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Two cops arresting a man at the Conservatoriumlaan bus stop in Tilburg, 18 Jan 2017
Jan 19 '17 12:20

An incident caused by two men eating a sandwich on a Tilburg bus on Wednesday ended in a 25-year-old man being detained in an arrest involving 13 police officers. Several videos of the arrest on Conservatoriumlaan were shared on social media.

According to Yoni Klarenbeek, a fellow passenger on the bus who posted a video of the arrest on Facebook, the trouble revolved around a sandwich. "The guy did not want to discard the sandwich when the bus driver asked him to, except for eating on the bus he was doing nothing wrong. No swearing, no threats."

Judas by Astrid Holleeder
Jan 19 '17 08:25

Astrid Holleeder, sister of organized crime boss Willem Holleeder, has "gone underground" a good two months after her book Judas was published, she said in an interview with Libelle.

In the book Astrid writes about her family, making several accusations about her brother Willem Holleeder. Judas was a best seller in the Netherlands for ten weeks after it published. Several different translations were announced and there will also be an audio book.

Armed and dangerous Elias Adachour escaped police custody at the Sint Franciscus Gasthuis in Rotterdam, 18 Jan 2017
Jan 19 '17 08:04

The police are hunting double shooting suspect Elias Adahchour, who managed to escape police custody at the Sint Frannciscus hospital in Rotterdam on Wednesday afternoon. Anyone who spots hin should contact the police at once. Do not approach him yourself because he is "armed and dangerous", the police warns.

Arrest
Jan 19 '17 07:42

In 2016 the Public Prosecutor seized a record amount of 402,081,905 euros in money and assets from criminals in the Netherlands, almost triple the 144 million euros seized in 2015, the Prosecutor announced on Thursday.

Police making an arrest
Jan 18 '17 10:24

On Saturday the police arrested two men in Huizen after a long car chase. The suspects had two automatic firearms in the car with them. Sources of newspaper AD claim that they were on their way to assassinate a man, after they shot and killed the wrong man last week.

The suspects were spotted on Faustdreef on Saturday night. The police found them suspicious and decided to pull their car over. Instead of pulling over, the men sped off and the police gave chase. They were eventually arrested in Huizen.

Jan 18 '17 08:55

King Willem-Alexander emphasized the importance of cooperating with NATO, the United Nations and Europe in his traditional New Year's speech on Tuesday. According to him, "a highly developed country like the Netherlands can not be indifferent to developments in the wider world", AD reports. 

Peace, freedom, stability and prosperity don't just happen, the King said. "Without our international partners it is simply impossible. It is therefore good if our voice continues to be heard in Europe, the UN, NATO and everywhere people think past their borders." 

Jan 18 '17 08:24

Travel organizations TUI and Corendon are sending a total of eight flights to Gambia today to pick up some 1,600 Dutch vacationing in the African country. Unrest threatens in Gambia because president Yahya Jammeh is refusing to make way for his elected successor, ANP reports.

Police officer and sniffer dog search a wooded area
Jan 18 '17 08:01

Ikram Ammari, a 13-year-old girl y, was found unharmed on Tuesday night, the police said in a statement. Where she was during the more than 24 hours that she was missing is unclear. The police would also not say where she was found.

Power outage in Amsterdam, 17 Jan 2017
Jan 18 '17 07:27

A massive power outage in Amsterdam and surrounds on Tuesday morning may have cost the lives of two elderly Amsterdam residents, the municipality said. One may have died because the emergency line could not be reached and the other because her oxygen supply cut out when the power went out, the Telegraaf reports.

Ikram Ammari
Jan 17 '17 15:15

Dozens of police were joined by a military search-and-rescue unit in a concerted effort to track down Ikram Ammari, a 13-year-old girl missing from Driebergen, Utrecht since Monday. The search is centered in the heavily-wooded area between Driebergen and Zeist where some of the girl’s belongings were found.

Part of the search took place at a natural body of water in the woods, while patrols were also seen inspecting condemned commercial property and parking lots in the area, local reports said.

Passengers cram on a bus from Amsterdam Central to Sloterdijk, Amsterdam power outage 17 Jan 2017
Jan 17 '17 11:09

across the Netherlands are expected to last the rest of the day, NS warns. The problems were caused by a this morning.

An avalanche in progress
Jan 17 '17 08:26

A 33-year-old man from Amsterdam was killed in an avalanche in Lech-Zurs, Austria on Monday, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed to ANP after reports from Austrian broadcaster ORF.

The avalanche happened around 12:30 p.m. on Monday. Emergency services were at the scene within minutes, but still too late to help the Dutch an. According to Lech mayor Ludwig Muxel, the man was under a meter and a half of snow when the rescuers freed him.

Massive power outage in Amsterdam, photo shows one block with electricity while the rest of the city is dark, 17 Jan 2017
Jan 17 '17 07:08

An early morning power outage in parts of Noord-Holland left hundreds of thousands without electricity and failures on the Dutch rail system on Tuesday. The problem started before 4:45 a.m. causing the lights to go dark in 364,000 households across Amsterdam, Zaandam, Oostzaan and Landsmeer, Dutch utility Liander confirmed on Twitter.

The cause of the outage was not revealed. Workers successfully restored power to 164,000 households by 6:30 a.m. An hour later there were about 88,000 customers without electricity, Liander said.

Peter Wakkie
Jan 16 '17 15:48

Dutch lawyer and former ABN Amro Commissioner Peter Wakkie was arrested in Spain, the local police confirmed to NOS. The arrest has to do with accusations against his business partner about paying bribes to members of the Russian government through the two's company Zed+, according to the broadcaster.

Jan 16 '17 14:43

Government sites DigiD and MijnOverheid.nl are currently unavailable due to a technical fault. The sites went offline just before noon, NU.nl reports.

If you try logging into DigiD you are met with a message saying that DigiD is currently unavailable due to a fault. The same message can be seen on DigiD's Twitter feed. Logging into MijnOverheid.nl is also impossible, and there are problems with logging into the sites of the Tax Authorities, DUO and benefits agency UWV.

Complaint site Allestoringen.nl received hundreds of complaints, according to NOS. 

 crime scene tape
Jan 16 '17 12:08

A teacher committed suicide at the Stedelijk Gymnasium in Den Bosch on Monday morning. The teacher jumped off the school building and died. A number of pupils saw the teacher jump, ANP reports.

The police would only confirm that there was a suicide at the school. The school management could not yet be reached for comment.

According to Omroep Brabant, the teacher jumped at around 9:45 a.m. as students arrived at school. Eye witnesses told the Gelderlander that the teacher jumped from the fourth floor of the building.

Pendant belonging to Karoline Cohn found at Sobibor concentration camp in Poland, believed link to Anne Frank
Jan 16 '17 09:24

Archeologists digging at former Nazi concentration camp Sobibor in western Poland found a pendant that may link a German girl to holocaust victim Anne Frank. The pendant contains a date of birth, a place of birth and on the other side the Jewish greeting Mazal Tov.

Jan 16 '17 08:26

An 11-year-old girl died on Sunday afternoon after she sustained serious injuries in a fire in her home on Gounodstraat in Amersfoort during the early hours of that morning. The police believe arson was involved.

The fire started around 4:00 a.m. Firefighters found the girl inside the house. She was rushed to the burns center in Beverwijk, where she died of her injuries in the afternoon. The girl's older sister was also found in the home, struggling to breathe due to smoke inhalation. 

Police officers talking to witnesses at a crime scene
Jan 16 '17 08:05

A patrolling police officer was stabbed in the neck on Amsterdam's Rembrandtplein around 00:25 a.m. on Sunday, the police said in a statement. The motive for the stabbing is still very unclear, according to the police. the first witness statements indicate that there was no contact between the officer and his attacker before the stabbing.

The officer was rushed to the hospital after the stabbing. The wound in his neck was stitched up and he has since been sent home to recover.

Jan 16 '17 07:52

The VVD will not team up with the PVV after the elections coming up in March, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on television program Buitenhof on Saturday. And with that Geert Wilders and his anti-Islam populist party has no one to cooperate with after the elections - each political party has excluded working with the PVV, the Volkskrant reports. 

Rutte said that the "probability is not 0.1, but zero that the VVD will govern with the PVV", on Buitenhof. "It's not going to happen." Previously the PvdA, CDA, D66, GroenLinks and SP already closed the door on working with the PVV. 

Tharukshan Selvam
Jan 13 '17 16:30

Grotius College in Heerlen held a memorial for 15-year-old student Tharukshan Selvam on Friday morning. The

Hundreds of students attended the memorial, according to newspaper AD. Students were given the chance to sing songs and read quotes or poems. Afterwards white balloons with messages to Tharukshan were released into the air. 

Jan 13 '17 12:28

The winter weather conditions are causing trouble for passengers. Schiphol airports expects flight delays due to strong winds. And train traffic in the Netherlands already encountered several problems due to snow and icy tracks. 

"Due to strong winds, flights from/to Schiphol might be delayed. Check your airline for flight information", Schipphol wrote on Twitter.

Jan 13 '17 09:43

The gap between ethnicities, social classes and various education levels is smaller then you might think, according to Wil Tiemeijer, researcher at the scientific council for government policy WRR. But constantly talking about it and reading about it in the media exaggerates the problem, he said to newspaper Trouw.

Dutch soldiers
Jan 13 '17 09:00

Women, LGBT's and ethnic minorities often have negative experiences in the Dutch military because they differ from the white, heterosexual male norm, according to a report social and cultural planning office SCP published on Friday, NU.nl reports. 

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