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Belgian news in brief, 22 November 2005

New entrance for Brussels Central

Brussels Central Station is to get a new entrance on the Kunstberg in ongoing renovations. The new entrance is the last phase of the work and is designed to improve passenger flow in peak hours. Rail operator NMBS-SNCB will also extend platforms and improve lighting. The work will take two years and cost EUR 22.5 million.

Parents face trial over baby’s death

The injuries of a seven-month-old baby allegedly killed by her parents were akin to being thrown out of car window travelling at 70kmh, a doctor told Antwerp Court on Tuesday. David B., 30, and Cindy C., 28, are accused or manslaughter, torture and beating their daughter. Baby X was found dead in her bed on 5 December 2002. An attending doctor alerted police. The girl died of severe head injuries.

Lottery to allow football gambling

The National Lottery is planning to accommodate football gambling next season in co-operation with other European countries. Every weekend, gamblers will be able to bet on 15 matches in Belgium and abroad. The lottery wants to provide a legal alternative to illegal gambling. Belgian soccer is currently embroiled in a match-fixing scandal.

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Subject: Belgian news