Posters for the Netherlands' parliamentary elections, March 2017
Apr 24 '17 08:16

The votes of 919 Dutch people abroad did not reach the Netherlands in time to count in the , the Volkskrant reports based on information from the municipality of The Hague. The city served as central point for votes coming from abroad.

Smoke bomb at PSV vs Ajax Eredivisie match in Philips Stadium, Eindhoven, 23 Apr 2017
Apr 24 '17 07:57

A huge smoke bomb set off among the audience of the PSV vs Ajax Eredivisie match at the Philips Stadium in Eindhoven on Sunday, left 15 people injured. The first aid team had to treat 10 supporters, four security guards and a steward for respiratory problems and burning eyes, ANP reports. 

arrest
Apr 24 '17 07:25

One man was seriously injured in a stabbing at a wedding in Westervoort, Gelderland on Sunday night. Two people were arrested, Omroep Gelderland reports.

The stabbing happened just after 8:00 p.m. at the Maksim party center on Dorpstraat. The police believe a family fight is behind the incident. According to the broadcaster, the perpetrator is an "older man". It is unclear why the second person was arrested. The stabbed man was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

The wedding celebration resumed after the incident.

Apr 21 '17 18:30

The Brabant faction of political party CDA joined the call for a intercity train station at the . According to the party, the train station would not only improve accessibility to the airport, but also to the larger region around it, Omroep Brabant reports.

Guus Velders
Apr 21 '17 17:45

Dutch climate change professor Guus Velders was named as one of the most influential people on the planet in the T. He is the only Dutch person to make it onto the list.

Giant Panda Wu Wen at Ouwehands Zoo in Rhenen, Utrecht
Apr 21 '17 17:05

Two Giant Pandas that recently arrived in the Netherlands are doing well and enjoying their new home at the Ouwehands Zoo, the zoo said on Friday. A new video released by the Rhenen, Utrecht zoo shows Xing Ya relaxing on his back and enjoying a bamboo snack in his new habitat.

His panda partner, Wu Wen, did not make an appearance. The bamboo was grown in the Netherlands, and is part of the 30 kilos of bamboo the two will eat every day.

Ajax after the Europa League quarter finals against Schalke 04, 20 Apr 2017
Apr 21 '17 16:30

Ajax will be playing against French football club Olympique Lyonnais in the Europa League semi-finals, according to UEFA's live blog on the lottery in Nyon. The match will take place on Wednesday, May 3rd at 9:05 p.m. CEST.

The other semi final match will be between RC Celta De Vigo and Manchester United FC on May 4th. The Ajax vs Lyon match was also supposed to happen on May 4th, but as that is a day of remembrance in the Netherlands, Amsterdam asked that it be moved.

Ajax starts with a home match. The return in France is scheduled for Thursday, May 11th. 

Lady Justice
Apr 21 '17 15:55

Dutch arms dealer Guus Kouwenhoven was sentenced to 19 years in prison by the court in Den Bosch on Friday. He was found guilty of complicity in war crimes in Liberia and of illegal arms trafficking. The Public Prosecutor demanded 20 years, AD reports.

The court considered it proven that Kouwenhoven supported the regime of former Liberian President Charles Taylor by illegally delivering weapons to it in a civil war between 2001 and 2003. There was an arms embargo in place for Liberia at the time. 

Mark Rutte
Apr 21 '17 15:20

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte condemned the "awful acts of terrorism" that left on Thursday evening.

"Awful act of terrorism last night in Paris. Our thoughts are with the victims. I expressed our sympathies to President Francois Hollande", Rutte wrote on Twitter. 

Apr 21 '17 14:45

Dutch pastor Nico S. was for paying underage boys to let him take nude photos of them. The Old Catholic Church of the Netherlands announced at a press conference previous knowledge of the suspect's sexual desire for young boys, something the church said S. discussed with the former bishop during his priesthood training 18 years ago.

Apr 21 '17 14:10

King Willem-Alexander was spotted walking the streets of The Hague on Thursday afternoon. He was on his way to Palace Noordeinde by car when a bus broke down and blocked the road. Not wanting to be late for his appointment - a staff reception at the palace in honor of his upcoming 50th birthday - the Dutch King completed the journey by foot, ANP reports.

The reception at the palace for the staff is a tradition around the King's birthday. It also kicks off a week of celebrations for King Willem-Alexander, who turns 50 on April 27th. 

Apr 21 '17 13:35

Traffic information service ANWB expects heavy traffic on Dutch roads on Friday afternoon as the May school holidays begin for primary and secondary schools across the country, AD reports.

The ANWB expects that most people who are vacationing in the Netherlands will leave for their destinations today. Roads to recreation areas in the middle and south of the Netherlands are expected to be especially busy. "Traffic jams are most likely on the highways around Amersfoort (A1, A28), the A12 from Utrecht to Arnhem and the roads to the Holland- and Zeeland coast", ANWB warns. 

Apr 21 '17 13:00

Dutch public transit companies are teaming up with telecom companies KPN and Vodafone to test using smartphones to pay public transport fares. The test already started, with the new HTM trams in The Hague premiering the service, NU.nl reports.

Police guard in a detention center
Apr 21 '17 12:25

The directors of Dutch oil and gas giant NAM may face up to 15 years in prison should the company end up being prosecuted for earthquake damage to houses in Groningen, according to well-known Dutch lawyer Gerard Spong.

Football
Apr 21 '17 11:50

Video replay will be used to help referee all Netherlands football matches in the Eredivisie from the 2018/19 football season, Mike van der Roest of Dutch football association KNVB said to NOS. 

"We are going to do more cup matches next season. And from season 2018/2019 all Eredivisie matches", Van der Roest - project leader for video replay at the KNVB - said to the broadcaster. 

Apr 21 '17 11:15

Housing prices in the Netherlands continue to rise. In March housing prices were 7.3 percent higher than in the same month in 2016 - the biggest price increase in 15 years, according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands and the Land Registry on Friday. 

The current price level is still 8.6 percent below the housing prices peak of 2008, but 16.4 percent above the low point in 2013. The average house price is currently at the same level as in April 2006.

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