Belgian airspace closed on Monday night

Belgian airspace closed on Monday night

No flights will be possible on Monday night between 1:30 and 3:30, due to a shortage of air traffic controllers. This is the latest update from Skeyes, the organization in charge of air traffic control in Belgium, reports Le Soir. Temporary closures of airspace have already occurred during the weekend and through points of last week. This led to delays and cancellations. Management tried to break the deadlock last week by concluding an agreement with the Socialist Union (ODOC/CSPF) at a Joint Committee meeting. But ACV/CSC did not accept. On…

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VUB Professor coordinates €15 million heart disease research project

VUB Professor coordinates €15 million heart disease research project

The European Union has allocated nearly €15 million to a research programme on new approaches to gene therapy for the treatment of heart diseases. The project aims to discover the best methods for gene transfer to the heart will. The project will include a clinical study of the most promising gene therapy approaches and is coordinated by Professor Marinee Chuah of the Free University of Brussels (VUB). “This is a very exciting and important opportunity for this research consortium to find new ways to manage and treat heart disease,” said…

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Arrest in Molenbeek after axe attack in a café

Arrest in Molenbeek after axe attack in a café

A man suspected of attacking an individual with an axe at a cafe in Brussels was arrested on Monday afternoon, according to reports. The suspect had fought with another man in a café in Molenbeek on Sunday. A third person had intervened to separate the man and the suspect, who then promised to come back for revenge, reports RTLinfo. He did, returning to the same cafe on Monday where he hit his rival several times with an axe. The victim was taken to hospital in a critical state, but he…

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Brodsky threatened judge before the indictment of American drug dealer

Brodsky threatened judge before the indictment of American drug dealer

A judge from Kiev has received threats on the eve of decision on arresting of an American drug lord. The later was detained last week in the capital of Ukraine. The threats were traced back to Mikhail Brodsky, a local businessman and politician, with whom the drug dealer held a meeting. The site of the prosecution office of Kiev reported that US citizen will be held under arrest for forty days. He will be kept in the city’s detainment center until the decision on deportation will take place. He will…

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Around 30,000 people march for climate in Brussels

Around 30,000 people march for climate in Brussels

Latest figures show that some 30,000 people marched through the streets of the capital on Friday to mark the international strike for the climate, according to the Brussels-Capital / Ixelles police. Flemish activist Anuna De Wever, accompanied by her grandmother, described this day of global mobilization as historic. “This is a very strong signal. Strikes are going on in more than 100 countries. The movement continues to grow,” she said. This massive mobilisation for the climate is of an unprecedented scale and has been taking place all over the globe…

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Regional parks will be closed on Friday in Brussels

Regional parks will be closed on Friday in Brussels

Regional parks in Brussels will be closed on Friday 15 March due to adverse weather conditions, Brussels Environment announced on Thursday in a press release. They will reopen on Saturday morning if the weather conditions allow it, the public service said. Friday is expected to be windy, while the ground will be waterlogged, according to the latest weather forecasts. Parks in Brussels have already been closed on a number of occasions in recent days due to the heavy winds that have hit Belgium, uprooting many trees. Last weekend, for example,…

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Two Tui Boeings bound for Brussels redirected abroad

Two Tui Boeings bound for Brussels redirected abroad

Two Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft owned by the airline Tui Belgique en route to Brussels were redirected to other airports on Tuesday evening. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) closed EU airspace to the Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 9 on Tuesday from 8 p.m., said Tui Belgique spokesman, Piet Demeyere on Wednesday. The closure came two days after the Ethiopian Airlines crash involving a Boeing 737 MAX 8. The two rerouted aeroplanes, coming from Egypt and The Gambia respectively, had to land at the closest available airports when…

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Woman hired Sicilian mafia hitmen to kill ex-lover, say police

Woman hired Sicilian mafia hitmen to kill ex-lover, say police

A 64-year-old woman allegedly hired four Sicilian mafia henchmen to murder her ex-lover who had stolen her jewels, according to police. The killers, all Sicilians, carried out their order by walling the man in cement while he was still alive. The victim, named as Lamaj Astrid, a 41-year-old Albanian national, disappeared without a trace in 2013. Six years later, an investigation in Sicily by anti-mafia prosecutors in Caltanissetta province led to the discovery of his corpse sealed inside a concrete pillar in a villa in Senago, a few kilometres from…

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Dutch Parliament wants Brussels-Amsterdam flights axed

Dutch Parliament wants Brussels-Amsterdam flights axed

The Dutch Parliament’s Second Chamber wishes to end air links between Amsterdam and Brussels. A majority of legislators, mainly members of the co-ruling D66 and CristenUnie, have come out in favour of a proposal to this effect by the ecological GroenLinks party. Amsterdam and Brussels are linked by many daily flights, but train travel is just as fast and less harmful to the environment. GroenLinks Parliamentarian Suzanne Kröger said a good allocation of time slots for take-off and landing needed to be worked out. It was in the nation’s interest,…

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Belgium has traits of a tax haven, European Parliament commission finds

Belgium has traits of a tax haven, European Parliament commission finds

Belgium and six other European countries “display traits of a tax haven and facilitate aggressive tax planning,” the European Parliament noted on Wednesday in a report by its Special Commission on Financial Crimes, Tax Evasion and Tax Fraud. In an immediate reaction to the finding, Socialistische Partij Anders (sp.a) europarliamentarian Kathleen Van Brempt accused Belgium’s government of “actively ensuring that multinationals do not pay their fair share” of taxes. Following the revelations of Lux Leaks, the Panama Papers, the Football Leaks and the Paradise Papers, the European Parliament had decided…

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