France launches investigation into Pegasus spying allegations

France launches investigation into Pegasus spying allegations

The French government said on Thursday (22 July) that it had launched an investigation into allegations that Morocco mounted surveillance of President Emmanuel Macron’s mobile phone using the Israeli Pegasus software. “The President of the Republic is following this Pegasus file as closely as possible,” with “an exceptional defence council,” government spokesperson Gabriel Attal told broadcaster France Inter. “A number of cell phones, politicians, journalists have been targeted, and this investigation does not say whether these phones were all actually infected, whether data was removed from them. So that’s what…

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COVID-19 travel certificate rolled out in Belgium

COVID-19 travel certificate rolled out in Belgium

A COVID-19 travel certificate expected to greatly simplify travel within the EU has been made available in Belgium from Wednesday (16 June), the country’s authorities confirmed. The “European digital COVID certificate”, referred to in Belgium as the COVID certificate, is a document obtained at no cost and recognised throughout the European Union to facilitate travel abroad, whether business trips or tourist stays. It contains data as to the person’s COVID-19 vaccination status, current negative PCR test, or confirmation that the person has recently recovered from the disease. It will be…

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Corruption leading to Biden: the corrupt connection between the US presidential administration and Ukraine

Corruption leading to Biden: the corrupt connection between the US presidential administration and Ukraine

The United States may be the world’s largest donor to democracy. They sponsor a large number of anti-corruption programs. However, in recent years, the American pillar of democracy has begun to show its cracks. And strangely enough this could be a result of the relations in the US President’s administration. On June 2, 2021, Press Club Brussels Europe hosted a presentation of a documentary film by British journalists, “A LOT OF HOT AIR. Who’s telling the truth in the Burisma gas scandal?” It covers how the Ukrainian company Burisma, with…

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Rethink Nature

Rethink Nature

Be among the first ones to view art created as part of the European month of photography (EMoP) exhibition in Luxembourg. Rethinking nature and landscapes forms the basis of the eight edition of the European Month of Photography in Luxembourg. The themed exhibition questions man’s relationship with nature and explores political, ecological and artistic changes in society through the eyes of photography, while amplifying the global and environmental focus of previous editions. A select number of 50 artists worked with the chosen theme and the works of five artists were…

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Five million Belgians are vaccinated with at least one dose

Five million Belgians are vaccinated with at least one dose

Vaccines: Over five million Belgians have gotten their first dose. Over five million persons in Belgium have received at least a first dose of a vaccine against the Coronavirus (COVID-19), according to data published on Sunday on the website of the Sciensano public health institute. Half of this number, about 27.1% of the adult population, also received a second dose. Fewer than 1,000 persons infected with COVID-19 are still hospitalised in Belgium, a level lower than any other tally since early October. The exact number was 979 on Saturday, 19%…

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Belgium’s most biodiverse nature reserve under threat

Belgium’s most biodiverse nature reserve under threat

Ever since the old Schaerbeek-Josaphat marshalling yard fell out of use in 1994, nature has slowly taken back the site. The result is an unparalleled, urban nature reserve known as “Friche Josaphat”: the most biodiverse place in Belgium. Because the site is not accessible to the public, insects, birds, and mammals such as foxes, have begun calling this wild cityscape their home. Biologists were astounded to find more than 1200 animal species on the mere 24 hectares of land. One-third of the 360 wild bee species that are found in…

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Kenes Rakishev to send innovative batteries to a space mission

Kenes Rakishev to send innovative batteries to a space mission

Kenes Rakishev, one of the early investors in StoreDot Israeli startup, has reasons for a celebration. NASA has approved a series of experiments that will be done at the International Space Station. StoreDot company hopes that the experiments will help in further development of 5-minute XFC batteries. Kenes Rakishev and the team hopes that it will bring eXtra Fast Charging batteries closer to everyday use in Electric Vehicles. One of the companies Kenes Rakishev invested in, StoreDot, a maker of fast-charging battery technology for smartphones, drones and electric vehicles, said…

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Belgium could vaccinate 16-17-year-olds during summer holidays

Belgium could vaccinate 16-17-year-olds during summer holidays

People aged 16 and 17 could potentially receive their coronavirus vaccination during the summer holidays, according to a proposal by the Vaccination Task Force. This scenario is currently being discussed by the task force, which is preparing an opinion on the Covid-19 vaccines for children and adolescents, De Morgen reported on Monday. “That minors who want to be vaccinated should be able to do so has been obvious for a long time,” says Pierre Van Damme of the University of Antwerp, a vaccinologist and member of the Task Force. “In…

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What Belgium’s two ‘milestones’ for relaxations mean

What Belgium’s two ‘milestones’ for relaxations mean

Besides a decreased number of patients in intensive care, two “milestones” in Belgium’s vaccination strategy should also lead to further relaxations, the Consultative Committee decided on Wednesday. Following the restart of schools and the lifting of the non-essential travel ban on 19 April, and the end of the “Easter pause” on 26 April, the next relaxations will be based on milestones in the vaccination campaign, announced Prime Minister Alexander De Croo. First milestone: 70% of over-65s vaccinated “The first milestone is when seven out of ten people over 65 years…

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Police peacefully disperse young people gathered in Leuven town square

Police peacefully disperse young people gathered in Leuven town square

Dozens of young people came together in a square in the centre of Leuven last night, in what seemed to have been a largely coronavirus-compliant gathering. At least for the first part of the evening, groups were kept to a maximum of 10 people and police officers reported that most were adhering to the social distancing measures intended to lessen the spread of the virus, according to De Standaard. “It was busy, but not too bad,” one of the young people in attendance told reporters. “We really enjoyed this. We…

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