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BELGIUM'S LINGUISTIC divisions may be gently propelling the country towards subdividing into two none too friendly states, French-speaking Wallonia and Dutch-speaking Flanders, but Belgium still has a heart - and that's official.

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Invisible people

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Cheesed off

Letter from a low country

Shot at dawn: the scared young men who lied to fight in Flanders

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THE BROADER PICTURE

Rominger's record attempt: Cycling

Tony Rominger is to attempt to win back the world one-hour record held by Chris Boardman later this year. The Italian bike maker Ernesto Colnago have prepared a special bike for the 36-year-old Swiss rider. The date and place will be decided after tests on Saturday and Monday.

THOSE OTHER FLEMISH CITIES

One OF the advantages of such a small country as Belgium is that it never takes any time to get anywhere. If you find yourself tiring of the coachloads of tourists in Bruges, you can easily pop across to the other Flemish cities of Belgian Flanders which in many respects are equally intriguing, if not quite as picturesque.

European football: Belgian FA under fire

The Belgian Football Union president, Michel D'Hooghe, said yesterday he might resign over the way the Union handled the nomination of the new national coach, Georges Leekens.

Get your skates on

Winter blues may be getting to you, but the freeze is perfect for a mobile party along the Bruges-Sluis canal.

Strife eats at the core of Belgian state

Scandals fuel separatist fire

Belgian protest goes on despite justice promise

Belgium's justice minister pledged to reinforce inquiries into the country's child sex and murder scandals yesterday as nationwide protests continued over the sacking of the judge leading investigations.
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