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Angry man arrested on the Binnenhof in The Hague, 5 Jan 2017
Jan 6 '17 08:20

A mentally disturbed man caused havoc on the Dutch government complex the Binnenhof in The Hague on Thursday afternoon. He threw a bag at the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, from the square in front of it. The square was evacuated, surrounding streets were closed down for several hours and warning shots were fired before the man was finally arrested, the Telegraaf reports.

Jan 6 '17 07:50

A third of Dutch hospitals' websites do not have proper security and a quarter do not even use a secure internet connection, according to a study by Women in Cyber Security (WICS), Trouw reports.

Icy road
Jan 6 '17 07:33

Friday is turning out to be a cold day for the Netherlands, with afternoon temperatures expected to range between freezing and -2 degrees. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning, warning motorists to be careful of slick, icy roads across the country.

The icy weather will continue on through Saturday. The western parts of the country will have some snow on Friday night, and it will spread to the eastern parts of the country during the night. The conditions on the roads is expected to be worse on Saturday morning. 

Jacket taken from a homeless man by the Rotterdam police, 3 Jan 2017
Jan 5 '17 08:54

The Rotterdam police confiscated a jacket from a homeless person, because the jacket had the logo of a security company on it. A police officer posted a photo of the jacket on Twitter, leading to outraged reactions on the social media platform and from local politicians.

Early this week officers were escorting seven homeless people out of a car park where they were sleeping. One officer noticed the logo on the jacket. "Confiscated and returned to the security company", a police officer tweeted with a photo of the jacket.

Jan 5 '17 08:25

Amsterdam travelers who had to pay extra travel expenses due to major disruptions to the city's subway traffic on Monday and Wednesday, will be compensated, municipal transport company GVB announced on Wednesday, ANP reports.

Travelers can claim compensation for extra traveling costs by

Jan 5 '17 08:01

Anis Amri, the Tunisian man suspected of driving a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin on December 19th, spent several hours in Amsterdam two days later, Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice confirmed in a letter to parliament on Wednesday. Amri was caught on surveillance cameras in the Dutch capital, the Dutch Public Prosecutor confirmed, the Telegraaf reports.

Jan 5 '17 07:29

Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning for icy, slick roads across the Netherlands this morning. Motorists are warned to adjust their driving behavior - slow down and keep a safe following distance.

The weather warning affects the entire country except the Wadden islands. The KNMI expects that the iciness will dissipate during the course of the morning. 

Crime scene (Photo: Politie)
Jan 4 '17 15:35

The number of murders and manslaughters in the Netherlands dropped to 109 in 2016, according to Elsevier's annual murder list. That is the lowest number of killings since the list was started in 1992.

The record low number of murders does not match the public's idea of violent crimes in the Netherlands, according to Elsevier. "Assassinations get excessive attention in the media an the public therefore has the impression that everything is going wrong", the magazine writes.

Jan 4 '17 12:00

A fault that b on Wednesday morning, is now mostly resolved. No movement was possible on subway lines 50, 51, 53 and 54 since around 8:45 a.m. Around 10:30 a.m. the subways started moving again, ANP reports.

Subway line 50, 53 and 54 are traveling according to schedule, according to municipal transport company GVB. Line 51 is traveling, but only to Spaklerweg for the time being.

Weesperplein subway station in Amsterdam
Jan 4 '17 09:42

Subway traffic in Amsterdam was again brought to a standstill due to a fault on Wednesday morning. There is currently no traveling on subway lines 50, 51, 53 and 54, ANP reports.

The fault occurred on one of the lines, but municipal transport company GVB decided to halt all subways for safety reasons, a spokesperson for the company said to the news wire. What the problem is exactly is unclear. The spokesperson also could not say how long it will take to fix. 

Jan 4 '17 08:19

A total of 473 people were treated for firework injuries in the nearly 90 emergency departments in Dutch hospitals over New Year's, according to research done by NOS and VeiligheidNL. That is slightly less than the 480 people treated for fireworks injuries last year. 

The decrease in fireworks injuries was much smaller this year than in the previous two years. In both 2015 and 2016 there was a 14 percent decrease, according to the broadcaster.

Emergency services on Branding in Hellevoetsluis after a double shooting, 26 Dec 2016
Jan 4 '17 07:56

A 23-year-old man turned himself in at a police station on Tuesday in connection with a . This is the third suspect to be arrested in this case. One more suspect is being sought, the police said on Opsporing Verzocht on Tuesday.

Arrest
Jan 4 '17 07:33

On Monday morning the police arrested several people suspected of involvement in the at AMC in Amsterdam on October 10th. All suspects come from Amsterdam, the police announced on Tuesday night.

It is not clear exactly how many suspects were arrested or how they were involved in the crime.

German police badge
Jan 3 '17 08:53

The German authorities arrested a Syrian man suspected of planning attacks in the Nehterlands, Geramany, France and Belgium, news wire AFP reports. The suspect texted terrorist group ISIS asking for 180 thousand euros to fund the attacks, German prosecutors said on Monday. 

The man was detained on Saturday and his apartment in Saarbucken was raided. He was formally arrested and charged on Sunday. 

Guy Fawkes mask often used by hackers
Jan 3 '17 08:30

Russian hackers made use of a private Dutch server to attack the American Democratic Party, the Volkskrant reports based on documents from the United States' Department of homeland Security. The Dutch server in question belongs to Rejo Zenger, who wors for privacy organization Bits of Freedom.

Ambulance
Jan 3 '17 07:52

Two girls aged 11 and 12 years old were rushed to the hospital on Monday night after they became ill from eating pills they found on the street in Zwanenburg, Noord-Holland. The police can't yet say what drugs were involved, a spokesperson said to NU.nl.

Michael van Gerwen with his Darts World Champion trophy, 2 Jan 2017
Jan 3 '17 07:32

Dutch man Michael van Gerwen won the World Championships for darts in London on Sunday night. For the cup he beat Gary Anderson 7-3. "I've been fighting for this the whole year", a tearfully happy Van Gerwen said to Omroep Brabant.

In advance a massively difficult battle was expected. Van Gerwen and Anderson are both giants in the darts world. But according to the broadcaster, Van Gerwen quickly took the lead. "It was a fairly easy victory for Micheal van Gerwen on Gary Andrson." reporter Joost van Erp said to the broadcaster. "Van Gerwen was the better player and rightly won."

Some 10 thousand brave Dutch dove into freezing water in Scheveningen, The Hague for the New Year's plunge; 1 Jan 2017
Jan 2 '17 10:00

With outside temperatures of -4 degrees and seawater temperatures of around 7 degrees, some 50 thousand Dutch people took the traditional New Year's plunge at 142 locations in the Netherlands around noon on Sunday, RTL Nieuws reports.

The plunge at Scheveningen, The Hague was most popular with over 10 thousand people diving into freezing cold water.A spokesperson for the organizers called the plunge "nice and crisp",.

Despite the low temperatures, no one became hypothermic or was injured in any other way. 

Rotterdam police seize Over 1,800 kg of illegal fireworks in Hoogvliet and Wezep, 28 Dec 2016
Jan 2 '17 09:20

Dutch authorities are increasingly concerned about dangerous fireworks used to usher in the New Year. 
"Experience show that more and more often extremely dangerous fireworks are lit", Hague Mayor Jozias van Aartsen said in a press statement, according to the Volkskrant.

He calls on all involved to not wait until autumn to start the fireworks discussion in politics and society. "The damage and injuries caused by these dangerous fireworks are no longer proportional to the entertainment they provide", the Hague mayor said.

Police
Jan 2 '17 08:40

The Dutch police took tweets in which a police chief criticized Security and Justice Minister Ard van der Steur offline on Sunday, a spokesperson for the Hague police said to AD. In the tweet the police chief reacted with annoyance to Van der Steur calling violence against emergency services personnel "unacceptable".

New Year's fireworks in Amsterdam; 1 Jan 2017
Jan 2 '17 08:00

The Netherlands' entered 2017 without any major problems. There were a number minor clashes between police and party goers, but not massive incidents. Emergency services throughout the country had to deal with young people pelting fireworks at them during the course of their duties. 

A police officer in The Hague was seriously injured after being hit by a car. But according to the police, this was an accident - there is no sign of intent, according to the Volkskrant.

Dec 31 '16 08:00

This year has been an interesting one for the Netherlands. The country had many things to focus on, ranging from serious issues like terrorism and job cuts at big businesses, to somewhat more whimsical tales, like the police kicking down a practicing opera singer's door because his neighbors thought he was screaming. 

Here follows a top ten list of the most popular, most read stories on NL Times throughout 2016.

Lady Justice
Dec 30 '16 12:54

The Netherlands is implementing a total of 50 changes to Dutch law as of January 1st, 2017. These changes affect everything from the minimum wage and what is covered in the basic health insurance package to the amount in mortgage you can borrow when buying a house.

The Dutch government published their annual roundup of law changes in the week before Christmas, broken down into nine categories. Find the summary below.

Fog at Schiphol Airport, 28 Oct 2016
Dec 30 '16 11:02

For the third consecutive day flights are being delayed and canceled at Schiphol airport due to thick fog causing visibility problems. A spokesperson could not give exact numbers, but told NU.nl that dozens of flights will be canceled today.

"A day of nuisance" is expected. "However, the outlook is somewhat better, but it remains to be seen", the spokesperson said. Around 10:00 a.m. the average delay for inbound and outbound flights was at over an hour. 

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