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Woman Narrowly Survives Push Onto Subway Tracks
After Subway Push, Driver
Stops With Inches to Spare
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After Subway Push, Driver Stops With Inches to Spare

Suspect was seen pushing woman onto tracks at Brussels metro station

(Newser) - A day before a woman was shoved to her death at a subway station in New York, a woman in Belgium had a very narrow escape. Video from the Rogier metro station in Brussels Friday shows a young man pushing a woman onto the tracks moments before a train arrives....

Belgian Acts Protest Cultural Shutdown
Belgians Protest
Cultural Shutdown 

Belgians Protest Cultural Shutdown

New pandemic restrictions began Sunday

(Newser) - Thousands of Belgian performers, cinema operators, event organizers, and others joined together Sunday to protest the government's decision to close down the country's cultural life to stem the spread of the surging omicron variant. Waving posters reading "The show must go on" or "No culture, no...

Belgians Demand Fewer Rules, More Help

Party turns into march to EU headquarters while tired health care workers seek support

(Newser) - Thousands of protesters angry at pandemic-related restrictions marched to European Union headquarters in Brussels on Saturday and had minor tussles with police over their unauthorized gathering. The crowd initially assembled in a Brussels park for a party designed to flout Belgium's COVID-19 rules and a related gathering calling for...

Soldier Goes Missing After Threatening Virologist

Jurgen Conings, 46, of Belgium has ties to the extreme right and is heavily armed

(Newser) - A soldier with ties to the extreme right went missing in Belgium on Monday, and he took a cache of weapons with him. Police say Jurgen Conings, 46, removed four rocket launchers, a submachine gun, a pistol, and a bulletproof vest from his barracks, and while police on Tuesday night...

Farmer Accidentally Makes France a Little Smaller

Belgian moves stone marking the border

(Newser) - Sometimes it takes a war to change the border between two nations. And sometimes, it requires only a ticked-off farmer. The BBC reports that a farmer in Belgium moved a stone marker in his field a little more than 7 feet, apparently because it was in the path of his...

Off-Duty Cops Antiquing in Brussels Make Quite a Find

Roman statue worth $120K had been stolen from Italy nearly a decade ago

(Newser) - Two Italian police officers on assignment in Belgium were exploring some of Brussels' antique shops after work when they discovered a $120,000 Roman statue, stolen from Italy nearly a decade ago. The statue of a headless Roman in a draped toga struck the men as suspicious. As members of...

Up to 5K Turned Out for Hoax Concert. It Did Not End Well

Belgian police officer hospitalized after clashes in Brussels

(Newser) - An April Fools' joke in Belgium did not go over well Thursday as police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse a crowd that had gathered to attend a concert, which turned out to be a hoax. An announcement posted to Facebook in March promised a slate of famous...

27 Dead After 'Completely Irresponsible' Santa Visit

Residents at Belgian nursing home were seen in pics not wearing masks during holiday event

(Newser) - Authorities in Belgium say a 27th elderly person has died in an outbreak at a nursing home from a superspreading St. Nick party last month, but they hope the situation is now under control. The Hemelrijck home in the northern Belgium city of Mol had organized an early December visit...

Belgium: Designate 1 Bathroom User This Christmas

Anyone else who must go must go home, government says

(Newser) - With Belgium having more coronavirus-related deaths per capita than any nation in the world, Christmas there is not just a celebration but an issue. The nation already is under a four-person limit for gatherings, the Washington Post reports, and they must be held outdoors. Those rules will hold for the...

Anti-LGBTQ+ Official Resigns After Allegedly Attending 'Orgy'

Top Hungarian lawmaker says only that he attended a party in violation of COVID restrictions

(Newser) - A Hungarian lawmaker is out of a job after he was caught climbing down a drainpipe to escape a sex party in Belgium that was being broken up by police. József Szàjer, a senior member of European Parliament, resigned after acknowledging he had been present at the private...

This Is an Expensive Pigeon
This Is an Expensive Pigeon

This Is an Expensive Pigeon

New Kim brings record $1.89M in Belgian auction

(Newser) - After a flurry of bidding in the last half-hour, a Belgian racing pigeon sold Sunday for a world record $1.89 million—a gravity-defying bid that's more than anyone expected, Reuters reports. "These record prices are unbelievable, because this is a female," said Nikolaas Gyselbrecht, chief executive...

A New Princess Meets With Her Father

Former King Albert of Belgium denied paternity for years

(Newser) - After years of courtroom battles , the relationship between Delphine Boel and the former king who long denied being her father has moved to the palace. Belgium's Albert II and the woman now recognized as Princess Delphine sat down together Sunday, the Guardian reports. The royal palace announced the reunion...

In One Nation, Infected Doctors Are Asked to Keep Working

Overwhelmed Belgium needs asymptomatic medical workers to continue treating people

(Newser) - A sign of how bad things are in Belgium in regard to COVID-19: Doctors and nurses who've tested positive but have no symptoms are being asked to continue working in some overwhelmed hospitals, reports the Washington Post . "The situation is catastrophic," says an ICU doctor in the...

A Black Student's Death is Getting Even Uglier

More evidence emerges in the case of Sanda Dia

(Newser) - A black student's death during a hazing ritual in Belgium has raised painful issues of racism, elitism, colonialism—and people who might be getting away with manslaughter, the New York Times reports. Sanda Dia was 20 when he died trying to enter a nearly all-white fraternity at the Catholic...

Court Makes King's Love Child a Princess

Belgium's ex-king denied paternity for years

(Newser) - After a long legal battle, Belgian artist Delphine Boel is now Delphine of Saxen-Coburg-Gotha, princess of Belgium. The Brussels Court of Appeal has ruled that the 52-year-old is entitled to be recognized as a princess and to use the surname of her father, former king Albert II, the Guardian reports....

Court to Rule on Whether King's Daughter Is a Princess

Her father is battling to keep Belgium from granting royal titles to Delphine Boël

(Newser) - Delphine Boël knows her father is the former king of Belgium. Now that the courts have found that to be true, she's waiting for the next ruling—on whether Boel will become Princess of Belgium and Her Royal Highness. Albert II does not approve, per the Guardian . "...

City Discovers First Mayor Left Them His Heart. Literally

It was sealed inside an old fountain

(Newser) - During the renovation of a fountain in the Belgian city of Verviers, officials discovered that the old rumors were true: Pierre David, the city's first mayor, had literally given his heart to Verviers. The organ was sealed in a jar of alcohol inside a small zinc casket entombed near...

Looking to Raise a Family? These 10 Nations Are Tops

The US doesn't make the cut—in fact, it's got a dismal ranking

(Newser) - No one's able to go much of anywhere at the moment , but one day, when the pandemic is over, you may be on the hunt for the best place to settle down and have kids. Travel and family journalism website Asher & Lyric did the legwork for us, sifting...

After Grueling Slog, Weary EU Leaders OK $2.1T COVID Deal

It took 4 days and nights of negotiations in Brussels

(Newser) - After four days and nights of wrangling, exhausted European Union leaders finally clinched a deal on an unprecedented $2.1 trillion budget and coronavirus recovery fund early Tuesday, after one of their longest summits ever. The 27 leaders grudgingly committed to a costly, massive aid package for those hit hardest...

A First From a Belgian Monarch: 'Deepest Regrets'

King Philippe offers remorse for colonial abuses in DRC under reign of ancestor King Leopold II

(Newser) - Under the brutal colonial rule of Belgium's King Leopold II, the Democratic Republic of Congo saw millions of its citizens perish at the turn of the 20th century. Now King Philippe, the current royal ruler of Belgium and a direct descendant of Leopold, has offered what's just short...

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