Postcard from... Brussels

Postcard from... Belgium

Stroke-hit Andrew Marr to return to full-time presenting, says BBC

Broadcaster Andrew Marr will return full-time to his presenting duties in the autumn following his recovery from a major stroke, the BBC confirmed today.

King Albert II and Queen Paola in Liège yesterday

The Belgian King’s brief? Unite a divided nation

The new Belgian monarch is a former fighter pilot – and he will have a scrap on his hands trying to maintain the unity of this hybrid country

Mr Miliband said he and Mr Balls both briefly dated Ms Flanders in the 1990s

I did go out with BBC economics editor Stephanie Flanders, admits Ed Miliband... and so does Ed Balls

For nearly 20 years they have been colleagues and rivals – rising up the ranks of the Labour party from humble advisers to become two of the biggest beasts in the political jungle.

Delphine Boël claims she was born as the result of a royal affair

Artist claims she is Belgian king’s daughter, court hears

Delphine Boël, 45, wants a Brussels court to order Albert II and two of his three children to undergo blood tests to prove they are related

The artist Delphine Delphine Boël and, right, the man she claims is her father, King Albert II of Belgium

Royal family affair: Artist demands DNA to prove she’s king’s daughter

Delphine Boël in court bid to prove that the Belgian monarch Albert II is her father

Postcard from... Brussels

Postcard from... Brussels

Belgians living in areas completely isolated due to the bubonic plague can finally breathe a sigh of relief: soon they will be able to get online and petition to have a law banning them from writing a will struck down.

Slovakian cyclist Peter Sagan was caught pinching the bottom of a podium girl today

Peter Sagan says sorry for bottom pinch: 'I promise to act more respectfully in the future'

Cyclist was widely criticised for his actions at the Ronde of Flanders classic

Slovakian cyclist Peter Sagan was caught pinching the bottom of a podium girl today

Slovakian cyclist Peter Sagan criticised for pinching the bottom of podium girl after Tour de Flanders

He is an athlete more normally known for his dedication to his sport – and his talent on a bike. In fact, before today, perhaps the most notable thing about Slovakian cyclist Peter Sagan was his reputation for wacky victory celebrations: doing the running man or impersonating the Incredible Hulk to mark a win.

Postcard from... Brussels

When a cashier offered me a free macaroon to mark International Women’s Day in the canteen of the European Parliament on Friday, I didn’t think much of it. I didn’t eat it – it looked like it had been sitting out all day – but I certainly wasn’t offended.

War is never glorious, so why we do we bully those who protest against poppy culture?

A student refused to lay a poppy wreath last Sunday

Belgian Crown Prince at heart of royal scandal

This time, Belgium's royal family came out swinging. Crown Prince Philippe, 52, had been depicted in a book as less of a man than is needed to become the next king of Belgium. Again.

Former rivals Tom Boonen (left) and Mark Cavendish are set to team up under Quick Step director Brian Holm

Cycling: How his Belgian 'family' succeeded in tempting Mark Cavendish away from Sky

Brian Holm, Cav's former HTC team director, explains how he lured Manxman to Omega outfit and claims he'll be inspired by being team-mates with old pal Tom Boonen. Alasdair Fotheringham asks the questions

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She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

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A fresh take on an old foe

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Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

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Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall...

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Europe's biggest steampunk convention

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Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

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Kacey Musgraves: Nashville's hottest new star

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Soldier-poet Brian Turner on his new memoir

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The Last Word: Tumbleweed through deserted stands and suites at Wembley

If supporters begin to close bank accounts, switch broadband suppliers or shun satellite sales, their voices will be heard. It’s time for revolution