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The machines are taking over - as telemarketers, tax advisers and watch repairers

Four in 10 jobs in the Netherlands could be taken over by robots within the next 20 years, a study has indicated.

Some experts say most administrative and manual jobs could be done by robots within 20 years, but others dispute this.Two researchers at Oxford University assessed 700 different jobs and rated them according to how easily they could be done by a machine.

But some experts say the study is too pessimistic and fails to take into account the full scope of people’s work beyond the parameters of the job description.

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Doctors clear of ebola after three-week quarantine: 'We'd go back today if we could'

Two doctors who were flown home from Sierra Leone after coming into contact with the ebola virus have rejoined their families after being given the all-clear.

Medical workers in the outbreak zone have to follow strict anti-infection procedures.Erdi Huizenga and Nick Zwinkels treated three patients last month at a clinic in Yele, in the infection zone, who later died of ebola infection. Because the virus was only detected after the patients died, the doctors were not wearing protective clothing at the time.

Last week Huizenga, 39, tested negative for ebola after being taken to hospital in Leiden with fever-like symptoms. It turned out to be malaria.

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Groningen city centre rocked by earthquake linked to gas production

One of the strongest earthquakes linked to gas extraction in the north-east shook the centre of Groningen on Tuesday afternoon.

Groningen's historic centre was rocked by an earthquake measuring 2.8 on the Richter scale.The tremor measured 2.8 on the Richter scale, according to the Dutch meteorological service KNMI, and had its epicentre in the village of Ten Boer, 18km north-west of the provincial capital.

Twitter quickly filled up with messages from people living and working in Groningen, including city alderman Paul de Rook, who wrote: “Earthquake clearly felt in Groningen city hall. Never felt one so strong. Hope everyone and everything is in one piece!”

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Did the butler really do it? The 30-year-old murder case that has medical experts calling foul

When the elderly widow Dorethea van Wylick married her butler in September 1983, it raised more than a few eyebrows.

In the 30 years since Dick van Leeuwerden was convicted of murder a growing body of medical opinion has supported his claims of innocence.For a start, the servant in question, Dick van Leeuwerden, was almost half the age of his 73-year-old bride. Secondly, he was openly gay. And finally, Mrs Van Wylick was known to be sitting on a fortune of 1.8 million guilders (€817,000).

When the newlywed lady passed away just six weeks later, suspicion immediately fell on Van Leeuwerden. He was accused of killing her with a soup laced with Surinamese rum, which, combined with the medication she was taking for a heart condition, proved fatal.

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Investigation into monster truck stunt crash that killed five-year-old boy and two other spectators

Five people remain critically ill in hospital after an accident that killed a five-year-old boy and two others when a monster truck ploughed into a crowd of spectators during a stunt display.

20140929-monstertruckAnother 18 people were injured when the truck seemingly lost control in a car park in Haaksbergen, Overijssel, on Sunday afternoon. The truck drove over a cluster of parked cars, but then careered into the crowd instead of braking.

Two of the victims died at the scene, while a third died in hospital later in the evening. Local media named one of the victims as five-year-old Tim Hadders, whose eight-year-old sister Marit was seriously injured.

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MPs call for reopening of Theo van Gogh murder case after 'accomplices' claim

The murder of film director Theo van Gogh 10 years ago is back on the political agenda after the leading prosecutor in the case said believed Van Gogh’s killer had accomplices.

Flowers being laid at the crossroads in Amsterdam where Theo van Gogh was murdered 10 years ago.Frank van Straelen’s comments to the EenVandaag current affairs show prompted two MPs, Freedom Party (PVV) leader Geert Wilders and Socialist member Ronald van Raak, to demand a Parliamentary debate on whether the case should be re-examined.

Van Gogh was shot and stabbed to death in November 2004 while cycling to work in Amsterdam. His killer, 26-year-old Mohammed Bouyeri, pinned a note to his chest containing a death threat to the Somali-born women’s rights campaigner Ayaan Hirsi Ali, then a Liberal (VVD) MP. Hirsi Ali worked with Van Gogh on Submission, a short film criticising Islam’s attitudes to women.

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Dutch soldiers told not to wear uniform on public transport as 'preventive' measure

Dutch military personnel have been advised not to wear their uniform on public transport because of a fear of terrorist reprisals against the Netherlands’ role in Iraq.

In recent years soldiers have been encouraged to wear uniform in public to foster public support.A spokesman for the defence ministry said the advice was a “precautionary” measure and there were no explicit threats of an attack.

Justice minister Ivo Opstelten has since sought to stave off panic by stressing that everyone should go about their daily business as usual. "Take the metro, take the train - I'm taking the metro to a concert tonight - and go out to the sports field tomorrow," he told NOS.

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It's the bike that should be oiled: two out of three Dutch night riders are over the limit

Two out of three cyclists on the roads in the early hours of the morning have had too much to drink, according to research in two Dutch cities.

Warning sign: Nine in 10 cyclists on the road between 1am and 3am have had a drink.The study by Groningen's Rijksuniversiteit found nearly one in nine people stopped between 1am and 3am had some alcohol in their blood, while up to 11 per cent admitted to having taken drugs.

Researchers were surprised by the scale of alcohol use. “We knew that alcohol is often involved in night-time accidents, but we didn’t know how many people were cycling after having a tipple. Apparently there are hardly any cyclists in the early hours who haven’t been drinking.” Add a comment

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Doctor under observation for ebola had contact with dying patient in Sierra Leone

One of two Dutch doctors flown home from Sierra Leone has admitted that she had unprotected contact with a patient who later died of ebola.

Aid workers wearing protective clothing against ebola infection in west Africa.In an interview with De Volkskrant, Erdi Huizenga said the 53-year-old man at first appeared to show symptoms of cholera and only later developed the high fever that marks out ebola.

Huizenga, 39, and 31-year-old Nick Zwinkels were flown home last week on a government-chartered jet after alerting the Dutch embassy in Ghana. They have since been in voluntary isolation at an undisclosed location while they wait to discover if they are infected.

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Rutte's budget tries to find local solutions to global problems in a not so brave new world

By Nicola Chadwick (@amsternic)

Dutch blogger Nicola Chadwick gives a naturalised expat's view on life and politics in the Netherlands.It’s 200 years since the first Speech from the Throne was delivered by a Dutch king. This may explain why the royals arrive in a horse-drawn carriage decorated with scenes of slavery. After all, slavery was only abolished 150 years ago. Prinsjesdag, as it is known, or budget day, falls on the third Tuesday in September and is steeped in acquired traditions, just like Sinterklaas. Schoolchildren in The Hague are given the day off to watch the monarch ride through the Netherlands’ political capital in the aforementioned golden carriage. Women politicians wear hats, which are increasingly an opportunity to make a non-verbal political statement.

Jokes circulated before the event that Geert Wilders, leader of the Freedom Party (PVV), may even don a floppy Black Pete hat with a feather in it. They stopped short of suggesting he might black up, as that would have taken the joke too far. Earlier this week the self-proclaimed leader of free speech announced he wanted to impose legislation on municipalities to force them to keep Black Pete black, as well as preserving the traditional songs with their controversial lyrics intact. It’s funny that the man who bleaches his hair to conceal his Indonesian roots is calling for blackface to be enshrined in law.

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