Dutch news in brief, 5 April 2006

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Milosevic died of natural causes - OM

Milosevic died of natural causes - OM

The Public Prosecutor's Office (OM) in The Hague announced Wednesday that former Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic died of natural causes.  Milosevic died 11 March 2006 in his UN cell in The Hague of a heart attack. The OM launched an investigation, but found no evidence to support the rumours Milosevic died as a result of receiving wrong the medicine, by suicide or poisoning.

Metro fastest growing newspaper

Free commuter newspaper Metro has experienced the fastest growth of all Dutch newspapers, the Institute For Circulation (Het Oplage Instituut) announced on Tuesday. Compared to the last three months of 2005, the circulation grew by 96,473 to a total of 478,870 newspapers per day, an increase of 25 percent, a unique feat in the Dutch newspaper world. The other fastest growing newspaper is Sp!ts, whose circulation grew from 374,000 to 479,000. Most other newspapers also experienced growth, only the biggest selling daily 'De Telegraaf' (-32,000) and Rotterdam-based 'AD' (-26.000) fell in the last three months of 2005.

Search on for royal leak source

Three ministries and the staff of the Royal House haven't found the source of the computer leak yet which made private information about the royals public. Last Saturday, a Leiden student found information about the Royal House and the Ministry Of Defence while using  the computer programme 'Limewire'. Downloading this programme enables users to automatically exchange music, videos and documents with other Limewire-users, without them knowing it.

Radio ship Veronica may return

The former 'pirate ship' used by Radio Veronica may be on its way back to the Netherlands. Radio Veronica started broadcasting without a licence from the ship in 1960. It stayed just outside Dutch territorial waters to get around the law. The station stopped broadcasting from the ship in 1974 due to the introduction of a radio pirate law. The vessel was refitted as a dance club and café and brought to the harbour of Antwerp. Now Rob Scholten from the Dutch catering industry group 'Koninklijk Horeca Nederland' wants to move the ship to the Dutch port of Waalwijk and use it as a discotheque. 

Body found in Groningen waterway

A bridge-keeper found a dead body in the canal between the Oosterhaven and Westerhaven in Groningen on Wednesday morning. Considering the clothing, the police think the dead body belongs to a woman. It's unclear whether she died  as a result of a criminal offence. Due to the open locks at Delfzijl there was a heavy current in the water and the woman could have entered the river somewhere else in the province a couple days earlier.

French 'riot delegation' to visit Rotterdam

A French delegation will visit Rotterdam on Thursday to see how the local council handles public safety, problem areas and youth unemployment. The delegation consists of the French ambassador and a special committee, which was set up following the riots last year in the French suburbs. Mayor Ivo Opstelten will first outline how Rotterdam deals with its problems. Afterwards, the group will visit Rotterdam-South where they will see intervention teams and economic revitalisation zones in action. Public safety has been priority number one in Rotterdam since the 2002 elections.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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