Belgian news in brief, 15 February 2006

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Cardinal backs asylum protest, Cardinal Daneels has lent his backing to Wednesday's protest in Antwerp against the government's handling of long-term asylum seekers. The HOP demonstration (Hope Of Papers) started at abut 4pm at the Groenplaats city square in Antwerp. The protestors are demanding residence permits for asylum seekers who have been awaiting a decision on their application for more than three years.

Cardinal backs asylum protest

Cardinal Daneels has lent his backing to Wednesday's protest in Antwerp against the government's handling of long-term asylum seekers. The HOP demonstration (Hope Of Papers) started at abut 4pm at the Groenplaats city square in Antwerp. The protestors are demanding residence permits for asylum seekers who have been awaiting a decision on their application for more than three years.

Car still popular amid high fuel costs

Despite the high price of fuel, Belgians are still opting to travel with their own car above public transport, bikes or car pooling. However, 50 percent of the population is using their car less due to high price of oil. One in five is cutting other expenses. The study was carried out by research firm AC Nielsen.

Ex-teacher jailed for sex abuse

The Brussels appeals court has sentenced a former teacher to three years jail and a two-year probationary period. The 36-year-old man had sexually abused a 15-year-old female student at a hotel with four other suspects. Leuven Court previously sentenced him to a five-year jail term. The Brussels court suspended two of those years on the condition he undergo psychiatric treatment.

Meningitis at Liège school

A male pupil at the Saint- Georges-sur-Meuse school in Liège has been diagnosed with meningitis. He has been hospitalised, but is said to be recovering well. Children and teachers he came into contact with have undergone preventative treatment.

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