The strike caught the bus services between Leuven and Brussels

The strike caught the bus services between Leuven and Brussels

The strike of drivers who work for a subcontractor providing bus services to the Flemish public transport company De Lijn on the routes between Leuven (Flemish Brabant), led to the cancellation of dozens of flights and left thousands of passengers in a difficult situation. However, despite the strike by workers at the Staca bus garage in Kortenberg (Flemish Brabant), De Lijn says that the disruption is less severe than it had feared. There are cancellations on the busy 351 and 358 bus routes that run from Leuven to Brussels, the…

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“Avoid a trip to Brussels, if possible!”

“Avoid a trip to Brussels, if possible!”

NATO is holding a two-day summit, and if you live in the Belgian and Flemish capital, then you have certainly noticed some preparatory activities. It is expected that the presence of so many high-level delegations, including President trump, will cause a traffic violation, as there are special security measures. Watch out where you park your car because several security zones have been set out and here there is a parking ban. All vehicles including mopeds and motorbikes will be towed away. Affected are the surroundings of NATO HQ in the…

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Steve Ditko, co-Creator of Spider-Man, has died on the 29th of June.

Steve Ditko, co-Creator of Spider-Man, has died on the 29th of June.

Steve Ditko, co-author of the popular superhero Spider, died on June 29. He was 90 years old. Several American papers reported on the story on Friday. Ditko worked for world-famous publishing house Marvel Comics back in the 60s, where he co-created Spiderman in 1961. He created Doctor Strange two years later. He also created the Green Goblin, the Lizard, Sandman and Doctor Octopus. Ditko left Marvel in 1966, after a disagreement with Stan Lee (Editor-in chief). He then worked for several other publishing houses, including Marvel’s rival DC comics. Steve…

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Peace campaigners stage Brussels protest against Trump

Peace campaigners stage Brussels protest against Trump

Thousands of people have joined a protest against Donald Trump’s upcoming appearance at Nato, marching through Brussels to plead for less military spending and more public money for schools and clean energy. The Trump Not Welcome march and a companion concert came as European and North American leaders prepare for an annual summit at Nato’s headquarters in the city. The US president accuses Nato allies of not doing enough to defend themselves and is demanding that they increase their military budgets. The protest organisers oppose more military spending, and the…

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The Security Service of Ukraine recruits clergymen to create an independent Orthodox Church in the country

The Security Service of Ukraine recruits clergymen to create an independent Orthodox Church in the country

A few days ago in the Ukrainian media appeared the evidence that the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) purposefully collected compromising materials on high-ranked clergymen. It is reported that the information received during the surveillance was used to blackmail and recruit church hierarchy. This news has caused a great response within the Ukrainian society. First of all, the attention of the SBU is attracted to hierarchy who (according to the rumors) had unconventional sexual orientation. Checking this information, the special services received irrefutable evidence of their intimate relationships with men…

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“We felt pressure from Iran”

“We felt pressure from Iran”

The Iranian Belgian couple, held over the weekend and suspected of going to execute a terrorist outrage in France, said they felt pressure to commit atrocities. The Belgians from the Antwerp area were stopped in Brussels on Saturday with explosives and a detonator being found in their Mercedes. They were bound for Paris. The couple ended up in a traffic jam outside Brussels and then decided to leave the motorway. It was then that a Belgian special police unit intervened. The army bomb disposal unit carried out a controlled explosion….

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Warm weather increases the risk of forest fires in Brussels

Warm weather increases the risk of forest fires in Brussels

The Flemish government Agency for nature and forest protection has issued a “yellow alert” on several forests and forests in the greater Brussels area. The agency has adjusted its fire warning system from green to yellow, which means that local forests are at risk for fires. The warning applies to such popular forests and woods like Forêt de Soignies, Hallerbos, the Gaasbeek museum garden and the Tervuren park located a 20-minute tram ride from the Montgomery metro stop. The agency says that the risk of forest fires has increased because…

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Preparatory work on the reconstruction of the tunnel causes chaos

Preparatory work on the reconstruction of the tunnel causes chaos

Preparatory work for the reconstruction of the road tunnel of Leopold II in Brussels caused a rush hour of suffering for tens of thousands of drivers who tried to get to Brussels from the West. Commuters on the Brussels-bound E40 motorway needed a lot of patience with delays of as much as one and a half hours on the motorway between Aalst (East Flanders) and Groot-Bijgaarden (Flemish Brabant). Many alternative routes used by commuters in the Pajottenland region in the West of Flemish Brabant. From Saturday 30 June at 10pm…

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Once a year, the heart appears in the cemetery of Laken

Once a year, the heart appears in the cemetery of Laken

On Thursday, there was a phenomenon that occurs only once a year around mid-summer. A heart appeared on an old gravestone at Laken Cemetery in the northwest of Brussels. Weather permitting, the heart appears just once a year when the sun is at its highest point in the sky. It’s a unique phenomenon. “There is a circle-shaped opening in the roof of the chapel and when the sun is at its highest point rays of sunlight shine through”, Tom Verhofstadt of Epitaaf, a not-for-profit group specialised in cemeteries. “The rays…

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Thalys launches summer route between Brussels and Bordeaux in 2019

Thalys launches summer route between Brussels and Bordeaux in 2019

In June 2019 a new “Thalys Soleil” line will be inaugurated between Brussels and Bordeaux. During the summer months travellers can travel between the two cities in just over four hours, Thalys announced in a press release on Tuesday. The new “Thalys Soleil” between Brussels and Bordeaux will run on Saturdays and start at 40 euro. From April next year, thanks to two new destinations (Roissy-Charles de Gaulle and Marne-la-Vallée), the area east of Paris will be directly linked to Brussels, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam. The Thalys trains…

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