Dutch news in brief, 10 February 2006

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Canadian wins World Press Photo

Canadian wins World Press Photo

Canadian photographer Finbaar O'Reilly has won the World Press Photo 2005 for his colour image of a child's hand pressed against his mother's mouth at an emergency feeding clinic in Niger. O'Reilly, who works for  Reuters, took the picture in Tahoua, north-west Niger on 1 August 2005. The African country is suffering the longest drought in years and millions of its citizens need food aid. For more information, see World Press Photo.

Public go further into red

Consumers went deeper into the red on their current accounts last year. In December some 3 million accounts were overdrawn by EUR 7.5 billion, Statistics Netherlands (CBS) said on Friday. Some EUR 6.9 billion was owed in 2004. While the number of overdrawn accounts hardly increased in 2005, the average amount in the red increased to EUR 2,600 compared with EUR 2,400 in 2004.

KLM worst for lost baggage

Dutch carrier KLM lost proportionally more baggage than any other European airline in 2005, according to figures published Friday by the European airline organisation AEA. KLM lost 19.1 bags out of every 1,000. Important competitors British Airways and Germany's Lufthansa did only slightly better. KLM's partner Air France is much better at getting the right bags to the right passengers. It lost 15 per 1,000 bags last year, putting it in 20th place on the list of offenders.

Cartoon demo in Maastricht

About 50 young Muslims gathered in the Dutch city of Maastricht for an ad-hoc demonstration against the cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. No permit had been sought for the rally. The police and Mayor Gerd Leers held talks with the demonstrators on Friday afternoon.

Come back for Caravaggio

The Netherlands is marking the 400th anniversary of the birth of Rembrandt with an exhibition of his works alongside two paintings by Italian master Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610). This is the first since 1952 that works by Caravaggio have been on display in the Netherlands. 'Rembrandt-Caravaggio' runs from 24 February to 18 June. The exhibition is organised by the Rijksmuseum. But it is being held in the Van Gogh Museum as the Rijksmuseum is being renovated.

Public urinator attacks policeman

Four men were arrested in Rembrandtplein in Amsterdam on Thursday night for attacking a police officer. The incident began when the officer tried to issue a ticket to one of the men for urinating in public. Three police officers and two of the suspects were slightly injured in the ensuing scuffle. The four men, aged 54, 49, 41 and 19, are related.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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