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Football
Mar 2 '17 17:25

Football club Wieldrecht is holding a meeting on Friday night at its clubhouse in Dordrecht for members who want to commemorate 10-year-old Diego, who was on Wednesday morning. A condolence register will be opened and professionals from the police will be there to offer support to those who need it, AD reports.

Mar 2 '17 16:15

Six of the ten large Dutch insurers still invest in companies that supply arms and weapons systems to Saudi Arabia, according to peace organization Pax in its Fair Insurance Guide. According to the organization, by investing in these companies, the Dutch insurers are violating human rights in Yemen, NOS reports.

Crime scene tape
Mar 2 '17 09:56

Ten year old Diego from Dordrecht was killed in a crime, the boy's family said to AD De Dortenaar. They boy's father Marcel S. is still in custody.

Donald Trump
Mar 2 '17 08:24

Last year Dutch and British intelligence services, and other United States allies, warned Washington that people close to Russian president Vladimir Putin was in contact with people around then presidential candidate Donald Trump, the New York Times reports based on a number of sources who worked in the White House during the Obama regime.

According to the newspaper, several of these White House employees put effort into spreading this information among American politicians, because they were afraid that Trump would cover everything up once he was in power. 

Mar 2 '17 07:59

A code yellow weather warning for strong winds is currently in effect for most of the Netherlands. Only Friesland and Groningen are not affected. According to meteorological institute KNMI, the rest of the country can expect gusts of up to 90 kilometers per hour.

This could have consequences for traffic and outside activities, the KNMI warns. "Follow weather forecasts and warnings."

Hoes on Jan Vethkade in Dordrecht
Mar 2 '17 07:40

A 10-year-old boy was found dead in the home he shares with his father on Jan Vethkade in Krispijn, Dordrecht on Wednesday morning. His 37-year-old father was arrested and is in custody for questioning. Neighbors are shocked.

"We are talking to those involved and are questioning the father. Due to the circumstances in which the child was found dead, we can not directly assume a natural death at the moment", the police said, according to newspaper AD. They are considering all scenarios.

Crime scene tape
Mar 1 '17 17:10

Registered common crimes in the Netherlands, including burglaries, violence and theft, dropped by 20 percent between 2012 and 2016, according to Statistics Netherlands on Wednesday. Crime experienced by Dutch, registered in the national victimization survey Safety Monitor, reduced by 13 percent. People living in the Netherlands also feel safer, ANP reports. 

Geert Wilders surrounded by bodyguards, Spijkenesse Feb 2017
Mar 1 '17 08:32

An elite team of soldiers was deployed to help protect PVV leader Geert Wilders, the Telegraaf reported on Wednesday based on its own sources. According to the newspaper, members of the Defense team Special Security Missions Brigade (BSB) have been guarding the PVV leader for a few days already.

The Ministry of Security and Justice would not confirm these reports to the newspaper. The Koninklijke Marechaussee, a policing force that forms part of the Dutch military, would also not comment on the matter. The BSB falls under the Koninklijke Marechaussee.

Canadian flag
Mar 1 '17 07:57

Canada is working on deporting 59-year-old Dutch born Len van Heerst after the man lived his entire life in the country. The reason for his imminent deportation is a criminal record he built in his youth. Van Heerst does not speak Dutch and doesn't know anyone in the Netherlands and is therefore turning to court to fight his deportation, NOS reports.

Van Heerst emigrated from the Netherlands to Canada with his mother Trixie when he was 8 months old. His mother never applied for Canadian citizenship for him. According to her, she "forgot" to do so.

Crime scene (Photo: Politie)
Mar 1 '17 07:34

A 41-year-old mother of two was stabbed almost in front of the Rabobank headquarters on Croeselaan in Utrecht where she works on Tuesday morning. She died in hospital later in the day. A 31-year-old suspect was immediately arrested, AD reports.

The police can not yet say whether the woman was specifically targeted by her attacker, or was just a victim of opportunity. 

Feb 28 '17 16:00

An started by Nadia Rashid to get her kidnapped daughter back to the Netherlands, was signed by nearly 15 thousand people in a matter of hours. The 2-year-old girl was kidnapped by a group of men from her grandmother's home in Amsterdam in September last year.

Feb 28 '17 09:41

Dutch oil and gas giant Shell has known about the dangers of climate change for over 30 years, yet still continues to work with fossil fuels and does its best to frustrate an effective approach to the climate problems facing the world, according to a reconstruction done by De Correspondent and published on Tuesday.

Insiya Hemani
Feb 28 '17 08:19

Nadia Rashid, mother of kidnapped 2-year-old, started an online petition in an effort to get her daughter back from India. She hopes the petition will persuade the Dutch government to increase their efforts and the Indian government to cooperate, RTL Nieuws reports.

Police
Feb 28 '17 07:43

Following a number of major information leaks and integrity violation cases in the Dutch police and other investigative agencies, a major investigation was launched into corruption at the police, the Telegraaf reports. The investigation was launched in September and is being performed by the University of Maastricht, the Open University and Avans Hogeschool.

Power outage in Utrecht, 28 Feb 2017
Feb 28 '17 07:25

Around midnight the power went out for between 14 thousand and 15 thousand homes in Utrecht. Large parts of the city were pitch dark, as the streetlights were also affected. Power was restored around 5:30 this morning, NOS reports.

The massive power outage was caused by a fire in an electricity station on Nijverheidsweg, grid manager Stedin said. The fire was extinguished within an hour and technicians could get to work on getting the station up and running again, according tor RTL Nieuws. 

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima with their daughters (left to right) Ariane, Alexia and crown princess Amalia
Feb 27 '17 13:30

As is almost a tradition by now, the Dutch royal couple and their three daughters posed for photos at the start of their skiing vacation in Lech, Austria on Monday.

The Royal family goes skiing in Lech every year, according to broadcaster NOS. To avoid being followed around by photographers all through their vacation, they always meet the press for a few photos at the start of their holiday.

Geert Wilders rally in Purmerend
Feb 27 '17 09:28

How suspected corrupt police officer managed to get a job in the high ranking Safety and Security Service despite a previous integrity conviction, is leading to consternation in the police ranks. Considering the screening process necessary to join the Safety and Security Service, former Geert Wilders security guard Rico Briedjal thinks it was difficult, but possible, he said to newspaper AD Members of the Service are calling for stricter screenings.

Insiya Hemani, kidnapped from Amsterdam in September 2016
Feb 27 '17 08:42

One of the men involved in kidnapping 2-year-old from Amsterdam last year, was arrested at Tehran airport in Iran. An observant security guard caught Imran S., the cousin of Insiya's father Shehzad Hemani, the Telegraaf reports.

Feb 27 '17 08:02

Meteorological institute KNMI triggered a code yellow weather warning because of a storm that is expected to hit the Netherlands on Monday afternoon. The storm will bring strong winds and heavy rainfall with it, according to the institute.

The code yellow warning applies to the entire Netherlands and takes effect at 3:00 p.m. The storm will hit the southwest of the country first before spreading across the rest of the Netherlands. Wind gusts of up to 75 kilometers per hour can be expected. The storm may also be accompanied by hail and lightning.

Jesse Klaver
Feb 27 '17 07:53

GroenLinks leader Jesse Klaver and SP leader Emile Roemer could not agree on whether the VVD should or should not be excluded from forming a new government after the parliamentary elections on March 15th. During the first televised debate for the upcoming elections, Roemer called on Klaver to clearly state whether GroenLinks and the VVD would form a coalition. Klaver said he can not rule out that possibility, AD reports.

Firefighters in Geffen, Brabant deal with a tree blown over by a storm, 23 Feb 2017
Feb 24 '17 09:01

Around midnight meteorological institute KNMI withdrew a for strong winds triggered by a February storm that hit the Netherlands on Thursday. The winds died down somewhat overnight. And while emergency services were busy due to the bad weather, so far the damage caused by the storm seem less severe than expected, NOS reports.

Mark Rutte
Feb 24 '17 08:31

Information about Prime Minister Mark Rutte and military airbase Volkel was found in the home of 23-year-old  Eindhoven terror suspect Hasan A., the Public Prosecutor revealed in court on Thursday. Hasan A. is standing trial on suspicion of preparing for terrorist actions, AD reports.

Geert Wilders surrounded by bodyguards, Spijkenesse Feb 2017
Feb 24 '17 08:07

Faris K., the police officer in the Safety and Security Service, was previously also suspected of integrity violations, newspaper AD reports. Faris K. was investigated for leaking police information while he worked at the Utrecht police, colleagues of the suspected cop told the newspaper. The outcome of that investigation is unclear.

Feb 23 '17 18:46

A plane destined for Amsterdam crash landed at the Dutch capital's airport Thursday evening after its right landing gear apparently collapsed. The FlyBe plane departed from Edinburgh, Scotland with 59 people on the aircraft.

The plane wound up next to the runway in the aftermath of the incident. It was not revealed if the rough winds that forced flight cancellations in Thursday had anything to do with the crash. Wind gusts were expected to hit 130 km/h on Thursday.

Videos shared on social media separated to show the plane's propellers striking the ground.

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