Belgian news in brief, 26 June 2006

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Police search tip for missing girls

Police search tip for missing girls

Police were searching the Intradel rubbish tip at Herstal again on Monday for traces of the missing girls Stacy and Nathalie. Authorities are trying to find pieces of children's clothing. Clothing was found at the tip on Friday and Saturday which are now being examined by forensics. Police were also searching the Maas River again on Monday. Suspect Abdallah Ait Oud will appear in court on Tuesday for a hearing over his possible release. Step-sisters Stacy and Nathalie disappeared in Liège on the night of 9 June.

Belgian prince in Russia trade mission

Crown Prince Filip and Princess Mathilde arrived in Russia on Monday for the start of a week-long trade mission. The prince's entourage were confident there would be no repeat of the heavily-criticised recent trip to South Africa. Prince Filip was accused after the South African trip of showing a lack of interest and preparation. But the prince has assured the media that this trip will be different, saying at Zaventem Airport that six meetings with Belgian business representatives had taken place in preparation for the mission.

Eight Belgians at Wimbledon

Eight Belgians will be competing at this year's Wimbledon championships, which started on Monday. The Belgian challenge will be led by Justine Henin-Hardenne, who will be buoyed by her Eastbourne title win over the weekend. Kim Clijsters will also be competing and is seeded second. Henin-Hardenne is seeded third. Both are still looking for their first Wimbledon crown. The third female is Kirsten Flipkens. Five Belgians are taking part in the men's singles: Olivier Rochus, Kristof Vliegen, Xavier Malisse, Christophe Rochus and Dick Norman.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

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