Dutch news in brief, 27 March 2006

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Teen shot dead 'over girl', A 19-year-old man was arrested in Amersfoort in the central Netherlands hours after a 16-year-old youth was shot dead near the city centre on Saturday afternoon. The suspect has allegedly confessed. Police say the two had a ling-running dispute but declined to give further details. A person who described himself as a friend of the victim told news service nu.nl the argument was about a girl.

Teen shot dead 'over girl'

A 19-year-old man was arrested in Amersfoort in the central Netherlands hours after a 16-year-old youth was shot dead near the city centre on Saturday afternoon.  The suspect has allegedly confessed. Police say the two had a ling-running dispute but declined to give further details. A person who described himself as a friend of the victim told news service nu.nl the argument was about a girl.

Newspaper apologises to kidnap family

Newspaper 'Het Parool' ran a rectification Saturday on page three to apologise for its reporting on the kidnap of the daughter of millionaire Hans Melchers. A gang snatched Claudia Melchers on 12 September and demanded a ransom of 300 kilos of cocaine. Het Parool suggested the Melchers family may be involved in drug dealing. The paper now accepts this is totally untrue. Claudia Melchers was freed within a few days without any ransom being paid. Several people have been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping.

Insurers slow in confirming cancellations

Just under 30 percent of the people who have switched health insurance policies by 1 March have yet to receive a confirmation their old policy has been cancelled, according to research by website ZorgKiezer.nl. It is anticipated that a quarter of all adults in the Netherlands have changed insurance companies, which suggests 1.1 million have yet to be informed their old policy is terminated. Under the new health insurance system that came into force on 1 January, members of the public had until 1 March to switch to another insurance company. They must have signed on with a new insurer by 1 May. Some 14 percent of those who opted to change are still waiting to receive notification of their new policy.

Feyenoord fans arrested in Antwerp

Police in Belgian city of Antwerp on Saturday arrested approximately 60 rioters, mainly supporters of Feyenoord Rotterdam. Trouble broke out first in the centre of city where the Feyenorrd fans had arrived to attend a match. Later the Rotterdam fans fought with local soccer supporters, the Belgian police said. 

Seal pup washes up on beach

A six-week old seal pup was washed up on Renesse beach in the south west of the Netherlands on Sunday morning. People out strolling saw the 15-kilo pup and alerted the animal first aid service (EHBZ). The pup was brought to the seal crèche in Pieterburen.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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