian drinkers' faith rewarded as monks get beer out

Westvleteren - Belgium is only cautiously beginning to emerge from its coronavirus lockdown and its bars and restaurants won't open until next month at least.

Cooped up Belgians in a flap for chickens

Wavre - Whether it's for fresh eggs or to entertain children feeling cooped up in coronavirus lockdown, a craze for keeping chickens is sweeping Belgium.

Belgian llama holds key to possible corona treatment

Ghent - Scientists the world over are scrambling to perfect an anti-viral treatment for the novel coronavirus, and following what might seem to be some unusual trails.

Ghent's refreshed 'Mystic Lamb' artwork inspires new adoration

Ghent - The grass is greener, the sky is cleaner and dozens of tiny details have been exposed to delight art historians and inspire the devotion of the faithful.

Battle of the Bulge heroes remembered 75 years on

Bastogne - Seventy-five years after the snow bound hills of the Ardennes saw the bloody turning point of World War II, surviving veterans gathered for perhaps the last time.

Battle of the Bulge heroes remembered 75 years on

Bastogne - The Battle of the Bulge was the last German offensive of World War II, and the Siege of Bastogne the scene of a heroic defence by American paratroopers.

The heroes of Bastogne: 75 years on

Bastogne - The Battle of the Bulge was the last German offensive of World War II, and the Siege of Bastogne the scene of a heroic defence by American paratroopers.

Early Van Gogh works auctioned in Belgium

Ghent - Two early works by Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh were auctioned in the Belgian city of Ghent on Sunday, fetching near estimate prices that the organiser said were bargains.

Mystery of unique probiotic yeast solved with CRISPR

Microbiologists have found discovered that the yeast Saccharomyces boulardii produces high amounts of acetic acid. By locating the genetic basis for this, the researchers could cancel the acetic acid production to find its probiotic effect.

World War I: Mons graves hold first and last to fall

Mons - The graves at a cemetery outside the Belgian town of Mons hold the remains of both the first and last British soldiers to fall in World War I.

BMW to partner with 2 firms to form battery supply recycle chain

German luxury car maker BMW is partnering with a new Swedish battery manufacturer plus a Belgian recycling company that will build a sustainable future battery supply chain.

Belgium refuses extradition of fugitive Spanish rapper

Ghent - A Belgian court on Monday rejected a Spanish extradition request for rapper Valtonyc, who has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years for allegedly praising terrorism in his songs.

Most EU countries miss air quality targets: report

Belgique - Most EU countries fail to meet the bloc's air quality standards and more than 1,000 Europeans die prematurely each day, ten times more than in road accidents, a watchdog said Tuesday.

Most EU countries miss air quality targets: report

Belgique - Most EU countries fail to meet the bloc's air quality standards and more than 1,000 Europeans die prematurely each day, ten times more than in road accidents, a watchdog said Tuesday.

EU proposes abolishing seasonal clock change

Genval - The European Union said Friday it will recommend abolishing the twice-yearly clock change amid an unprecedented appeal from European citizens who called it disruptive and even harmful to health.

Leclerc relieved as tyre-smudged halo helps prevent injury

Francorchamps - Charles Leclerc admitted that a tyre-smudged halo head-protection device on his Formula One car had saved him from serious injury in Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix.

Robots working as a group work better

Robots work optimally in a group compared with solo working, according to new research. This means robots working in partnership can assist with activities like rescue missions.

Restorers unveil original face of Belgium's 'Mystic Lamb'

Ghent - A painstaking restoration of the "Mystic Lamb", a 15th-century Flemish masterpiece by the Van Eyck brothers, was unveiled on Tuesday, revealing a "much more expressive and intense" version of the central image of the giant altarpiece.

Belgium honours two policewomen killed in jihadist attack

Li - Belgium on Tuesday paid a final tribute to two policewomen murdered in a jihadist attack in the eastern city of Li├Ęge that was claimed by the Islamic State group.
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