Brussels stadium dream killed off in border skirmish

By Robert-Jan Bartunek BRUSSELS, Jan 30 : Belgium’s high-flying soccer team’s hopes of a grand new stadium in Brussels were dashed on Tuesday when local officials just outside the capital’s boundary denied planning permission. Plans to build the 60,000-seat “Eurostade” close to the old Heysel ground on a car park serving what is now known […]

Last piece of missing Magritte painting found in Brussels

By Lily Cusack BRUSSELS, Nov 14 : The missing last piece of a painting by Belgian surrealist Rene Magritte was found underneath another of the artist’s works at a museum in Brussels using x-ray imaging. The fourth part of ‘The Enchanted Pose’ (1927) was painted over by Magritte to create his 1935 to 1936 work […]

Da Vinci contraptions brought to life in Bruges exhibition

By Jack Schofield BRUGES, Belgium, May 31 : Leonardo da Vinci’s bird-like flying machine and portable bridge have been brought to life in a new exhibition opening on Thursday in the Belgian city of Bruges. One hundred machines invented or enhanced by the Italian Renaissance mastermind have been realised, by using plans he drew himself. […]

Five people detained over fire at Brussels criminology institute

By Robert-Jan Bartunek and Philip Blenkinsop BRUSSELS, Aug 29 : Belgium’s criminal forensics laboratory was set alight in the early hours of today in an attack that prosecutors said was more likely linked to organised crime than terrorism. Five people were detained near the National Institute of Criminology in Brussels and are being questioned over […]

Motor racing-Belgian GP halted after Magnussen crash

By Abhishek Takle SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium, Aug 28 : The Belgian Formula One Grand Prix was temporarily halted today after a high-speed crash involving Renault’s Kevin Magnussen. The Dane lost control of his car as he crested the fast uphill sweep of the Eau Rouge corner and slammed violently into the barriers. Magnussen, who had started […]

Members of Belgian Islamic State cell jailed for up to 16 years

By Robert-Jan Bartunek BRUSSELS, Jul 5 : A Belgian judge today sentenced 15 members of an Islamic State (IS) militant cell – nine of them in absentia – to up to 16 years in prison after convicting them of plotting attacks on targets including Brussels airport. IS suicide bombers killed 16 people at Brussels airport […]