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Twitter: the future for political debate?

On Newsline (3 June 2010): The Dutch suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway is once again suspected of murder. We hear from a Dutch activist caught up in Israel's raid on ships bound for Gaza. And the first ever election debate on Twitter ends in chaos.

 

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Joran van der Sloot is a murder suspect...again
Interpol has issued an international arrest warrant for Joran van der Sloot in connection with a murder in the Peruvian capital Lima. Van der Sloot was already the main suspect in the 2005 disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway on the island of Aruba. These latest developments have lead to strong reactions on the Caribbean island, says our correspondent Dilma Arends.

 

'Israel to blame for the violence'
While the victims of Monday's raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla were buried today, hundreds of activists who were involved received a heroes' welcome at Istanbul airport. Among those released were two Dutch citizens. One of them, Anne de Jong, told us about the raid.

 

How to debate in no more than 140 characters
Dutch politicians are breaking new grounds in social media in the run up to next week's general elections. Last night, dozends of political leaders and thousands of ordinary people tapped away furiously during the first ever political debate on Twitter. It was chaos, but the twitterers loved it, says our political correspondent John Tyler.

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