Dutch news in brief, 11 July 2005

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Srebrenica memorial raises questions

Srebrenica memorial raises questions

An estimated 250 people gathered in The Hague on Monday to remember the victims of Srebrenica, the scene of what is regarded as the worst massacre in Europe since the Second World War. Some of those present carried banners that read "Vergeten is dodelijk" (forgetting is deadly). The UN-designated safe haven of Srebrenica was under the protection of Dutch troops when Serbian soldiers seized the enclave during the Bosnian-Serb war. Some 8,000 Muslim men and boys were subsequently murdered. Tens of thousands of people attended a ceremony at Potocari, the scene of the killings 10 years ago. Grieving relatives buried more than 600 newly identified dead from the massacre, the BBC reported.

VNU makes billion dollar purchase

Dutch media and information firm VNU has agreed to buy American data provider IMS Health Inc. for USD 6.3 billion (EUR 5.24 billion). The deal will make VNU - already the owner of market researcher ACNielsen — the world's biggest provider of health care market information. The full value of the transaction, including debt, comes to USD 7 billion. "This merger of two industry leaders gives us the scale and capabilities to meet growing client demand for the must-have market intelligence that drives critical business decisions," VNU CEO Rob van den Bergh said. Van den Burgh will be CEO of the combined company.

Dutch cyclist dies in French Alps

A 35-year-old Groningen man has died during a cycling race in the French Alps. He slid off the road coming round a hairpin bend on de Alpe d' Huez on Saturday, fell 10 metres over the edge and landed on a concrete pillar. He died instantly, a spokesperson for cycling club De Kannibaal said on Monday.

Arnhem school destroyed by fire

A primary school in Arnhem has been totally destroyed by fire that broke out on Sunday night. People living near the school on the Bronbeeklaan had to leave their homes due to the smoke generated by the blaze. Eight units of the fire brigade battled the flames and brought the fire under control by 4am. The pupils at the school have been on vacation for a week.

R'dam tunnel closed over suicide threat

Police closed off both sides of the Maas tunnel for several hours on Monday morning when a "confused" man rang the emergency number and threatened to kill himself. It was unclear how he intended to do this so officers decided to keep other motorists out of the tunnel. After several hours the man was taken way and a imitation firearm was found in his car.  Traffic was allowed back into the tunnel by 8.45am.

Dutch prisoner kills himself

A Dutchman serving a life imprisonment in a prison in India committed suicide on Sunday, the Indian press agency PTI has reported. The man was sentenced in Bihar state in the east of India last year on charges of possessing 70 kilos of cannabis.

Wheelchair thief runs away

Staff in a shop in Dutch town of Leuth got a big surprise when they stopped a suspected thief who was in a wheelchair. man who was in a wheelchair. As the police were being called, the man got up out of the chair and ran off. He was found a short time later hiding behind some bushes and was handed over to the police.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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