Suspect of assault in Ixelles will appear Thursday in circuit court

Suspect of assault in Ixelles will appear Thursday in circuit court

The man thought to have torn out a person’s eyes on Saturday night in Ixelles is to appear Thursday before the circuit court, stated Tuesday afternoon the Prosecutor’s Office of Brussels. According to the initial elements of the investigation, a political disagreement between two men of African origin was the source of discord. It seems the victim and the suspect had quarreled earlier in the day. Then they met at around 3:00 a.m. at the Champ de Mars square and fought. The suspect is said to have fled after having…

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The US has elected its most dangerous leader

The US has elected its most dangerous leader

We thought the United States would step back from the abyss. We believed, and the polls led us to feel sure, that Americans would not, in the end, hand the most powerful office on earth to an unstable bigot, sexual predator and compulsive liar. People all around the world had watched and waited, through the consecutive horrors of the 2016 election campaign, believing the Trump nightmare would eventually pass. But today the United States – the country that had, from its birth, seen itself as a beacon that would inspire…

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Belgium schools face testing times in equal opportunities sphere

Belgium schools face testing times in equal opportunities sphere

Just like other countries in the European Union, Belgium faces significant challenges to ensure genuine equal opportunities. This comes in the light of a European comparative education study published on Monday by the European Commission. The European institution stresses that, “Belgium now faces major challenges regarding equal opportunities for pupils. Pupils’ performance is directly linked to their socio-economic background, particularly amongst young immigrants.” The institution goes on, “This is all the more serious given that we are anticipating a high growth in this group of vulnerable youngsters (in the future).”…

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Barack Obama delivers stinging critique of FBI: ‘We don’t operate on leaks’

Barack Obama delivers stinging critique of FBI: ‘We don’t operate on leaks’

President censures James Comey’s decision to announce review related to Hillary Clinton days before election as campaigning reaches fever pitch. Barack Obama has criticised the way the FBI revealed a new investigation of emails possibly linked to Hillary Clinton’s private server, a move that has rocked the US presidential election in its final stretch. Opinion polls show the race between Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump tightening since FBI director James Comey’s bombshell announcement last Friday. One even gave Trump a one-point lead, though the Democrat remains the clear favourite….

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Delhi chokes on toxic smog after Diwali festival

Delhi chokes on toxic smog after Diwali festival

New Delhi was shrouded in a thick blanket of toxic smog Monday after millions of Indians lit firecrackers to mark the Diwali festival, with authorities reporting record levels of pollution in parts of the capital. The reading for the number of pollutants in the atmosphere breached the 1,000 microgram mark for the first time in one neighbourhood in south Delhi — 10 times the World Health Organisation’s recommended level. Gufran Beig, chief scientist at India’s state-run System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), said needles on monitors in…

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May declines to make extra commitments to take more Calais child refugees

May declines to make extra commitments to take more Calais child refugees

French president had called for Britain to consider its ‘moral duty’ and take its fair share of the 1,500 asylum-seeking children left in Calais. Theresa May has declined to make any extra commitments on receiving child refugees affected by the demolition of the Calais refugee camp, after the French president, François Hollande, rang her to ask for the Britain to consider its “moral duty”. Downing Street said the UK has already taken a “considerable number of unaccompanied minors”, and several hundred more children and young people would be arriving in…

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Proba-1 satellite still going strong after 15-year observation period

Proba-1 satellite still going strong after 15-year observation period

Fifteen years after its launch, the Proba-1 satellite is still going strong, the European Space Agency (ESA) has indicated. This demonstration satellite, intended for earth observation, was constructed for the ESA by the Belgian company QinetiQ Space nv. Proba-1 was launched into space on October 22nd, 2001 using an Indian launcher PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle). The intention, at the time, was to observe the earth by the most self-governing method possible, thanks to this innovative technology. Although the observation mission of the first “Belgian” satellite has now come to…

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Donald Trump is no outsider: he mirrors our political culture

Donald Trump is no outsider: he mirrors our political culture

What is the worst thing about Donald Trump? The lies? The racist stereotypes? The misogyny? The alleged gropings? The apparent refusal to accept democratic outcomes? All these are bad enough. But they’re not the worst. The worst thing about Donald Trump is that he’s the man in the mirror. We love to horrify ourselves with his excesses, and to see him as a monstrous outlier, the polar opposite of everything a modern, civilised society represents. But he is nothing of the kind. He is the distillation of all that we…

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Spain reviews plan to let ​Russian warships refuel en route to Syria

Spain reviews plan to let ​Russian warships refuel en route to Syria

Refuelling plan has drawn criticism from Nato secretary general and senior European parliamentarians. The Spanish foreign ministry has said it is reviewing plans to allow Russian warships to refuel in Spanish ports on the way to the eastern Mediterranean, from where they are expected to escalate attacks against rebel fighters in Syria. The refuelling plan has drawn criticism from the Nato secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, and from senior European parliamentarians and the former UK navy chief Admiral West. The Spanish were accused of hypocrisy for potentially letting the warships refuel,…

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The record for the longest chocolate éclair beaten in Verviers

The record for the longest chocolate éclair beaten in Verviers

Between 20 and 25 pâtissiers and artisans were in Verviers working together from 10am on Sunday morning. They were decorating the biggest chocolate eclair ever made. Their three hour task was to set a new world record of 676m. Although it was certified, it will not go into the Guinness Book of Records because of administrative errors. Maître-chocolatier Jean-Philippe Darcis was behind this attempt, and said he was very happy with the team’s work. This record attempt used 750kg of ingredients, including 70kg of butter, 2,000 eggs, 50kg of flour,…

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