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Mar 8 '17 08:13

The national student loan debt is at its highest level ever, according to figures from education organization DUO. In total students and former students currently owe 17.6 billion euros to the state, compared to 12 billion euros five years ago, the Telegraaf reports.

Shopping center Brabantplein in Brabantpark, Breda
Mar 8 '17 07:45

Residents of all apartments in the Brabantpark area  of Breda were informed on Tuesday that their balconies are not safe. Housing association WonenBreburg sent the residents of 160 apartments a letter advising them not to step onto the balconies because they may collapse. A total of 320 balconies' safety can not be guaranteed, Omroep Brabant reports.

Mar 7 '17 14:59

Dutch man Len van Heest, who was deported form Canada on Monday after living there all 59 years of his life, arrived at Schiphol around 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday. He was met by the Salvation Army and a cousin, who will help him find his way in the Netherlands, AD reports.

Fire raging in a car company on Schaafstraat in Amsterdam-Noord, 7 Mar 2017
Mar 7 '17 08:23

A large fire is raging at a car company on Schaafstraat in Amsterdam-Noord on Tuesday morning. Firefighers are at the scene in large numbers to try and prevent the fire from spreading, the Telegraaf reports.

The fire started around 7:00 a.m. How it started is as yet unclear. A massive plume of smoke can be seen from almost everywhere in the city. A supplier of cleaning products is located next to the burning car company and is in danger of falling prey to the flames.

Jihadist
Mar 7 '17 08:02

Another 10 Dutch names were added to the Netherlands' national terrorism list. The list now contains 100 names - 86 men, 11 women and three organizations, RTL Nieuws reports.

Most of the names on the list involve people believed to be involved in terrorist activities in Syria and Iraq.

The bank accounts and assets of everyone on the list have been frozen, which means they can no longer access the money in their accounts. This measure is intended to make it more difficult for terrorist activities to be funded from the Netherlands. 

Ambulance
Mar 7 '17 07:43

A 13-year-old boy died in Amsterdam on Sunday after inhaling lighter fluid with his friends. The boy fell unconscious around 4:30 p.m. at his friend's house on Haarlemmerstraat in the center of the city. The friend's father tried to resuscitate the boy, but to no avail. He died at the scene, a spokesperson for the Amsterdam police confirmed to AD.

According to an autopsy on the boy's body, he went into cardiac arrest after inhaling the lighter fluid. Both families are dismayed, the police said.

MH17
Mar 6 '17 10:11

The Ukraine and Russia are facing off in a lawsuit filed by the Ukraine at the international Court of Justice in The Hague from today. Kiev wants the ICJ to condemn "Russian aggression" and order the country to pay compensation for all "fatal events", including the downing of flight MH17 in 2014, AD reports.

Ambulance
Mar 6 '17 08:30

An East European man was robbed and stabbed in Amsterdam's Oosterpark on Friday night. He died of his injuries in hospital later that night. The police are looking for four suspects seen near the Tropenmuseum that night and are calling on witnesses to come forward, the Volkskrant reports. 

Police officers and paramedics at the scene of an incident
Mar 6 '17 08:06

Two people were run over by a car on the A10 towards Schiphol on Sunday night around midnight. A woman was killed and a man was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, AD reports.

According to the newspaper, the woman and man were quarreling and got out of their car on the emergency lane between Amsterdam Oud-Zuid and De Nieuwe Meer. They ran over the highway and were hit by an oncoming car. What they were fighting about is unclear. It is believed that the two were husband and wife, though this has not yet been confirmed.

Election time in the Netherlands - directions to voting stations
Mar 6 '17 07:57

Left- and right wing parties clashed fiercely over the retirement age, healthcare deductibles and the Dutch identity in the televised debate between eight party leaders in the Carré in Amsterdam on Sunday. With only 9 days to go until the parliamentary election, party leaders are pressured to create some movement in the polls, which have been quiet over the past weeks.

Mar 3 '17 12:25

A total of 11,493 people want to have dinner with King Willem-Alexander to celebrate his and their birthdays. They registered to be one of 150 people, whose birthday is also on April 27th, to have dinner with the King at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, the Royal House announced on Friday.

Jeroen Dijsselbloem
Mar 3 '17 08:10

"You can't say that integration failed", Jeroen Dijsselbloem, current Finance Minister and number three on the PvdA candidate list, said on radio program Dit is de Dag on Thursday.

According to Dijsselbloem, "a lot of things went well" when it comes to integration. "Go look in the lecture halls in big cities. They are now filled with children from an immigration background", he said.

He agrees that the naturalization process could go smoother. He thinks it should be more mandatory and that all the responsibility can not be left to the immigrants. 

Erik Akerboom
Mar 3 '17 07:54

National Police Chief Erik Akerboom wants the police force to be more diverse. For that reason 13 extra positions will be created in the police leadership this year for "diverse" talent, he said in an interview with the Volkskrant.

"The police must be recognizable to everyone. The outside world changed enormously, and the police is not changing with it", Akerboom said. He wants the culture in the police to change quickly.

Police officers and paramedics at the scene of an incident
Mar 3 '17 07:26

A 46-year-old man woke up wounded on the street in Terneuzen on Tuesday night with no idea what happened to him. The police are looking for witnesses.

The 46-year-old man went for a walk at around 7:30 p.m., something he does on a regular basis. Then he woke up near a pedestrian crossing on Rooseveltlaan with a massive headache and a bleeding injury on his upper body. 

He tried to stumble home, but couldn't manage to do so. He therefore knocked on the door of a nearby acquaintance, who called an ambulance. This happened around 8:15 p.m.

Football
Mar 2 '17 17:25

Football club Wieldrecht is holding a meeting on Friday night at its clubhouse in Dordrecht for members who want to commemorate 10-year-old Diego, who was on Wednesday morning. A condolence register will be opened and professionals from the police will be there to offer support to those who need it, AD reports.

Mar 2 '17 16:15

Six of the ten large Dutch insurers still invest in companies that supply arms and weapons systems to Saudi Arabia, according to peace organization Pax in its Fair Insurance Guide. According to the organization, by investing in these companies, the Dutch insurers are violating human rights in Yemen, NOS reports.

Crime scene tape
Mar 2 '17 09:56

Ten year old Diego from Dordrecht was killed in a crime, the boy's family said to AD De Dortenaar. They boy's father Marcel S. is still in custody.

Donald Trump
Mar 2 '17 08:24

Last year Dutch and British intelligence services, and other United States allies, warned Washington that people close to Russian president Vladimir Putin was in contact with people around then presidential candidate Donald Trump, the New York Times reports based on a number of sources who worked in the White House during the Obama regime.

According to the newspaper, several of these White House employees put effort into spreading this information among American politicians, because they were afraid that Trump would cover everything up once he was in power. 

Mar 2 '17 07:59

A code yellow weather warning for strong winds is currently in effect for most of the Netherlands. Only Friesland and Groningen are not affected. According to meteorological institute KNMI, the rest of the country can expect gusts of up to 90 kilometers per hour.

This could have consequences for traffic and outside activities, the KNMI warns. "Follow weather forecasts and warnings."

Hoes on Jan Vethkade in Dordrecht
Mar 2 '17 07:40

A 10-year-old boy was found dead in the home he shares with his father on Jan Vethkade in Krispijn, Dordrecht on Wednesday morning. His 37-year-old father was arrested and is in custody for questioning. Neighbors are shocked.

"We are talking to those involved and are questioning the father. Due to the circumstances in which the child was found dead, we can not directly assume a natural death at the moment", the police said, according to newspaper AD. They are considering all scenarios.

Crime scene tape
Mar 1 '17 17:10

Registered common crimes in the Netherlands, including burglaries, violence and theft, dropped by 20 percent between 2012 and 2016, according to Statistics Netherlands on Wednesday. Crime experienced by Dutch, registered in the national victimization survey Safety Monitor, reduced by 13 percent. People living in the Netherlands also feel safer, ANP reports. 

Geert Wilders surrounded by bodyguards, Spijkenesse Feb 2017
Mar 1 '17 08:32

An elite team of soldiers was deployed to help protect PVV leader Geert Wilders, the Telegraaf reported on Wednesday based on its own sources. According to the newspaper, members of the Defense team Special Security Missions Brigade (BSB) have been guarding the PVV leader for a few days already.

The Ministry of Security and Justice would not confirm these reports to the newspaper. The Koninklijke Marechaussee, a policing force that forms part of the Dutch military, would also not comment on the matter. The BSB falls under the Koninklijke Marechaussee.

Canadian flag
Mar 1 '17 07:57

Canada is working on deporting 59-year-old Dutch born Len van Heerst after the man lived his entire life in the country. The reason for his imminent deportation is a criminal record he built in his youth. Van Heerst does not speak Dutch and doesn't know anyone in the Netherlands and is therefore turning to court to fight his deportation, NOS reports.

Van Heerst emigrated from the Netherlands to Canada with his mother Trixie when he was 8 months old. His mother never applied for Canadian citizenship for him. According to her, she "forgot" to do so.

Crime scene (Photo: Politie)
Mar 1 '17 07:34

A 41-year-old mother of two was stabbed almost in front of the Rabobank headquarters on Croeselaan in Utrecht where she works on Tuesday morning. She died in hospital later in the day. A 31-year-old suspect was immediately arrested, AD reports.

The police can not yet say whether the woman was specifically targeted by her attacker, or was just a victim of opportunity. 

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