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Jun 29 '17 10:39

A 37-year-old woman was critically injured in a shooting in the parking lot of a retirement home in the Amsterdam neighborhood Koornhorst on Thursday morning. The woman was rushed to hospital with injuries to her head, according to Het Parool.

The shooting happened around 8:30 a.m. The retirement home is near the Bijlmedrie primary school. The shooter, a man in a ski-mask according to the newspaper, is on the run. The police closed the surrounding area for investigation. A police helicopter was seen circling the area. 

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Jun 29 '17 10:10

The Dutch Authority on Consumers and Market (ACM) fined rail company NS 41 million euros for,  the authority announced on Thursday. According to ACM, NS misused its "economic dominant position" to distort competition by intentionally entering a loss-making bid, NU.nl reports.

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Jun 29 '17 09:35

Train travelers can expect significant delays during the summer holidays as ProRail is using this time to do extra maintenance on the rails. Some 7 thousand ProRail employees and contractors will carry out maintenance in 40 places in the coming period. "Travelers will have a lot of inconvenience, but unfortunately that can't be helped", ProRail CEO Pier Eringa said, according to RTL Nieuws.

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Jun 29 '17 08:56

The Tax authorities' investigative department FIOD caught three suspects selling brand-less beer as Heineken and Amstel. Eight businesses in Nijkerk, Putten, Rotterdam, Heusden and Linne were raided on Wednesday. So far no arrests were made, RTL Nieuws reports.

According to FIOD, the suspects bought brand-less beer from abroad, poured it into beer bottles and labeled them with Heineken and Amstel logos. They then sold them at higher prices. 

Several Dutch companies fell victim to this fraud. The investigation is still ongoing.

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Jun 29 '17 08:43

Shell is being accused of complicity in the execution-style deaths of nine Nigerian activists in 1995. The widows of four of these activists filed a lawsuit in the Netherlands against the Dutch oil giant on Wednesday, the Volkskrant reports.

Jun 29 '17 08:35

Three Dutch and one Belgian were arrested in a massive drug bust in the port of Oostende in Belgium. The Belgian authorities discovered some 1,500 kilograms of uncut cocaine in a fake bottom of an old fishing boat, according to Belgian broadcaster VTM. The drugs' value is estimated at around 225 million euros.

Jun 29 '17 08:00

People in the Netherlands have a "relatively large awareness" about discrimination, according to social and cultural planning office SCP's quarterly report. At the same time, there is also a lot of skepticism about discrimination - many respondents feel that people claim discrimination too quickly and that some groups are hyper-sensitive about the topic, ANP reports.

Every quarter the SCP surveys respondents about their political views and their views on social issues for its Continual Research on Civil Perspective. Discrimination stood central for the second quarter's survey.

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Jun 28 '17 21:52

Schiphol airport is taking a number of extra measures to battle long waiting times and chaos at the airport during the summer holidays. Measures includes extra security personnel and technicians on permanent standby in case of IT problems, NOS reports. 

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Jun 28 '17 18:00

The Dutch state sold another 65 million ABN Amro share certificates, about 7 percent of the shares, the bank announced on Wednesday. The sale made the government 1.5 billion euros, ANP reports. 

Following this sale, the Dutch government still holds 63 percent of ABN Amro's shares. The government intends to sell all its shares in the coming years. The next transaction can happen in 60 days at the earliest.

ABN Amro was nationalized during the 2008 credit crisis and returned to the stock exchange in 2015. 

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Jun 28 '17 17:20

Philips is acquiring American company Spectranetics for 1.9 billion euros, the Dutch company announced on Wednesday. Spectranetics is a leader in developing innovative methods for vascular surgery and with this acquisition, Philips is gaining technology that closely matches its own range of technologies for surgeries using imaging equipment, according to the Dutch health technology company. 

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Jun 28 '17 16:40

The Dutch judiciary does not have to prosecute companies for using blackface Zwarte Piet, the court in Amsterdam ruled on Wednesday in an Article 12 procedure brought by the foundation Nederland Wordt Beter, NU.nl reports.

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Jun 28 '17 16:00

The Martinus College in Grootebroek, Noord-Holland was evacuated late on Wednesday morning after between 30 and 40 students and teachers became unwell. A strange smell left the people in the school feeling nauseous and dizzy. One student fainted, NOS reports.

The ill students and teachers were treated outside the school by a score of emergency services. One person started hyperventilating and was taken to hospital. 

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Jun 28 '17 15:20

The number of suicides in the Netherlands increased again last year, according to Statistics Netherlands. In 2016 a total of 1,894 people in the Netherlands took their own life, 25 more than in 2015. 

In relation to the number of residents in the Netherlands, the number of suicides has been stable for a few years. Since 2013 there's been 11 suicides per 100 thousand inhabitants each year, about equal to the European average. The increase in absolute numbers can therefore be attributed to population growth, according to Statistics Netherlands.

Münire Manisa
Jun 28 '17 14:40

Amsterdam PvdA politician Munire Manisa was flooded with negative reactions when she took a position on the board of LGBT interest association COC last week. She was accused of being a traitor, a bad Muslim and that her DNA was infected by unbelievers. "I did not want to pay attention to it, but apparently people think that I'm silent because I accept these cowardly accusations", she wrote in response on Facebook.

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Jun 28 '17 14:00

A Facebook post by Dutch broadcaster RTL Nieuws about politician Sylvana Simons looking for a new name for her multicultural political party, led to so many "negative and racist responses" that the broadcaster decided to remove the post.

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Jun 28 '17 13:20

Schiphol airport and the Koninklijke Marechaussee are preparing to start a test with facial recognition technology at passport control. The first travelers to take part in this experiment will be a limited group of people traveling from the Schengen area, with a stopover in Amsterdam, to a destination outside of the Schengen, according to AD. 

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Jun 28 '17 12:45

Police systems across the country are offline due to a major failure, a spokesperson confirmed to NU.nl after reports in AD. This outage affects a number of police system, including the MEOS system used to issue digital fines and search license plate numbers.

Jun 28 '17 12:10

Dutch oil and gas giant NAM is appealing to the Council of State against Minister Henk Kamp's decision to further reduce gas extraction in earthquake plagued Groningen. According to NAM, the Economic Affairs Minister ignored the already established safety standard for gas extraction in the province when making his decision, NU.nl reports. 

Jun 28 '17 11:25

The police have new evidence that three members of former German leftist extremist group Rote Armee Fraktion (RAF) were recently hiding in the Netherlands, and may still be here. In one getaway car used by the members, the German police found a piece of Dutch newspaper. According to the Dutch police, this seems to "confirm that they are hiding in our country", NU.nl reports.

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Jun 28 '17 10:47

Indian Prime Minister on Tuesday. To welcome him, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte tweeted a message to him in Hindi. While the gesture was appreciated, Rutte's message mostly left internet users confused.

The problem was that the Dutch Prime Minister forgot to add spaces between the words. 

Tweede Kamer
Jun 28 '17 10:17

On Tuesday a majority in the Tweede Kamer voted against a proposal to keep the Netherlands' strict cap on bankers' bonuses in place. While the parliamentary vote is not binding, it does suggest that if the new government decides to scrap te cap, or make the rules around it more lenient, the decision will be met with approval.

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Jun 28 '17 09:40

PVV leader Geert to give intelligence service AIVD the power to detain potential terrorists for six months as a precaution, was met with criticism by other parliamentary parties. Human rights organization Amnesty called the PVV proposal a "frontal attack on the rule of law", according to NOS.

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Jun 28 '17 08:54

A man was found dead on the driveway of a home in the Noord-Brabant village of Chaam on Wednesday morning. According to the police, the victim was "killed by violence". Five men were arrested soon after the body was discovered. A woman was also registered as a suspect, but not arrested, Omroep Brabant reports.

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Jun 28 '17 08:29

Countless computers across the world were infected with ransomware in a new global cyber attack. In the Netherlands the malware hit the APM container terminal in the port of Rotterdam, pharmaceutical MSD and package carrier TNT. There is no sense in paying the ransom, cyber security experts warn, broadcaster NOS reports.

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