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Using a special keyboard on a computer beside his wheelchair, and with the constant help of speech and physical therapists, Houben can communicate sophisticatedly. "I was only my consciousness and nothing else," he told his doctors. "I'll never forget the day they discovered me. It was my second birth."


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A Belgian man who stunned the world last year by apparently communicating after 23 years in a coma cannot in fact do so, researchers say.


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A Belgian man who doctors thought was in a coma for 23 years was conscious all along, it has been revealed.


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The bishop of the Belgian city of Bruges, Roger Vangheluwe, has resigned after admitting sexual abuse of a boy earlier in his career.


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Belgium's Flemish separatist party, the New Flemish Alliance (NVA), has won more than 20% of the vote in parliamentary elections, according to early unofficial results.


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Pope Benedict has joined mounting Vatican criticism of raids by Belgian police investigating alleged child sex abuse, calling them "deplorable".


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Belgian authorities have raided the headquarters of the Belgian Catholic Church during an investigation into child sex abuse claims.


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Police investigating claims of child abuse by Belgian clergy have told the BBC they are probing death threats against witnesses and magistrates. ... The raid last month on the offices of a Church commission investigating the abuse claims led to some of the country's leading clergy being detained for nine hours. Police took away their mobile telephones to prevent them communicating with their staff or with the Vatican. They were also...


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A Belgian court has ruled that recent raids by police investigating alleged child sex abuse by Catholic priests were illegal.


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Cases of abuse, mostly involving minors, had been found in nearly every diocese, and 13 alleged victims had committed suicide.


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The new head of Belgium's Catholic Church has pledged to focus on the victims of alleged sexual abuse in a first attempt to rebuild public trust.


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