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China's Xi begins Belgium visit on last leg of Europe tour

Chinese leader Xi Jinping began a three-day visit to Belgium Sunday on the last leg of his European tour that will include meeting the Belgian royals and seeing giant pandas ahead of an historic EU visit, the first ever by a Chinese president. Xi was welcomed at the airport by Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo and he is set to go to the royal palace in central Brussels to meet Belgium's King Philippe and Queen Mathilde.

Ex Belgian king says 923,000 euros not enough to live on

Albert II, the Belgian king who abdicated in July, believes his yearly state allowance of 923,000 euros is too little to live on and wants an increase, press reports said Thursday. "He says he has not been treated as he had hoped and that he now finds himself in difficulty," one unnamed source told Le Soir daily. Up until his abdication after 20 years as king, Albert enjoyed a tax-free allowance of 11.5 million euros ($15 million) to pay for the upkeep of the royal household.

Bus carrying Russian tourists crashes in Belgium, 5 killed

A bus carrying a group of Russian youngsters crashed near Antwerp in northern Belgium on Sunday, killing at least five people, Russia’s Federal Tourism Agency spokeswoman Irina Shchegolkova said.“According to information available to us, five have died: the bus driver, the tour guide, the head of the group and two teenagers while 17 were injured, including five in grave condition,” Shchegolkova said referring to a report from the Belgium crisis center."According to their information, the bus was carrying 43 people,” Shchegolkova said.
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