Palestinians say over a dozen killed in Gaza border protest

Palestinians say over a dozen killed in Gaza border protest

At least 15 Palestinians have been killed and hundreds wounded by Israeli forces in Gaza, Palestinian medics have said, as protesters kicked off a planned six-week demonstration demanding the right of return for refugees. Israel’s military said 17,000 Palestinians were “rioting” in six locations in the Gaza strip on Friday, rolling burning tires at the security fence and its troops, which it said responded “with riot dispersal means and firing towards main instigators”. Israeli forces enforce a no-go zone for Palestinians on land in Gaza close to the fence and…

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Tottenham’s quiet evolution slowly nears endgame under Pochettino

Tottenham’s quiet evolution slowly nears endgame under Pochettino

On 24 February 2008 Tottenham came from behind to beat Chelsea 2-1 in the League Cup final. Since then, they have sacked Juande Ramos, enjoyed a period of Gareth Bale-driven excitement under Harry Redknapp, taken significant missteps with André Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood, and then found in Mauricio Pochettino a bright young manager under whom they have made progress in each of the past four seasons. But in that decade, they have won nothing. Since then, Chelsea have made 11 managerial changes. They have employed Guus Hiddink (twice) and Rafael…

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Trump lashes out at Amazon and sends stocks tumbling

Trump lashes out at Amazon and sends stocks tumbling

President Trump escalated his attack on Amazon on Thursday, alleging the retail and cloud-hosting behemoth shortchanges taxpayers and attacking its use of the US Postal Service and its impact on traditional retailers. “I have stated my concerns with Amazon long before the election,” he wrote on Twitter. “Unlike others, they pay little or no taxes to state & local governments, use our postal system as their delivery boy (causing tremendous loss to the US), and are putting many thousands of retailers out of business!” Trump’s attack a day after Axios…

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Nine senior Tories want amendments to EU withdrawal bill

Nine senior Tories want amendments to EU withdrawal bill

Nine senior Conservatives, including two former Cabinet ministers, have put their name to cross-party amendments to the European Union withdrawal bill. The Conservative peers, including Chris Patten, the former party chairman, and Douglas Hogg, the former agriculture minister, are supporting a series of substantial changes to the government’s flagship bill to leave the EU. A series of amendments have been tabled, including one giving parliament a vote on staying in a customs union which is almost certain to pass, meaning MPs will get a say on the contentious issue despite…

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Federal Real Estate Administration to become a Public Limited Company

Federal Real Estate Administration to become a Public Limited Company

On Tuesday, the Select Ministerial Committee gave the green light to converting the Federal Real Estate Administration into a public limited company. L’Echo, De Tijd and De Standaard are reporting on Wednesday that the Federal Real Estate Administration, which manages governmental real estate property, will be reformed. The organsation manages around 1,100 buildings, with a total surface area of 7.3 million square metres. Owing to corruption cases and bad management, the institution is often in the news, for all the wrong reasons. The reform presently under way will convert the…

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Namur-Paris train service to be ready by December

Namur-Paris train service to be ready by December

A train service between the capitals of Wallonia and France should be ready by December, according to Mobility Minister François Bellot, who released a few details of this project to Sudpresse and La Libre Belgique newspapers on Wednesday, while visiting the Regional Express Network, RER, worksite in Hoeilaart. The Namur – Paris link is aimed at helping to fill the gap left when the Thalys Walloon service (Liège-Namur-Paris) was scrapped two years ago. “I feel Namur must continue to have international links,” Bellot told La Libre. “The contacts with the…

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Aldi to invest 350 million in renewal of its Belgian stores

Aldi to invest 350 million in renewal of its Belgian stores

Aldi is modernising its 450 stores in Belgium over the coming year and a half. Not only will the discounter increase convenience for the customer, but it will also focuse on fresh products and a more enjoyable shopping experience. It is the largest operation in the history of Aldi Belgium: the retailer is pumping no less than 350 million euro in this project. In addition, the investment will create 450 jobs. Currently Aldi Belgium employs 6,500 An extensive bread department, more fresh produce, a new store layout, broader corridors, new…

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Around 650 taxis demonstrate in Brussels area against Uber

Around 650 taxis demonstrate in Brussels area against Uber

Around 650 taxis were demonstrating on Tuesday morning, both in Brussels and on the Brussels Ring Road. The information came in an assessment by the spokeswoman for the Brussels-Ixelles police, Ilse Van De Keere, communicated around 8.20 p.m. Some tyres had been burned by this time. The federal police spokeswoman said that roadblocks are in place on the E40 in Groot-Bijgaarden in the Brussels direction, on the E411 in Jezus-Eik towards Brussels, on the ring road between Huizingen and Beersel, between Ruisbroek and Anderlecht and on the viaduct Vilvoorde-Machelen. Tyres…

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Kosovo detains Serbian politician after ‘illegal entry’ into region

Kosovo detains Serbian politician after ‘illegal entry’ into region

Air raid sirens have rung out in Serb-dominated northern Kosovo after special police fired stun grenades in a raid to detain a senior Serbian official, raising fresh tensions in the region. Marko Đurić, head of Belgrade’s office for Kosovo and Metohija, was seized in the town of North Mitrovica by balaclava-clad and rifle-wielding members of Pristina’s ROSU police, who fired what appeared to be stun grenades to clear a crowd of angry Serb civilians. Inside the building, people ducked for cover as the police entered the hall where Đurić was…

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New convention on used electric, hybrid car batteries

New convention on used electric, hybrid car batteries

The ministers of Environment of Brussels and Flanders signed a new environmental convention on recycling rechargeable, electric and hybrid car batteries on Monday in Brussels. The convention was signed at the Benelux trade fair for automotive professionals, Autotechnica, in Brussels by Céline Fremault (Humanist Democratic Centre, cdH) and Joke Schauvliege (Christian Democratic and Flemish, CD&V), representing Brussels and Flanders respectively. It entrusts Febelauto, the agency that manages end-of-life vehicles, with the mission to develop solutions for collecting, processing and recycling these lithion-ion batteries. Until recently, cars were fitted with classic…

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