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Caribbean islands become Dutch municipalities

Bonaire, Saint Eustace and Saba, three small islands in the Caribbean, are to become part of the Netherlands. With this decision the dismantlement of the Netherlands Antilles as a single state within the kingdom of the Netherlands has begun. The three islands have come to an agreement about their future after difficult and lengthy negotiations. […]

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A Matter of Time

In answer to the question “Does anyone know the exact difference between GMT and UTC?” here are a few facts concerning Greenwich Mean Time, Universal Time, and the Royal Greenwich Observatory. Various versions of this document have been posted to Usenet newsgroups and made available on Web sites over the years under the original title A […]

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Malawi opposition leader refuses to step down

The leader of the Malawi Congress Party, Malawi’s main opposition party, has rejected an appeal by senior party members to step down and accept Tuesday’s election results. John Tembo lost last week’s race against incumbent President Bingu wa Mutharika by a wide margin. The opposition leader accused the president of rigging the poll and said […]

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Royal Family spent 119 million in 2008

An annual report has revealed that the Royal Family spent nearly 119 million euros last year. Eighty million of that sum went to the maintenance of palaces and security. Some 1,5 million euros was used for state visits and other events. Queen Beatrix, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and his spouse, Princess Máxima, together received around six […]

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Lubbers wants Queen’s Day to continue

Speaking on the television programme Buitenhof, former prime minister Ruud Lubbers said that the failed attack on the royal family in Apeldoorn should not result in the end of the Queen’s Day celebrations. Mr Lubbers said the head of state should continue to remain visible. He was referring not just to Queen Beatrix but also to […]

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Queen’s Day attacker dies

The 38-year-old Dutchman who killed five people and injured 12 during Queen’s Day celebrations in Apeldoorn has died. He died in hospital last night from serious injuries he sustained after driving his car at high speed into a crowd watching an open-topped coach carrying the Royal Family. The car missed the royal coach by 15 […]

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Netherlands reports first case of Mexican flu

The first case of swine flu has been confirmed by Dutch health authorities at a news conference. The case involves a three-year-old child who returned from Mexico on 27 April. Both the child and the parents are being treated and are said to be doing well. Health Minister Ab Klink refused to disclose the location […]

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WHO calls new strain of H1N1 “Mexican flu”

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that the most recent research on swine flu has shown that the virus is not caused by pigs. The disease is now being referred to as Mexican flu or “2009 H1N1 flu”. The WHO has moved the pandemic alert from four to five, the second highest. The first […]

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Global Perspective 2009 – Islands

Isolated Gaza, Canada’s remote Albert Bay and the story of an Australian who sometimes feels like a stranger in his own community – the theme chosen for 2009 by Global Perspective, a collaboration of international broadcasters, is: islands. For more information: www.radionetherlands.nl

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The right to move for work

Many Central Americans stop at nothing to reach the United States. In China, the global economic downturn is affecting the 200 million migrants who moved from the countryside to work in factories. Many of these migrants are exploited. Jaime Curri took a gamble that thousands of people take every week. And this time he lost. He […]

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