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World Cup: Football fans split at France-Belgium border

Who to support in the first World Cup semi-final between France and Belgium? For some, who live on the border between France and Belgium, it’s not an easy choice. One bar in Quiévrain, on the Belgian side, is preparing to welcome a mix of both neighbours.

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Belgium wary of Mbappe ahead of World Cup semi-final

Belgium say they’re confident heading into the World Cup quarter-finals against France after a victory against Brazil, but say the match won’t be easy, with Belgian midfielder Nacer Chadli comparing French forward Kylian Mbappe to Argentina star Lionel Messi.

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Here are the top stories for Friday, July 6th: China retaliates against the U.S. in a trade war; Mike Pence defends ICE; Belgian fans celebrate their World Cup win; Hot air balloons take to the Russian sky for an international festival.

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Belgian fans watch World Cup quarter final against Brazil

Belgians watch their national team take on Brazil in the World Cup quarter finals. IMAGES

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Beer per goal: Belgian bistro in Rio ready for Brazil showdown

A Belgian bistro in Rio de Janeiro prepares for a big crowd to watch the World Cup quarter-finals game against Brazil, offering a free beer for every goal either side scores.

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Beligum fans watch match against Japan in Brussels

Belgian fans watch Belgium go up against Japan in the 2018 World Cup last 16. IMAGES of fans watching the match

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Live interview Peter Muyshondt (adjunct-korpschef en Directeur Operaties bij de Belgische politie)

Peter is deputy chief of police and Director of Operations at the Belgian police in Brecht. For years he fought in the front line of the war on drugs and believed he was serving society doing so. Meanwhile, his brother Tom was struggling with an addiction to hard drugs. In 2006 he died of an overdose of heroin, cocaine and medicines. Muyshondt wrote a moving book about his relationship with Tom, ‘We were brothers’ (2015), and increasingly doubted the validity of the drug war. In his second book ‘Policy on speed – How the drug war stifles all sense of reason’ (2017), he argues in favor of legalizing all drugs. In doing so, he does what no Dutch colleague dares, in a country where the taboos around drugs are much stronger than in the Netherlands.
Peter is adjunct-korpschef en Directeur Operaties bij de Belgische politie in Brecht. Jarenlang streed hij in de frontlinie van de war on drugs en geloofde dat hij de maatschappij daarmee een dienst bewees. Ondertussen kampte zijn broer Tom met een verslaving aan hard drugs. In 2006 overleed hij aan een overdosis heroïne, cocaïne en medicijnen. Muyshondt schreef het aangrijpende boek ‘Broers waren we’ (2015) en ging steeds meer twijfelen aan het nut van de drugsoorlog. In zijn tweede boek ‘Beleid op speed – Hoe de drugsoorlog alle zin voor rede versmoort’ (2017) pleit hij voluit voor legalisering van alle drugs. Daarmee doet hij wat geen enkele Nederlandse collega durft, in een land waar de taboes rond drugs veel groter zijn dan hier.

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