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Aug 2 '17 07:31

Part of the A9 highway is closed between the junction Raasdorp en Haarlem Zuid on Wednesday morning due to a fire. The fire broke out in a storage unit near Polderbaan on Schiphol, NOS reports.

Large clouds of smoke could be seen coming from the building on Schipholweg. Schipholweg and part of the A9 were closed and a lower speed limit is in effect for the highway. Air traffic is not hindered by the fire. But motorists should take into account that it may take longer than usual to reach the airport this morning. 

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Aug 1 '17 17:20

A child minder from Assen was sentenced to four years in prison for shaking a baby to death in October last year. The court found the woman guilty of manslaughter, saying she acted deliberately and with the knowledge that shaking can kill a baby, NOS reports.

The Public Prosecutor demanded six years in prison, also for manslaughter. The judge decided that a lower sentence is appropriate as this is the woman's first run in with the law and she already sought help, so there is little chance of repetition. The woman confessed to what she did. 

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Aug 1 '17 11:20

Dutch food and consumer product safety authority NVWA issued a warning to consumers not to eat eggs with the company code X-NL-40155XX. The content of toxic fipronil in these eggs is so high that they pose an acute danger to public health, the NVWA said, NU.nl reports.

The Xs in the code represent numbers. The code will be stamped on the egg. The NVWA is recalling the affected eggs from the shelves, but consumers who already bought eggs with this code are advised to throw them away. 

Dutch police officers responding to a report of a crime
Aug 1 '17 08:27

One person was hurt in a shooting on Puccinistraat in Tilburg early on Tuesday morning. The perpetrators fled in a car and are still at large. A police helicopter was deployed to search for them, AD reports.

The shooting happened around 2:00 a.m. Bystanders saw two suspects drive away. According to the newspaper, the victim sustained two bullet wounds - one in the abdomen and one in the upper leg. 

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Aug 1 '17 08:08

A number of parliamentarians are calling on Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs to update travel advice for Turkey after a Dutch man was arrested there last week. The Dutch man was on social media. He has since been released, but is still not allowed to leave the country.

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Aug 1 '17 07:45

Emergency services responded en masse to the Shell Pernis refinery in Rotterdam on Monday night after a leak of hydrofluoric acid was discovered. Less than 48 hours earlier, emergency services also responded to the refinery when a short circuit in a high voltage cable caused a fire, NU.nl reports.

A very low concentration of the hazardous substance leaked when flushing pipes, according to the local safety office. The leak was discovered around 10:15 p.m. By 00:30 a.m. the Shell staff managed to close the leak. The acid did not leak off the Shell premises.

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Jul 31 '17 11:40

Today is expected to be Schiphol airport's busiest day of the year. A record number of 230 thousand passengers are traveling through the airport on Monday, six thousand more than the previous record established last month, NOS reports.

Most of the travelers are only passing through - 81 thousand people are stepping from one flight to another at the Amsterdam airport today. Over 78 thousand are departing and 71 thousand are arriving with the Netherlands as destination.

Nijmegen police rescue a 4-year-old boy who was left home alone, locked out on a balcony for over 2 hours, July 2017
Jul 31 '17 08:41

A 4-year-old boy was left home alone, crying on a balcony in Nijmegen for hours last week. A police officer rescued the boy by climbing onto the balcony from a neighbor's apartment. The officer found him "with tears on his face and large eyes", the Nijmegen police wrote on Facebook.

Jul 31 '17 08:20

Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan was a guest on Zomergasten on Sunday night, the first extensive interview he gave since he announced that he was early this year. Van der Laan spoke to presenter Janine Abbring about his work, his illness and his city, remarkably getting more emotional when speaking about the city than speaking about his cancer.

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Jul 31 '17 07:29

No trains are traveling between Leeuwarden and Zwolle on Monday morning after a person was killed in a fatal accident on the N31 near Widrum in Friesland. A car drove down the slope and ended up next to the track. According to broadcaster NOS, the car caught fire and the driver was killed.

The driver was the only person inside the car. The N31 was closed down in both directions so that emergency services could do their work.

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Jul 28 '17 13:40

Firefighters found a critically injured man, with what seemed to be gunshot wounds, while extinguishing a fire in a home in Rotterdam on Friday morning, ANP reports.

The fire brigade responded to the house on Hooidrift after a fire broke out there on Friday morning. "During the extinguishing they encountered the victim, who did not seem to be unwell due to smoke. He was very hurt", a police spokesperson said to the news wire. "Our estimation is that he has a gunshot wound."

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Jul 28 '17 08:29

Dutch rail company NS decided to also make its announcements gender neutral. Following the example of London's underground and the municipality of Amsterdam, NS will soon address its travelers not as 'ladies and gentlemen', but as 'best travelers', NOS reports.

This measure will be implemented with the new timetable on December 10th. NS hopes to also turn all the broadcasts on stations gender neutral - the company is in talks with the other transit companies on the Dutch rail network. 

20,000 pigs killed in a fire on a farm on Erichemsewal near Erichem in Gelderland, 27 Jul 2017
Jul 28 '17 08:05

Twenty thousand pigs were killed in a fire that broke out in a pig farm on Erichemsewal just outside the Gelderland town of Erichem on Thursday. Asbestos was released in a small area around the stable, according to local safety office Veiligheidsregio Gelderland-Zuid. 

The fire, and the extinguishing thereof, was accompanied by a lot of smoke in a large area around the farm. Local residents were warned to keep their windows and doors closed. Guests at a campsite in Erichem were told to stay inside their caravans or go to the main building, NU.nl reports.

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Jul 28 '17 07:37

A 38-year-old man was stabbed to death on an Amsterdam subway during rush hour on Tuesday evening. Bystanders and emergency services tried to resuscitate the Amsterdam man, and he was rushed to hospital, but he died of his injuries, Het Parool reports.

The stabbing happened on subway 53, near the Venserpolder stop at Dalsteindreef in Zuidoost around 6:00 p.m. A 27-year-old man from Amsterdam was arrested almost immediately after the stabbing. He initially fled the scene, but the police quickly tracked him down. The circumstances surrounding the stabbing are being investigated.

KMG Afterburner “Vortex” at Thorpe Park
Jul 27 '17 16:30

Dutch company KMG called on all operators of its Afterburner fairground attraction to turn off the ride after a fatal accident with one at the Ohio State Fair on Wednesday. The company asked operators to keep the attraction shut down as a precaution while they investigate exactly what happened in the United States, AD reports.

KMG Afterburner “Vortex” at Thorpe Park
Jul 27 '17 12:30

An 18-year-old man was killed and seven others were injured, three critically, in an accident with a carnival attraction at the Ohio State Fair in the United States on Wednesday. The attraction in question - called the Fireball in the U.S. - was made by Dutch company KMG, AD reports.

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Jul 27 '17 11:50

The call centers for national emergency number 112 and Ambulance Amsterdam are not up to the task of handling a peak in callers, according to an investigation into the availability of these call centers during a massive power outage in Amsterdam and surrounds in January. This resulted in life-threateningly long waiting times, Het Parool reports.

The investigation was done by the Inspectorates for Healthcare and Security and Justice and the Telecom Agency. The investigators concluded that the availability of 112 falls short during great peaks and must improve. 

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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 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. 

Youngmin Kwon
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.

Forest fire raging in La Croix-Valmer, France, 24 Jul 2017
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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