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Stuart Heritage meets Van Damme: 'It’s like we’ve known each other for two months!'

Jean-Claude Van Damme Photograph: Ep/Amazon/Kobal/RexShutterstock Hi Jean-Claude! Your mum was in Paris for the premiere of your latest show (1). Were you nervous about her reaction? I think she's going to see me the way she's known me since I was a kid: burlesque, clownish, funny, jokey. She'll r


Belgium pledges $23m extra aid to Palestinians to make up for Donald Trump's funding cut

Belgium has reacted to Donald Trump's cut decision to cut aid destined for Palestinians by pledging to donate an extra $23m (17m) to help make up the shortfall. The announcement came a day after the US slashed its funding for the UNRWA (The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refuge


Belgium stocks lower at close of trade; BEL 20 down 0.16%

Reuters. Belgium stocks lower at close of trade; BEL 20 down 0.16% Investing.com - Belgium stocks were lower after the close on Thursday, as losses in the Utilities, Healthcare and Consumer Goods sectors led shares lower. At the close in Brussels, the BEL 20 declined 0.16%. The best performers of t


Four Nations Invitational Hockey: India fail to convert chances against Belgium to suffer 0-2 loss

Tauranga, New Zealand: The Indian men's hockey team failed to convert any of the four penalty corners and ended up losing 0-2 to Belgium at the Four Nations Invitational tournament at the Blake Park in Tauranga on Thursday. Goals by Sbastien Dockier (eighth minute) and Victor Wegnez (34th) ensured B


The Latest: Europe storm: 1 person killed in Belgium

BERLIN (AP) - The Latest on a storm affecting parts of Europe (all times local): 2 p.m. The storm lashing across western Europe has killed one person in Belgium and overwhelmed emergency response centers through much of the nation. A driver was killed when a tree collapsed onto her car south of Brus


3 dead as monstrous winds lash Europe, creating travel nightmare

Deadly storms driven by 90-mph wind gusts threw transportation across much of northern Europe into chaos Thursday, canceling hundreds of flights, shutting down rail lines and bringing havoc to roads and highways. Two deaths in the Netherlands and one in Belgium were blamed on the storm. Dutch broadc


Police search offices of Belgian company supplying passports to Africa

BRUSSELS/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Police on Wednesday searched the headquarters of Belgian company Semlex, which supplies passports to various African countries, and the home of its CEO, Albert Karaziwan. About a dozen officers arrived at Semlex's office in Brussels and at Karaziwan's house in the city e


Belgium counters US with $23 million for UN Palestinian fund

BRUSSELS (AP) - Belgium has stepped in to help out the U.N. Agency assisting Palestinian refugees with an immediate disbursement of $23 million after the Trump administration suspended $65 million in aid for the international organization. Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said Wednesd


Britons tell Dutch court their EU rights cannot be removed

Molly, Debra and Chris Williams, three of the Britons involved in the case. Photograph: Victor Lacken for the Guardian A group of British nationals living in the Netherlands have made a legal bid in a Dutch court to retain their EU citizenship after Brexit, arguing that their rights cannot be remo


Belgium 'abduction': Woman uses phone map to provide her location

A woman who says she was abducted in Belgium has been found after locating herself on her smartphone and sharing the address with her brother. The 19-year-old student said five men kidnapped her in front of a nightclub in the capital Brussels on Friday. She told police she was drugged and kept locke


Catalan MPs elect separatist speaker as sacked leader eyes comeback

Members of the Catalan parliament gather for its first session since a failed independence bid AFP LLUIS GENE Catalan lawmakers on Wednesday elected a separatist as parliamentary speaker, the first stage of a plan by pro-independence deputies to get regional leader Carles Puigdemont, in self-exile i


Catalonia: Can Carles Puigdemont rule from Belgium?

The Catalan parliament in Barcelona has been standing empty for 83 days. The only official business has been done by the cleaning staff, keeping the cobwebs away. In October last year, the parliament chamber resounded with separatist songs of celebration when the whole cabinet sang in victory, afte


Belgium to mark Merckx anniversary in 2019 Tour start

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgium will host the start of the Tour de France in 2019 with two stages paying homage to the country's greatest ever cyclist, Eddy Merckx, on the 50th anniversary of his first victory in the race. Merckx, nicknamed the Cannibal, won the Tour de France five times from 1969 to


Two killed when explosion destroys buildings in Belgium

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Two people were killed and 14 injured when an explosion in the Belgian city of Antwerp destroyed three buildings. Police said two bodies were found under the debris on Tuesday following the blast on Monday evening. Five people were seriously injured and another was in a critica


Louis van Gaal reveals he turned down Belgium job to get revenge on 'mean and low' Manchester United

Louis van Gaal has admitted he turned down the chance to manage Belgium so that he could continue to receive compensation for being sacked by Manchester United. In an interview with Dutch newspaper Volkskrant, the 66-year-old said he was motivated by 'revenge' in his decision to turn down the role.


Belgium explosion leaves several injured, three houses damaged

Up to 20 people may have been injured, with some trapped under rubble, after an explosion tore through a residential building Tuesday night in Belgium. (Sigrid Vermeulen via AP) An explosion that ripped through three Belgium homes late Monday left at least 14 people injured and possibly some trapp


Belgium blast: Explosion near residential building injures five in Antwerp; police rules out terrorism

Brussels: An explosion injured several people and brought down a residential building in the Belgian city of Antwerp on Monday evening, police said, stressing the incident was not related to terrorism. Belgian news agency Belga reported five people had been injured. Antwerp police said two adjacent


Antwerp: Belgium building collapses in explosion

A blast has brought down a residential building in the Belgian city of Antwerp, injuring several people. The origin of the explosion on the central street of Paardenmarkt is not clear. But police said they did not believe it was related to terrorism. Three people have been removed from the rubble, i


Antwerp explosion: Residential building collapses after blast injuring 'at least five'

At least five people have been wounded after an explosion in Antwerp caused a residential building to collapse. Local media is reporting that three buildings were damaged in the explosion in the Paardenmarkt area of the city, which is largely populated by students. Antwerp police have said that the


Antwerp explosion: Multiple injuries as huge blast destroys four-storey building in Belgium

A huge explosion has brought down a residential building in Antwerp, with fears some people may be trapped under the rubble. At least five people have been injured in the blast at a four-storey apartment block in the Belgian port city. Pictures from the scene showed a crane and emergency service wor