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Three Dutch Marines Captured In Libya

[Ed. Note: An update to this post has been added to the end and can be seen after the jump.]

Three Dutch marines are being held by authorities in Libya after they were captured by forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi while trying to rescue Dutch workers, a Defense Ministry spokesman said today.

The three, crew members of a Dutch naval helicopter from the HMS Tromp, were “surrounded by armed Libyan forces late on Sunday afternoon” after landing near the Gaddafi hometown of Sirte. The Tromp has been anchored off Libya’s coast to assist with evacuations from the conflict torn country, spokesman Otto Beeksma told the Associated Press.

Asked if the Dutch government considered the marines hostages, Beeksma said, “they are being held by Libyan authorities.”

Government officials had kept word of the capture a secret until the Dutch daily De Telegraaf broke the story.

“These are situations that benefit from total secrecy because then you can carry out discussions in peace to ensure these people get home safely,” Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said.

The Netherlands is now engaged in “intensive negotiations” with Gaddafi’s government to secure the marines’ release, Beeksma said.

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Picasso To Go Through Israeli Checkpoints

A joint initiative between the West Bank’s International Art Academy Palestine and the Netherlands’ Van Abbe Museum hopes to bring a Pablo Picasso masterpiece to Ramallah for public display in April.

It is believed to be the first time a Picasso masterpiece will go on display in the Palestinian territories, the BBC said.

What began as a simple request to the Dutch museum to borrow Picasso’s ‘Buste de Femme’ (1943) became an “elaborate research on procedure,” organizers said, including re-examination of international business agreements, the Oslo Accords and the context of the Palestinian art scene.

“This all works to highlight the abnormality of the Palestinian reality,” the organizers said in a statement.

The project is also being filmed as part of a documentary.

Complete article via Ma’an News Agency

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