Dutch news in brief, 29 March 2005

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Bonfire smoke sparks alarm, Hundreds of people contacted police in alarm on Monday morning due to a smell of smoke in the air. Some people reported suffering watery eyes. The smell originated from Easter bonfires in the north and east of the Netherlands and in Germany. The smoke and smell hung in the air due to low cloud cover and a lack of wind, but when the temperature lifted, the smell dissipated. In some regions of the country, the smell of smoke hung in the air for the entire day. Easter bonfires were

Bonfire smoke sparks alarm

Hundreds of people contacted police in alarm on Monday morning due to a smell of smoke in the air. Some people reported suffering watery eyes. The smell originated from Easter bonfires in the north and east of the Netherlands and in Germany. The smoke and smell hung in the air due to low cloud cover and a lack of wind, but when the temperature lifted, the smell dissipated. In some regions of the country, the smell of smoke hung in the air for the entire day. Easter bonfires were lit on Sunday night from Denmark to Austria in a tradition based on a wish for sunshine and fertility.

Mabel gives birth to baby girl

Princess Mabel, the wife of Prince Johan Frisco, gave birth to a baby girl on Saturday night, the Government Information Service (RVD) said on Sunday. The baby, called Luana, is the couple's first child and the fourth granddaughter of Queen Beatrix. Prince Friso lost his rights to the Dutch throne after marrying Mabel in April last year. The couple previously admitted withholding information about Mabel's former relationship with a drugs boss.

Terror suspect held

A 20-year-old man was arrested on Thursday in Amsterdam on suspicion he tried to obtain explosives and recruit others for a violent holy war against the West. Identified as B. Lamrani, the man had already served a short jail sentence for making death threats against MP Geert Wilders, known for his anti-Islamic statements.

Masturbating taxi driver arrested

A taxi driver was literally caught with his pants down on Saturday. The driver started masturbating in front of a 23-year-old female passenger, from Heemstede, who subsequently called police. The 39-year-old Amsterdam man was arrested at the Leidsevaart in Haarlem. His pants were still unbuttoned at the time of his arrest.

Dutch in winning World Cup form

The Netherlands defeated Romania 2-0 in Bucharest on Saturday in a World Cup qualifying match. Under the watchful eye of coach Marco van Basten, the Dutch soccer team will now take on Armenia on Wednesday. The 2006 World Cup will be held in Germany. The Netherlands is sitting on top in qualification group one, followed by the Czech Republic.

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