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Belgian Catholics contest 15 at-a-time COVID rule in one of world's biggest churches

Feb 21 2021

BRUSSELS Brussels' cavernous basilica is one of the largest churches in the world but COVID-19 rules allow only 15 people at a time to attend mass there, the same limit applied to much smaller religious venues in Belgium.

Belgian mail turns to sports stores to ease parcel overload

Dec 02 2020

BRUSSELS Belgium's post office has teamed up with the country's largest sports store chain as a shift to online purchases accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic has left it overloaded with packages.

In European first, Iranian envoy faces trial over foiled bomb plot

Nov 27 2020

ANTWERP, Belgium An Iranian diplomat and three other Iranians went on trial in Belgium on Friday accused of planning to bomb a meeting of an exiled opposition group in France in 2018, the first time an EU country has put an Iranian official on trial for terrorism. | Video

Belgian racing pigeon flies past record in auction

Nov 15 2020

KNESSELARE, Belgium A two-year-old Belgian racing pigeon called New Kim set a world record of 1.6 million euros ($1.89 million) at an auction that ended on Sunday, the online auction house said.

Belgium uses giant 'vacuum cleaner' to remove plastic from nature reserve

Oct 09 2020

BRUSSELS Engineers have built a giant 'vacuum cleaner' to rid a Belgian nature reserve of millions of pieces of plastic litter too small to collect by hand. | Video

Sex workers say Brussels prostitution ban drives them underground

Sep 29 2020

BRUSSELS Belgium's capital has banned prostitution in certain districts in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus. For sex- workers, however, the prohibition is a threat to their livelihoods.

Fifty meters up and two apart - Belgium's dinner-in-the-sky relaunches

Sep 16 2020

BRUSSELS Belgians looking for a different culinary experience will once again be able to eat 50 metres (164 feet) above the ground as the dining-in-the-sky experience returns from COVID-19 lockdown with a new, socially distanced feel.

Belgian city finds its former mayor's heart in a fountain

Sep 10 2020

VERVIERS For years it was just an urban myth. Then the diggers moved in and found it was true - that the heart of a former mayor of the eastern Belgian city of Verviers really was buried under a fountain. | Video

Belgium seeks new name for road tunnel as it takes on colonial past

Sep 08 2020

BRUSSELS Brussels has asked its residents to pick a new name for the King Leopold II road tunnel in a step aimed at coming to terms with Belgium's colonial past and addressing gender inequality.

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