Dutch news in brief, 18 August 2005

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Amsterdam trains back on track

Amsterdam trains back on track

Taking the stopping train service from Zaandam and Almaar, commuters from North Holland province could once again reach Amsterdam on Thursday. The damage caused by the derailment on Monday was still limiting the number of lines in operation from the west side of Amsterdam. But network manager ProRail said more trains could run on the lines because additional switching mechanisms and platforms had been made available. ProRail said more tracks would become opertional on Friday.

Protest at Dutch embassy

A group of 37 people, including children, took part in a demonstration outside the Dutch embassy in the Iranian capital Tehran on 16 August, RFE/RL reported. The protesters were Uzbek refugees who demanded they be granted asylum in the Netherlands. Iranian police watched the rally without interfering. Dutch Embassy officials met with several protesters and recommended they contact the United Nations' refugee office. The demonstrators are part of a larger group that fled Uzbekistan in 1997. They have lived in Iran for several years but have not been given a refugee status. The Netherlands recently gave political asylum to a number of Uzbeks who fled their home country after Uzbek forces killed many cilivians in a violent crackdown in the Andijon region.

Alleged killer remembers little

Dutch-Israeli man Avi C. can not confess or deny the killing of his girlfriend's two children in the Dutch town of Tolbert earlier this month, his lawyer said. The 46-year-old suspect has little memory of the day due to his use of the drug Speed, it is alleged. The man  was arrested when police found the bodies of the victims, aged 2 and 4, in the house he shared with his girlfriend. She had earlier fled from the house and raised the alarm. She claimed he had hit her with an iron bar.

Veluwe sends bikes to Poland

The Veluwe National Park is sending 90 'white bikes' to Poland, it was announced on Thursday. Visitors to the park can use the bikes free of charge during their stay. Workers with touring organisation ANWB have fixed up 90 of the bikes which have been retired. They are being sent to Odra Delta national park in Poland.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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