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Apr 27 '17 09:07

For the first time since 1996 frost blanketed De Bilt on Kings Night, according to weather agency Weeronline. And with minimum temperatures of -2 degrees measured at De Bit, this was the second coldest King's Night measured since 1949.

King's night was dry, fairly clear and really cold in most places. Only the coastal provinces saw some rain. Frost blanketed most of the country. The lowest temperature was measured at the Twenthe weather station, where it dropped to -3.4 degrees, a new record. That is the lowest temperature ever measured in the Netherlands on April 27th. 

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

The Dutch public is more supportive of the monarchy this year. 70 percent of Dutch now say they are behind monarchy, compared to a low point of 65 percent last year, according to NOS' annual King's Day Survey performed by Ipsos. The increased support for the monarchy coincides with a slight increase in trust in King Willem-Alexander, NOS reports.

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

It took King Willem-Alexander some time during his teenage and student years to accept that he will someday take the thrown. His time traveling and meeting interesting people really helped with that, he said in an interview with Wilfried de Jong on Wednesday night, the night before his 50th birthday. He wants the same for crown princess Amalia before she takes over from him, the Volkskrant reports.

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Apr 26 '17 17:00

Politicians, police and police unions responded with indignation to news that  He cut through his ankle monitor and went into hiding in December. Why was this man, on trial and then convicted for trafficking 15 thousand kilos of cocaine, only being guarded by an ankle monitor, they want to know.

Apr 26 '17 08:52

Put environmental goals down in the law, reduce gas extraction in Groningen to almost zero, implement a road tax based on kilometers and emissions, ban the sale of fossil-fueled vehicles after 2025 and close all the coal plants in the Netherlands, the environmental committees of six political parties write in a proposal for the climate portion of the governance agreement, the Volkskrant reports. 

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Apr 26 '17 08:03

Former CDA alderman in Gorinchem Eeuwit K. confessed in court that he had sexual contact with a 16-year-old girl. According to him, they had a short "equal relationship" in 2015, RTV Rijnmond reports.

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Apr 26 '17 07:42

The net is closing around the people responsible for the downing of flight MH17. Former Russian soldier Sergej Doebinski was identified on audio recordings as the person who arranged the transport of the BUK missile that shot down the Malaysia Airlines flight in eastern Ukraine, RTL Nieuws reports.

Russian opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta spoke to the person who identified Doebinski. Doebinski is an old acquaintance of the man and he recognized his voice. At the time of the MH17 disaster, Doebinski was fighting with separatists against the Ukrainian army.

Amsterdam Arena
Apr 25 '17 19:37

The Amsterdam ArenA football stadium and concert venue will be renamed Johan Cruijff Arena, a move that will no doubt please fans of both Amsterdam football club AFC Ajax and the Dutch national football team. The announcement was made late on Tuesday evening, what would have been Cruijff's 70th birthday.

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Apr 25 '17 13:03

Two men were killed in a shooting in the Zoeterhage industrial complex in Zoetermeer on Tuesday morning. The shooting happened around 11:00 a.m. in the parking lot of a gym located on Edisonstraat, AD reports.

Witnesses told the newspaper that they believe the victims to be father and son, a detail the police had not confirmed after the incident. The victims were found sitting in a black Mercedes parked at the gym. A witness reports a black BMW driving away after shots were heard. The BMW was spotted in the parking lot several times on Tuesday morning, according to the newspaper.

Stormy sea
Apr 25 '17 08:22

The risk of large foods on coasts across the world will grow rapidly in the coming decades, according to researchers from Delft water management institute Deltares and the Dutch institute for environmental issues IVM-VU. Due to soil decline and the rising sea level, heavy storms will threaten about 50 percent more people in 2080 compared to the current situation. Damages will also get much bigger and there will be more victims, ANP reports. 

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Apr 25 '17 08:02

All Dutch provinces except Groningen saw economic growth last year, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Tuesday. Of the four large Dutch cities, Amsterdam saw the biggest growth at 3 percent, The Hague the lowest at 2.2 percent. Rotterdam had the highest unemployment rate in the Netherlands last year at 11.3 percent, far above the national unemployment rate of around 6 percent.

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Apr 25 '17 07:34

Russia denies hacking into other countries' IT systems. On Monday the Dutch military intelligence agency reported that . But according to the Kremlin, this is not true, RTL Nieuws reports.

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Apr 24 '17 15:15

Russia's efforts to destabilize the Netherlands, Europe and NATO are so serious that military intelligence agency MIVD considers it the second largest security risk to the Netherlands and the Western world in general. Terrorism stands in first place, MIVD General Major Onno Eichelsheim said at the presentation of the agency's annual report on Monday, NU.nl reports.

Amsterdam Schiphol packed before King's Day
Apr 24 '17 14:35

After a weekend of long lines at security gates and passport checks, Schiphol is now also dealing with overcrowded gates, taxi lanes and runways, resulting in flights falling even further behind, Het Parool reports. Airlines Transavia and KLM and union FNV are calling on the airport to take immediate measures to improve how it handles crowds. 

Long lines at Schiphol airport, 23 Apr 2017
Apr 24 '17 10:47

Schiphol airport was massively crowded over the weekend, and the same conditions are expected today. Airlines KLM and Transavia are advising passengers to arrive at the airport three hours before their flights, also for flights within Europe, if they want to avoid missing it. Schiphol advises travelers to listen to their airlines. 

Geert Wilders and Marine Le Pen
Apr 24 '17 08:46

PVV leader Geert Wilders called it "great news" that right-wing populist Marine Le Pen of Front National reached the second round of the French presidential election. In the second round Le Pen is up against Social-liberal Emmanuel Macron. 

"A wonderful day for patriots inside and outside France who want more national sovereignty and less EU and immigration", Wilders said to news wire ANP. "I just sent her my congratulations. Now on to a feisty second round, but I'm hoping for President Le Pen!"

Posters for the Netherlands' parliamentary elections, March 2017
Apr 24 '17 08:16

The votes of 919 Dutch people abroad did not reach the Netherlands in time to count in the , the Volkskrant reports based on information from the municipality of The Hague. The city served as central point for votes coming from abroad.

Smoke bomb at PSV vs Ajax Eredivisie match in Philips Stadium, Eindhoven, 23 Apr 2017
Apr 24 '17 07:57

A huge smoke bomb set off among the audience of the PSV vs Ajax Eredivisie match at the Philips Stadium in Eindhoven on Sunday, left 15 people injured. The first aid team had to treat 10 supporters, four security guards and a steward for respiratory problems and burning eyes, ANP reports. 

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Apr 24 '17 07:25

One man was seriously injured in a stabbing at a wedding in Westervoort, Gelderland on Sunday night. Two people were arrested, Omroep Gelderland reports.

The stabbing happened just after 8:00 p.m. at the Maksim party center on Dorpstraat. The police believe a family fight is behind the incident. According to the broadcaster, the perpetrator is an "older man". It is unclear why the second person was arrested. The stabbed man was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

The wedding celebration resumed after the incident.

Lady Justice
Apr 21 '17 15:55

Dutch arms dealer Guus Kouwenhoven was sentenced to 19 years in prison by the court in Den Bosch on Friday. He was found guilty of complicity in war crimes in Liberia and of illegal arms trafficking. The Public Prosecutor demanded 20 years, AD reports.

The court considered it proven that Kouwenhoven supported the regime of former Liberian President Charles Taylor by illegally delivering weapons to it in a civil war between 2001 and 2003. There was an arms embargo in place for Liberia at the time. 

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Apr 21 '17 14:45

Dutch pastor Nico S. was for paying underage boys to let him take nude photos of them. The Old Catholic Church of the Netherlands announced at a press conference previous knowledge of the suspect's sexual desire for young boys, something the church said S. discussed with the former bishop during his priesthood training 18 years ago.

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Apr 21 '17 08:41

The Sint Joriscollege in Eindhoven decided to cancel a school trip to Paris scheduled for Friday after another terrorist attack in the French city on Thursday evening. One police officer was killed and two others seriously injured in a shooting on the Champs Elysees that was claimed by terrorist organization ISIS, Omroep Brabant reports.

A police officer aiming his service weapon
Apr 21 '17 07:46

A video surfaced of police officers shooting a man in the leg on Hobbemaplein in The Hague. The police confirmed that it involves an incident on the square on April 12th, AD reports.

According to the police, the man was waving a knife and would not listen to police officers' instructions to drop the weapon. A warning shot was fired. When the man still refused to listen to the police, the officers decided to shoot him in the leg.

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Apr 21 '17 07:31

A "senior manager" at the Public Prosecution's Office was suspended on suspicion of having paid sex with a teenager, the Public Prosecutor announced on Thursday. According to newspaper AD, the prosecutor in question is 44-year-old Vincent L. - second in charge at the National Office in Amsterdam.

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