Belgian news in brief, 9 May 2006

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New focus on Asian foreign policy

New focus on Asian foreign policy

Foreign Minister Karel De Gucht has officially focused Belgium's foreign policy in Asia on India and Thailand. The new policy document envisions a more structured approach to Belgium's relations with the two increasingly important trading partners. He said "diversified and intelligent policies" will make it easier for Belgian business to invest in Asia and attract Asian investors to Belgium. The Liberal VLD minister has often stressed the importance of gearing foreign policy to the country's economy interests.

Moroccan family targeted in arson attack

The house of a Moroccan family with six children was targeted in an arson attack on Monday night. Firelighters and a burning cloth were pushed into the letterbox of the house, located on the Kortrijksestraat in Heule. But the family was awoken by falling debris and escaped to safety. Firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading. Police are investigating the incident.

Man fined for smoking in public building

Ghent Court convicted on Tuesday a 28-year-old man for smoking in a public building. He was given the minimum sentence of a EUR 143 fine. The man lit a cigarette in the Ghent juvenile court, which is a non-smoking building like other government buildings. When asked to butt the cigarette out, the man refused. He also refused to pay the minimum on-the-spot fine and was summonsed to court, where he was eventually fined EUR 143.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

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