Dutch news in brief, 12 January 2006

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Fog delays flights, Thick fog across the Netherlands on Thursday led to delays at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. Two landing runways and one take-off runway were operational in the morning. This was reduced to one landing and one take-off runway by 8.30am due to the weather conditions. The fog would dissipate by noon, air traffic control centre LVNL said.

Fog delays flights

Thick fog across the Netherlands on Thursday led to delays at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. Two landing runways and one take-off runway were operational in the morning. This was reduced to one landing and one take-off runway by 8.30am due to the weather conditions. The fog would dissipate by noon, air traffic control centre LVNL said.

Man stabs two women

Police arrested a man, 20, in The Hague late on Wednesday after two women were stabbed. The victims were his ex-girlfriend and her mother, a police spokesperson said. The suspect alleged rammed his car into the vehicle in which he women were sitting at about 10pm. He then stabbed and seriously injured the younger woman. Her mother was brought to hospital with a stab wound to her shoulder. The man surrendered himself at a police station 30 minutes later.

Queen returns home from hospital

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands is recovering well following a knee-replacement operation and left hospital on Thursday. Earlier, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander said his mother is able to walk without crutches. She spent several days convalescing in the Bronovo Hospital in The Hague.

'Nazi' helmets for Dutch supporters

The Dutch football association (KNVB) has criticised the decision by a Dutch company to sell a plastic replica of a WW II German Army helmet to Dutch fans attending the World Cup in Germany this summer. 'Helmpje' is orange in colour with a small Dutch flag on the side. It also bears slogans such as "Go, Holland, Go" and "Attack". Seller Free Time Products insists the helmet is a light-hearted joke.

Island threats to split from province

It is not usual for an island in the Kingdom of the Netherlands to seek status aparte;  the Caribbean island of Aruba was granted this separate status within the Kingdom when it broke away from the Netherlands Antilles in 1986. It is unusual, however, for an island only a few minutes ferry journey from the Dutch mainland to seek a similar arrangement. The local council on Texel (population 13,735) threatened on Tuesday the island may have to split from North Holland Province and apply for separate status or merge with Friesland Province. This is in response to a suggestion by Harry Borghouts, the Queen's representative in Noord Holland, small municipalities should merge into entities with at least 30,000 residents. Texel is the largest and most populous of the Frisian Islands in the Wadden Sea.

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