Jul 28, 2014

BofA sees China hand in Belgian Treasury binge

China is driving a jump in Belgian holdings of Treasuries and is a key reason for a plunge in yields even as the Federal Reserve trims its stimulus to support growth, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The CHART OF THE DAY tracks ...

Argentina reaches World Cup semifinals

Jul 6, 2014

Argentina reaches World Cup semifinals

Gonzalo Higuain’s first goal of this World Cup sent Argentina into the semifinals on Saturday with a 1-0 win over a disappointing Belgium. Argentina, which hadn’t advanced past the World Cup quarterfinals since 1990, controlled the match after Higuain’s eighth minute goal, more due ...

Belgium tops U.S. in thriller

Jul 2, 2014

Belgium tops U.S. in thriller

For a full 90 minutes, Belgium’s almost relentless attack added up to nothing in the face of Tim Howard. Only in extra time was the superb United States goalkeeper finally beaten. Kevin De Bruyne turned Howard’s heroic night into defeat on Tuesday when he ...

Belgian beer, food and music

Jul 2, 2014

Belgian beer, food and music

by Sei Dickinson

Who doesn’t enjoy a frosty cold beer in the hot weather? This weekend you can drink to your heart’s content, while enjoying a little culture at the Belgian Beer Weekend in Yamashita Park. You may be surprised to hear that Belgium has more than ...

Teenager Origi's late winner puts Belgium into last 16

Jun 23, 2014

Teenager Origi's late winner puts Belgium into last 16

Teenager Divock Origi became the youngest player to score in this World Cup when he cracked in an 88th-minute winner to give Belgium a 1-0 victory over Russia on Sunday and a place in the last 16. Origi’s well-placed shot came after a dangerous ...

Poppies among WWI reminders in Belgium

Jun 7, 2014

Poppies among WWI reminders in Belgium

by Raf Casert

Crimson poppies still dance in the breeze as if nothing horrific happened in Flanders fields. But almost a century after the start of World War I, the flowers endure as a symbol of war dead, in part because of a celebrated poem: “In Flanders ...

Three killed, one injured at Brussels Jewish Museum

May 25, 2014

Three killed, one injured at Brussels Jewish Museum

Three people were shot dead and a fourth seriously wounded in an armed attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels on Saturday, officials said. Police detained one suspect and were looking for a second. The bloodshed, which came on the eve of national and ...

Belgium gives ill children of any age right to die

Feb 14, 2014

Belgium gives ill children of any age right to die

Twelve years after legalizing euthanasia for adults, Belgium’s parliament extended the right to die to terminally ill children of any age Thursday, despite opposition from the Catholic Church and some pediatricians. After months of heated debate, the lower House of Representatives adopted legislation making ...

Belgian police probe death of famed freeloader

Jan 24, 2014

Belgian police probe death of famed freeloader

Titus Clarysse was a gastronomic freeloader, from lobster to the after-dinner brandy, infamous in the northern Belgian town of Ghent for walking into restaurants, ordering whatever he craved and walking out without paying. Two days after the 35-year-old was found dead in his apartment, ...