Mar 21 '17 14:45

The pistol used to kill populist politician Pim Fortuyn in 2002 became part of the Rijksmuseum's collection in 2012, former director Wim Pijbes said to Quote. Fortuyn's relatives donated the weapon to the museum via the Public Prosecutor, NU.nl reports.

In 2010 the Rijksmuseum announced interest in buying the firearm, in order to one day exhibit it. But due to a commotion that arose, Pijbes abandoned the purchase. After "extensive consultations with the Fortuyn family" the murder weapon was given to the museum in 2012. 

Police making an arrest
Mar 21 '17 14:10

A 15-year-old boy was arrested in Rotterdam on Thursday in connection with a fatal stabbing in Amsterdam Zuidoost on March 7th. A in the stabbing. He died in hospital three days later, Het Parool reports.

Xander Boggaerts during the World Baseball Classic semis against Puerto Rico in Los Angeles, 20 Mar 2017
Mar 21 '17 13:35

The Netherlands' baseball team got knocked out of the World Baseball Classic semi-finals against Puerto Rico in Los Angeles on Monday. Coach Hensley Meulens attributes the loss to some "frustrating" mistakes, NOS reports. 

With frustrating mistakes, Meulens is referring to the first Oranje innings during which Adrelton Simmons went out in a failed attempt to steal a base. And Jurickson Profar went out when he did not keep his foot on the base while celebrating a single. 

Mar 21 '17 13:00

The Hungarian government is planning to implement a law that would ban all symbols that refer to Nazi occupation or communist suppression, which according to them, includes the red star on Heineken's logo. This means that Heineken may be forced to change its label in Hungary, RTL Nieuws reports.

Statue of Liberty
Mar 21 '17 12:25

Amsterdam startup College Club is heading to New York City. The company, which focuses on continuous learning by hosting lectures given by a wide range of professionals about a wide range of topics, will be giving its first lecture in the American city next month, the company announced in a press statement.

Mar 21 '17 12:10

The number of Dutch 15-year-olds that have trouble reading is increasing at an alarming rate, according to a report by the Foundation for Reading and Writing. Currently 18 percent, about one in six, Dutch 15-year-olds can't follow the subtitles of a movie or understand the content of a letter from the municipality or school. In 2012 it was 13.8 percent, AD reports.

Mar 21 '17 11:35

A 21-year-old Ukrainian man was fined 500 euros on Monday for flying a drone in Schiphol's departure hall, the police announced in a statement.

The young man wanted to make a film of his family and friends just before his departure, according to the police. He did not realize that it is illegal in the Netherlands to fly a drone in controlled airspace. Doing so could put air traffic in serious danger.

Passengers exiting a train at Amsterdam Sloterdijk station
Mar 21 '17 11:00

This year train passengers are dealing with significantly more train delays due to faulty trains, according to public transit association Maatschappij Voor Beter OV. So far this year 188 trains broke down, 61 percent more than in the first quarter of 2015, according to figures AD got from the website rijdendetreinen.nl.

arrest
Mar 21 '17 10:25

Two school pupils from the Bonhoeffer College in Enschede were arrested by German anti-terrorism police during a field trip to Berlin last week, the school confirmed to NU.nl. They were released again after it was determined that the two boys were Dutch.

Smoke rising over Zaventem airport in Brussels bombings, 22 Mar 2016
Mar 21 '17 09:50

More than half of Dutch don't know what to do if they are caught in a terrorist attack, or think that they will respond incorrectly, according to research by the Red Cross. Of the 700 Dutch the Red Cross questioned, 55 percent don't feel confident to give first aid, RTL Nieuws reports.

Taxes
Mar 21 '17 09:21

A number of tax advisors are suspects in a fraud case involving 2.7 million euros, the Tax authorities' investigative department FIOD announced on Tuesday. Five suspects were arrested. Their identities were not disclosed, ANP reports.

Over the past two weeks the FIOD raided seven offices and homes in Stein, Holten, Hoorn, Purmerend, Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht and Wezep. Computers and files were seized as well as bank accounts, cars, houses and cash. A massive 180 thousand euros in cash was found in one advisor's home. The origin of the money is under investigation.

Jesse Klaver
Mar 21 '17 08:59

After talking with all 13 elected party leaders on Monday, "coalition scout" Edith Schippers will be meeting with the leaders of the VVD, CDA, D66 and GroenLinks today to discuss a possible coalition, RTL Nieuws reports.

Mar 21 '17 08:20

Last year Dutch airports broke the 70 million mark in passengers transported for the first time, compared to 64.6 million passengers in 2015. Schiphol Airport accounted for the bulk of these passengers, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Tuesday.

Mar 21 '17 07:54

Dutch banks ING and Amsterdam Trade Bank are listed with 730 other banks as financial institutions that helped Russian criminals launder money, international investigative journalist collaboration OCCRP revealed. A total of 19 billion dollars were laundered through these 732 banks between January 2011 and October 2014, according to the group, AD reports. 

Mar 21 '17 07:31

The Dutch College of Human Rights received a total of 3.143 reports of discrimination last year, according to the Discirimination Monitor the College published on Tuesday for International Human Rights Day. In 2015 there were 2,148 reports and in the year before that 1,786, ANP reports. 

Computer simulation of a circular runway
Mar 20 '17 15:30

Dutch scientist Henk Hesselink believes that airports with circular runways are the future of aviation. His years long research shows that circular runways have many benefits, including that they are less noisy and more environmental friendly, he explained to NOS.

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