Mar 24 '17 16:35

The new Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, was sworn in on Thursday. Of the total 150 parliamentarians, 71 weren't in the previous parliament. All 150 parliamentarians had to take the oath, NOS reports.

Mar 24 '17 16:00

A mistake with blood test equipment at the municipal health service GGD Amsterdam means that about 60 people who had their blood sugar levels tested at the GGD in Amsterdam city center may have been infected with HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C. This involves people who went for glucose tests between January 19th and March 16th, RTL Nieuws reports.

Mar 24 '17 15:25

On Thursday Turkish voters living in Amsterdam-Noord received dozens of leaflets about an upcoming referendum in Turkey. Some feel intimidated by the dozens of papers left in their mailbox, they said to AT5.

"I find it quite intimidating because I am not in favor of Erdogan", one woman said to the Amsterdam broadcaster. "I don't like his ideas, I don't want a dictatorship. They should campaign in their own country ad leave us alone." Another person said that it is "extremely risky" to campaign against Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Crime scene (Photo: Politie)
Mar 24 '17 14:50

The in Arnhem on Thursday night were killed in a crime, the police confirmed in a statement on Friday. Their identities have not yet been confirmed. But the Gelderlander believes the victims are hotel owner Bennie Peters and a homeless woman he gave shelter in the hotel.

Mar 24 '17 14:15

For now the Netherlands does not have to take in asylum seekers from overcrowded asylum camps in Greece at an accelerated pace, the court in The Hague ruled on Friday in a lawsuit filed by activist group We Gaan Ze Halen (We Will Fetch Them) against the Dutch State, AD reports.

According to the group, the Netherlands is taking in too few asylum seekers from Greece. But the court ruled that the Netherlands has until September to meet its commitments on asylum intake.

Mitch Henriquez
Mar 24 '17 13:40

The family of is demanding to know the names of the police officers involved in the arrest that turned fatal for the Aruban man in a lawsuit filed against the State. The family wants to know the cops names to continue civil proceedings against them and for their own peace of mind, their lawyer Richard Korver said in court on Thursday. The state's lawyer claims that the officers' lives may be in danger if their names were released, AD reports. 

Mar 24 '17 13:05

Dutch European Parliamentarian Annie Schreijer-Pierik is handing a petition to stop Daylight Savings Time to European Commissioner Violeta Bulc. On Sunday the Netherlands and other EU countries are setting their clocks one hour ahead.

The petition was organized by Dutch woman Anouk Verhaaff and signed by over 20 thousand people, Trouw reports. Schreijer is pleased with the number of signatures. The petition will be handed over to Bulc because she is busy with a study on the costs and benefits of Daylight Saving Time. The results are expected in October.

Kalashnikov shaped hookah causes panic in Eindhoven, 22 Mar 2017
Mar 24 '17 12:30

On Wednesday the police arrested three 18-year-olds from Veghel for walking around the Piazza shopping center in Eindhoven with what seemed to be a Kalashnikov. The automatic firearm later turned out not to be dangerous - it was a water pipe oor hookah made to look like a Kalashnikov.

The fact that the gun was not real was not immediately apparent as the hookah was dismantled and only the part that looked like a Kalashnikov could be seen. A witness noticed it and called the police.

Mar 24 '17 11:55

Statistics Netherlands teamed up with the Center for Big Data Statistics for a study into how posts on Twitter can be used to measure the mood in society. This research resulted in the first social tension barometer, which can measure quite specifically the tension or unrest in society, Statistics Netherlands announced on Friday.

Mar 24 '17 11:20

In the coming years the Dutch economy will continue to grow and the government will again have billions of euros in budget surplus, but the growth in purchasing power will slow, according to the Dutch central planning office CPB's latest estimate, NOS reports.

Mar 24 '17 10:45

Doctors in the Netherlands should refer their patients to another doctor if they can not or do not want to grant a euthanasia request themselves, according to the foundation Levenseindenkliniek (End of Life Clinic), ANP reports.

Mar 24 '17 10:10

The city of Amsterdam is investing 2 million euros in housing for refugees - asylum seekers who were granted residency permits in the Netherlands. This money will be used as subsidies to encourage developers to turn private real estate into affordable housing, AT5 reports.

Mar 24 '17 09:27

Dutch cancer fighting association KWF is suing four major tobacco companies for aggravated assault resulting in death and forgery. According to the association, the tobacco companies deliberately incorrectly inform smokers about the damage smoking actually causes, AD reports.

KWF is filing charges against the largest tobacco manufacturers in the world - Imperial Tobacco Benelux, British American Tobacco, Philip Morris and Japan Tobacco International.

Jeroen Dijsselbloem with the case containing the Netherlands annual budget
Mar 24 '17 08:57

After years of a budget deficit, the Dutch government managed to achieve a budget surplus in 2016. And that surplus is even 14 times larger than previously expected - a massive 2.9 billion euros, according to Statistics Netherlands on Friday. The Dutch economy also gew more than expected in previous estimations, RTL Nieuws reports.

arrest
Mar 24 '17 08:17

A 39-year-old man arrested in Antwerp on Thursday on suspicion of trying to commit a terrorist attack, was arrested three times last week. One of those times happened in Rotterdam, Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws reports.

Why suspect Mohamed R. was arrested in Rotterdam is unclear. The police told him that he had to leave the Netherlands. He listened, because on Monday the Belgian police checked him at a friend's house in Hoboken, according to the newspaper.

Mollerlyceum in Bergen op Zoom
Mar 24 '17 08:00

Students of the Mollerlyceum in Bergen op Zoom returned home on Thursday night after a on Wednesday afternoon.

Two bodies found at old Hotel Rembrant in Arnhem, 23 March 2017
Mar 24 '17 07:34

Two bodies were found in the old Hotel Rembrandt on Patersstraat in Arnhem on Thursday night, the police said in a statement. The victims are a man and a woman.

The police responded to the building around 7:30 p.m. after an alarm went off. No further details were given, other than that the police are investigating the circumstances of the victims' deaths.

Mar 23 '17 16:45

Two weeks ago the Dutch Public Prosecutor to appear in court today. As the suspects are believed to be in Syria or Iraq, the summons could not be personally delivered. So the Prosecutor found other ways to try and reach the suspects, including social media.

Flowers left at a police station in London for a police officer killed in the London Attack on 22 Mar 2017
Mar 23 '17 16:10

Seventeen year old twins Sem and Jady were two of a group of in London on Wednesday. Panicking, Sem called home and reached his father. "Such a call will scare you to death", father Leo van der Hoeven said to RTL Nieuws.

Mar 23 '17 15:40

The Port of Rotterdam is taking its first steps in going green. On Thursday Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port, is meeting with almost everyone involved in the port on the ss Rotterdam to present two ambitious options for the port's energy transition, NRC reports.

Chrysotile
Mar 23 '17 15:05

Many healing stones and crystals are not as healthy as alternative healers would suggest. According to the Environment and Transport Inspectorate, many of the stones contain asbestos and are not allowed to be sold, RTL Nieuws reports.

Luggage conveyor
Mar 23 '17 14:30

Toyota Industries bought Dutch luggage conveyor belt company Vanderlande for 1.2 billion euros after majority shareholder NPM Capital reached an agreement with the Japanese company, NOS reports.

Vanderlande, based in Veghel in Brabant, builds logistic transport systems for warehouses, distribution centers and transportation centers. It is one of the world leaders in baggage conveyors at airports. The company employs 4,500 people worldwide, including 1,600 in the Netherlands. In 2015 Vanderlande had a turnover of almost one billion euros. 

Mondriaan flower mosaic in the Keukenhof, March 2017
Mar 23 '17 13:55

The Keukenhof opens for the season on Thursday. This season will be in the theme of Dutch Design, with floral designs inspired by works by Dutch artists. The center piece this year is a floral work inspired by Mondriaan, NU.nl reports.

The Mondriaan work is a 250 square meters floral mosaic designed in the famous Mondriaan colored squares and rectangles. A massive 80 thousand bulbs were planted in two layers to keep the mosaic in bloom throughout the spring. It consists of tulips, grape hyacinths and crocus.

Dunkin Donuts store opens in Amsterdam, 23 March 2017
Mar 23 '17 13:20

Dunkin Donuts plans to eventually open 160 stores in the Netherlands, the first of which opened in Amsterdam on Nieuwendijk on Thursday. Dozens of people lined up early on Thursday morning to be the first through the door of the new branch, Het Parool reports.

Some even spent the night in line in front of the donut shop - the first 100 customers got free donuts for a year. Adnan (15) and David (16) were in line since 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday. They believe it was worth it. Andan describes Dunkin Donuts as "caviar among donuts."

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