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, ...

Belgian upper house approves euthanasia for children

Dec 13, 2013

Belgian upper house approves euthanasia for children

Belgium’s upper house on Thursday backed plans to extend mercy killing to terminally ill children amid an intense public debate. The Senate voted 50 in favor and 17 against for the measure, which must now go to the lower house. Supporters hope it will ...

Ceremonies across Europe mark end of World War I

Nov 12, 2013

Ceremonies across Europe mark end of World War I

As a bugler played the “Last Post,” a cascade of red paper poppies floated down Monday from Menin Gate in Ypres as visitors from around the globe came to honor the dead of World War I. The gate’s vaulted ceiling in the Belgian town ...

Oct 2, 2013

Belgian elects to be euthanized after failed sex-change surgery

A 44-year-old Belgian in distress after a failed sex change was euthanized this week after doctors agreed to the mercy-killing on psychological grounds, national media said Tuesday. Nathan Verhelst died Monday in a Brussels hospital surrounded by friends after requesting assistance to die in ...

Sep 21, 2013

British hacked Belgian telecom firm: Der Spiegel

Britain’s intelligence services were behind a cyberattack on state-owned Belgian telecom giant Belgacom, a German newsweekly reported Friday. Der Spiegel magazine said documents it had seen from fugitive U.S. leaker Edward Snowden’s “archive” indicated that the goal of the project, code-named Operation Socialist, was ...

Sep 14, 2013

Panda feud exacerbates Belgium's linguistic rift

Rival Dutch- and French-speaking communities in Belgium are at each others’ throats again — this time over the loan of two giant pandas by China to the linguistically divided nation. “The pandas of discord,” screamed the daily Le Soir on Wednesday. “Pandas, a question ...

Belgium makes Depardieu an honorary citizen

Aug 25, 2013

Belgium makes Depardieu an honorary citizen

Authorities in the Belgian municipality of Estaimpuis made their most famous resident, Gerard Depardieu, an honorary citizen on Saturday ahead of a housewarming barbecue the French actor hosted. “We are pleased that you have made Nechin your home,” municipal official Daniel Senesael said, referring ...

Aug 25, 2013

European experiments with sex drive-ins, 'love parks'

The Swiss city of Zurich is to open a sex drive-in on Monday. Similar initiatives exist in Germany and Italy, while Belgium and the Netherlands have come up with a different approach. Here are some examples. Germany: The cathedral city of Cologne established a ...

MI6 played key role in Lumumba plot: ex-spy

Apr 4, 2013

MI6 played key role in Lumumba plot: ex-spy

A former U.K. intelligence officer told a friend that Britain played a role in the assassination of Congolese independence hero Patrice Lumumba, British media has reported. Before she died three years ago, Daphne Park — who was sent as an MI6 officer to the ...