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by Euro Reporter
2009-08-13 09:11:02
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Yves Leterme on first overseas trip

Yves Leterme (Flemish Christian democrat) is on a 4 day trip in Asia. This is his first official trip as federal minister of foreign affairs. Mr Leterme is visiting Vietnam and Singapore.

The choice of countries in Asia was not arbitrary. "Both countries will play an important role during the European Asian Summit in October 2010," said Yves Leterme at his departure from Belgium.
On the first day in Hanoi Foreign Minister Leterme went sightseeing. He was also presented with a traditional Vietnamese headdress (photo above).

Mr Leterme is holding talks with his Vietnamese colleague Pham Gia Khiem and has a visit to the Belgian company IBA on his agenda today. Tomorrow he will hold talks with the Prime Minister of Vietnam Nguyen Tan Dung.


Deckers to remain in custody

The 23-year-old Antwerp woman that helped three prisoners escape from Bruges Prison last month has been officially detained by the judicial authorities. Lesley Deckers was picked up by police yesterday at a friend’s home in the Limburg municipality of Beringen.

Detectives were able to trace Lesley Deckers through her mobile phone. She was staying with a female Moroccan friend in an area of Beringen with a population made up mainly of people of Turkish descent. It was the local community police officer that made the link between Ms Deckers and the Moroccan woman living on his beat.

Ms Deckers was taken across the country to the West Flemish town of Veurne where she was questioned at length by the officers from the Judicial Police Service. She then appeared before an Examining Magistrate in Brugge. The Examining Magistrate officially detained Ms Deckers for further questioning. If convicted, Lesley Deckers could face up to 30 years in gaol.


Prince Laurent has left hospital

Prince Laurent of the Belgians has returned home after receiving treatment for pneumonia at a Brussels hospital. The Royal Palace confirmed on Tuesday that Prince Laurent, the youngest son of King Albert and Queen Paola, had been admitted to the Saint-Luc Hospital in Brussels for pneumonia. The prince was in Sardinia on holiday with his family when he fell ill.

According to the Royal Palace spokesman Prince Laurent  returned to Belgium because he wanted to be treated here instead of abroad. Prince Laurent interrupted his family holiday in Sardinia on Sunday to return to Belgium. He was admitted to the Saint-Luc Hospital in the Brussels district of Sint-Lambrechts-Woluwe.

The youngest son of King Albert was given medication, including homeopathic remedies. He is suffering from a mild pneumonia. The prince contracted the pneumonia from his daughter Louise. The 5 year old girl is on the better hand.

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