Dutch news in brief, 3 January 2006

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Man held after baby daughter dies

Man held after baby daughter dies

Police in Rotterdam arrested a 31-year-old local man last Thursday on suspicion he killed his three-month-old daughter. The baby died in hospital on Wednesday as a result of serious abuse. The suspect was remanded in custody for two weeks during a court hearing on Tuesday. The victim's mother has also been questioned and prosecutors said she is also under suspicion in the case. The authorities have launched an investigation into warnings caring agencies received about ill treatment of the the child before her death.

Activists escape punishment

Four activists of the Dutch branch of the Arab European League (AEL) escaped punishment on Tuesday after they were convicted of breaking the law during a protest on the A10 on the edge of Amsterdam two years ago. The court decided the four had hindered traffic but that a work order, which was demanded by prosecutors, was unnecessary. The activists, dressed in black with balaclavas, mounted a "checkpoint" on 9 December 2003 to draw attention to the plight of the Palestinians.

Sanne, Daan most popular names

Sanne  was the most popular name for baby girls born in the Netherlands in 2004 and 2005, the website of the social insurance bank SVB said on Tuesday. Daan was the most popular name for male babies in 2005, ousting Sem from the top spot. The top five names for girls in 2005 were Emma (2), Anna (3), Iris (4) and Anouk (5). Lotte, which was number 2 in 2004, dropped to 9th place last year. After Daan, the most popular names for boys were Sem, Thomas, Tim and Lucas. The most popular names in 1939 were Johannes for a boy and Maria for a girl. Anna was also in third place back then for girls.

Boy, 5, dies in fire

A boy, 5, died in a fire at a home in the Dutch city of Kerkrade on Tuesday. The child's mother and sister were admitted to hospital with injuries following the blaze which started at about 11.15am at the family home on Grachterstraat. Three firefighters were also slightly injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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