Dutch news in brief, 8 September 2005

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Boy, 3, drowns in Rotterdam, A boy, 3, died after falling into the water at the Chinese Garden in the south of Rotterdam on Wednesday afternoon. By-standers saw him lying face down in the water and raised the alarm. He was resuscitated by police and the emergency services but died later in the Sophia children's hospital. Police suspect he fell into the water while playing.

Boy, 3, drowns in Rotterdam

A boy, 3, died after falling into the water at the Chinese Garden in the south of Rotterdam on Wednesday afternoon. By-standers saw him lying face down in the water and raised the alarm. He was resuscitated by police and the emergency services but died later in the Sophia children's hospital. Police suspect he fell into the water while playing.

Greenpeace activists confined to Turkey

Two Dutchmen have been barred from leaving Turkey until charges are filed against them in relation to their activities on behalf of Greenpeace. Thor Veen and Erik Birkhoff were arrested with 19 other people on 29 August during a demonstration against Turkey's environmental policies. The police released them the same day but two requests to allow them to return to the Netherlands while the prosecutor decides whether to press charges have been refused.

Finger cut off during argument

A man had his finger cut off in a dispute which developed as he was bringing his dog for a walk in the southern Dutch city of Geleen. Surgeons were working on Thursday to re-attach his finger. The police said it is unclear what sparked the argument. The victim's dog ran off during the fight and was still missing on Thursday evening.

Job cuts at motorist organisation

Hundreds of jobs are to go at the automobile association ANWB, sources have told the Dutch media. The cuts will be made at the ANWB's headquarters and its breakdown assistance service Wegenwacht. The management has informed some of the 4,300 staff of the job losses. The ANWB has been suffering financially in recent times. It lost 114,000 members in 2004 alone.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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