Briefs: Diamond heist, suspects released

Amsterdam police have released four people arrested in connection with armed raids on two diamond traders in the Zuid-Oost suburb of the city. The getaway car used by the gang was found burned out in Amstelveen. No diamonds have yet been recovered.

You win some
The Dutch football team managed to restore some of its tarnished reputation in Eindhoven last night by beating Belarus 3-0 in in its European Championship qualifier. But at the hockey World Cup in Germany, Holland got off to a disappointing start, losing 3-2 to South Korea
Education aid
The Dutch are to donate an extra $100 mln – it has already allocated $50mln – to a World Bank project to stimulate education in the Third World. Holland is the project’s biggest donor.
Restoration work
Around €135 mln is needed to clear the backlog of restoration work on listed buildings in the Netherlands, according to the National Restoration Fund. One in five listed buildings needs restoration, the society said.
Natascha on SBS6
Commercial broadcaster SBS6 has bought the exclusive Dutch rights to screen the first interview given by Natascha Kampusch, the Austrian girl who was held captive for eight years after being kidnapped when she was 10. The whole 25 minute interview can be seen tonight at 18.30 hrs.

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