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2006-06-30 12:08:18

By Lucas van Grinsven AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The collapse of the Dutch centre-right government over immigration policy will lead to an opposition Labour victory in early elections, probably in September or October, an opinion poll showed on Friday. Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende tendered the government's resignation to Queen Beatrix on Friday, after one of his coalition parties withdrew its support over the handling of the citizenship of a Somali-born Dutch lawmaker. The queen...

2006-06-30 01:35:14

By Wendel Broere AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende is set to hand in his government's resignation on Friday, after the ruling coalition fell apart over the handling of the citizenship of a Somali-born Dutch lawmaker. The third collapse of a government since 2002 comes amid rising public concerns over immigration and security. Such concerns helped Balkenende's centre-right government take power, albeit through a fragile coalition, in 2003. New elections...

2006-06-30 00:07:59

By Wendel Broere AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende is set to hand in his government's resignation on Friday, after the ruling coalition fell apart over the handling of the citizenship of a Somali-born Dutch lawmaker. The third collapse of a government since 2002 comes amid rising public concerns over immigration and security. Such concerns helped Balkenende's centre-right government take power, albeit through a fragile coalition, in 2003. New elections...

2006-06-29 17:15:33

By Wendel Broere AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende announced the resignation of his centre-right government on Thursday after a row over the immigration minister prompted a party to quit the ruling coalition. The smallest government member, D66, had withdrawn its support and its two ministers resigned over Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk's handling of a probe into the citizenship of a Somali-born Dutch politician. "Following this, the remaining...

2006-06-29 15:40:04

By Wendel Broere AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende announced the resignation of his centre-right government on Thursday after a row over the immigration minister prompted a party to quit the ruling coalition. The smallest government member, D66, had withdrawn its support and its two ministers resigned over the row related to Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk's tough stance on the citizenship of a Somali-born Dutch politician. "Following this, the...

2006-06-27 02:51:54

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A Somali-born Dutch politician and outspoken critic of Islam is to be allowed to keep her Dutch citizenship despite admitting that she lied in her asylum application, newspapers said on Tuesday. Ayaan Hirsi Ali resigned from parliament in May and said she would leave the country after Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk, a member of her own VVD liberal party, told her she might lose her citizenship. But Dutch cabinet members agreed late on Monday that Hirsi Ali,...

2006-06-02 07:25:00

By Emma Thomasson ROTTERDAM -- Immigrants in the Netherlands have had enough. Four years ago, populist Pim Fortuyn promised voters in Rotterdam he would stop the building of a huge new mosque near the city's Feyenoord soccer stadium. Today, the country's biggest mosque is nearing completion and immigrants have helped oust Fortuyn's party from power. While immigrants in France have expressed frustration by rioting, in the Netherlands they are using the ballot box. "People are saying we are...

2006-05-18 07:57:24

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - A Somali-born lawmaker who may lose her Dutch citizenship because she lied on her asylum application is welcome to move to the United States, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick said on Thursday. Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an outspoken critic of Islam, said earlier this week she was resigning and leaving the Netherlands after Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk, a member of her own VVD liberal party, told her she might lose her Dutch passport. Hirsi Ali has been...

2006-05-16 12:00:18

By Alexandra Hudson THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali-born Dutch politician and outspoken critic of Islam, said on Tuesday she was leaving parliament and the Netherlands after hearing she may be stripped of her citizenship for lying to win asylum. Hirsi Ali, a friend of murdered filmmaker Theo van Gogh, said she was resigning after Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk, a member of her own VVD liberal party, told her she might lose her Dutch passport because she lied on her...

2006-05-15 16:18:28

By Niclas Mika AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali-born Dutch politician known for her outspoken criticism of Islam, plans to leave parliament and move to the United States after admitting she lied to win asylum in the Netherlands. Hirsi Ali, 36, sought asylum in the Netherlands in 1992, claiming to be escaping from an arranged marriage. She gained Dutch citizenship in 1997 and was elected to parliament in 2003. A storm erupted about her asylum application last week...


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cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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