Israeli Professor arrested in Belgium

Israeli Professor arrested in Belgium

An Israeli professor who has refused to grant his wife a religious divorce for more than four years was arrested in Antwerp, Belgium. Oded Guez, who was a physicist at Bar-Ilan University, was arrested this week on suspicion of using a forged passport and taking on a false identity, Ynet reported. He is accused of using the false identity and fake passport to leave Israel after he was barred exit by the secular courts over his refusal to grant his wife the religious divorce, or “get.” Guez disappeared from Israel…

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Two persons arrested in Belgium in terror probe

Two persons arrested in Belgium in terror probe

Belgian police on Friday arrested two men in connection with an anti-terrorism case, the Belgian federal prosecutor’s office said. “Both are suspected of planning a terrorist attack somewhere in Belgium,” the prosecutor’s office said Saturday. Seven house searches in Mons and one house search in Liege led to the arrests, CNN reports. Ahead of the June raids, several senior ministers were given heightened security protection because of new intelligence about specific threats. according to RTBF, which cited the government’s Coordinating Unit for Threat Analysis. Prime Minister Charles Michel, Foreign Minister…

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Brussels: Time to pick up school supplies for OCC

Brussels: Time to pick up school supplies for OCC

It is that time again.  If you walk through stores, you will see school supplies on the shelves.  And when I get the mail, the Back to School sale advertisements are neatly tucked in the newspaper. I don’t think I will be getting my own kids to think about what is on their school supplies list anytime too soon, but there is one list that does get me happy to see all those low prices this time of year:  the Operation Christmas Child idea list for packing shoeboxes for needy…

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The status quo in Brussels can’t be left unchallenged

The status quo in Brussels can’t be left unchallenged

“We cannot let [Britain] profit from Brexit, as that would be lethal for the EU.” So says Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, a largely ceremonial position designed to be a guiding figurehead over the other European Union institutions and the other six presidents therein. Tusk was not alone in his thinking. In fact, this quote was rather tame. The reaction from Brussels has been far more vitriolic than Tusk’s more measured comments this week. From the perspective of EU leaders, there is a legitimate concern that a tragedy…

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Michael Gray: Life goes on in Brussels, despite the fear

Michael Gray: Life goes on in Brussels, despite the fear

BESIDE the McDonald’s and Pizza Hut, two gun wielding soldiers patrol in full camouflage gear among the strolling shoppers. Over their shoulders a young woman sings with electric guitar accompaniment. It’s an open air gig in the centre of Brussels’ Bourse Beursplein square. The backdrop is the city’s stock exchange building, which is still marked with the human chalk storm that followed the March attacks. Thirty-five people died when three bombs were set off in the metro system and city airport. Today is the morning after the attack in Nice,…

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The Trump show rolls into Cleveland convention

The Trump show rolls into Cleveland convention

The Republican convention kicks off Monday with a one-two punch of law-and-order tough-talk, and Donald Trump’s wife playing character witness as the bombastic mogul seeks to lock up his presidential nomination. Melania Trump, a Slovenian-born former model, will headline the opening night of the 2016 convention in Cleveland, Ohio, which takes place against a backdrop of fear over racial violence and unrest abroad. A spate of race-tinged shootings–including the killing of three police officers in Louisiana Sunday–has put the country on edge. Terror attacks overseas, most recently in Nice, and…

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Brussels: Thanks to all for successful Belgian Days

Brussels: Thanks to all for successful Belgian Days

The Brussels Lions Club was able to hold one of the most successful Belgian Days festivals in its 55-year event history last weekend. The weather cooperated to provide a beautiful weekend for everyone to enjoy the festivities of Belgian Days as well as the Big Dogs baseball tournament. Belgian Days raffle winners will be contacted by mail if they are a happy recipient of a prize. Thank you to all who purchased tickets, donated to the raffle, and attended the event. Without the donations by local businesses to the raffle,…

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Belgium keeps alert level 3 after the terror attack in Nice

Belgium keeps alert level 3 after the terror attack in Nice

An evaluation was made last night by the coordinating body for threat analysis (Ocam). The highest alert level is 4. A national security council meeting is expected to take place this morning. Alert level 3 means that the threat is “serious, possible and probable”, but there is no specific information about an imminent threat. Ocam continues to monitor the situation. It has also reminded all security services about the measures to be implemented under alert level 3. A spokesperson for the ministry of interior affairs said that the evaluation for…

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DR Congo’s dystopian urbanisation on show in Brussels

DR Congo’s dystopian urbanisation on show in Brussels

DR Congo’s impasse between an unplanned urbanisation of slum expansion and a dystopian dream world of Dubai-inspired gated compounds is on display at a show in Brussels – the former colonial master of what is now one of the world’s poorest countries. The exhibition – by photographer Sammy Baloji and anthropologist Filip De Boeck – documents the current state of Kinshasa’s anarchic urban growth, juxtaposed with the past of ‘black-exclusion’ zones, and a future of private-investor luxury developments, sealed off from the capital and self-sufficient in water and electricity. The…

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Flemish community day attracted 11 000 visitors in Brussels

Flemish community day attracted 11 000 visitors in Brussels

The fourth edition of Brussel Danst, the dance and performance festival organized by the Flemish community, drew 11 000 people to Place de la Monnaie in Brussels on Monday (11 July). The audience was smaller than last year when the festival attracted a record number of 14 000 in the capital. The organizers are however satisfied. “We are very happy. It’s amazing that even on a Monday, Brussel Danst had such a success,” commented Eva Drees, the spokesperson for Muntpunt, the organizer of the festival. During Monday afternoon, a “battle”…

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