Dutch news in brief, 3 October 2005

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Fighter jets can keep flying, The 38 Dutch and foreign fighter jets taking part in the international aerial war game 'Frisian Flag' can continue to fly over the Wadden Sea. Foundation Waddenvereniging asked a court on Friday to order the Defence Ministry to respect European regulations in relation to nature areas and not to use the area for the military exercise. A court in Leeuwarden rejected the application. Frisian Flag began last week and continues through this week.

Fighter jets can keep flying

The 38 Dutch and foreign fighter jets taking part in the international aerial war game 'Frisian Flag' can continue to fly over the Wadden Sea. Foundation Waddenvereniging  asked a court on Friday to order the Defence Ministry to respect European regulations in relation to nature areas and not to use the area for the military exercise. A court in Leeuwarden rejected the application. Frisian Flag began last week and continues through this week.

Slight drop in traffic deaths

The number of Dutch people to die on the roads fell slightly in the first six months of 2005, the national statistic agency CBS reported on Monday. The CBS said 368 people died in a traffic accident during this period, compared with 384 deaths in the first half on 2004. The figures included Dutch people killed in traffic accidents outside the Netherlands as well as on Dutch roads.

New book on Fortuyn

A new Dutch-language book on the impact Pim Fortuyn had on politics in Rotterdam has been published. Historian Albert Oosthoek spent two years gathering people's recollections about the turbulent events in March 2002 when populist Fortuyn won the local election in the Port City. Fortuyn was gunned down within two months by Volkert van der Graaf. Fortuyn was shot dead in Hilversum nine days before the general election.

Man killed in Diemen

The body of a 52-year-old man was found in his home in Diemen-Noord on the edge of Amsterdam on Friday afternoon. Police say he was murdered. The man's body was discovered by another person who lives in the house.

Most homes lack extinguishers

About 60 percent of Dutch households do not have a fire extinguisher or another type of flame-retardant device, according to research by the burn wound foundation Brandwonden Stichting. The foundation is launching a campaign to cut this percentage. It will encourage people to buy fire blankets, which it says are "quick, easy and effecient".

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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