Police
Feb 8 '17 12:55

The police believe that a last week may have been mistaken for someone else, officers said on Opsporing Verzocht on Tuesday. The man took ownership of the hair salon only five weeks ago. 

Crime scene (Photo: Politie)
Feb 8 '17 12:20

A man was killed after two suspects invaded his Geleen home during the early hours of Wednesday morning. Some Dutch media sources report that the man was shot to death, though this has not yet been confirmed, ANP reports.

According to the police, a witness heard a bang and that is why there is talk of a shooting. But the cause of the man's death is still uncertain. Emergency services tried to resuscitate the victim, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Feb 8 '17 11:45

Two Van Gogh paintings stolen from Amsterdam in 2002 and then in the home of a mafia boss in Italy last year, is currently on show in Naples, Italian news site The Local reports. The paintings are on show in Naples until February 26th, as a thank you to the city for the local police's role in tracking them down. 

Ambulance
Feb 8 '17 11:10

Emergency services responded en masse to the Westelijk Havengebied of Amsterdam's port on Tuesday night after a skipper on a barge went overboard. Fire brigade divers found him and brought him ashore, NOS reports.

The skipper went overboard around 9:00 p.m. and was found about 45 minutes later. He was rushed to the hospital. His condition is unknown. The water temperature in the port of Amsterdam was around 5 degrees last night. 

According to AT5, the accident happened at a company in the Amerikahaven. 

Asylum seekers
Feb 8 '17 10:36

Hani Al Rawi, a Syrian refugee now living in the Netherlands, spent about six months in the notorious Saydnaya prison in the Syrian capital Damascus. "I hung six hours per day with my wrists tied together", he said to broadcaster NOS about the experience.

Feb 8 '17 10:13

Amsterdam will be hosting five large parties on King's Day on April 27th this year. There will also be many markets and smaller stages for live music, the municipality announced in a press release on Wednesday. Ticket sales for the large events start tomorrow.

Feb 8 '17 09:48

Despite a decrease in the wealth gap in the Netherlands, the number of households living in long-term poverty increased to 3.3 percent of households in 2015, Statistics Netherlands announced on Wednesday. In 2015 a total of 221 thousand households lived below the minimum income threshold for more than four years, 27 thousand more than in 2015.

Some 4,500 people march through the city of Groningen in protest against gas extraction in the province, 7 Feb 2017
Feb 8 '17 09:19

Thousands of people participated in a torchlight march through the city of Groningen on Tuesday as a protest against the Dutch government's policy on gas extraction in the northern province. Organizers estimate that about 4,500 people joined the march. The protesters want gas extraction to be further reduced, preferably to zero, and earthquake damage to be compensated, NU.nl reports. 

Jesse Klaver
Feb 8 '17 08:53

GroenLinks plans to make a radical tax reform the core of a new coalition agreement after the parliamentary elections in March, party leader Jesse Klaver announced on Wednesday evening. He plans to shift a total of 27 billion euros in costs by increasing taxes on things that are bad for the environment and making it cheaper for employers to hire low-wage workers, the Financieele Dagblad reports.

Mark Rutte
Feb 8 '17 07:58

The Photoshopped image PVV leader Geert is "totally tasteless", Prime Minister Mark Rutte (VVD) said on television program Jinek.

Feb 8 '17 07:34

Winter weather is back in the Netherlands and with that meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for icy roads this morning. The warning affects the northern half of the country.

According to the KNMI, motorists should be especially careful on local roads which salt trucks and gritters don't always reach. In Noord-Holland and Twente the roads may also be slippery due to snow. The slickness should melt away by the end of the morning. Light snow is expected in the afternoon, though it will likely melt away before causing problems.

Bill Clinton spotted in Amsterdam, 6 Feb 2017
Feb 7 '17 16:55

Former American president Bill Clinton was spotted eating traditional Dutch dish stamppot at Amsterdam restaurant Tomaz in Begijnensteeg on Monday, AT5 reports.

It took the chef at the restaurant a minute to decide what to make for the 42nd president of the United States, he said to the Amsterdam broadcaster. "I had to see what I could make. Well, we do a lot with forgotten vegetables, we make some samppotjies. Those kinds of things." So Clinton got a real Dutch stamppot - traditionally made with whatever vegetables you have leftover in the fridge. 

Controversial school assignment on the terms "allochtoon" and "authoctoon"
Feb 7 '17 16:20

A school assignment for primary school kids in group six caused quite a commotion on social media. The assignment gives the students short statement on the basis of which the kids have to determine whether someone is an "autochtoon" (native Dutch), "allochtoon" (someone with at least one non-Dutch parent) or could be both. According to critics, the assignment is "stereotype-confirming", RTL Nieuws reports.

Centuries old skeleton found on Steenweg in Waardenburg, 6 Feb 2017
Feb 7 '17 15:45

Two skeletons were found on Steenweg in the Gelderland town of Waardenburg during excavation work for a bicycle path, community officer Jolanda Donkers confirmed to the Gelderlander. Based on other objects found in the ground, archeologists estimate the skeletons to be between 1,000 and 2,000 years old, according to the newspaper.

The skeletons were found on Monday. The archeologists believe that a third skeleton may be buried deeper down, they are doing further investigation on Steenweg.

Feb 7 '17 15:10

A data leak from Dutch voting guide Stemwijzer, the, revealed which parties are most often recommended to people. After answering 30 questions, most people got the PVV recommended to them, followed by the PvdA. GeenPeil and Forum voor Democratie are at the bottom of the list. 

Nose
Feb 7 '17 14:30

Fire departments in the provinces of Gelderland, Brabant and Limburg have been receiving reports of a strange stench in the provinces since the early hours of Tuesday morning. The first report came in at the Brabant-Noord fire department around 2:00 a.m., ANP reports. 

According to the fire department, whatever is causing the smell seems not to be in the Netherlands. Rather an easterly wind is blowing the smell into our country. What exactly is causing the smell is still unclear. The fire department made inquiries in Germany, but so far there is no explanation. 

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