Dutch news in brief, 17 February 2005

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Home prices rise again, The average price of a house in the Netherlands rose by 2.2 percent in January compared with the month earlier. The average price increased from EUR 210,150 to EUR 214,758 during that period, land registry Kadaster reported on Thursday. Generally, house prices peak in December and fall back slightly in January, Kadaster said. This time round the trend was bucked as prices rose in the North Holland, Utrecht, Gelderland and North Brabant provinces. A drop in prices was recorded in oth

Home prices rise again

The average price of a house in the Netherlands rose by 2.2 percent in January compared with the month earlier. The average price increased from EUR 210,150 to EUR 214,758 during that period, land registry Kadaster reported on Thursday. Generally, house prices peak in December and fall back slightly in January, Kadaster said. This time round the trend was bucked as prices rose in the North Holland, Utrecht, Gelderland and North Brabant provinces. A drop in prices was recorded in other provinces.

Dutch tsunami toll now 20

The number of Dutch victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami has risen to 20, the Foreign Ministry in The Hague said on Thursday. The latest victim was reported in Thailand by the Dutch identification team. The ministry said there are still about 15 Dutch nationals listed as missing, news agency ANP reported. These people are presumed to have died. In the cases of another five people listed as difficult to trace, it remains unclear if they were in the region hit by the tsunami at the time.

Motorist crashes into police station

A man, 43, rammed his vehicle through the glass façade of his local police station in Nunspeet in Gelderland on Wednesday evening. He then drove to a nearby swimming pool complex and drove straight through a traffic barrier. A police officer was injured during the struggle to arrest the man, who appeared to be under the influence of alcohol.

Battle royal over Paco the dog

Queen Beatrix's niece, Princess Margarita, was involved in a court battle with her estranged husband, Edwin de Roy van Zuydewijn, on Thursday. Rather than fighting over their castle in France or crown jewels, De Roy is seeking regular access to their pet dog Paco. He claims he has not seen the dog in over a year and misses him terribly. The two sides agreed not to reveal anything more about the case, newspaper De Telegraaf reported.

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