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Sudanese demonstrators on rampage in Khartoum

In the Sudanese capital Khartoum, crowds of demonstrators furious at the execution of nine men in the Darfur region have set shops and cars on fire in a local market. Police estimate that at least 5,000 people took to the streets in protest. The nine men were hanged on Monday after being found guilty of […]

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The Roma are scapegoats for the economic crisis

On International Roma Day, a number of European human rights organisations are warning that the economic crisis has left the Roma gypsies in Central Europe facing growing discrimination and violence. Anti-Roma sentiments are being nurtured by far-right and nationalistic groups. György Müller says: “Just looking like a Roma is enough reason to get only angry […]

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Madagascar to hold elections next year

Madagascar’s new President Andry Rajoelina, who seized power last month, says he plans to hold presidential elections in October 2010. Delegates attending a two-day conference in the capital Antananarivo agreed to a constitutional referendum this year, followed by parliamentary elections in March 2010. It is not clear if Mr Rajoelina, who is 34, will run […]

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Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party rises to 32 seats

The Freedom Party of populist right-wing leader Geert Wilders has climbed again in the polls, this time to a record of 32 seats in the 150-seat parliament. The Freedom Party is in first place and is now four seats ahead of the Christian Democrats, the largest of the three parties in the governing coalition. Pollster […]

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Political row in Denmark over Geert Wilders

Controversial Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who was barred from entering the United Kingdom a month ago, has become the subject of a political row in Denmark. The Danish People’s Party and the Conservative Party both want to invite Mr Wilders to a conference in Copenhagen in June on the theme of freedom of speech and […]

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Royal budget made more transparent

The cabinet has adopted the recommendations made by former Finance Minister Gerrit Zalm to make the budget of the royal family more transparent. Under the new set-up, all expenses relating to Queen Beatrix’s functions as head of state will be grouped under the single heading of “The Monarch”. Until now these costs, worth 39 million […]

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Faulty altimeter caused airliner crash

The Turkish airliner that crashed at Schiphol last week had a faulty altimeter. That’s the conclusion of the preliminary findings of the investigation team that has been working to establish the cause of the accident. The altimeter wrongly indicated that the Boeing was already almost on the ground. Because the airplane was flying on automatic pilot, the […]

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Wilders’ Freedom Party leads polls

According to a recent opinion poll, if parliamentary elections were held today, the Freedom Party (PVV) headed by right-wing populist leader Geert Wilders would become the largest party in the Netherlands. It would win 27 seats in the 150-seat parliament, as opposed to the nine it currently has. The Christian Democrats – the largest party […]

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Investigation into Turkish Airlines crash continues

The Dutch authorities are continuing their investigations into Wednesday’s plane crash at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. The wreckage of the Turkish Airlines Boeing will remain at its present location until the Dutch Safety Board has concluded its investigation. The Board’s chair Pieter van Vollenhoven, husband of the queen’s sister Princess Margriet, has said the investigation is […]

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Top lawyer to defend Dutch anti-Islam MP Wilders

Rightwing populist Dutch MP Geert Wilders has enlisted one of the Netherlands’ top lawyers to fight his prosecution over inciting hatred and discrimination. The lawyer, Bram Moszkowicz, has confirmed he is taking the case to the country’s Supreme Court, requesting an immediate end to the proceedings. He is calling for the Court to quash the […]

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