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Belgium: Country in Western Europe
Belgium, officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a country in Western Europe. It is bordered by the Netherlands to the north, Germany to the east, Luxembourg to the southeast, France to the southwest, and the North Sea to the northwest. It covers an area of 30,689 km2 (11,849 sq mi) and has a population of more than 11.5 million, making it the 22nd most densely populated country in the world and the 6th most densely populated country in Europe, with a density of 376 per square kilometre (970/sq mi). The capital and largest city is Brussels; other major cities are Antwerp, Ghent, Charleroi, Liège, Bruges, Namur, and Leuven.

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Belgium to repatriate children held in Al-Hol Syrian refugee camp [Video]

Belgium to repatriate children held in Al-Hol Syrian refugee camp

Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said 30 to 50 children located in a refugee camp in northeastern Syria would be brought to Belgium.

Credit: Euronews English     Duration: 01:45Published
Belgian city of Ghent trains single mothers be childcare workers [Video]

Belgian city of Ghent trains single mothers be childcare workers

Single mothers in Ghent are being trained up for free as childcare workers, part of a project using EU funds to help fight child poverty.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 02:45Published
Belgium’s slow rollout ‘absurd’ with so many vaccines made in the country [Video]

Belgium’s slow rollout ‘absurd’ with so many vaccines made in the country

"It is absurd and a bit surreal that vaccines produced here in Belgium end up more easily in the UK or in Israel."

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Crowds defy restrictions, party in Belgian park [Video]

Crowds defy restrictions, party in Belgian park

Warm weather brought crowds of young people out to party in a Belgian park on Wednesday with most abandoning their face masks and ignoring social distancing guidelines, despite government COVID rules.

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Foreign envoys of 24 nations arrive in JandK to assess ground situation [Video]

Foreign envoys of 24 nations arrive in JandK to assess ground situation

A batch of foreign envoys arrived in Srinagar on February 17. They have come for a two-day visit to the union territory of JandK to assess the on-ground situation. This is the third such visit since..

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Surprise porcupine twins at Belgian zoo [Video]

Surprise porcupine twins at Belgian zoo

Newborn twin porcupines were settling into their enclosure at a Belgian zoo on Thursday.

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Twin pandas play in their first snow at Belgian zoo [Video]

Twin pandas play in their first snow at Belgian zoo

Twin pandas at a Belgian zoo discovered the joys of playing in the snow.

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Paris terror attacks: Belgian hearing into accomplices begins [Video]

Paris terror attacks: Belgian hearing into accomplices begins

A court in Brussels begins its hearing into the 20 people accused of aiding and abetting the terrorists involved in the 2015 attacks in the French capital.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:51Published
'It's not right what's going on': Anti-lockdown protests continue in Belgium, Austria and Slovenia [Video]

'It's not right what's going on': Anti-lockdown protests continue in Belgium, Austria and Slovenia

Resistance is growing after nearly a year of restrictions on businesses, travel, and community life.

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EU requests inspection of AstraZeneca vaccine production in Belgium [Video]

EU requests inspection of AstraZeneca vaccine production in Belgium

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The Circular Economy, taking elevator pitches to new heights - and getting in the Christmas Spirit [Video]

The Circular Economy, taking elevator pitches to new heights - and getting in the Christmas Spirit

On Euronews' Business Line this month, the Belgian cooperative that transforms waste into desirable designer products, the Dubai event taking elevator pitches to new heights. Plus, the toy companies..

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Coronavirus pandemic: Belgium bans leisure travel until March [Video]

Coronavirus pandemic: Belgium bans leisure travel until March

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Two Belgian friends take on 'social distancing' patrol [Video]

Two Belgian friends take on 'social distancing' patrol

Two Belgian men left unemployed by the coronavirus pandemic have reinvented themselves as the "COVID boys", disinfecting public surfaces and patrolling Brussels to encourage social distancing and mask..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:46Published
Aunt of Black man who died after arrest in Belgium: We want justice [Video]

Aunt of Black man who died after arrest in Belgium: We want justice

More than a hundred people were arrested and five police officers were wounded in Brussels, Belgium, following violent protests on January 13 over the death of Ibrahima Barrie. Barrie, a 23-year-old..

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Tin Tin artwork expected to raise more than 2.6m euros at Paris auction [Video]

Tin Tin artwork expected to raise more than 2.6m euros at Paris auction

The print shows the famous Belgian journalist being scared senseless by a Chinese dragon.

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Meals on wheels: Belgian restaurants owner adapts to Covid-19 measures [Video]

Meals on wheels: Belgian restaurants owner adapts to Covid-19 measures

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 01:36Published
Coronavirus: Belgium lockdown measures to continue for two more weeks [Video]

Coronavirus: Belgium lockdown measures to continue for two more weeks

Lockdown measures

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Belgium to launch new coronavirus vaccine strategy amid criticism for a slow roll-out [Video]

Belgium to launch new coronavirus vaccine strategy amid criticism for a slow roll-out

With many EU countries struggling to get people vaccinated against COVID-19 as fast as citizens might like, Belgium is re-evaluating its strategy.

Credit: Euronews English     Duration: 01:49Published

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In biggest-ever drug haul in Chennai, contraband worth Rs 1.65 crore seized

The two parcels that arrived from Belgium and Netherlands at the Foreign Post office in Chennai contained a total of 5,210 ecstasy pills, 100 grams of MDMA crystals and 1 gram of Methaqualone, with..
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Massive Brawl Breaks Out at Belgian Beach, Cops Versus Rowdy Public

Americans are far from the only ones going stir-crazy -- because chaos can be found anywhere these days ... notably, Belgium, where cops are fighting their own citizens. Check out this insane brouhaha..
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Black EU lawmaker says victim of police violence in Brussels

A black European Union lawmaker said on Wednesday she was a victim of "extremely traumatic" police violence outside a Brussels railway station, and lodged a complaint against Belgian police.
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Germans off to sunny Spain as Europe loosens border lockdown

European nations eased border controls on Monday as coronavirus cases declined after three months of lockdown, with German tourists heading for Mallorca and French bargain-hunters streaming into..
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Sunseekers and cigarette runs: Europe starts to reopen borders

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Leopold not to blame for Congo abuse, Belgian king's brother says

The brother of Belgium's king joined a swelling debate about its past on Friday by saying that King Leopold II, under whose rule millions of Congolese were killed or maimed, could not have "made people..
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Belgian prince fined for breaching quarantine rules in Spain

Spain has fined Belgium's Prince Joachim 10,400 euros ($11,800) for breaking quarantine rules last month during a trip to the country, where he tested positive for the coronavirus, a Spanish government..
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Should we remove statues of Congo's coloniser king, Belgian councillor asks

A Brussels councillor has urged a debate on what to do with statues of Belgian King Leopold II, the brutal coloniser of what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo, which have been defaced by..
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Defaced statue of Belgian colonial king taken away, future unclear

A statue in Belgium of King Leopold II that was daubed with paint and burnt during protests inspired by the death of black American George Floyd was removed on Tuesday for possible renovation.
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Belgian aged 103 walking marathon to raise funds for COVID-19 research

A 103-year-old Belgian doctor is walking a marathon around his garden in daily stages to raise money for research into the new coronavirus, inspired by a centenarian who became a hero in Britain for..
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Belgians return to bars and restaurants but not without virus fears

Sitting at the Roy d'Espagne terrace on the Grand Place in Brussels, Ian Panne enjoyed his first beer in a restaurant after Belgium eased almost 12 weeks of coronavirus lockdown.
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Inspired by U.S. protests, some Belgians want colonial king statues removed

Inspired by global protests at the death of unarmed black American George Floyd, some 30,000 people in Belgium have signed two petitions to remove statues of the country's colonial-era King Leopold II,..
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Belgium to reopen businesses on June 8, borders on June 15

Belgium will allow almost all businesses to reopen on June 8, including cafes and bars, following its lockdown to combat the coronavirus, the country's prime minister said on Wednesday, although social..
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Belgian prince tests positive for coronavirus after attending gathering in Spain

A nephew of Belgium's King Philippe, Prince Joachim, has tested positive for coronavirus after attending a party in Spain, which Spanish media said broke lockdown rules because of the number of people..
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Belgium to restart cross-border family visits from May 30

Belgium will allow cross-border travel to visit family members in neighbouring countries from Saturday, in a slight easing of travel restrictions imposed to curb the coronavirus, the interior minister..
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Drought adds to Belgian farmers' coronavirus misery

As coronavirus lockdowns disrupt food supply chains and shuttered restaurants curb demand for some of their produce, Belgium's farmers are grappling with another crisis - drought.
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France, Italy, Belgium act to stop use of hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 on safety fears

France, Italy and Belgium acted to halt the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat patients suffering from COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus, amid questions about the safety of the..
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Twenty-six people arrested in France and Belgium over truck deaths

The French prosecutor's office said on Wednesday that 26 people had been arrested in France and Belgium in connection with the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants found in the back of a truck near London..
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Belgian rail tests sensors to keep workers apart during COVID-19

Belgium's railways are testing smart cameras with sensors to ensure its workers wear masks and maintain their distance to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
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Belgium will not return to tough lockdown: minister

Belgium will not return to the strict measures imposed for nearly two months to combat the coronavirus outbreak even if there is a second wave of COVID-19 cases, the country's interior minister has..
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Ancient Belgian watermill sees flour demand spike during lockdown

As Europeans have sought stress relief from baking while under lockdown, one of Belgium's last watermills still producing flour has seen a surge in demand for its produce.
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Back to school for Belgian children with face masks and temperature checks

Some children, many with face masks, returned to school on Friday as Belgium further eased a two-month coronavirus lockdown.
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Belgian Trappists reopen tap for beer sales as lockdown eases

Belgian Trappist monks who brew one of the world's most coveted beers have reopened for business after a two-month break, though COVID-19 restrictions mean they can only supply local rather than..
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UK says Belgium is worse on COVID-19 deaths per million

The United Kingdom is on a similar level to France, Italy and Spain on COVID-19 deaths per million but Belgium is worse, a junior British health minister said on Thursday.
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Congolese citizens bring civil action in Belgium against passport maker

Congolese citizens and international campaign groups have filed a civil action in Belgium against passport manufacturer Semlex, which is being investigated by prosecutors for possible money laundering..
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Belgium set to reopen schools, markets, museums and zoos

Belgian schools will partially reopen and markets, museums and zoos will also be allowed to operate again from next Monday, Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes said on Wednesday, in a further easing of the..
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Gloved and masked, Belgians head back into shops after lockdown

Belgium allowed most of its shops to reopen on Monday with strict hygiene rules for customers, following in the footsteps of Spain in an easing of its eight-week lockdown as the number of COVID-19..
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Belgian chefs lay down jackets to protest at lockdown

Hundreds of chefs' jackets were laid down in the center of Brussels on Thursday to highlight the plight of hotels, restaurants and cafes that have been shuttered for nearly two months during the..
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Belgian, U.S. scientists look to llama in search for COVID-19 treatment

A llama called Winter could prove useful in the hunt for a treatment for COVID-19, according to U.S. and Belgian scientists who have identified a tiny particle that appears to block the new..
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Belgium to open shops and allow Mother's Day meetings

Belgian shops will be allowed to open from Monday and people will be able to host others at their homes from Sunday, opening the door for Mother's Day celebrations, Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes said on..
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Deaf Belgians demand transparent masks for lip-reading during coronavirus

As Belgium obliges people to wear face masks on public transport and recommends them elsewhere to limit the spread of the coronavirus, deaf people are calling for transparent masks to allow them to..
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Booze bonanza for shops masks beer and spirits downturn

When Lionel Platteuw started planning how he would cope under Belgium's coronavirus lockdown, there was one item he wanted to make sure he had enough of - alcohol.
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Masked Belgians start cautious exit from lockdown

Belgium began a cautious easing of its coronavirus lockdown on Monday, allowing some businesses to reopen while obliging passengers on public transport to wear a mask under a new rule to reduce the..
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Belgian elderly get a lift from cherry-picking platforms

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Belgian hospitals admitted the lowest number of COVID-19 patients since the start of the lockdown almost seven weeks ago, figures showed on Monday, a week before the country starts to ease..
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A pregnant Belgian woman diagnosed with the coronavirus has given birth to a healthy baby daughter - but must now learn to care for her newborn wearing, and sleeping with, a protective mask.
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Belgium set for phased easing of lockdown from May 4

Belgium plans to allow a gradual easing of coronavirus restriction measures from May 4, with a series of phases of further re-opening during the course of the month.
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Coronavirus can cause extra delirium, but 'no catastrophe' in Belgian psychiatric hospital

From serving more fries to patients to engaging them in sewing face masks, Belgian psychiatric hospitals have carefully adapted their routine to comply with coronavirus restrictions.
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Once victims of their own success, Belgian tourist spots emptied by coronavirus

Belgium's historic city centres of Bruges and Brussels, usually so busy with visitors that authorities have considered limiting tourists, are facing an unprecedented challenge as the coronavirus..
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Belgium says COVID-19 peak passed, starts looking at lockdown exit

Belgium's immediate coronavirus crisis appears to have passed its peak as the number of people admitted to hospitals with COVID-19 fell to its lowest level in a month, health officials said on Monday.
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'I thought I would never wake up,' Belgian doctor says after surviving COVID-19

A Belgian urologist has spoken of his "incredible" experience, having survived COVID-19 and been discharged from intensive care after three weeks in a coma.
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Belgium's traveller community adjusts to lockdown

With travelling the roads a way of life for the Sinti community, Belgian Etienne Charpentier and his family say that having their freedom restricted due to the coronavirus epidemic is hitting them..
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Mass COVID-19 testing underway at stricken Belgian care homes

Belgium has begun testing more than 210,000 residents and staff at nursing homes, which now account for about half of the coronavirus-related deaths in the country.
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Belgium extends coronavirus restrictions until May 3

Belgium has extended measures to control the spread of the coronavirus to May 3, with a slight easing of restrictions to allow home improvement stores and garden centres to open and limited visits to..
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Belgian doctor feels coronavirus lows and highs as neighbours step away, but then applaud

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Stay home, eat chocolate: Belgian chefs celebrate Easter despite coronavirus

Determined chocolatiers and chefs in Belgium have kept producing their Easter delicacies despite the coronavirus lockdown, with specialist chocolate shops remaining open and also doing deliveries.
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