A badgers' burrow
Mar 20 '17 14:55

Dutch public works department Rijkswaterstaat sent a badger expert to Utrecht's Amelisweerd to investigate reports of a badger's burrow found in the forest. Should there indeed be a burrow in the forest with badgers, a protected species, living there, it could affect the expansion of the A27 highway, NU.nl reports. 

Geert Wilders
Mar 20 '17 14:20

After all of the larger parties' leaders gave their coalition wishes through to coalition scout Edith Schippers, it is clear that the CDA, D66 and VVD are all willing to work together. A fourth party will be needed to give the coalition a majority, and the most likely candidates seem to be GroenLinks and ChristenUnie. So far the PVV hasn't been mentioned in any ideal cabinet, except on the PVV's own wish list. Leader Geert Wilders called it "undemocratic and unmarketable" if his party is not part of the coalition negotiations, the Volkskrant reports. 

Mar 20 '17 13:45

The Zwolle police used a taser in an arrest for the first time on Saturday while they were arresting an "aggressive" drunk refusing to follow police orders, the police said in a statement.

At around 3:45 p.m. on Saturday the police responded to reports of a drunk man acting aggressively towards passersby and destroying items on the Rodetorenplein in Zwolle. At the scene police  officers recognized the 29-year-old man as someone whose been frequently arrested for public drunkenness and is known to resist arrest. 

Children and computers
Mar 20 '17 13:10

Two thirds of Dutch 9 to 12 year olds are regularly confronted with graphic, sexual images online, according to research by Rutgers knowledge institute and broadcaster NOS. A quarter of these pre-teens regularly see images and footage of real sex. Rutgers director Ton Coenen calls for schools and parents to pay more attention to sexual education.

Drone Clash
Mar 20 '17 12:35

TU Delft is hosting the world's first "Drone Clash" competition in December. The competition involves competitors trying to knock each others' drones out of the air and is intended to stimulate the development of anti-drone technology, the university announced on its website.

Mar 20 '17 12:00

The attempted coup in Turkey last year led to a significant increase of discrimination based on political affiliation reports in the Netherlands, according to the Dutch national association against discrimination LVD. Last year the association received 151 reports of discrimination based on political affiliation, compared to only 14 such reports in 2015. Most of these reports came from Turkish-Dutch, NOS reports.

Crime scene tape
Mar 20 '17 11:20

The Maaspoort area in Den Bosch was woken by gunfire during the early hours of Monday morning as a home on Stapelen was targeted in a shooting. On social media local residents describe the shots as sounding like machine gun- or automatic gunfire.

According to Omroep Brabant, the lower shutter of the home is riddled with bullet holes. The window behind the shutter was also severely damaged. Several surveillance cameras can be seen around the home. 

Mark Rutte
Mar 20 '17 10:44

VVD leader and current Prime Minister Mark Rutte would like to form a cabinet consisting of his VVD, the CDA and D66, he said on Monday after . "Given the election results", these parties need to take governmental responsibility, he said, but added that "it also depends on what the parties themselves want", NU.nl reports.

Mar 20 '17 10:04

A mandatory questionnaire Dutch doctors have to fill in to detect child abuse very often leads to false accusations, according to medical researcher Maartje Schouten. In more than 9 out of 10 cases in which the questionnaire indicates child abuse, the accusations are unfounded, she said to NOS. 

Police
Mar 20 '17 09:49

The Noord-Holland police admitted that mistakes were made in the investigation into the death of 25-year-old Amsterdam woman Talitha in 2013. In a letter to Talitha's relatives, the chief of the Noord-Holland police admits that two involved police officers acted "carelessly" in the investigation, the family's lawyer Sebas Diekstra said on Monday, NU.nl reports.

Mar 20 '17 09:24

Two suspects were arrested on Sunday in connection with a video on Facebook showing a young Muslim woman being attacked by two men in Amsterdam Noord, the police department Amsterdam Boven IJ announced on Facebook.

The video shows the woman, wearing a hijab or headscarf, lying on the ground and trying to cover her head with her arms while two men viciously kick and beat her. The men's faces can be seen on the video.

Mar 20 '17 09:02

One of two men convicted for stealing two paintings from the Van Gogh Museum in 2002, told his story to the Telegraaf over the weekend. Octave Durham told the newspaper that he and companion Henk B. actually wanted to steal the famous paintings Sunflowers and The Potato Eaters, but the first was too well guarded and the second was too large to fit through the window they broke to get into the museum.

Happiness
Mar 20 '17 08:38

The Netherlands landed in sixth place, bumping Canada down one spot, in this year's survey of the world's happiest countries. The list is published annually by the United Nations. The news comes on the same day that the official statistics office of the Netherlands reports that nearly 90 percent of the population describes themselves as "happy."

Norway took the top spot on the list, an honour that went to Denmark a year ago. The ten happiest nations are:

Mar 20 '17 08:16

Edith Schippers, current Health Minister, is starting her work as "coalition scout" this morning with a meeting with VVD leader and current Prime Minister Mark Rutte. As coalition scout Schippers will speak to all elected party leader and discuss their desires in forming a coalition and present a report with the best possible coalitions, NOS reports.

Mar 20 '17 07:51

On Sunday night the police removed large posters showing Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan from the facade of a building in Rotterdam. A police spokespersons stated that the posters were removed at the request of Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb after information was received that public order may be compromised, NU.nl reports. 

An avalanche in progress
Mar 20 '17 07:25

The body of a missing snowboarder from Nijmegen was found on Sunday, almost two weeks after he was buried by an avalanche in the French Alps. He and two friends were on March 7th while on a skiing vacation with a group of other Nijmegen students.

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