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Belgium reviews smartphone use by troops to counter spying: media

BRUSSELS: Belgium's defense ministry is reviewing restrictions on the use of smartphones by active-duty soldiers on operations to counter potential espionage and data tracking especially by Russia, local media reported on Saturday. A review is underway of all Belgian military and troops operating in Baltic states, including those bordering Russia, should no longer be allowed to use their smartphones in "certain regions and circumstances," news agency Belga said. "We've been investing in prevention and awareness for several…

Sindh, Belgium’s state agency ink MoU for promotion of trade

KARACHI: The Sindh government and Belgium state agency, Wallonia Export-Investment, on Monday inked a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for promotion of trade, investment and jointly working on public–private partnership (PPP) mode in the province. According to a statement, Director Sindh Board of Investment Azeem Uqaili, and Mrs Pascale Delcomminette signed the MoU. Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and ambassador of Belgium Frederic Verheydin were also present on the occasion. Talking to Belgium's…

France vs Belgium who truly own fries?Commission debate turned into a friesful fight!

France beat Belgium at the World Cup but who will win the much more important battle over deep-fried potatoes? The European Commission was pulled into a debate over who owns the humble frite: Belgium or France. August 1 is the international day of Belgian fries, with the frietkot/friterie (chip-stand) a staple of every city and village in Belgium. But France maintains it invented so-called French fries and has its own celebration on July 13. At the daily briefing for reporters on Wednesday, the Commission…

Belgium beat England to secure third place finish

ST PETERSBURG: Belgium beat England 2-0 in the World Cup third-place play-off on Saturday to secure their best ever finish at a World Cup and send Gareth Southgate’s side home with a second straight loss. France will face Croatia in Sunday’s final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. A fourth-minute goal from Thomas Meunier and an 82nd minute Eden Hazard strike earned Belgium the victory and the third-place, which improves on their previous best performance of a fourth-place finish in 1986. England were on top for…

England and Belgium battle for World Cup consolation prize

SAINT PETERSBURG: England face Belgium in the World Cup third-place playoff on Saturday with the tournament's top scorer Harry Kane eyeing the chance to add to his six goals in the meeting of the beaten semi-finalists. Both teams will line up in Saint Petersburg with a sense of what might have been as France and Croatia prepare for Sunday's final in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, but they will want to leave Russia on a high. Tottenham's Kane has the chance to become just the second England player after Gary Lineker in 1986…

Umtiti header sends France into World Cup final

ST PETERSBURG: Samuel Umtiti’s 51st-minute header sent an impressive France into the World Cup final with a 1-0 win over Belgium in an absorbing first semi-final on Tuesday. Didier Deschamps’ side will face England or Croatia in Moscow on Sunday as the French look to lift the trophy for the second time following their triumph on home soil in 1998. In an enthralling tactical match, it was once again a set-piece that proved decisive with Umtiti’s near-post header from an Antoine Griezmann corner settling matters.…

National tensions simmer ahead of Belgium-France World Cup semi-final

PARIS/BRUSSELS: It’s a showdown between “Asterix” and “Tintin”. Les Bleus (The Blues) versus Les Diables Rouges (The Red Devils). France against Belgium. The World Cup equivalent of a local derby, with a heavy dose of national rivalry thrown in. In France, sports shops were rapidly selling out of the national soccer strip on Tuesday as fans got ready for the semi-final showdown in St. Petersburg. In Belgium, mad-keen Diables Rouges supporters were jumping on last-minute flights to Russia. Bars, cafes and restaurants in…

Belgium and France World Cup semi-final history

ST PETERSBURG: Belgium and France meet in the World Cup semi-final at the Saint Petersburg Stadium on Tuesday. It will be only the second semi-final appearance for Belgium, but for France it is a sixth. BELGIUM - Belgium’s only previous semi-final appearance came at the 1986 finals, where Diego Maradona turned on the second half magic and ensured for Argentina a place in the final with both goals in a 2-0 victory. - In that tournament, Belgium squeezed through the first round in third place in their group after…

Fearless France ready to show Belgium’s Henry he picked wrong side

France will go into their World Cup semi-final against neighbours Belgium with a “hunger to win” and a desire to show their 1998 World Cup winner Thierry Henry that he picked the wrong side, forward Olivier Giroud said on Sunday. Retired French striker Henry is now a member of the Belgian coaching staff. The two sides will meet on Tuesday to decide who plays in July 15’s World Cup final. “It is bizarre to have Thierry against us in this match,” Giroud told reporters. “I would be very proud to show Thierry that he chose…

Lukaku shows he is capable of more than just scoring

MOSCOW: Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku moved closer to his desire to be considered more of an all-round footballer with an assist that set up Kevin De Bruyne for the decisive goal in Friday’s World Cup quarter-final win over Brazil. The powerfully built striker showed a quick turn of pace as he moved out of defence after Belgium won possession from a corner, crossing the halfway line and driving up field before feeding De Bruyne, who then advanced a few metres before striking a superb shot into the corner. It ensured Belgium…