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.

A false gharial at Artis zoo
Mar 17 '17 18:20

Artis zoo managed to successful artificially inseminate false gharial this week. As far as is known, this is the first time in the world that artificial insemination was successfully done on this species of crocodile, Artis announced in a press release

The zoo has had this endangered species of crocodile in residence since 1887. There are only an estimated 2,500 false gharials in the wild. They can be found in Malaysia, southern Myanmar and on the Indonesian islands of Borneo, Java and Sumatra. 

Mar 17 '17 17:45

TU Eindhoven researchers believe they have the solution for current slow WiFi problems - wireless internet through infrared. According to the researchers, such a system will never become overloaded and is up to 100 times faster than a proper WiFi connection, NOS reports. 

Laura Ponticorvo
Mar 17 '17 17:10

Hackers managed to get hold of and leak personal pictures of Dutch vlogger Laura Ponticorvo performing sexual acts. Earlier this week photos of Emma Watson and Amanda Seyfried also leaked, in what is already being called "The Fappening 2.0", NU.nl reports.

Ponticorvo's managers told RTL Nieuws that the vlogger will be pressing charges and that no further comments will be made about the hack and distribution of the images. According to the broadcaster, dozens of photos and videos of Ponticorvo during intimate moments leaked. 

Mar 17 '17 16:35

Municipal health service GGD Amsterdam is taking part in an international scientific study in which a new HIV prevention pill will be tested on humans. The aim is to find out whether experimental drug F/TAF is safe and effective in preventing HIV infection in healthy adults. Gay men and transgender women who have sex with men who are interested in participating in this study, can register with GGD Amsterdam until March 26th, AT5 reports.

Mar 17 '17 16:00

Former Tilburg University dean Arie de R. was arrested with two other suspects on Wednesday on suspicion of forgery, fraud and embezzlement, the Public Prosecutor confirmed to ANP.

The suspects are 71-year-old Arie de R., a 40-year-old woman and a 46-year-old man. 

De R. was the dean of the Faculty of Humanities at Tilburg University between 2007 and 2015. According to the news wire, the university allowed him to outsource part of his supervisory activities due to the heavy workload at the faculty. 

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