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Dec 6 '16 07:32

Fog banks and slick, icy roads will make for a busy morning rush hour across the Netherlands on Tuesday. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning for the entire country.

Temperatures dropping below zero during the night means that roads will be icy this morning, especially local roads that aren't sprinkled with salt. Mist banks will also reduce visibility to less than 200 meters in man places. "All road users may be hindered. Adapt your driving style. Follow weather forecasts and warnings", the KNMI advises.

Dec 5 '16 10:29

Today Sinterklaas is visiting schools across the Netherlands in celebration of his birthday. And as tradition dictates, he will be accompanied by his Pieten. What exactly these Pieten will look like differs widely by region, municipality and schools and seems to be mostly determined by what neighborhood the school is located in, NOS reports after speaking with some 30 school boards, covering about a thousand primary schools across the country.

Fire in two stores on Monseigneur Zwijsenplein in Kerkdriel after an ATM bombing, 5 Dec 2016
Dec 5 '16 09:08

An ATM bombing on Monseigneur Zwijsenplein in Kerkdriel around 4:00 a.m. on Monday morning left two buildings on fire. Surrounding buildings were evacuated.

According to Brabants Dagblad, the fire started in The Read Shop, a store that sells books and magazines, and then spread to the adjacent Kruidvat. The Hema is also filled with smoke. Firefighters managed to get the fire under control around 8:30 a.m. The Read Shop and Kruidvat sustained significant damage and can be considered lost.

Police
Dec 5 '16 08:34

Nine homes on Slotermeerlaan in Amsterdam were evacuated on Monday morning due to a risk of explosion, caused by ATM bombers leaving explosives behind after being interrupted in their bombing by the police, AT5 reports.

According to the police, the ATM bombers were interrupted by a police car driving by while they were still planting their explosives. They fled on a scooter, leaving a van and the explosives behind on the street, near Plein '40-'45.

Dec 5 '16 08:09

Dutch schools still do not specialize enough, which means that not every child gets the specialist support he or she needs, the Education Council wrote in a letter to State Secretary Sander Dekker of Education, NU.nl reports.

The system for appropriate education was implemented in the Netherlands two years ago, and is still not completely up to scratch, according to the letter. The intention behind appropriate education is that more children with extra needs be able to attend a mainstream school.

Crime scene (Photo: Politie)
Dec 5 '16 07:47

A 21-year-old man from Rheden was found dead in a small meadow in the Twente town of Hegnevelde on Sunday morning. According to the police, he died in an accident.

Firefighters
Dec 5 '16 07:20

A fire raged in an institution for young people with mental disabilities in Schagen early on Monday morning. Firefighters managed to get it under control within the hour. No one was injured, ANP reports.

The fire started on the ground floor of a residential unit of the Prinsenstichting in institution De Schar. Residents were evacuated and given shelter in a gym on the grounds. The cause of the fire is still unclear.

Gay asylum seeker stabbed in asylum center in Groningen, Sept 2016. The Photo is cropped and blood is blurred out because of its sensitive nature
Dec 2 '16 15:05

The LGBT Asylum Support is again calling on State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice for support in protecting LGBT asylum seekers. This follows a gay asylum seeker from Iran sustaining serious injuries after being stabbed by a group of other asylum seekers from North Africa. The police believe it was a drug related crime, but it was a hate crime, LGBT Asylum Support said in a press release.

Rainbow flag
Dec 2 '16 14:00

The Dutch hotline for internet discrimination MiND is facing heat after one of its employees suggested that hate speech against LGBT people is allowed as long as it is in the name of faith. Titus Visser, director of NL Confidential to which MiND belongs, apologized for this "error in judgement", the Volkskrant reports.

Jihadist
Dec 2 '16 12:15

Terrorist organization Islamic State is planning more attacks in Europe and the Netherlands may be a target, according to a warning report Europol released on Friday. The European policing force thinks that ISIS will likely keep to attack tacticts currently used in Syria and Iraq - car bombs, kidnappings, extortion and suicide bombings, AD reports.

Dutch architecture in Indonesia - Bank Indonesia in Medan
Dec 2 '16 10:09

The Dutch government is discussing a proposal for a major new investigation into violence used by Dutch in Indonesia in the late 40's. This follows the results of years of research by historian Remy Limpach that found that "systemic violence" was used in the former Dutch East Indies, RTL Nieuws reports.

Women wearing burqas
Dec 2 '16 08:43

The number of incidents involving Muslim discrimination recorded by the police last year more than tripled comopared to 2014, according to a study by the Verwey-Jonker Institute, commissioned by the Anne Frank Foundations. The incidents increased from 142 in 2014 to 446 last year, ANP reports.

NATO logo
Dec 2 '16 08:28

Toxic chromium-6 paint was found in the former NATO armory near Almelo. The work space has been closed down and specialized company Dolmans Calmiteeiten Diensten is working on cleaning the place, AD reports.

According to a Defense spokesperson, the decision to do a "deep cleaning" was made last year. The cleaning was scheduled for this month. In anticipation for that, the building was again checked over and traces of chromium 6 were found. According to the spokesperson, the level of chromium 6 found in the building is below the legal limits.

Asylum seekers
Dec 2 '16 08:06

Staff memebers working at asylum shelters feel unsafe due to the "antisocial and criminal behavior" of hopeless asylum seekers from North African countries. The situation has become untenable", the works council wrote in a letter to the management of the COA, AD reprots.

The COA is the central agency for the reception of asylum seekers in the Netherlands. AD has a copy of the letter sent to the management in its possession.

Geert Wilders
Dec 2 '16 07:41

In 2009 and 2010 intelligence service AIVD investigated PVV leader Geert Wilders' contacts in Israel, the Volkskrant reports based on its own research. The AIVD was concerned about Wilders' loyalty and that he was possibly being influenced by Israel, according to the newspaper.

Insiya Hemani
Dec 1 '16 16:31

Mayor Eberhard van der Laan awarded the Amsterdam pin to Ezio P. on Thursday for trying to stop two-year-old  from being  P.'s last name is being withheld at the request of city officials as the criminal investigation is ongoing.

Crime scene tape
Dec 1 '16 14:10

Nearly a quarter of all the murders and manslaughters committed in the Netherlands this year, were committed in Amsterdam. Throughout the Netherlands 99 people were killed by violence so far this year, 23 of the victims died in Amsterdam, according to figures from moordatlas.nl, AD reports.

Last year there were a total of 115 homocides in the Netherlands, with the 100th victim dying on November 8th. So far it seems likely that there will be fewer homicides this year, following the downward trend of the past years.

Dec 1 '16 09:05

VMBO pupils with wealthier families go on to college more often that pupils whose families live on a lower income, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Thursday. 

In total 1 in 5 VMBO pupils eventually end up in an HBO education. And their parents' income seem to play a role in this - 40 percent of children from wealthier families move on to HBO, compared to 30 percent of kids whose parents have lower incomes. 

Dec 1 '16 08:45

The Sinterklaas celebration with Zwarte Piet in his current blackface form can inadvertently contribute to stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination, Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice wrote in a letter to parliament. The government therefore supports the tradition being adapted, NU.nl reports.

"It is difficult, for example in the U.S., to explain the tradition of Zwarte Piet in his current form", the Minister wrote, but he added that the Dutch who "always celebrate the kids party with great joy" are not directly racist.

Dec 1 '16 08:12

Van Dale announced the top ten contenders for Word of the Year 2016, new words that emerged during the course of the year. This year's new words indicate that United States president-elect, the Brexit and Pokemon were on Dutch people's minds.

Dec 1 '16 07:34

Amsterdam will not accept rubber granules in new artificial turf fields, no matter what the results of the RIVM investigation into whether or not these granules are hazardous to health. The people have lost confidence in the granules, sports alderman Eric van der Burg said during an emergency debate on the matter on Wednesday, Het Parool reports.

Ibrahim El Bakraoui, a suicide bomber in terrorist attacks on Brussels, 22 Mar 2016
Nov 30 '16 08:45

Ibrahim El Bakraoui, one of the bombers that committed a suicide attack at the Zaventem airport in Brussels in March, payd bribes to be deported to the Netherlands instead of Belgium, the Belgian judicial authorities believe, according to RTL Nieuws.

Europol building in The Hague
Nov 30 '16 08:18

Television program Zembla managed to get hold of more than 700 pages of confidential information from Europol. The data is mostly from the period 2006 to 2008 and consists of hundreds of names and telephone numbers of people associated with terrorsim at that time. It also includes an analysis of the so-called Hofstad Group and the Madrid bombings, NU.nl reports.

Icy road
Nov 30 '16 07:44

Motorists on Dutch roads should be careful of icy roads on Wednesday morning, espeacially in the western parts of the country. A supply of relatively moist air from the sea is now frozen on the ground, Weeronline warns. Bridges and overpasses may be especially slippery.

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