Dutch news in brief, 10 June 2005

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Brad Pitt 'kills' Dutch interview

Brad Pitt 'kills' Dutch interview

Actor Brad Pitt has reportedly blocked Dutch celebrity programme RTL Boulevard from screening an interview he gave to promote his latest movie, Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Pitt – who separated from his wife Jennifer Aniston this year – had emphasised he did not want to talk about rumours he had a relationship with co-star Angelina Jolie. After the interview, Pitt's agent accused the programme of breaking its promises not to ask questions about the rumours and therefore RTL could not use the interview. The comedy about a husband and wife who are both hired assassins opens in the Netherlands on 28 July.

Terror suspects held on remand

Rotterdam Court extended on Friday the remand detention of two men of Iraqi ancestry arrested on terrorist allegations. One of the men is a 32-year-old Dutch national accused of aiding attacks against US forces in the Iraqi city of Falluja. Defence lawyers requested the court free the men, but request was denied.

Cabinet remains firm on WAO

Despite sharp criticism in the Parliament on Thursday, the Cabinet refused on Friday to adjust its planned reform of the WAO worker disability pension scheme. Social Affairs Minister Art Jan de Geus wants private insurance companies to compete with the State social security authority UWV. MPs are opposed to the plan, but De Geus is adamant the new WAO will be introduced on 1 January 2006.

Residents win UMTS battle

Bowing to protests from residents concerned about health affects, telecoms firm KPN has decided against placing a UMTS mast in the Nieuw-Vennep suburb of Getsewoud. Residents compiled a petition with 1,000 signatures and the local council also raised objections to the mast. It is believed to be the first time KPN has backed down on the planned location of a UMTS mast due to protests from residents. KPN will place the mast at another location.

Bank robbed in Nijkerk

Two men smashed open a wall of a bank safe in Nijkerk on Friday morning, escaping with an significant, but unknown, amount of cash from the vault. The men are suspected to have escaped on a moped. Police believe they have found the scooter used in the robbery. A search of the surrounding area has been launched. The robbery took place shortly before opening time.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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