Heineken
Aug 18 '17 17:10

British competition watchdog CMA approved Heineken's acquisition of Punch Taverns' British pubs. The Dutch brewer made sufficient concessions to remove competition concers, the CMA decided, ANP reports.

The supervisor found 33 locations where the competition between pubs would be affected by Heineken taking over the Punch Taverns pubs. Heineken then submitted proposals to sell the pubs involved. 

Waffles
Aug 18 '17 16:30

The French Ministry of Agriculture published its first list of Dutch products to be recalled from French supermarkets because they contain toxic insecticide fipronil. The list consists of 17 types of waffles, NOS reports.

Romy Nieuwburg, 14, found killed in a watery ditch in Achterveld, Utrecht on 2 June 2017
Aug 18 '17 15:50

The 14-year-old boy suspected of 14-year-old from Hoevelaken is still in custody and will remain there until his trial starts, the court decided on Friday. The substantive hearings will start in the court in Utrecht on November 10th, ANP reports.

Dick Schoof
Aug 18 '17 15:10

There is no reason to increase the terrorism threat level in the Netherlands following two , National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security Dick Schoof said on Friday. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also sees no reason to adjust the travel advice for Spain, Minister Bert Koenders said to the council of Ministers.

Gavel (Source: Wikimedia/Brian Turner)
Aug 18 '17 14:30

A 39-year-old father from Helmond was sentenced to 90 days in prison, 88 of which conditionally suspended, and 160 hours of community service for assaulting his daughter's ex-boyfriend and making him walk away naked, ANP reports.

The incident happened late last year. The man's daughter told him that the 17-year-old boy had nude photos and videos of her on his phone. Afraid that the boy would spread these images, the father demanded that he hand over his phone. When he refused, the father punched and pushed him, forced him to take off his clothes and then sent him away, naked. 

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Aug 18 '17 13:50

The court in The Hague acquitted 49-year-old Brian H. of shaking his 5-week-old son Jayden to death in 2012 on appeal on Friday. The Public Prosecutor demanded 3 years in prison against him for manslaughter, NU.nl reports. 

The man from The Hague was also acquitted when he first stood trial last year, due to lack of evidence. The Public Prosecutor appealed.

Halbe Zijlstra (Source: Wikimedia/Marjon Zijlstra Fotografie)
Aug 18 '17 13:10

The on Thursday and Friday emphasize the need to hurry with the government formation, VVD leader Halbe Zijlstra said at the start of the formation talks on Friday morning. "A country without a government is really something you should not have for too long, certainly not in this time", he said to newspaper AD.

Zijlstra called the attacks terrible.

Las Lambras in Barcelona, the morning after a terrorist attack left 13 people dead and over 100 hurt, 18 Aug 2017
Aug 18 '17 12:30

A 16-year-old girl from Ommen broke both her legs in a afternoon. A van crashed into a crowd of people on the Rambla, killing 13 people and injuring over 100, including three Dutch. The other two Dutch victims are also from Ommen, RTV Oost reports.

belastingdienst
Aug 18 '17 11:50

The Tax Authority's outdated IT systems could compromise tax collection, the tax authorities concluded in an internal evaluation which the Volkskrant got hold of by appealing to the Open Government Act. "The continuity of the collecting process is not guaranteed", he evaluation reads, according to the newspaper.

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Aug 18 '17 11:10

A Tesla crashed through the wall of a home on 1e Brandenburgerweg in Bilthoven during a police chase early on Friday morning. The home's facade sustained a lot of damage. The fire department is investigating the home to assess the risk of collapse, AD reports.

There were four people in the electric car. According to the police, the driver ignored instructions to pull over and there was a short chase. How the accident happened is still unclear. The police are investigating.

Geert Wilders surrounded by bodyguards, Spijkenesse Feb 2017
Aug 18 '17 10:20

The PVV wants the Tweede Kamer to cut its summer recess short and return for a parliamentary debate on the t, PVV leader Geert Wilders said in a message to the other party leaders, which he also posted on Twitter. 

Board and part of a gun on the Rooswijk, which sank on the Goodwin Sands in 1740
Aug 18 '17 09:42

A team of Dutch and British maritime archaeologists are working on excavating Dutch ship , which sank on the Goodwin Sands off the coast of Kent in 1740. This is the largest ever excavation of a Dutch East India Company shipwreck, BBC reports.

Anti fascist group AFA marches through Amsterdam to show solidarity with Charlottesville, 17 Aug 2017
Aug 18 '17 09:14

Anti-fascist organization AFA demonstrated in Amsterdam on Thursday evening. A large number of people marched through the Dutch capital tho show support for their allies in Charlottesville, United States where a mass gathering of right-wing extremist groups ended in the death of a young woman on Saturday, ANP reports.

According to the police, the demonstration went well - there was good contact with the demonstrators and no arrests were made. 

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Aug 18 '17 08:46

The number of children in the Netherlands growing up in a family that receives welfare benefits increased by 2.1 percent to a total of 230 thousand last year, Statistics Netherlands reported on Friday. This number increased every year since 2012. 

More than two thirds of children who lived on welfare last year had an immigration background. Half of this group fall under the "other non-western category", compared to 39 percent in 2012. In this category the stats office includes all non-western countries except Morocco, Suriname, Turkey, Aruba and the former Dutch Antilles. 

Crime scene tape
Aug 18 '17 08:18

As in previous years, the number of murders committed in the Netherlands decreased in 2016, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Friday. Last year a total of 110 people were killed by violence in the country, ten fewer than in 2015. The victims were 76 men and 34 women.

The number of murder victims halved since the start of this century, both in men and women.

The Lambras in Barcelona
Aug 18 '17 08:01

Spain was hit by two terrorist attacks. The first in Barcelona on Thursday afternoon, the second in Cambrils during the early hours of Friday morning. Thirteen people were killed and over 100 others were injured, including three Dutch, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed. Their condition is not life threatening, NOS reports.

The attack in Barcelona happened around 5:00 p.m. A van drove onto the Ramblas, crashing into dozens of people. Thirteen people were killed and over 100 ended up in hospital, including the three Dutch. The perpetrators fled.

2,500 kilos of hemp found in a charcoal shipment from Nigeria in the port of Rotterdam, 18 Jul 2017
Aug 17 '17 16:30

Seven men were arrested on Tuesday in connection with the discovery of 2,500 kilograms of hemp in a container of charcoal at the port of Rotterdam in July, the Public Prosecutor announced on Thursday.

The hemp was hidden in a shipment of charcoal that arrived at the port from Nigeria on July 18th. Customs officers discovered the drugs with the help of a container scan and a sniffer dog, according to the Prosecutor. The hemp was removed from the container and destroyed, and the container was sent to its destination. 

Media Park in Hilversum
Aug 17 '17 15:50

Employees of the Netherlands national public broadcasting organization NPO are properly shaken up by a in the Hilversum Media Park on Thursday morning, Shula Rijxman of the board of directors said.

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Aug 17 '17 15:10

The Tweede Kamer is cutting its summer holiday short in order to debate the of eggs from Dutch poultry farms with Public Health Minister Edith Schippers and State Secretary Martijn van Dam of Economic Affairs, NU.nl reports.

Schiphol
Aug 17 '17 14:30

Dutch parliamentarians were shocked by reports that the number of than at other airports of similar size. They demand an explanation from responsible State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Infrastructure and Environment, AD reports.

Crime scene tape
Aug 17 '17 13:50

A man was found dead in a home on Kremersmaten in Enschede on Wednesday night. The police responded to the home after receiving a report of a fight. Three people, who were in the home at the time, were arrested, ANP reports.

No information was released about the cause of the man's death or the circumstances surrounding the fight. 

Gavel (Source: Wikimedia/Brian Turner)
Aug 17 '17 13:10

A pedagogical assistant confessed to , the Public Prosecutor confirmed. "This involves a single incident and not multiple moments of abuse", a spokesperson said to NU.nl.

Health insurance
Aug 17 '17 12:30

Achmea is preparing for an increase in health insurance premiums next year, CEO Willem van Duin hinted at while discussing the insurer's half-year figures on Thursday, ANP reports.

"In recent years, health insurers limited the price increase buy using our reserves. That is obviously not a sustainable situation", the CEO of the Netherlands' largest insurer said. Last year Achmea reserved an amount of over 430 million euros to compensate for premiums that weren't covering costs. 

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Aug 17 '17 11:50

The risk of a bubble forming in the Dutch housing market is increasing, though it is currently limited to popular markets like Amsterdam and Utrecht, Rabobank said in a quarterly report. Driven by renewed confidence in the economy and low interest rates, home buyers are increasingly buying above the asking price in the expectation that house prices will continue to rise for a long time, according to the bank, RTL Nieuws reports.

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