Belgian news in brief, 20 September 2006

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FM condemns Thailand coup, Foreign Minister Karel De Gucht has condemned Tuesday's military coup in Thailand and called for the quick restoration of democracy. The Foreign Ministry urged the 2,000 Belgian nationals in Thailand to stay away from demonstrations. It did not issue a negative travel advice, however, advising tourists instead to keep a close eye on developments.

FM condemns Thailand coup

Foreign Minister Karel De Gucht has condemned Tuesday's military coup in Thailand and called for the quick restoration of democracy. The Foreign Ministry urged the 2,000 Belgian nationals in Thailand to stay away from demonstrations. It did not issue a negative travel advice, however, advising tourists instead to keep a close eye on developments.

Sacked VRT boss paid out

The departure of sacked VRT chief Tony Mary has been settled quicker than expected. Mary, chairman of the board Guy Peeters and Flemish Media Minister Geert Bourgeois reached a deal over Mary's redundancy packet on Wednesday. The sacked public broadcast boss will be paid EUR 775,000 and has agreed against taking any further legal action. The money is about half of what Mary was entitled to.

Top year for migratory butterflies

Up until now, 2006 has been the best year in Flanders for the sighting of migratory butterflies. Not only day butterflies, but nocturnal butterflies are also currently to be seen in Flanders, environmental association Natuurpunt said. Migratory butterflies are not always seen in Flanders. They mainly live in the Mediterranean region or even sub-tropical Africa. But under certain circumstances, such as drought, the butterflies travel thousands of kilometres to the north. They are sometimes seen in Flanders, as the case is this year.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

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