Turkish photographer Burhan Ozbilici of Associate Press was awarded the World Press Photo in Amsterdam on Monday. He won with his photo of 22-year-old Mevlut Mert Altintas, who gunned down a Russian ambassador in Turkey on December 19th last year. The photo was taken during the attack on ambassador Andrei Karlov.
Long-term unemployment in the Netherlands decreased in 2016 for the firs time since 2009, Statistics Netherlands announced on Monday. There was even a decline among older workers, though the decrease was less significant than among younger age groups.
A total of 16 people were taken to various Rotterdam hospitals on Sunday night to be treated for carbon monoxide poisoning. The poisonous gas was released into their homes by a faulty heating system in their apartment building on Wuysterstraat in Rotterdam-Zuid, RTL Nieuws reports.
A spokesperson for safety office Veligheidsregio Rotterdam-Rijnmond confirmed to the broadcaster that all 16 people were hospitalized and that their current conditions are unclear. He added that he expects they will all be able to return home in short order.
The government of Curacao collapsed on Sunday, Prime Minister on the island Hensley Koeiman confirmed. The government was in office for just over seven weeks, AD reports.
Parts of the Netherlands may wake up to a layer of snow on Saturday morning. Light snow is expected for tonight and tomorrow morning, according to Weeronline, the Telegraaf reports.
The snowy layer is not expected to last much longer than Saturday morning. Afternoon temperatures will rise to between 2 and 4 degrees, which means that the snow will largely melt away.
More snow is expected on Saturday night, especially in the South, center and West of te country. Some spots may even get up to three centimeters, according to Weeronline.
Dutch skater Jan Smeekens won the gold medal in the World Championships Single Distance 500 meters at the Gangneung Olympic track on Friday. He is the first Dutch ever to win gold for 500 meters, NU.nl reports.
Smeekens finished with a time of 34.58, winning his gold medal. Nico Ihle (Germany) took silver with 34.66 and Ruslan Murashov (Russia) took bronze with 34.76.
The 500 meters Single Distance was first raced in 1996. Since then the gold medal went to Japan seven times, South Korea five times, Canada three times, Russia twice and now once to the Netherlands.
The court in Amsterdam left thousands of pages of confidential documents behind when it left the building for major renovations, the Telegraaf reports. Construction workers brought these documents to the newspaper.
The construction workers found the documents while working on the court's renovation. According to the newspaper, it involves thousands of pages that contain, among other things, information on pending criminal cases, recently launched police investigations and names and address details of witnesses and defendants.
The police made a gigantic drug bust when they searched a truck in the Zeeland town of Rilland on Thursday night. According to the police, the raw materials they found in the truck can be used to make 1 billion ecstasy pills, ANP reports.
Inside the truck the police found hundreds of bottles of hydrogen gas, 15 thousand kilos of caustic soda (drain cleaner) and 3 thousand liters of excipients. The trade value of the raw materials amounts to hundreds of thousands of euros, according to the Zeeland police on Twitter.
The Zwolle police are investigating a possible kidnapping in the city on Wednesday evening and are looking for witnesses. Around 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday a witness saw a young man being forced into a dark van. The victim asked for help just before this happened, the police said in a statement on Thursday evening.
A water main break on Grootvenstraat left parts of Tilburg flooded and numerous households without water on Friday morning. How many households are affected is unclear, Omroep Brabant reports.
The break happened around 3:45 a.m. on the industrial terrain Kraaiven. Grootvenstraat and IJpelareweg are flooded up to Kraaivenstraat. These streets are closed to car traffic. The cause of the break is unclear.
Interior Minister Ronald Plasterk can not guarantee that no fraud was committed in the collection of signatures in support of the Ukraine referendum, he said in response to questions from law firm Bureau Brandeis on the matter.
The Public Prosecutor demanded a prison sentence of 10 years and 8 months against Aydin C. in court on Thursday. C. is suspected of convincing dozens of underage girls to undress in front of their webcam and then blackmailing them with the footage. The Prosecutor went for the maximum sentence demand possible, NOS reports.
More than half of the 400 chemical- and other companies with a large risk factor in the Netherlands violated safety rules over the past two decades, the Volkskrant reports based on a survey of inspection reports. Over a fifth of the cases involved a medium to serious violation, according to the newspaper.
If the European Union falls apart, the Netherlands would face severe consequences, according to Rabobank. The Dutch economy will shrink by 10 to 15 percent, unemployment will double and welfare will remain structurally lower than when the Netherlands was part of the internal market. Should the EU stay together, but the Netherlands decides to step out, the consequences would be even more disastrous, the bank predicts, RTL Nieuws reports.
Cafe In The City in Amsterdam was closed down indefinitely by order of Mayor Eberhard van der Laan on Wednesday evening following the discovery of a small explosive, believed to be a hand grenade, earlier in the day, Het Parool reports.
Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning for slick, icy roads for the entire Netherlands on Thursday morning. "Adjust your driving behavior", the institute warns. "Follow weather reports and warnings."
Traffic information services ANWB and VID also warned of icy roads. Both reported several traffic accidents already, though it is unclear whether any of these are related to the slickness on the roads.
Police responding to Amsterdam's Leideplein entertainment district found a "small explosive" on the Kleine Gartmanplantsoen. The explosive was discovered in a hotel and catering facility, police said on Twitter at about 5 p.m. on Tuesday. An explosives disposal unit was en route to the scene, police added.
A court of appeals sentenced Utrecht serial rapist Gerard T. to 16 years in prison on Wednesday, thereby upholding his previous sentence. T. was found guilty of raping four women. He was also suspected of 18 other rape cases over several years starting in 1995, but there was not enough evidence to prosecute him for these, NU.nl reports.
Hani Al Rawi, a Syrian refugee now living in the Netherlands, spent about six months in the notorious Saydnaya prison in the Syrian capital Damascus. "I hung six hours per day with my wrists tied together", he said to broadcaster NOS about the experience.
Thousands of people participated in a torchlight march through the city of Groningen on Tuesday as a protest against the Dutch government's policy on gas extraction in the northern province. Organizers estimate that about 4,500 people joined the march. The protesters want gas extraction to be further reduced, preferably to zero, and earthquake damage to be compensated, NU.nl reports.
GroenLinks plans to make a radical tax reform the core of a new coalition agreement after the parliamentary elections in March, party leader Jesse Klaver announced on Wednesday evening. He plans to shift a total of 27 billion euros in costs by increasing taxes on things that are bad for the environment and making it cheaper for employers to hire low-wage workers, the Financieele Dagblad reports.
The Photoshopped image PVV leader Geert Wilders tweeted of D66 leader Alexander Pechtold is "totally tasteless", Prime Minister Mark Rutte (VVD) said on television program Jinek.
Winter weather is back in the Netherlands and with that meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for icy roads this morning. The warning affects the northern half of the country.
According to the KNMI, motorists should be especially careful on local roads which salt trucks and gritters don't always reach. In Noord-Holland and Twente the roads may also be slippery due to snow. The slickness should melt away by the end of the morning. Light snow is expected in the afternoon, though it will likely melt away before causing problems.
The International Criminal Court (ICJ) in The Hague supports American lawyer Chaka Laguerre wish for an independent investigation into her arrest in The Hague last month. According to the lawyer, her arrest was racially motivated and excessively violent. In a statement released by the ICJ last week, and posted on Facebook on Monday, the court says that it "continues to follow this matter closely and would like the facts of the incident to be fully clarified."