Dutch news in brief, 1 June 2006

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Commandos battle Taliban, Dutch commandos were attacked by suspected Taliban fighters in the north of Uruzgan Province of Afghanistan on Thursday morning. Commander in Chief Dick Berlijn said there was a heavy exchange of fire. Dutch Apache helicopters were called in and fired on the attackers, forcing them to withdraw. Berlijn said none of the Dutch soldiers were injured and the situation appeared to be under control. The Netherlands has sent an advance party to Uruzgan to prepare for the arrival of 1,400

Commandos battle Taliban

Dutch commandos were attacked by suspected Taliban fighters in the north of Uruzgan Province of Afghanistan on Thursday morning. Commander in Chief Dick Berlijn said there was a heavy exchange of fire. Dutch Apache helicopters were called in and fired on the attackers, forcing them to withdraw. Berlijn said none of the Dutch soldiers were injured and the situation appeared to be under control. The Netherlands has sent an advance party to Uruzgan to prepare for the arrival of 1,400 troops as part of an international stabilisation force.

Foreign doctors are leaving, MPs warn

MPs of the three coalition government parties asked Health Minister Hans Hoogervorst to prevent foreign doctors leaving the Netherlands for Britain and Germany. The complaint mainly relates to doctors who have been granted asylum in the Netherlands. Many find it almost impossible to get work here despite an expected shortage in the years ahead because of complicated rules and a long registration system. A new policy was introduced last year but MPs say it has only made the problem worse. Hoogervorst said it is too early to evaluate the effectiveness of the new system.

Taïda sues Verdonk

Kosovar schoolgirl Taïda Pasic has lodged a damages claim against Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk arising from an article in newspaper 'De Telegraaf'. Verdonk informed the newspaper that Pasic had made false use of a tourist visa to return to the Netherlands to complete her schooling. Her family had accepted money to leave after they were denied asylum. Pasic left the Netherlands in recently and has been sitting her exams in the Dutch Embassy in Sarajevo. Earlier this week the Data Protection Authority (CBP) said Verdonk breached privacy laws by revealing information from Pasic's file. Parliament has asked the Minister to explain her actions.  

Christian parties fall out

The small Christian SGP and ChristenUnie parties have stopped cooperating with each other in Friesland Province. Both parties blame each other for the decision to field separate candidate lists in the provincial elections next year. The number of seats on the provincial council has been reduced from 55 to 43. This means the SGP/CU combination could only count on winning two seats. Their combined list won three in the last election.

Boy (5) drives over mother

A boy, 5, drove over his mother with the family car in IJsselstein on Wednesday. The woman left the boy momentarily in the car with the engine running. The young boy climbed out of his child seat, got behind the steering wheel and got the car to move. His mother was trapped under the wheel and had to be freed by the Fire Department. She was brought to hospital. Her son was very upset, police said.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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