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IOC admits internet censorship deal with China

With just over a week to go before the start of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has been forced to admit that some of its own officials cut a deal to let China continue to block sensitive websites at the International Press Centre. This is despite earlier promises by […]

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Woman ruled man is woman

A Dutch athlete suspended in 1950 by the Dutch Athletics Union on the grounds that she was actually a man, has finally been vindicated thanks to DNA technology. The story of the downfall of Foekje Dillema – a Frisian athlete at one time slated to become an Olympic champion – reads like a thriller but elicits mainly […]

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Tropical storm Dolly kills 12 in Guatemala

Tropical storm Dolly has claimed 12 lives in Guatemala. Ten children and their parents died when mudslides triggered by heavy downpours buried their home. Mexico has issued a tropical storm warning for the Yucatán Peninsula from the border with Belize to the city of Campeche. Approaching from the Caribbean, Dolly is expected to pound the […]

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Fortis: Pride comes before a fall?

It seems the Belgian-Dutch banking group Fortis bit off more than it could chew with the takeover of ABN AMRO. Jean Paul Votron, the charismatic Belgian CEO of the company, made his apologies this week and resigned. The future looks uncertain for Fortis. The debacle came to light two weeks ago when Fortis, the “golden […]

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Netherlands protests treatment of journalist

The Netherlands has registered a protest with the Israeli authorities over the treatment of a Palestinian journalist. The Israeli ambassador has promised Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen that he will investigate the matter. The journalist, Mohammed Omer, says that he was harshly treated following his arrest at the border between Jordan and the West Bank. He […]

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It’s everybody’s sun

Marie-Rose Neloum from Chad received an award on Thursday, the day before World Refugee Day, in a ceremony at Amsterdam’s Tropical Museum. The prize is named after Gerrit-Jan van Heuven Goedhart, a member of the Dutch resistance during the Nazi occupation in the Second World War who went on to become the first United Nations […]

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Srebrenica genocide testcase for UN immunity

A group called the Mothers of Srebrenica wants the United Nations to be tried for its failure to prevent the Srebrenica massacre in 1995. Today the group, which represents 6,000 relatives of the victims asked a civilian court in The Hague to waive the UN’s immunity. They say the UN and the Dutch state are […]

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Israeli-Syrian peace talks resumed

This week sees the beginning of Israel and Syria’s indirect peace talks in Turkey. The talks follow an eight year freeze but is Wednesday’s announcement too good to be true? The agreement in Lebanon ended 18 months of political deadlock, archenemies Israel and Syria resumed negotiations which collapsed in 2000. However, hopes for Syrian-Israeli peace […]

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“Oil Chinese” in Venezuela are treading carefully

Mr Li is the embodiment of today’s fastest growing world power: China. He strikes oil deals, builds hospitals and motorways, sells merchandise, takes over companies and lays oil pipelines. In the series ‘Looking for Mr Li’, four journalists from Radio Netherlands Worldwide and Dutch broadcaster VPRO report on the sunny side and the dark side […]

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Thousands demonstrate against Fitna in Karachi

Karachi – In Pakistan thousands of people have demonstrated against the anti-Qur’an film by MP Geert Wilders and Danish cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad. The protest in Karachi was organised by a radical Islamist party. Demonstrators shouted “Down with Holland” and “Down with Denmark”. National flags of the two countries were also set alight. Estimates […]

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