Preventive treatment against the AIDS virus tested successfully in Belgium

Preventive treatment against the AIDS virus tested successfully in Belgium

Le Soir is reporting on Tuesday that a drug vaccine against the AIDS virus has been successfully tested in Belgium. This makes the country a European pioneer in the fight against HIV. During a conference in Paris last week, Belgian researchers revealed for the first time results of an unprecedented study, the first Belgian experiment for a pre-exposure phophylaxis against the HIV virus. The treatment in question involves those who are HIV-negative but running an increased risk of infection taking Truvada, a preventive antiretroviral medicine. Two hundred volunteers from an…

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Brussels Criminal Court: judgement for couple who left child on balcony in winter

Brussels Criminal Court: judgement for couple who left child on balcony in winter

The Brussels Criminal Court passed judgement on Monday morning on the parents who left their six-year-old boy for fifteen hours on a balcony in the cold last December. The child almost died. Moreover, the investigation showed that the boy and his twin sister were severely malnourished and abused. The mother, aged 31, and the father-in-law, aged 21, may face up to 12 and 10 years in prison respectively. The Public Prosecutor requested a sentence of 12 years in prison for the mother and 10 years in prison for the father-in-law,…

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Tomorrowland – federal police “comply” with judge’s decision

Tomorrowland – federal police “comply” with judge’s decision

The federal police indicated on Thursday, “There has been a judge’s decision and we will comply with it.” This was the reaction to the verdict reached by a judge in summary jurisdiction. In its decision, the judge authorised the three complainants, who were refused access to Tomorrowland following a police screening, to attend the second weekend of the festival. This is on condition that they are subject to a further security check on entry. In total, 37 individuals, who bought tickets for Tomorrowland, were refused entry following following a federal…

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Terrorism: ECJ keeps Hamas on EU blacklist

Terrorism: ECJ keeps Hamas on EU blacklist

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) decided on Wednesday to keep the Islamist Palestinian movement Hamas, in Gaza, on the EU’s list of terrorist organisations. In a decision, the ECJ considered that the relevant court of first instance in the EU “should not have removed the requirement to keep Hamas on the European list of terrorist organisations and referred the case back to the given court of first instance.” This is stated in a communiqué. On 17 December 2014, to everyone’s surprise, the relevant EU court of first instance set…

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Young migrant dies in Brussels crushed by bus which he was catching

Young migrant dies in Brussels crushed by bus which he was catching

A young migrant who tried on Saturday to catch a bus, without being seen, died. The bus was leaving from the Gare du Nord, in Brussels, and heading towards the French city of Calais. La Dernière Heure indicated this on its website on Monday evening. The young man was squashed by the vehicle, which was manoeuvring at the time. He was a minor, who died in hospital as a result of his injuries. The Brussels Public Prosecutor confirmed the incident had occurred to the editor of the daily newspaper.

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The most recent Ethias operation enabled closure of a total of 7,437 First Life Portfolios

The most recent Ethias operation enabled closure of a total of 7,437 First Life Portfolios

The most recent operation launched by Ethias and aiming to speed up the extinction of the Individual Life Portfolios (a First product) enabled the closure of 7,437 First Accounts. This is out of 12,240 which had been open at the end of May. The life assurance company announced this on Monday. From 29th May to 14 July 2017, Ethias proposed an exit charge of 25% to those who had been First account holders since before 2003, when terminating their contract. This would be deducted before receiving the balance of their…

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Prime Minister leads bilateral talks with a view to resolving fiscal and social issues

Prime Minister leads bilateral talks with a view to resolving fiscal and social issues

The Prime Minister, Charles Michel, has today been pursuing bilateral talks. The avenue of a tax on share accounts is still on the table. The head of the federal government must now assess by what means coalition partners can implement such a tax. The Prime Minister had to return, this weekend, to having bi-lateral meetings. This came after the Open Vld were opposed to the concept of a tax on share accounts. This avenue was on the table as an alternative to capital gains tax, which the Flemish Christian Democrats…

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Philippe Close is the new mayor of Brussels

Philippe Close is the new mayor of Brussels

Philippe Close (PS) took his vows as Brussels mayor early on Thursday afternoon, in front of Brussels President Minister Rudi Vervoort. At 46, Mr Close is the youngest Brussels mayor, at least since it incorporated Laeken, Neder-Over-Heembeek and Haren in 1921. Before taking his vows, Philippe Close said goodbye to his colleagues at the Brussels Parliament, where he was head of the PS. The groups that make up the Brussels hemicycle paid homage to him when the votes were cast. This included the President of the Assembly Charles Picqué (PS),…

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Philosophy and citizenship course: parliamentary approval to extend to secondary schools

Philosophy and citizenship course: parliamentary approval to extend to secondary schools

Despite the appeal from a proportion of affected teachers to postpone the application of the reform for one year, the federal parliament approved in a plenary session on Tuesday evening, the extension of the philosophy and citizenship course (known as “CPC”) to the entire recognised secondary school sector. It will be effective from this coming September. The majority PS-cdH indeed adopted a final decree fixing the implementation of various operational aspects of the new course. From September, the course will replace one of the two hours of moral philosophy or…

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Six million Belgians authorize data exchange by electronic means

Six million Belgians authorize data exchange by electronic means

More than six million Belgians have given their consent for the secure exchange of medical data between healthcare providers. The Minister for Health, Maggie De Block indicated this on Monday in a communiqué. This consent enables providers to access the most recent medical data, in particular the results of the most recent blood test or medicines prescribed. The eHealth platform counter recorded precisely 6,000,333 consents on Monday, compared to 35,000 at the beginning of the parliament which was at the end of 2014, according to the eHealth platform. The number…

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