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Jul 27 '17 08:26

Amsterdam fire department commander Leen Schaap is still struggling to change the culture within the corps, which still shows signs of discrimination, racism and bullying, Mayor Eberhard van der Laan and municipal secretary Arjan van Gils said in a letter to the city council, NU.nl reports.

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Jul 27 '17 07:55

Dutch police officers want more training in arrest techniques and self-defense, as well as more shooting lessons, police union ACP said to newspaper AD.

Each police officer must undergo at least 32 hours of training per year. But due to a shortage of teachers, around half of the cops in the Netherlands don't get there, according to the union.

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Jul 27 '17 07:41

Two are brothers N.H. and R.H. who live in Paramaribo and work in an Islamic butchery in the Surinamese capital. Both were born in the Netherlands and have Dutch nationality. Their family is shocked by the arrests, NOS reports.

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Jul 26 '17 16:40

The coming nights will be ideal for star gazing in the Netherlands, if the weather plays along and you're willing to stay up late. A meteor shower will be very visible in the Dutch skies over the next few days, according to Weeronline.

Tonight 19 meteorites will penetrate the atmosphere per hour. And over the weekend it will be 23 to 24 per hour, or a shooting star every two or three minutes. These will be visible to the naked eye, according to the weather service.

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Jul 26 '17 16:00

Dutch woman will be released from custody and can await trail in freedom, as long as she keeps to a number of conditions, the court in Rotterdam ruled on Thursday. She has to wear an ankle monitor, stay away from borders and airports, check in with the rehabilitation service on a regular basis and is not allowed any contact with her husband, NOS reports.

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Jul 26 '17 15:20

The police arrested two men shortly after a 41-year-old man from Barendrecht was shot and killed in his car on Langehorst in Rotterdam on Wednesday morning. They were arrested close to the crime scene. Whether they were involved in the sooting is as yet unclear, the Telegraaf reports.

Police officers noticed the duo shortly after arriving at the scene of the shooting. They were in a car on the terrain of a mortuary, right opposite where the victim's Seat Leon was parked. 

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Jul 26 '17 14:20

Most of the Dutch tourists currently spending their holidays in the south of France have experienced little trouble from forest fires raging in the area, tour operators Neckermann Reizen and Vrij Uit said to RTL Nieuws on Wednesday. 

Forest fires have been raging in southern France near St Tropez and on Corsica since early this week. But of the tourists who booked holidays through the two companies, none had to be evacuated or had to leave the area prematurely. "Our customers don't notice much about that", a spokesperson said to the broadcaster. "They're enjoying their holiday."

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Jul 26 '17 13:40

Pizza chain New York Pizza and the municipality of Amsterdam are facing each other in the administrative court on Wednesday. New York Pizza wanted to open a branch in the city, but Amsterdam denied the permit because the city feels there's no space for a fast food chain in the chosen location. In court the pizza chain plans to argue that it is a restaurant, not a fast food chain, according to RTL Nieuws.

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Jul 26 '17 13:00

For the terraces in Amsterdam are the most expensive in the Netherlands, according to the annual terrace study by hospitality consultancy firm Van Spronsen & Partners. This year Zwolle came out the cheapest terrace city for the first time. 

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Jul 26 '17 12:20

The police will make no further announcements about two persons who were on Monday "out of respect for the loved ones", the police said in a statement. The victims were identified as a 44-year-old man and a 42-year-old woman who lived in the home on Graafschap Hornelaan.

According to the police, investigation ruled out a crime "involving a third person". The investigation was therefore closed.

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Jul 26 '17 11:40

A 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of setting a last week. and four others were injured in the fire.

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Jul 26 '17 11:00

The municipality of Amsterdam is taking another step towards gender-neutrality. From now on the municipality is scrapping the words "ladies and gentlemen" from the beginning of speeches and will also no longer start letters with "Dear Sir/Madam", Het Parool reports.

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Jul 26 '17 10:20

If the United States Senate approves Donald of former Republican congressman Pete Hoekstra as new U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands, he will be coming to The Hague in the fall. How Hoekstra will do in the Netherlands is the question - a number of his standpoints are contrary to the general feeling in the Netherlands, according to broadcaster NOS.

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Jul 26 '17 09:34

Dutch women's fashion brand Witteveen was declared bankrupt, the Telegraaf reports. The 98 stores in the chain may not be open on Wednesday and the about 400 employees will be left on the streets, according tot he newspaper.

The bankruptcy came as a result of excessive outstanding taxes. According to the newspaper, the Tax Authorities requested the bankruptcy because the company would not hold to a payment scheme. 

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Jul 26 '17 09:06

The number of Dutch who explicitly said 'no' to being organ donors increased by 152 thousand to 1.71 million since early 2016, Statistics Netherlands announced on Wednesday. In the same period the number of people who did give permission for their organs to be donated also increased, by 36 thousand to 3.6 million.

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Jul 26 '17 08:27

The police are planning an experiment in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht in which they will more intensely target ATM bombers and ram-raiders. The experiment involves stopping these criminals by following them very obviously and annoyingly, taking their illegally earned money and also keeping an eye on their family members, NOS reports.

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Jul 26 '17 08:03

A 41-year-old man died in hospital during the early hours of Wednesday morning after a shooting in Rotterdam. Witnesses reported hearing multiple gunshots and the man's injuries looked like gunshot wounds, the police confirmed to NU.nl.

The victim was found critically injured in a car on Langehorst in Rotterdam-Zuid. He was rushed to the hospital, where he died. 

A special investigation team is on the case and is expected to release more information during the course of Wednesday. 

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Jul 26 '17 07:48

The police found the body of missing Korean student Youngmin Kwon in the water at the Leidse Kort Galgewater on Tuesday. Kwon was last seen alive during the early hours of Sunday morning, AD reports.

The 25-year-old student form South Korea lived and studied in Leiden. He disappeared after a night out. 

On Tuesday afternoon the police told local broadcaster Unity that a body was found in the water. The Leiden police now confirmed that it is the missing student.

The police are investigating how he died. 

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Jul 26 '17 07:39

Two Dutch-Surinamese persons were arrested in Suriname on Sunday on suspicion of involvement in terrorist activities, the Surinamese Ministry of Justice and Police announced on Tuesday. There are no indications of an immediate threat, the statement said, according to NU.nl.

"Until now, facts and circumstances and investigation have not yet revealed that the suspects would have posed risk to a mission or embassy established here", the Ministry said.

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Jul 25 '17 17:00

Mounir E. from Spijkensse can not be prosecuted for breaking an area ban imposed on him during the Rotterdam Marathon earlier this year, because of "carelessness" by the Ministry of Security and Justice when imposing the ban, the court in Rotterdam ruled, AD reports.

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Jul 25 '17 16:20

Two men invaded a home in Oosterblokker around 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning and surprised the home's two residents in their bed. The residents were beaten and left tied up in the bed, according to the police.

The robbers searched through the home for hours, eventually leaving around 8:00 a.m.

They fled in the residents black Audi A3. The car had a remarkable orange, gray and red kite board in it and two bags, one colored neon yellow and red the other black, in it.

The car was found sometime after 8:00 a.m. on the Compaigne in Zwaag.

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Jul 25 '17 15:40

Kaene M. of rap formation SFB was arrested with a loaded gun in Amsterdam Zuidoost on Saturday. The 20-year-old rapper was detained immediately after a performance at Vestival, AT5 reported on Tuesday. 

A festival attendee alerted security officers about the weapon. The security guards called in the police, and the rapper was arrested. He will be arraigned on Tuesday.

SFB is scheduled to perform at Kwaku this weekend. It is not yet clear whether Kaene M. will make the performance.

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Jul 25 '17 15:00

Dozens of Dutch tourists were evacuated from their holiday homes and campsites in southern France on Tuesday due to fierce forest fires in the area. The dry, hot weather and strong winds mean that the fires are spreading quickly, but the French fire department says it has the situation under reasonable control, the Telegraaf reports.

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Jul 25 '17 14:20

The fire departments from Lochem and Barchem evacuated the FrieslandCampina buildings on Kanaalstraat in Lochem after an unexpected chemical reaction with nitric acid created an "orange cloud". The roads around the dairy factory are also closed while firefighters take measurements, the Gelderlander reports.

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