• Belgium's former King meets estranged daughter for first time
    BRUSSELS, October 27 (Reuters): Belgium's former King Albert has met his daughter Delphine for the first time, after she won a seven-year legal battle to prove that he is her father, earning recognition as a princess. The two met Albert's wife, Queen Paola, last Sunday at their royal residence, the Belvedere castle, in the Brussels suburb of Laeken, the royal household said on Tuesday. "This Sunday October 25, a new chapter has opened, filled with emotions, calm
  • Holocaust survivor and Nazi sympathiser's son forge friendship in Belgium
    BRUSSELS, October 23 (Reuters): More than seven decades ago, their families were divided by war and hatred - Koenraad Tinel, the son of a Nazi sympathiser, and Simon Gronowski, a Holocaust survivor who lost his mother and sister to Auschwitz. Now the two men, both in their 80s, have forged a close friendship that has become a symbol of reconciliation in their native Belgium. "Koen and I were two children crushed by a war we did not understand," Gronowski, a lawyer
  • Belgium arrests three Rwandans in connection with 1994 genocide
    BRUSSELS, October 6 (Reuters): Belgium's federal prosecutor's office said on Tuesday it had arrested three people of Rwandan origin who were charged with serious violations of international law linked to the 1994 genocide. The arrests come as survivors of the genocide have demanded an acceleration in the pace of international justice, and Belgium, the former colonial power in Burundi and Congo as well as Rwanda, seeks to do more to come to terms with its past. Milita
  • Belgium's new princess asks nothing of estranged family
    Delphine of Saxe-Cobourg was granted the title as a result of a court ruling on Oct 1 after a DNA test showed Belgium's former King Albert II was her father BRUSSELS, October 5 (Reuters):  An artist who won a legal battle to prove that Belgium's former King Albert II is her father said on Monday she was not expecting anything from her new family, after a court last week made her a princess. Delphine of Saxe-Cobourg was granted the title as a result of a cou
  • 20,000 paper birds help fund COVID-19 units at Belgium hospital
    BRUSSELS, August 10 (Reuters): A flock of 20,000 multicoloured origami birds has been installed in a cathedral in Brussels, Belgium, as part of a fundraising artwork that has paid for two COVID-19 units at a local hospital. Suspended from the ceiling of the medieval Cathedral of Saint Michael and Saint Gudula by thin wires, the paper creations have come from as far afield as Hong Kong, New York and Tokyo, after Belgian designer Charles Kaisin asked people to send in home-made birds,
  • Belgium, once hard-hit, reports zero coronavirus deaths for first time since March
    BRUSSELS, July 14 (Reuters): Belgium, which has reined in the coronavirus after becoming the worst-hit mid-sized country in the world, reported zero new coronavirus-related deaths in 24 hours on Tuesday for the first time since March 10.   As in many European countries that were hard-hit by the pandemic in March and April, Belgium sharply reduced infections by imposing a lockdown, which is now being lifted.   The total number of deaths reported by the nationa
  • Belgian aged 103 walking marathon to raise funds for COVID-19 research
    ROTSELAAR, Belgium, June 9 (Reuters): 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 clocking up the charity miles with a walking frame.   Alfons Leempoels, a retired general practitioner, started his 42.2 km (26.2 miles) journey in the municipality of Rotselaar, north-east of Brussels, on June 1 and plans to complete it