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Jul 2 '14 09:12

State Secretary Fred Teeven and the Ministry of Justice have been determined too strict in their policy around the child pardon regulations. The court in The Hague decided yesterday that it is unjust to deny a child asylum if the child has not been visible to the Realm, but only to the municipality.

Jul 2 '14 08:19

Nigel de Jong will no longer be able to assist The Netherlands in their World Cup campaign due to a groin injury that will see him inactive on the bench for the next two to four weeks. On Twitter, De Jong says he is "devastated" at the news, but encourages his team to remain focused.

Jul 1 '14 14:33

Dutch companies are at the forefront of social media according to statistics released Tuesday by the Statistics Netherland (CBS). More then a quarter of companies in the Netherlands are using Twitter and other microblogs like to communicate with their customers.

Jul 1 '14 10:41

Between 2011 and 2013, former Members of Parliament have collectively received more than €12 million in half-pay. Ex-Ministers and ex-State Secretaries together accounted for €2 million. This comes from Minister Plasterk, in answer to Parliament questions from the SP, the NOS reports.

Jul 1 '14 09:59

The law that allows transgenders to amend their gender on their passports more easily has gone through today. The law has removed several bureaucratic and stringent steps, making the process more efficient.

Jul 1 '14 09:35

The families of Lisanne Froon and Kris Kremers, the two Dutch girls who disappeared, and died in the jungles of Panama, are telling the people who have supported them for so long that they may organize a memorial.

Jul 1 '14 09:03

Cuts to the Netherlands Security Service AIVD are going to be entirely restored. The Cabinet does not believe it responsible to make cuts to the budget of this service, especially seeing the new heightened threat of a terrorist attack inside the country, De Telegraaf reports.

Jun 30 '14 15:38

Netherlands counter-terrorism coordinator AIVD has warned that the threat of a terrorist attack in the country is "bigger than ever before." The secret service is taking a possible attack against the Dutch democratic society very seriously, De Telegraaf reports.

Jun 30 '14 14:56

A fire in the center of Haarlem has broken out in a building in the shopping area on De Grote Houtstraat. It is unclear what caused the fire, but the area has been closed off, and neighboring buildings are being partly evacuated.

Jun 30 '14 09:27

The match between The Netherlands and Mexico on Sunday evening was watched by almost 8.1 million Dutch people at home. On Twitter, 9.1 million tweets were sent out about the match. The Netherlands will meet Costa Rica on July 5th.

Jun 30 '14 08:21

Royal Dutch Airlines has become the focus of a racism row over a tweet the airline posted after Oranje's controversial last-minute win over Mexico in the World Cup match on Sunday.

Jun 29 '14 20:16

Facing imminent elimination with only minutes left in the World Cup match against Mexico, the Netherlands found a way to put the ball in the back of the net twice to win 2-0. The thrilling game saw Oranje knock Mexico out of the tournament, and move on to face the winner of the Greece-Costa Rica match later Sunday evening.

Jun 27 '14 15:49

Rumors that Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is setting himself up as candidate for the new president of the EU, to take the place of Herman van Rompuy, are "nonsense", said Deputy PM Lodewijk Asscher on Friday.

Jun 26 '14 11:31

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (VVD) has said that the appointment of Jean-Claude Juncker as successor of José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, will be approved by The Netherlands.

Jun 26 '14 10:57

Despite an overall drop in unemployment, in the over-50s age group, it seems to be increasing. Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs will make €34 million available for a plan to give the over-50s extra training.

Jun 26 '14 10:16

Dutch footballer Arjen Robben is cautiously confident about his team's future in the World Cup. He is critical about the way his team has been playing, but believes that The Netherlands can reach the final.

Jun 26 '14 08:16

Returned fighters in the ongoing Syrian crisis have become the focus of a criminal investigation by the Public Prosecution Authority (OM). "Several dozen" Jihadis, recruiters and others are being investigated, according to Minister Ivo Opstelten of Security and Justice.

Jun 25 '14 16:29

Police in Amsterdam have evacuated Dam Square and the Amsterdam branch of Dutch department store De Bijenkorf after a bomb threat was received, police said. No details of the threat have been publicly revealed.

Jun 25 '14 10:26

Festivals making final preparations for this weekends events are going out of their way to make sure that Oranje fans will be able to watch Sunday's World Cup match between the Netherlands and Mexico without issue. Festival organizers across the country are scrambling to provide large screens so supporters can cheer on Holland, newspaper Parool reported.

Jun 25 '14 09:14

Dutch war criminal Siert Bruins will not have to go to prison for the murder of resistance fighter Aldert Klaas Dijkema in 1944. The Public Prosecution Authority in Germany has retracted the appeal to convict Bruins for murder, the court in Hagen, Germany reports.

Jun 25 '14 08:47

DNA testing of human remains found in Panama were positively identified as belonging to 21-year-old Kris Kremers, one of two Dutch students missing in the Central American country since April 1. Remains belonging to her friend, Lisanne Froon, 22, were identified earlier this week.

Jun 24 '14 15:59

Campaign director for Greenpeace International, Pascal Husting, has made a public apology for his use of air travel to get to Amsterdam from his home in Luxembourg.

Jun 24 '14 14:46

An apparently clairvoyant meerkat from the Dierenpark zoo in Amersfoort has predicted correctly the outcomes of all of the matches The Netherlands have played thus far in the World Cup.

Jun 24 '14 10:12

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima are going to Poland today and tomorrow as their first state visit. Talks will revolve around trade, and history.

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