Lodewijk Asscher of Dutch Labour party PvdA
Dec 9 '16 17:23

A change in leadership was confirmed on Friday at the top of the PvdA, the Labour Party of the Netherlands. The new party leader is current Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher, party chairman Hans Spekman announced in Amsterdam.

Asscher defeated Diederik Samsom by a nine percent margin, winning 54.5 percent of the vote. Asscher had decided fairly late in the process to challenge Samsom for the leadership. 

Kalashnikov AK-47 in Rotterdam terrorism case
Dec 9 '16 16:59

Police in the Netherlands arrested a 30-year-old Rotterdam resident suspected of planning a terrorist-related crime, the Dutch public prosecutor revealed on Friday. The suspect had a Kalashnikov AK-47 with two full magazines when authorities conducted the investigation.

A large painting in the suspect’s home depicting a flag used by ISIS was found, as well as four boxes of highly explosive illegal fireworks. Several mobile phones were also seized, along with 1,600 euros.

Geert Wilders rally in Purmerend
Dec 9 '16 11:41

Anti-Islam party leader Geert Wilders was found guilty of inciting discrimination and insulting a race of people during a campaign speech on March 19, 2014. In issuing its ruling, judges at the maximum security court near Schiphol Airport said the populist politician's rhetoric did not fall within his rights to free speech.

 crime scene tape
Dec 9 '16 08:23

One person was fatally wounded in a shooting at a sex club in Laren, Noord-Holland, according to the AD. The victim, believed to be convicted killer-turned-crime blogger Martin Kok, died after shots rang out at the Boccaccio club on Hector Treublaan just after 11:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Kok was in his 80-year-old father's car at the time of the shooting, according to Het Parool. Investigators were still looking for those involved in the shooting as of 8 a.m. on Friday, the AD said.

HIV-1
Dec 8 '16 17:37

A protein in a type of skin cell was found to prevent the HIV virus from entering the human body during sexual contact, researchers at Amsterdam’s Academic Medical Centre discovered. The TRIM5alpha protein in a type of cell called Langerhans Cells helps restrict HIV-1 transmission in both heterosexual and homosexual activities, the research shows.

The discovery could determine why some are more susceptible to HIV than others, AMC said in a statement. Genetic differences in people could make it harder for the protein to block, and shred the virus.

Landscape near Arnhem by Piet Mondriaan
Dec 8 '16 12:55

A previously unknown painting by Piet Mondriaan turned up at the Amsterdam branch of Christie’s auction house, the firm revealed this week. The watercolor landscape of fields and hills near Arnhem was painted in either 1902 or 1903, the auction house told the Parool.

It is expected to sell for between 120,000 and 180,000 euro when it goes up for auction on Dec. 13. The piece never appeared in a museum gallery, and has never been sold in a publicly-known event.

Stefan S. and Nguyen Thanh Dung
Dec 8 '16 12:42

Authorities in Cambodia released 53-year-old Dutch man Stefan S., held in connection with the assault and alleged sexual abuse of a toddler. Graphic videos showing a naked toddler shocked with an electric candle prod, and further abuse, led to the arrests of S., and two of his Cambodian workers, named 28-year-old Ret Sothy and 25-year-old Oeu Nat, according to the Cambodia Daily.

Sothy and Nat were also released. The Dutch man’s presumed boyfriend, Nguyen Thanh Dung, 25, was arrested Wednesday night in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He is still in custody.

Russia's Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's Viktor Yanukovich
Dec 8 '16 11:58

The Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV) called upon Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte to push through ratification of a European Union agreement with the Ukraine. The deal, rejected by Dutch voters in a non-binding referendum, includes policy on energy, economics, labour rights and free travel across borders.

Former Amsterdam prison Bijlmerbajes
Dec 8 '16 10:18

The number of adults held in custody by order of Dutch courts fell in 2015 by 3,450 to 39,790. It represents a decline of nearly eight percent on the 2014 prison population, according to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), a reversal after two straight years of slight increases.

Axl Rose
Dec 7 '16 17:05

Guns N' Roses will be giving a concert in the Goffertpark in Nijmegen on July 12th next year as part of their Not In This Lifetime tour. This is the first time since 1993 that guitarist Slash, singer Axl Rose and bassist Duff McKagan will be on stage together in Nijmegen since 1993, the Gelderlander reports.

Ticket sales for the concert starts Friday at 10:00 a.m. An American Express presale is already ongoing, during which a certain percentage of the available tickets will be sold. The presale ends at 9:00 a.m. on Friday.

Orchestra playing at the opening of Utrecht Centraal, 7 Dec 2016
Dec 7 '16 16:30

After years of renovations, the Utrecht Centraal train station finally opened today. And all travelers were invited to enjoy the day long celebration of the reopening, DUIC reports.

The festivities started at 6:30 a.m. with a lesson from yoga teacher Christa Schep. "Try to keep your breathing calm and constant", you could hear her saying from the balcony, over the rush of people trying to catch their train. 

WiFi logo on an NS train
Dec 7 '16 15:55

The Dutch government wants everyone in the country to have access to high speed internet. Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs calls wireless internet a basic need, such as water and electricity. The government is working hard to make fast wireless internet available to everyone in the Netherlands, RTL Nieuws reports. 

Dec 7 '16 15:20

The Netherlands is still making secret tax deals with multinational companies, according to an European report on which Dutch research foundation SOMO worked. The Netherlands remains one of the ost important countries in Europe when it comes to tax evasion, the report states according to ANP.

Last year the Netherlands made 236 secret tax deals. That means that the country is 3rd in Europe in the number of secret tax deals made with multinationals last year. Only Belgium and Luxembourg made more.

Police uniform
Dec 7 '16 14:45

The court in Den Bosch acquitted police officer Ronald V. on appeal for shooting an innocent passenger in a getaway car in 2013. When the case was first tried, the Kerkrade police officer was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to two years in prison, AD reports.

V., his family and many colleagues were in court to hear the verdict.

The rectory garden in Nuenen with Pond and Figures - Vincent van Gogh
Dec 7 '16 14:05

The Noordbrabants Museum in Den Bosch acquired a watercolor by Vincent van Gogh titled "The Rectory Garden in Nuenen ", the museum announced. The museum calls it the "most important purchase ever", though the price paid for the painting was not disclosed, Omroep Brabant reports

The watercolor is Van Gogh's first experiment with walking figures. It shows couples wandering around the garden. According to the museum, the watercolor gives a good overview of Van Gogh's Brabant period. 

Sketch of gunman in attempted assassination on Iwan kantemanplein in Amsterdam Osdorp, 4 Oct 2016
Dec 7 '16 13:30

The police released more information about an attempted assassination near a primary school in Amsterdam-Osdorp in October, in the hopes that information from the public will lead to a resolution in this case. The new information released includes a video of the attempted assassination, as well as a composite sketch of one of the perpetrators.

Bird's eye view of the MH17 monument in Vijfhuizen near Schiphol - artist's impression
Dec 7 '16 12:55

The construction of the national MH17 memorial starts in Vijfhuizen, near Schiphol airport today. The memorial will consists of a forest of 298 trees, one for each person who died when the Malaysia Airlines flight was shot down, as well as the National Monument for the victims, NOS reports.

Leidseplein in Amsterdam at night
Dec 7 '16 12:20

Union CNV is launching a hotline where workers in the hospitality industry can report exploitation. This follows whistleblower Tiberiu Palade revealing appalling abuses in an number of Amsterdam cafes and restaurants, ranging from threats and intimidation to salaries below the minimum wage, on Brandpunt on Tuesday. Palade called the situation "modern slavery", Het Parool reports. 

Dec 7 '16 11:39

The government wants the Netherlands to be nearly CO2 emissions free by 2050, according to Economic Minister Henk Kamp's Energy Agenda. The Agenda contains a number of measures to reduce dependency on fossil fuels and encourage sustainable living. Environmental organizations call the plan unambitious, NU.nl reports.

Dec 7 '16 11:03

The D66 and PvdA want to stimulate electric driving in the Netherlands by making it more attractive. The two parties submitted a plan with 10 practical measures to do so, ranging from charging stations every 25 km to a guarantee on car batteries, NOS reports.

Hairdresser
Dec 7 '16 10:32

The option to have a glass of wine at the hairdresser or a beer at the bookstore is again gaining support among politicians in the Netherlands. VVD parliamentarian Erik Ziengs submitted a legislative proposal to make this possible, under strict conditions of course, RTL Z reports.

Police
Dec 7 '16 10:12

From today people in the Netherlands can file complaints about ethnic profiling by the police via the police app. The Dutch police extended the app in an effort to get more insight into how often people feel that they were unfairly checked because of their appearance, and how often this feeling is justified, NOS reports.

People who feel that they were the victim of ethnic profiling, can now report this via a special form on the police app. Previously this could only be done on the police website or at a police station. 

Dec 7 '16 09:45

Pregnant woman who get in too little vitamin D are more than twice as likely to have a child that develops autism, according to a study by Erasmus MC in Rotterdam among over 4 thousand 6-year-olds and their mothers.

Dec 7 '16 09:12

So far the Dutch police seized 14 thousand kilograms of illegal fireworks, according to the Public Prosecutor's weekly fireworks barometer which started up in the second week of October. By this time last year, the police already seized over 32 thousand kilograms of illegal fireworks, ANP reports.

The Public Prosecutor thinks the decrease can be explained by the trade in illegal fireworks starting up later this year than usual. A number of previously illegal fireworks were also classified legal this year. 

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