Belgian news in brief, 19 May 2006

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Buddhists request official recognition

Buddhists request official recognition

Belgian Buddhists have requested official recognition from Justice Minister Laurette Onkelinx. The Socialist PS minister is expected to grant the request. The Buddhist Union of Belgium said it wants recognition for Buddhism as a "non-confessional religion", rather than as a religion in the strict sense of the word. Belgium already has six official religions, Roman Catholicism, Anglicanism, Protestantism, Judaism, Islam and Orthodox Christianity. There are an estimated 50,000 Buddhists in Belgium.

Child, 8, 'sexually assaulted by pupils'

An eight-year-old child was sexually assaulted at a school in the Ottignies region on Tuesday. The culprits are allegedly two pupils aged nine and 11. The crime took place during the midday break on a playground out of sight of staff. The Nijvel public prosecution office is investigating the case. The school has a reputation for being one of the best in Wallonian Brabant.

Traffic delays in Brussels

Long traffic delays were being reported in Brussels on Friday after fragments from the Finance Tower fell to the ground. The Madou and Kruidtuin tunnels were on the Koekelberg-bound lanes were closed. The south-bound lanes of the Rogier tunnel were also closed. The Finance Tower is currently surrounded in scaffolding.

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