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Lady Justice (Photo: Roland Zumbuehl/Wikimedia Commons)
Jan 26 '17 15:45

"I want that sick madman to be punished. He should be locked up until he is cured", one of the victims of suspected webcam pedophile said in the court in Amsterdam on Thursday. The Tilburg man is suspected of blackmailing dozens of underage girls after convincing them to strip for him in front of their webcams. C. remained silent in court on Thursday, AD reports.

Chaka Laguerre
Jan 26 '17 12:45

An American lawyer working at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague says she was the victim of racially motivated police brutality when she was arrested for jaywalking in the city earlier this week.

Overcrowded train
Jan 26 '17 09:38

Consumers' organization ConsumentenClaim is filing a lawsuit against Dutch railway NS. The organization, which specializes in mass claims, wants the court to force NS to pay compensation to the thousands of railway passengers who have suffered under overcrowded trains, ANP reports.

Crime scene (Photo: Politie)
Jan 26 '17 08:23

As far as murders go, Drenthe and Zeeland are the safest provinces in the Netherlands, according to Elsevier's annual murder list. Over the past 25 years, the fewest murders were committed in those provinces. Zuid-Holland had the most murders in that period, NU.nl reports based on the Elsevier list. 

Ard van der Steur
Jan 26 '17 08:05

Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice is facing another do or die debate in parliament this afternoon. And it seems likely that the day will end either with another official apology from the Minister - his fifth in the less than two year's he's had the position - or with him stepping down, RTL Nieuws reports.

Jan 25 '17 09:03

PVV leader Geert Wilders calls other political parties "undemocratic and an insult to millions of voters", he said on Tuesday in response to saying that they will not work with him, the Telegraaf reports.

Jan 25 '17 08:14

Minister Lilianne Ploumen of Development Cooperation is working to counteract one of the first decisions made by new United States president Donald Trump. On Monday he scrapped funding to organizations that help with family planning and offer safe abortions in developing countries. Ploumen is launching an international fund to make up for the about $600 million gap created by Trump's decision, ANP reports.

Lindsey Ngo, killed in a house fire in Amersfoort, 14 Jan 2017
Jan 25 '17 07:45

The police are calling on witnesses to come forward in the case of a was killed. The police believe arson was involved.

Charles Reinier van de Wouden, suspected of shooting Bert Jonker at the Thialf ice rink in Heerenveen, 7 Jan 2017
Jan 25 '17 07:30

As the suspect in the in Heerenveen early this month still has not been found, the police and judiciary decided to release his identity. They hope that suspect Charles Reinier vn der Wouden will either turn himself in or that information from the public will help locate him.

Jan 24 '17 10:20

The challenge of keeping the Netherlands digitally safe is increasingly growing, according to Onno Eichelsheim, director of Dutch military intelligence service MIVD. The MIVD is therefore urgently looking for the next generation of cyber specialists to keep hackers out, he said to newspaper Trouw on Tuesday.

According to Eichelsheim, the specialists he is looking for is hard to come by, as they first need more training. "In order to understand new threats, I for example need people who can build algorithms to filter large amounts of internet data", he said to the newspaper.

Ard van der Steur
Jan 24 '17 09:15

VVD Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice is again under fire about his role in a controversial deal Fred Teeven made with drug criminal Cees H. in 2001. A book journalist Bas Haan wrote about this deal revealed that Van der Steur deliberately withheld information from parliament, first as a parliamentarian and then when he took office as Minister. The VVD also had this information, the Volkskrant reports.

Jan 24 '17 08:21

Opposition parties and even coalition party PvdA have nothing but criticism for current Prime Minister and VVD leader Mark Rutte's " election campaign. PvdA leader and current Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher called Rutte a poor substitute for a populist and accused him of sowing cynicism, while people who are dissatisfied should in fact work to improve the situation, NOS reports.

Jan 24 '17 07:38

Since a law was passed in 2013 making integration the responsibility of immigrants themselves, only a third of immigrants passed the naturalization exam in time, according to a report by the Netherlands General Court of Audit. The exam is also taken at a lower level than before the law, NU.nl reports.

Mark Rutte
Jan 23 '17 13:00

Campaigning for the parliamentary elections is in full swing and VVD leader, and current Prime Minister, Mark Rutte also decided to have his say. "If you don't like it here, get out of the country, go away", he said to newspaper AD. "That's a choice you have. If you live in a country where you are continually outraged at how we deal with each other. You have the choice to go away! You do not need to be here."

Kauai, Hawaii
Jan 23 '17 08:53

A 39-year-old woman from Maastricht died in Hawaii on Wednesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed. It is believed the woman fell from a cliff while hiking, according to broadcaster NOS.

The woman's body was found in the water near a rocky shore. Jet skiers brought her to the beach. An autopsy revealed that se died in a fall from a great height. The local authorities believe it was an accident.

According to NOS, the victim's name is Ramona van Schendel. The local police found er personal belongings and identification on a hiking trail. 

Jan 23 '17 07:59

On Friday and Saturday the Koninklijke Marechaussee arrested seven suspects in connection with a diamond heist at Schiphol airport in 2005. The seven are suspected of involvement in the hijacking of an armored car carrying 67 million euros worth of diamonds, NOS reports.

The arrests were made in Amsterdam and Valencia, Spain. The suspects are five men and two women. All of them are Dutch. 

Women's March in Amsterdam against inequality and intolerance after Donald Trump's inauguration, 21 Jan 2017
Jan 23 '17 07:41

On Saturday hundreds of thousands of mostly women, but also some men and children, gathered around the world to protest against intolerance and inequality after the inauguration of new United States president Donald Trump. In the Netherlands an estimated 3 thousand people gathered on the Museumplein. And in the Hague hundreds of people took part in a protest march.

Both Dutch Women's Marches happened without major incident, NU.nl reports.

Jan 20 '17 16:50

Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert thinks that the world would do better to judge new American president Donald Trump on his actions and not on his tweets. Trump's twitter activity "causes a lot of debate and headlines and I don't think the world benefits from it", she said, according to newspaper AD. 

Armed and dangerous Elias Adachour escaped police custody at the Sint Franciscus Gasthuis in Rotterdam, 18 Jan 2017
Jan 20 '17 16:15

The police released new images of . The special intervention team of the police, used to deal with terrorism and serious crime, also raided a Schiedam building in the search for the 24-year-old man on Thursday night, but nothing was found.

Jan 20 '17 12:45

Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan has no good word to say about the Amsterdam fire department in a recent letter to the municipal council. According to him, discrimination is the order of the day in the fire department, recruitment is based on a white male culture and leaders do not intervene or show exemplary behavior. The general image of the letter is that the Amsterdam fire department is great at extinguishing fires, but the general culture is rotten, Het Parool reports.

Mark Rutte
Jan 20 '17 08:32

According to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, the British had a clear choice when voting on whether or not Britain should leave the European Union. And when voting for the Brexit, they chose to become poorer in exchange for controlling immigration, he said to CNBC at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Thursday. 

Holding hands
Jan 20 '17 08:08

Nearly 659 thousand of the 4.2 million couples in the Netherlands are mixed race couples, according to Statistics Netherlands. That means that about one in six couples in the Netherlands consist of a Dutch partner and a partner from a different background.

Bertus de Man, died in police custody on 16 Jan 2017
Jan 20 '17 07:34

Bertus de Man, the Nijkerk man who din Amersfoort on Monday, died from the effects of cocaine poisoning, the Public Prosecutor announced based on the results of a toxicological study by forensic pathologists, AD reports. 

Jihadist
Jan 19 '17 17:40

, a 21-year-old Dutch woman who territory with her two children last year, never joined the terrorist organization and was not sent back to commit an attack in the Netherlands on behalf of the caliphate, she told the court in Rotterdam on Thursday, RTL Nieuws reports.

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