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Dutch forced to volunteer so ageing relatives get care

"Cup of coffee, Mrs Lubbers?" Henk Hom asks a 92-year-old pensioner at the provincial Dutch retirement home where he volunteers so his own father can have a room. Here, just outside the central city of Gouda, the "society of participation" is slowly replacing the "classic welfare state", part of a social revolution heralded by King Willem-Alexander in the name of the Liberal government last month.

Football: Dutch league table

Dutch league table after Sunday's matches (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points): FC Twente 10 5 4 1 23 6 19 PSV Eindhoven 10 5 3 2 21 9 18 FC Zwolle 10 5 3 2 20 10 18 Ajax 10 5 3 2 23 14 18 Feyenoord 10 5 2 3 22 17 17 Vitesse Arnhem 10 5 2 3 19 15 17 FC Groningen 10 5 2 3 20 20 17 AZ Alkmaar 10 5 1 4 17 17 16 SC Heerenveen 9 4 3 2 23 19 15 Roda JC 10 3 4 3 16 20 13 Go Ahead Eagles 10 3 4 3 16 23 13 NAC Breda 10 3 3 4 15 14 12

Dutch want answers to beating of diplomat in Moscow

By Anthony Deutsch and Alessandra Prentice AMSTERDAM/MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Netherlands was seeking answers on Wednesday after a Dutch diplomat was beaten in Moscow, the latest in a series of incidents testing relations between the two countries. Prime Minister Mark Rutte's government summoned Russia's ambassador in The Hague to explain Tuesday's assault, in which the second-in-charge of the Dutch embassy in Moscow was attacked at his home by unknown intruders posing as electricians.

Dutch want answers to beating of diplomat in Moscow

By Anthony Deutsch and Alessandra Prentice AMSTERDAM/MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Netherlands was seeking answers on Wednesday after a Dutch diplomat was beaten in Moscow, the latest in a series of incidents testing relations between the two countries. Prime Minister Mark Rutte's government summoned Russia's ambassador in The Hague to explain Tuesday's assault, in which the second-in-charge of the Dutch embassy in Moscow was attacked at his home by unknown intruders posing as electricians.

Senior Dutch diplomat beaten up in Russia

A senior Dutch diplomat at the Netherlands embassy in Moscow was beaten up at his home in the Russian capital by unknown individuals who scrawled the letters "LGBT" on a mirror, officials and reports said Wednesday. The incident comes amid growing tensions between Russia and the Netherlands over the arrest by the Russian authorities of the 30 crew of a Dutch-flagged Greenpeace ship campaigning against oil drilling in the Arctic.

Senior Dutch diplomat beaten up in Russia

A senior Dutch diplomat at the Netherlands embassy in Moscow was beaten up at his home in the Russian capital by unknown individuals who scrawled the letters "LGBT" on a mirror, officials and reports said. The incident comes amid growing tensions between Russia and the Netherlands over the arrest by the Russian authorities of the 30 crew of a Dutch-flagged Greenpeace ship campaigning against oil drilling in the Arctic.

Netherlands rejects parole for far-right leader's killer

The man who killed flamboyant far-right Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn more than a decade ago will not be released on early parole, Dutch Deputy Justice Minister Fred Teeven said on Friday. Volkert Van der Graaf, 44, is serving an 18-year sentence for the 2002 murder of the outspoken and openly gay Fortuyn, an act that shattered the liberal Netherlands' image of itself as a unified and secure society.

Football: Dutch league table

Dutch league table after Saturday's matches (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points): FC Twente 9 5 3 1 22 5 18 PSV Eindhoven 8 4 3 1 19 7 15 Heerenveen 8 4 3 1 21 16 15 Zwolle 9 4 3 2 14 9 15 Ajax 8 4 2 2 19 13 14 Vitesse Arnhem 8 4 2 2 15 11 14 Feyenoord 8 4 1 3 18 14 13 AZ Alkmaar 8 4 1 3 13 14 13 NAC Breda 9 3 3 3 13 10 12 Go Ahead Eagles 9 3 3 3 14 21 12 Groningen 8 3 2 3 17 19 11 Heracles 9 3 1 5 13 17 10

Football: Dutch league table

Netherlands league table after Friday's matches (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points): FC Twente 9 5 3 1 22 5 18 PSV Eindhoven 8 4 3 1 19 7 15 SC Heerenveen 8 4 3 1 21 16 15 Ajax 8 4 2 2 19 13 14 FC Zwolle 8 4 2 2 14 9 14 Vitesse Arnhem 8 4 2 2 15 11 14 Feyenoord 8 4 1 3 18 14 13 AZ Alkmaar 8 4 1 3 13 14 13 FC Groningen 8 3 2 3 17 19 11 Heracles 8 3 1 4 12 15 10 NAC Breda 8 2 3 3 11 9 9 Cambuur 9 2 3 4 7 8 9 Roda JC 8 2 3 3 14 19 9 FC Utrecht 8 2 3 3 9 15 9

Football: Dutch league table

Dutch league table after Saturday's matches (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points): PSV Eindhoven 8 4 3 1 19 7 15 Ajax 8 4 2 2 19 13 14 FC Zwolle 8 4 2 2 14 9 14 AZ Alkmaar 8 4 1 3 13 14 13 FC Twente 7 3 3 1 16 5 12 SC Heerenveen 7 3 3 1 19 15 12 Vitesse Arnhem 6 3 2 1 11 7 11 FC Groningen 7 3 2 2 17 14 11 Feyenoord 7 3 1 3 14 12 10 Heracles 8 3 1 4 12 15 10 NAC Breda 8 2 3 3 11 9 9 Cambuur 7 2 3 2 6 5 9
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