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Aug 14 '17 11:50

Maysaa Munaf, a 31-year-old Iraqi woman who came to Amsterdam a few weeks ago to work at a consultancy, was shocked when she received an email from company Executive Home Rentals telling her that she can only view a property if she plans to cook in the "western way", RTL Nieuws reports.

Munaf posted the mail to Facebook and Twitter. It read: "Both properties are not suitable for tenants who like to cook for hours with lots of herbs (only 'western way' of cooking). If you cook 'the western way' we can offer you a viewing of this property tomorrow."

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Aug 14 '17 11:10

A motorist was lucky to escape with only a fright when his car suddenly caught fire while he was driving through Waalwijk during the early hours of Monday morning, Omroep Brabant reports.

The motorist was driving on Biesbosweg around 2:15 a.m. when he noticed smoke coming out of the car. He pulled over and called the fire department. When firefighters arrived at the scene, the car was already enveloped in flames.

Firefighters extinguished the fire using foam. Not much is left of the car, according to the broadcaster. 

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Aug 14 '17 10:30

KLM flight KL941 from Schiphol to Cagliari on Sardinia had to make an unplanned landing in Genoa, Italy on Sunday due to air pressure problems. "Passengers were never in danger", a spokesperson for the Dutch airline said to RTL Nieuws. 

"There was a decompression on board, the air pressure in the cabin changed", the KLM spokesperson said. This triggered the oxygen masks to come down. The pilot took the plane down to a lower air layer and landed at the nearest airport, in Genoa. The decompression was caused by a technical defect.

Joey Hoffmann
Aug 14 '17 09:47

The body of missing 21-year-old was found in a dried-up riverbed near the Turkish town of Narlikuyu, the Turkish police reported on Monday, according to newspaper AD. How the young Haaksbergen man died is not yet clear.

Forensic team performs a trace evidence investigation at a crime scene
Aug 14 '17 09:15

A 57-year-old man was found dead in a home in Soest on Saturday afternoon. According to the police, the man was killed in a crime.

Around 2:10 p.m. the police received a report of a wounded man in a home on Weegbreestraat. When officers arrived at the scene, the man was already dead.

The police closed down the property and gallery for a trace evidence investigation. A neighborhood investigation was done on Sunday afternoon. 

The circumstances surrounding the murder are still unclear. The police call on witnesses to come forward. 

Dutch police motorcycle unit
Aug 14 '17 08:51

The Amsterdam police noted down the details of some 200 motorcyclists during a joint trip through the city on Sunday. These bikers will soon receive fines for various traffic violations, the police said. 

Between 900 and 1,000 motorcyclists gathered on Sloterweg at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday for a joint run organized on social media. The Amsterdam police deployed all available motorcycle officers and a number of other units in police cars and undercover cars to keep an eye on the event.

Aug 14 '17 08:27

The Dutch government collected 25.3 billion euros in environmental taxes and levies last year, 3 percent more than in 2015, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Monday. Households carried almost two thirds of that amount. 

An NS train waiting on the tracks (Photo: TahR78/Wikipedia)
Aug 14 '17 07:55

No trains are running between Rotterdam Central Station and Den Haag Central Station this week, due to maintenance work on the rails. The work started on Monday and is expected to take until Sunday, NS said on its website.

NS advises travelers to detour, for example via Gouda, or use the Randstad Rail. One commuter train will travel between Den Haag Central Station and Den Haag HS. Buses are deployed on some routes. 

The rail company advises travelers to take extra travel time of between 15 minutes and 30 minutes into account. 

Crime scene tape
Aug 14 '17 07:39

A man was found dead in a parking garage on Rubensstraat in The Hague neighborhood of Schilderswijk on Sunday afternoon. Investigators believe that he was murdered, the police said on Twitter.

The body was found around 2:30 p.m., according to newspaper AD. The police immediately launched an investigation. Around 5:00 p.m. investigators announced that a crime may have been committed.

So far nothing is known about the victim's identity. 

Aug 14 '17 07:27

A fire on a large pig farm in Agelo during the early hours of Monday morning killed hundreds of pigs. Two stables were completely destroyed, the fire department confirmed to ANP.

The fire started in one of the farm's two piglet stables. Firefighters tried to stop it spreading further, "but that did not work", a spokesperson said to the news wire. The fire spread to a second stable, also containing hundreds of pigs. The fire is now under control, but the fire department expects it will take another few hours to completely extinguish it. 

Dutch couple search for sperm donor with YouTube Video
Aug 11 '17 16:50

Utrecht couple Scarlet and Joyce are searching for a sperm donor with a YouTube video. They hope to find a donor that fits them well with the video, as earlier attempts to find a donor through more regular channels mostly  led to weird reactions, AD reports.

The couple is very active on social media, where they share a lot about their personal lives and the daily challenges they face. Their YouTube channel Ik Vrouw Van Jou has more than 41 thousand subscribers. They therefore decided to share this call with their followers.

Paraffin on a beach between Heemskerk and Castricum, 11 Aug 2017
Aug 11 '17 16:10

Paraffin washed ashore on the beaches in Noord-Holland and Zuid-Holland over the past days. The beaches will be cleaned up over the weekend, NOS reports.

Sunbathers can visit the beaches as usual, according to Rijkswaterstaat.

The paraffin washed ashore from Noordwijk to Zandvoort and from IJmuiden to Den Helder. It can only be cleaned up at low tide. 

Aug 11 '17 15:30

Dutch harbors with ferries to England are increasingly faced with Albanians trying to secretly cross to the United Kingdom, according to the Volkskrant. Over the past few months, hundreds of Albanian stowaways were caught in IJmuiden, Hoek van Holland, Europoort and Vlissingen. 

While the number of caught stowaways is comparable to last year - 440 in the first half of this year - the proportion of Albanians among them is increasing steadily, especially in Hoek van Holland and Europoort. In those two ports 92 percent of the caught stowaways were Albanian. 

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Aug 11 '17 14:50

A body was found in a burning home on Neel Gijsenstraat in Rotterdam on Friday morning. The police are investigating the cause of the fire and how the person died, AD report.

The fire department responded to the home around 7:30 a.m. Fifteen minutes later the fire was under control. Firefighters found the deceased person while checking the home.

At this stage there is no reason to believe the person was killed in a crime, according to the police. 

Police officers on the street
Aug 11 '17 14:10

The Noord-Brabant are raiding nine homes and businesses on Friday as part of a major investigation into money laundering, ANP reports.

The police also seized the administration of seven auditing firms. The investigators believe that the suspects in this investigation used the auditing firms' services for their money laundering practices. Whether or not the auditors and accountants were aware of this fact is not yet clear.

Halbe Zijlstra (Source: Wikimedia/Marjon Zijlstra Fotografie)
Aug 11 '17 13:30

Negotiators for the VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie seem increasingly optimistic that the four parties will be able to t together, from the statements they gave before the start of the talks on Friday, NU.nl reports.

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