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Oct 18, 2012

ThromboGenics says main drug cleared for U.S. launch

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – U.S. health regulators have approved ThromboGenics’s main drug, eye treatment Jetrea, clearing the way for the Belgian biotechnology company to make sustainable profits.

ThromboGenics said on Thursday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had cleared use of the drug, also known as ocriplasmin, for treatment of symptomatic vitreomacular adhesion – an aging-related pulling on the retina that can cause loss or distortion of vision.

Oct 9, 2012

EU holds fire on ZTE, Huawei telecom trade case

BRUSSELS, Oct 9 (Reuters) – The European Commission has
delayed a trade case against two Chinese telecom equipment
makers also under scrutiny in the United States, easing tensions
between the European Union and its second-biggest trading
partner.

A U.S. congressional report said on Monday that Huawei
Technologies Co Ltd and ZTE Corp
– the world’s second- and fifth-largest makers of wireless
telecoms gear — were potential security risks and should be
shut out of the U.S. market.

Sep 28, 2012

Heineken wins Tiger battle; focus shifts to F&N fight

SINGAPORE/BRUSSELS, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Heineken NV
won full control of the maker of Tiger beer in a S$7.9
billion ($6.4 billion) deal on Friday, ending a two-month battle
aimed at strengthening the Dutch brewer’s position in
fast-growing Asian beer markets.

Shareholders of Singapore conglomerate Fraser and Neave Ltd
(F&N) backed the sale of their stake in Asia Pacific
Breweries (APB) to the world’s third largest brewer.

Sep 19, 2012

Heineken nears Tiger beer deal after truce with rival

BRUSSELS/SINGAPORE, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Dutch brewer
Heineken NV took a major step towards winning control
of the Tiger beer brand and an Asian brewing network on
Wednesday after a Thai rival accepted the deal.

Billionaire Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi’s Thai Beverage PCL
and TCC Assets Ltd said they would vote in favour of
the sale of Singapore conglomerate Fraser and Neave’s
stake in Asia Pacific Breweries Ltd to Heineken.

Sep 18, 2012

Heineken nears Tiger beer deal after ThaiBev acceptance

BRUSSELS, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Dutch brewer Heineken
took a major step towards taking control of Asia’s
Tiger beer by securing acceptance from a Thai billionaire who
had been viewed for weeks as a spoiling rival.

Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi’s ThaiBev and TCC Assets
Ltd agreed to support the sale of Singapore conglomerate Fraser
and Neave’s stake in Tiger beer maker Asia Pacific
Breweries Ltd to Heineken NV.

Sep 14, 2012

Ford fails to allay Belgian plant closure worries

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Ford (F.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has refused to give unions assurances about the future of the U.S. automaker’s Genk plant, deepening concern among workers that the Belgian factory may be next in line for closure.

Union officials met managers on Thursday as Ford and other carmakers prepare measures to tackle excess production capacity that has swollen with Europe’s five-year market slump.

Sep 11, 2012

Belgium fight back to draw with Croatia

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Belgium recovered from conceding an early goal but failed to capitalise on second-half dominance to draw 1-1 with Croatia in an open and fluid World Cup qualifying match on Tuesday.

The home side, narrow bookmakers’ favourites to win Group A despite their lowly 40th world ranking, fell behind to an Ivan Perisic goal in the sixth minute.

Sep 11, 2012

Soccer-Belgium fight back to draw with Croatia

BRUSSELS, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Belgium recovered from
conceding an early goal but failed to capitalise on second-half
dominance to draw 1-1 with Croatia in an open and fluid World
Cup qualifying match on Tuesday.

The home side, narrow bookmakers’ favourites to win Group A
despite their lowly 40th world ranking, fell behind to an Ivan
Perisic goal in the sixth minute.

Sep 9, 2012

Chance more than planning behind Belgian rebirth

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The players and the coach will not admit it but there is something special about the current Belgian football side and they should really be targeting something more than merely qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.

Belgian media and the public are waking up to the fact that they have a potentially golden generation after a dry period of a dozen years without a World Cup or Euro finals presence.

Sep 9, 2012

Soccer-Chance more than planning behind Belgian rebirth

BRUSSELS, Sept 9 (Reuters) – The players and the coach will
not admit it but there is something special about the current
Belgian soccer side and they should really be targeting
something more than merely qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.

Belgian media and the public are waking up to the fact that
they have a potentially golden generation after a dry period of
a dozen years without a World Cup or Euro finals presence.

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      "I am responsible for Reuters news out of Belgium and Luxembourg, which has led to many long nights outside parliament in Brussels awaiting news of fraught coalition talks and state bailouts of Belgian banks. I have previously worked in London, Amsterdam, where my work included consumer electronics group Philips and the Lockerbie trial, and Berlin, where I covered the Hamburg trials of suspected September 11 conspirators."
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