Emirates plane crash-lands in Dubai

Emirates plane crash-lands in Dubai

An Emirates plane with 275 people on board was involved in an accident on landing Wednesday at Dubai airport but all the passengers were evacuated safely, the government said. Footage on social media showed smoke billowing from the aircraft. The cause of the accident was not immediately clear. “An Emirates plane coming from India has been involved in an accident on landing at Dubai International,” the government’s Dubai Media Office said on its Twitter account. “All passengers were evacuated safely and no injuries have been reported so far,” it said….

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Some of European residents will be not allowed to enter Belgium

Some of European residents will be not allowed to enter Belgium

At the start of the month, the federal government approved a proposition bill from State Secretary Theo Francken (New Flemish Alliance). It would stop some European residents who do not have a criminal record in Belgium entering Belgium, the Sudpresse newspapers reported on Saturday. The measure would affect 1,670 European prisoners in Belgium. 1,009 are here illegally. The State Secretary said a European directive would allow this: the Netherlands already have something similar in place. The proposition bill has been sent to the State Council and will be approved according…

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Hospitality punished: Priest in Belgium has been stabbed by asylum seeker

Hospitality punished: Priest in Belgium has been stabbed by asylum seeker

The World watches while adorable refugees pay a tribute to the fallen catholic priest in Paris terror attack. Meanwhile, another grief incident has been happen in Belgium. It has involved the priest and asylum seeker from the Middle East, The Sun reports. The suspect went to the priest’s house and asked if he could shower, and said he wanted to apply for asylum in The Netherlands Nieuwsblad reports. After the man showered he demanded money from Vanderlee, and when he refused a skirmish followed. He reportedly lunged at the priest,…

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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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