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Condoms
Jun 20 '17 08:14

Dutch young people become sexually active at a later age than five years ago. In 2012 half of Dutch youths had sex by the time they were 17.1 years old, compared to 18.6 years in 2017, according to a major study titled Sex before your 25th. But while teens are waiting longer before becoming physically sexually active, the number of young people participating in sexting doubled, NU.nl reports.

Derk Bolt
Jun 20 '17 07:39

Two Dutch journalists are being "held against their will" in Colombia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The two were abducted by left-wing movement ELN, the National Liberation Army, on Saturday, according to local newspaper El Tiempo.

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Jun 19 '17 16:00

If the Dutch police officers have their way, people caught t will henceforth be charged with attempted murder. The police also want a ban on exploding fireworks and rockets, National Police chief Erik Akerboom said on Monday, NU.nl reports.

Jun 19 '17 09:07

A 22-year-old student was killed in a house fire on Emmanuel Murandstraat in Leeuwarden early on Monday morning. Firefighters rescued the victim with a crane and resuscitated him at the scene. He was rushed to the hospital, where he died of his injuries, the Leeuwarder Courant reports.

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Jun 19 '17 08:42

Some 70 percent of adult Dutch are worried about a terrorist attack being committed in the Netherlands, according to a study published by Statistics Netherlands on Monday. Four in ten Dutch think there is a good chance of an attack in the Netherlands and 16 percent worry about an attack on a regular basis.

Despite these concerns, only 4 percent think it likely that they themselves will be the victim of an attack.

The Mali capital city of Bamako
Jun 19 '17 08:09

Two people were killed when an unknown number of gunmen attacked a luxury resort in the African country of Mali on Sunday. Six Dutch were present during the attack, but escaped unharmed, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed, ANP reports.

The holiday resort Le Campement de Kangaba is popular among Western tourists and expats. The one victim that was killed had French-Gabon nationality, the other came from Angola, according to the Volkskrant. Four people were injured, and 36 others could be rescued unharmed, including the six Dutch.

Empty platforms at Den Haag Centraal during rush hour due to a NS worker strike, 19 Jun 2017
Jun 19 '17 07:36

Train travelers can expect rail traffic delays on Monday morning due to a organized by union FNV at Den Haag Centraal and Zwolle stations. The strike started at 5:00 a.m. and will go on until 9:00 a.m.

Double decker train in Amsterdam
Jun 16 '17 15:35

NS workers will be striking at Den Haag Centraal and Zwolle stations between 5:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. on Monday, union FNV Spoor announced on Friday. As a result less or no train traffic may be possible at those stations, NU.nl reports. 

Jun 16 '17 10:26

An Amsterdam man arrested at the Philips Stadium in Eindhoven during a Guus Meeuwis concert on June 9th, is suspected of preparing for a terrorist offense, the Public Prosecutor announced. The suspect was released from custody at his arraignment on Friday.

Geert Wilders surrounded by bodyguards, Spijkenesse Feb 2017
Jun 16 '17 08:38

The VVD and CDA again firmly stated that they will not work with anti-Islam party PVV and its leader Geert Wilders. Formation negotiator Herman Tjeenk Willink asked VVD leader Mark Rutte and CDA leader Sybrand Buma to put in writing why they will not form a government with Wilders. They dismissed Wilders as untrustworthy and "increasingly radical", the Volkskrant reports

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Jun 16 '17 08:06

Public Health Minister Edith Schippers is making 2.8 million euros available annually for breast implants for transgenders, she announced in a letter to the Tweede Kamer on Thursday, ANP reports.

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Jun 16 '17 07:44

The Netherlands is doubling its contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to 100 thousand euros to help compensate for the United States' withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, Environment State Secretary Sharon Dijksma said to the Volkskrant. She called on other European countries to do the same and thereby fill the financial hole the Americans left. 

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Jun 15 '17 13:15

A 54-year-old pastor from the Rains of Blessing church on Curacao is standing trial for raping 10 girls. His youngest victim was 11 years old. On Wednesday the Public Prosecutor demanded 18 years in prison against him, and that he be banned from leading any church for 20 years, NOS reports.

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Jun 15 '17 11:30

Today may well become the warmest June 15th in the Netherlands since temperature measurements started in 1901, weather service Weerplaza expects. Afternoon temperatures will range from 23 degrees on the Wadden islands to 30 degrees in the east. Though those hoping for a beautiful summer's day will be disappointed - storms are expected to hit the country this afternoon.

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Jun 15 '17 08:38

VVD leader and current Prime Minister Mark Rutte does not see a breakthrough happening in the talks any time soon. In fact, he worries that new elections may be necessary, he said in a live session the VVD hosted on Facebook on Wednesday afternoon, NU.nl reports.

Firefighters' gear
Jun 15 '17 07:56

One person was killed when a fire broke out in a cell at the prison in Scheveningen during the early hours of Thursday morning. The other prisoners in the affected wing were evacuated and given shelter elsewhere in the complex. No one else was injured, the Telegraaf reports.

The Albert Canal between Luik and Antwerp in Belgium
Jun 15 '17 07:35

A Dutch car containing two bodies was pulled out of the Albert canal in Belgium on Wednesday afternoon. The canal is less than a kilometer away from the Netherlands' border, 1Limburg reports.

The bodies have not yet been identified. According to the Belgian judiciary, the car was in the water for at least six months. At this stage there are no indications of a crime. An autopsy will be done on the bodies on Friday to try and determine cause of death. At the time being, the Belgian authorities assume it was a double suicide, according to the news site. 

Jesse Klaver
Jun 14 '17 16:15

While GroenLinks leader Jesse Klaver's firm stance on not making deals with north African countries on asylum seekers may have , his commitment to his his ideals impressed local GroenLinks factions and gained praise from a number of migration experts, including a professor at Radboud university. 

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Jun 14 '17 13:00

The parents of Tristan van der Vlis is not responsible for their son killing five people and hurting 17 others in a shooting in Alphen aan den Rijn in 2011, the court in The Hague ruled on Wednesday. According to the court, Van der Vlis' parents couldn't know beforehand that their son was planning the mass shooting, ANP reports.

Amsterdam
Jun 14 '17 11:45

Terrorism, cyber attacks and climate change are new concerns on top of the official risk assessment for Amsterdam and its surrounding municipalities. Since the previous risk assessment in 2012, safety office Veiligheidsregio Amsterdam-Amstelland dropped a number of older concerns to make room for new risks like the consequences of a terrorist attacks, increasingly dangerous storms due to climate change and the internet falling out due to a cyber attack, Het Parool reports.

White doves released at Romy Nieuwburg's funeral, 13 June 2017
Jun 14 '17 08:18

Fourteen year old was laid to rest in her hometown of Hoevelaken on Tuesday afternoon. The memorial service and burial were held in only the presence of her friends and family, but thousands of others lined the town's streets to pay tribute as the funeral procession passed, AD reports.

Police
Jun 14 '17 07:38

The police are trying to identify a man found killed in the sea in Noordwijk on Friday. Days of investigation failed to reveal who the man is, so the police showed a photo of him on Opsporing Verzocht on Tuesday.

The body was spotted by kite surfers near Langevelderslag around 3:45 p.m. on Friday, June 9th. According to the police, the man was a victim of  crime.

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Jun 13 '17 15:55

VVD leader and current Prime Minister Mark Rutte is "extremely disappointed" and "bewildered" that the government formation talks between the VVD, CDA, D66 and GroenLinks. A parliamentary debate on the matter is likely to be held before the end of Tuesday, the Telegraaf reports.

Savannah Dekker, missing in Bunschoten since 1 Jun 2017
Jun 13 '17 08:47

The in connection with the murder of , was ordered removed from his home by the children's court, AD reports. He was set to be removed on June 7th, but this never happened as he was arrested on June 4th, according to the newspaper.

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