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Insiya Hemani
Dec 26 '16 16:00

Shehzad Hemani, the father and believed kidnapper of Amsterdam 2-year-old Insiya, is als under investigation in his own country, the Telegraaf reports. He is under investigation for fraud, embezzlement and money laundering, according to the newspaper.

More than 10 complaints were made against him as the director of his company Conros Group and other companies. And on December 6th, he was officially charged with forgery, the newspaper writes.

Dec 26 '16 15:25

Along with a few small train stations in Zeeland, the NS station at Schiphol is on the bottom of the list of reliable train stations in the Netherlands, according to a compiled by RTL Nieuws and the website Vertraagd.com. One in eight trains to and from Schiphol station are delayed, and 1 in 25 never even reach their destination. 

King Willem-Alexander giving the 2016 Christmas speech
Dec 26 '16 09:42

On Christmas Day King Willem-Alexander gave his annual Christmas Speech from the palace in Wassenaar. He spoke about war in Syria, fear of terrorism and seemingly growing gaps in society. In these uncertain times, the King called on everyone to focus on what we share and protect what connects us.

Here follows the full text of King Willem-Alexander's Christmas Speech for 2016:

George Michael performing in Munich, Germany in October 2006
Dec 26 '16 08:43

Celebrities around the world, including in the Netherlands, responded with shock and dismay to the news of George Michael's death. His manager announced that the British singer died at his home in London and was found on Christmas morning, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Dec 26 '16 08:11

The Public Prosecutor is paying extra attention to discrimination on social media with the elections coming up on March 15th, chief prosecutor Theo Hofstee said in an interview with AT5. He wants quick action if someone is insulted or discriminated against.

Christmas tree in Havelte
Dec 26 '16 07:41

The Netherlands can expect a stormy Boxing Day today, following the third warmest Christmas Day in the country since temperature measurements started in 1901.

According to Weerplaza, Sunday was the third mildest Christmas day in the Netherlands with temperatures reaching 12 degrees towards the end of the Day. Only last year, with 14 degrees, and 1997 with 12.8 degrees were hotter.

Dec 23 '16 13:20

For the first time in history there are an equal number of religious and non-religious people in the Netherlands, according to a report by Statistics Netherlands. Last year 50 percent of the 18-years and older population were atheists, and 50 percent followed some form of religion, NOS reports.

The largest group of believers are Roman Catholics, with 24 percent of the population. Protestants follow with 15 percent. Around 5 percent of the Dutch population are Muslim and 6 percent adhere to other faiths like Buddhism, Judaism and Hinduism. 

Dec 23 '16 09:59

Delta Lloyd is being acquired by NN Group. The insurance companies came to an agreement on a takeover amount of 2.5 billion euros, the largest takeover in the Dutch insurance industry ever, the Volkskrant reports.

Dec 23 '16 08:13

Dutch motorists spent more time in traffic more frequently in 2016, with a 12 percent increase in traffic severity, NOS reports based on figures from the ANWB. Traffic is expected to increase further in the coming years.

According to the broadcaster, the increase in traffic severity - the length of the traffic jam times its duration - has to do with the improving economy. The increase started in 2014, when the economy started picking up after the financial crisis. In 2015 traffic severity increased by 20 percent. 

Homeless
Dec 23 '16 07:53

The number of young homeless people in the Netherlands increased significantly this year, according to figures Statistics Netherlands published on Friday. In 2016 an estimated 12,400 people between 18 and 30 years were homeless, compared to 8,300 in 2015.

The total number of homeless people in the Netherlands remained stable at an estimated 31 thousand in 2016. Between 2009 and 2015 the number increased significantly from 17,500 to 31 thousand. 

Dec 23 '16 07:31

Sports federation NOC*NSF wants to launch a major investigation into sexual abuse in the sports world that will focus on the past 30 years, the Volkskrant reported on Friday. The aim is to find out whether there are abuse victims in the Netherlands that never came forward.

"It is important for sports to be familiar with its own history", NOC*NSF CEO Gerard Dielessen said to the Volkskrant. According to him, sexual abuse victims carry a massive burden. He believes this investigation can support abused athletes who want to come forward with their story.

Dec 22 '16 09:00

In the third quarter of this year, Schiphol and Eindhoven airport both accommodated a record number of passengers, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released. At Schiphol 18.6 million passengers crossed the floor, an 8 percent increase compared to the same quarter last year. Eindhoven had 1.5 million passengers, a 15 percent increase.

According to Statistics Netherlands, these two Dutch airports have seen an increase in passenger each quarter for the past six years. 

Guide dog
Dec 22 '16 08:30

A blind passenger fell from a train in Roosendaal on Friday after the doors opened on the wrong side. He escaped the incident shaken, but unharmed. NS is taking measures to prevent this happening again in future, AD reports.

Dec 22 '16 08:00

Minister Jet Bussemaker and State Secretary Sander Dekker of Education are concerned about the number of children in the country registered as dyslexic. With a dyslexia statement school students can get a number of advantages, including longer time to complete an exam and having the questions read to them, NOS reports.

Dec 22 '16 07:30

Pediatric intensive care units in Randstad hospitals are overflowing due to a large influx of young patients with the RS virus. Sick children are being transported to other hospitals in the country and some were even sent abroad, pediatrician Frederique Hofstede said to broadcaster NOS.

Dec 21 '16 13:10

NS train drivers and conductors that are members of union VVMC will be striking in the Randstad region on Friday, the union announced on Wednesday. NS expects that the strike will have "major impact across the country" that may last the entire day, NU.nl reports. 

The strike is scheduled from the start of the morning until 11:00 a.m. Drivers and conductors stationed in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Hoofddorp will be striking. The union could not say how many people will actually lay down their work, but did say that the willingness to take action is great. 

Dec 21 '16 08:34

While the Netherlands often goes farther than neighboring countries in the field of counterterrorism measures, many anti-terror laws are still waiting to be implemented, according to Dutch parliamentarians. This needs to change as soon as possible, was the sentiment in the Tweede Kamer during a debate on the attack in Berlin on Monday, the Telegraaf reports.

The Tweede Kamer is the lower house of Dutch parliament. 

Arrest
Dec 21 '16 07:58

A failed asylum seeker died shortly after being arrested by the police in Maastricht on Tuesday. Limburg Police Chief Gery Veldhuis mentioned a chokehold and possible strangulation in a statement on Tuesday night, but denied that the police would do that, the Volkskrant reports.

The 35-year-old Macedonian man recently came to the Netherlands. On Monday the immigration police informed him that his asylum application was rejected and that he had to leave the European Union within 28 days, according to the newspaper. 

Skating on Amsterdam's Museumplein
Dec 21 '16 07:38

The municipality of Amsterdam decided against placing concrete block traffic barriers to make access more difficult to the Christmas market on the Museumplein. There is currently no reason to do so, the municipality said on Tuesday evening, AT5 reports.

The proposed measure was in response to a on Monday night, killing 12 people and injuring 48 others according to the Guardian. 

Dec 20 '16 08:16

Athletic events played on artificial turf mixed with rubber granules in the Netherlands does not significantly increase exposure to carcinogenic chemicals, states an unreleased report by Dutch health authority RIVM, according to the Telegraaf. Still, the agency recommends a wider scale international study of the rubber granules, often made by recycling automotive tires, as regulations governing the practice are inconsistent from country to country.

Mark Rutte
Dec 19 '16 23:04

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte expressed shock and sadness Monday night in response to the deaths of at least nine people in Germany caused by a truck plowing into a crowd of people. Many of the victims were taking part in that city's annual Christmas market at the Breitscheidplatz when the Poland-registered lorry barreled into the crowd, injuring about 50 people, according to German authorities.

Dec 19 '16 17:40

A top business investor lost control over the shares his company owns in Dutch football team ADO Den Haag in a key ruling issued Monday by the court at the Commercial Division of the Amsterdam courthouse. Chinese investor Hui Wang was suspended from his position as the head of the team’s Supervisory Board, the court determined today.

Ice skating
Dec 19 '16 11:00

The Research Center for Cultural Heritage added the tradition of skating on natural ice to the list of Dutch cultural heritage. According to the Center, skating on natural ice has such a prominent role in Dutch history that the tradition can not be left off the list, NRC reports.

Mark Rutte
Dec 16 '16 15:45

Prime Minister Mark Rutte and the other European Union leaders agreed on to the association agreement with the Ukraine.

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