Dutch news in brief, 3 May 2006

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Prosecutor nabbed with illegal weapons

Prosecutor nabbed with illegal weapons

A leading Dutch prosecutor was detained on the border with Belgium on Sunday after several illegal weapons were found in his car. The 64-year-old Advocate-General of Amsterdam Court was returning from a weapons fair in Belgium with weapons he bought. The police would not say what kind of weapons these were. The man was still in custody on Wednesday afternoon.

Dutch under fire again

Dutch troops have come under fire for the second time in a few days in the Afghan Province of Uruzgan. The patrol was fired on several times but returned to base without casualty after attack helicopters came to its aid. Dutch Foreign Minister Ben Bot travelled to Pakistan this week to seek assurances Islamabad will monitor the border with Uruzgan closely. The Taliban have become increasingly active in the province and the local governor has described the area as "extremely dangerous".

Abortion boat may sail again

The Council of State has ordered the Ministry of Health to reconsider whether to grant activist group Women on Waves a licence to carry out abortions in international waters. The Ministry issued a license in 2004, on condition the foundation's boat could only operate within a 25 kilometre radius of Amsterdam's Slotervaart hospital. But the group wants to challenge restrictive abortion laws in other countries by offering terminations and contraceptives to women offshore. The boat has sailed to Ireland and Portugal in recent years, without performing any terminations.

Workers looking elsewhere

An estimated 23 percent of people working in the Netherlands plan to change employer within six months, according to the Work Monitor report by temp agency Randstad. The percentage is at a two-year high. People generally see changing job as a means of creating new challenges, the report found.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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