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Man arrested for taking the Klarendal district center in Arnhem hostage, 3 May 2017
May 4 '17 07:52

Two people were held hostage in a standoff that ended in a man dressed only in his underpants being arrested in Arnhem on Wednesday afternoon, the Arnhem mayor, police and Public Prosecutor said in a press conference. The man was in possession of a fake firearm, a fake bomb vest and several knives, NOS reports.

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May 4 '17 07:26

A man with critical bullet wound injuries was dumped outside the Ikazia Hospital in Rotterdam on Wednesday afternoon. He died of his wounds.

The victim is a 24-year-old man from Rotterdam, according to the police. He was injured in a shooting on Dynamostraat around 2:00 p.m. Witnesses told the police that the man was loaded into a car and driven away. The police immediately launched an investigation and quickly discovered that the man had been left outside the hospital.

Police close down several streets of the Klarendal neighborhood in Arnhem over reports of an armed man, 3 May 2017
May 3 '17 15:06

A SWAT team arrested a man clad only in his underwear in Arnhem after an armed standoff on Wednesday. The armed man barricaded himself in the district center on Rappardstraat and the police worked under the assumption that there were hostages in the building. According to the police, the situation is under control, ANP reports.

Police close down several streets of the Klarendal neighborhood in Arnhem over reports of an armed man, 3 May 2017
May 3 '17 13:28

The COOP supermarket on Hommelseweg in Arnhem and various homes in the Klarendal neighborhood were evacuated on Wednesday afternoon due to reports about an armed man in the district center on Rappardstraat. Hommelseweg and a number of side streets are closed to everyone except the emergency services, AD and the Gelderlander report.

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May 3 '17 11:45

One person was seriously injured in a stabbing on Wijnesteinlaan in Hoograven, Utrecht on Wednesday morning. The victim was rushed to hospital by ambulance, according to AD.

The stabbing happened around 10:15 a.m. on the bicycle path between a school and the Marcuscentrum. An air ambulance and two regular ambulances responded to the scene. The victim was stabbed from behind, according to the newspaper. A bicycle believed to belong to the victim is still at the scene.

Long lines at Schiphol airport, 23 Apr 2017
May 3 '17 08:42

Schiphol is setting in extra personnel to work at security check points during busy periods this summer. The airport came to this decision following endlessly , CEO Jos Nijhuis said to AD.

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May 3 '17 08:14

A 14-year-old girl was threatened, stabbed, assaulted and humiliated near Utrecht Central Station in January. Two other girls, aged 15 and 17 years from Deleen and Utrecht, appeared in court for the first time on Tuesday as the suspected perpetrators of this abuse, AD reports.

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May 3 '17 07:52

A Jet2 plane had to make an emergency landing at Schiphol Airport on Tuesday evening due to technical problems. The Boeing 757 landed safely and no one was injured, AD reports.

The plane was on its way from Kos, Greece to Leeds, England. The exact reason for the emergency landing is unclear, though several media sources report that the plane flew the last few minutes with one of its two engines turned off. That would indicate fuel or engine problems, according to AD. 

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May 3 '17 07:36

Dutch bank Rabobank is hiring security people to stand guard at ATMs at night in an effort to reduce the number of ATM bombings, AD reports. The guards will mainly be placed at ATMs located near apartment complexes and in quiet areas. ATMs that don't get a guard will have extra surveillance and patrols from security companies. For security reasons, the bank would not tell AD how many guards wil be deployed.

Police
May 2 '17 14:55

No charges will be pressed against police officers involved in an arrest in which a 30-year-old man died in Goes last year, the Public Prosecutor announced on Tuesday. An investigation into the incident did not reveal the cause of the mans death, but did confirm that he did not die due to police action, according to the Prosecutor, the Telegraaf reports.

May 2 '17 10:35

Three out of five journalists in the Netherlands were threatened or intimidated at least once during the course of his or her work, according to a study by the Dutch association of journalists NVJ. A fifth of Dutch journalists say they are threatened on a monthly basis, NOS and NRC reports.

The study report, written by former Ombudsman Alex Brenninkmeijer, will be officially presented on Wednesday, according to the two news agencies.

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May 2 '17 08:45

The police arrested two men on suspicion of terrorism in the Noord-Brabant town of Sint-Oedenrode last week Wednesday. The arrests were made based on information from intelligence service AIVD, the Public Prosecutor confirmed to Eindhovens Dagblad.

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May 2 '17 08:18

The number of Airbnb bookings in Amsterdam grew by 125 percent over the past year - last year almost 1.7 million overnight stays in the Dutch capital were booked through the home sharing site, according to research by property adviser Colliers International and Hothelschool The Hague. In 2016 Airbnb held 10.7 percent of Amsterdam's overnight housing market, double the 5.4 percent it held in 2015, NOS reports.

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May 2 '17 07:58

Amsterdam pastor Rikko Voorberg wants to commemorate killed asylum seekers with 3 thousand white paper crosses on the Rembrandt square in Amsterdam on Remembrance Day. His plan was met by resistance from Jewish organization CIDI and the National Committee for 4 and 5 May, who want to keep the focus of Remembrance Day on victims of World War II, AD reports.

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May 1 '17 11:52

Dutch people increasingly believe that an official day off from work should be granted on May 5th, the anniversary of the 1945 liberation of the Netherlands in World War II. Roughly 70 percent of those surveyed by the National Committee 4 and 5 May want Liberation Day to be a day off for all Netherlands employees.

This is an increase from 2016 figures, when 60 percent of respondents wanted the day off. If this were to be realized but in exchange for another holiday, about 30 percent of Dutch people would choose to substitute it for Good Friday.

Police
May 1 '17 11:08

Authorities in Zaandam arrested two teens in connection with the stabbing death of 16-year-old secondary student Nick Bood. The victim, from Assendelft, Noord-Holland, was stabbed on the A.F. Savornin Lohmanstraat in neighboring Zaandam around 11 p.m. on Saturday while visiting the city’s local nightlife area with his stepbrother.

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May 1 '17 10:49

Dutch citizens have grown more worried about war and terrorism since last year, but feel less concerned about incoming refugees. People also feel most solidarity towards one another during May 4th’s Remembrance Day and May 5th’s World War II Liberation Day celebrations, according to a survey of 900 people released this week.

Margaret Lee
May 1 '17 07:33

An underage girl who was found safe at the train station in Zwolle, Overijssel on Saturday. She was found using someone else’s passport, prompting authorities to arrest her for identity theft.

Train derails after crashing into a truck in Wouw, Noord-Brabant, 28 Apr 2017
Apr 28 '17 08:49

A passenger train derailed after colliding with a truck in the Noord-Brabant town of Wouw on Friday morning, local safety office Veiligheidsregio Midden- en West-Brabant reports. As far as is known, no one was seriously injured. The train driver sustained slight injuries, but truck driver managed to get out of the vehicle before the train hit, a spokesperson for the safety office said to NU.nl.

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Apr 28 '17 08:27

The Old Catholic Bishop of Haarlem Dirk-Jan Schoon suspended another priest on child sex abuse charges. This priest has been retired for 13 years, but is still involved in celebrations in the Amsterdam parish and was used in emergencies, NOS reports.

King Willem-Alexander, 2017
Apr 28 '17 08:07

King Willem-Alexander is continuing celebrating his 50th birthday with a special dinner at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam tonight. 150 Dutch whose birthdays are also on April 27th will be dining with the King and Queen, ANP reports.

King Willem-Alexander turns 50, 27 Apr 2017
Apr 28 '17 07:46

King's Day was celebrated throughout the Netherlands without any major incidents on Thursday. The authorities in most major Dutch municipalities are pleased with how the day went. The day was celebrated "as you would like it to be", a spokesperson for Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan said, NU.nl reports.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima with their daughters (left to right) Amalia, Ariane and Alexia, 27 Apr 2017
Apr 27 '17 13:08

King Willem-Alexander and his family spent King's Day in Tilburg today. The city organized a number of activities, including performances and artworks, to celebrate the Dutch King's 50th birthday.

Margaret Lee
Apr 27 '17 10:30

The Dutch police are looking for 16-year-old Margaret Lee from the United States. The American teenager traveled to the Netherlands by herself on April 1st and has been missing since her arrival. There are indications that she was chatting with a boy from The Hague, the police confirmed to RTL Nieuws.

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