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May 16 '17 16:45

Fans of the Ouwehands Zoo in Rhenen will get their first chance to see the newly-arrived Giant Pandas beginning on Tuesday, May 30.

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May 16 '17 16:10

The United States' plan to ban laptops and tablets on flights to America is unsafe, according Dutch pilots association VNV. If the U.S. has its way, laptops and tablets will only be allowed in the cargo area of a plane. But according to the VNV, this forms a great danger of lithium batteries catching fire. "That has happened in the past. Such a fire can not be extinguished, because the crew can't reach the cargo area during a flight", Joost van Doesburg of the VNV said to NOS.

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May 16 '17 15:35

VVD leader Mark Rutte is carefully considering the next steps in the Dutch cabinet formation now that negotiations between his party, the CDA, D66 and GroenLinks collapsed. He is clear on one thing however - the VVD still won't rule with anti-Islam nationalist Geert Wilders and his PVV, he said to RTL Nieuws.

Ajax makes it through to the Europa League finals with a two-match victory of 5-4 against Lyon, 11 May 2017
May 16 '17 15:00

The for fans to attend the Europa League finals against Manchester United next week, sold out within 30 minutes, RTL Nieuws reports.

The Europa League finals match is taking place next week Wednesday at 8:45 p.m. in Stockholm. This is the first time since 1996 that Ajax reached a final in a European tournament, according to the broadcaster.

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May 16 '17 14:25

There will be no new investigation or prosecution in the explosion of a hand grenade in a Dutch army vehicle in Afghanistan in 2010, the Public Prosecutor announced. An analysis by the Koninklijke Marechaussee - a policing force that works as part of the Dutch military - did not reveal any new facts, the Telegraaf reports.

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May 16 '17 13:50

Chlamydia is a growing problem in The Hague and its surroundings, according to the Center for Sexual Health GGZ Haaglanden. In 2015 a total of 12.2 percent of STD tests done in The Hague region tested positive for Chlamydia, last year it was 13.8 percent. The proportion of positive STD tests, including all sexually transmitted diseases, also increased, from 15.4 percent in 2015 to 17 percent in 2016, AD reports.

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May 16 '17 13:15

Delta Lloyd's CFO Clifford Abrahams is moving ot ABN Amro. From September he is taking over as ABN Amro's CFO from Alexander Rahusen, who filled the position on an interim basis, the Telegraaf reports.

Before joining Delta Lloyd, Abrahams worked for insurer and asset manager Aviva and business bank Morgan Stanley. ABN Amro praises him for his "strong service" and "extensive experience" in his previous high positions in the financial sector. Abrahams will continue to work on the commpletion of Delta Lloyd's merger with NN Group until he steps over to ABN Amro. 

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May 16 '17 12:40

An increasing number of homeowners associations have problems with Airbnb rentals, according to umbrella organization VvE Belang. A number of recent court rulings indicated that Airbnb rentals are not allowed without the permission of the homeowners association, and more and more are considering banning rentals to tourists, the organization said to BNR. 

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May 16 '17 12:05

Half of the people living in the Netherlands are overweight or obese, according to the newest health monitor by Statistics Netherlands, and health institutes RIVM and GGD. Among people over the age of 65, two thirds are too heavy, De Stenter reports.

People with a body mass index (bmi) of 25 or more are considered overweight. People with a bmi of 30 or more are considered obese. 14 percent of adults in the Netherlands are obese.

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May 16 '17 11:29

Dutch small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) make more and more use of alternative lenders from abroad. Two weeks ago Riverbank from Luxembourg opened shop in the Netherlands, the fifth foreign financial institution that offers loans to smaller Dutch companies to do so. The market share of these new foreign investors is still relatively modest, but the amounts in loans they give double annually, Financieele Dagblad reports.

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May 16 '17 10:48

Store chain Blokker will be closing 100 branches in the coming year. Sister company Marskramer will close another 100. A total of 1,900 jobs will disappear at Blokker, Marskramer and at parent company Blokker Holding, the company announced on Tuesday. Blokker Holding will eventually cease to exist. Marskramer will continue on a franchise formula. And chains Intertoys, Maxi Toys, Big Bazar, Xenos and Leen Bakker will be sold off, ANP reports.

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May 16 '17 10:20

Highly educated young people with an immigrant background in the Netherlands are just as upbeat about their future in the country as their native Dutch counterparts, according to a study done by Knowledge Platform Integration & Society on behalf of the Ministry of Social Affairs. Their future plans are much more dependent on their parents' education level than where there parents came from, the Volkskrant reports.

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May 16 '17 09:49

Amsterdam is one of the eight most tourist unfriendly destinations in the world, according to a . The newspaper quotes Amsterdam Marketing CEO Frans van der Avert, saying he "made it abundantly clear the city is a bit over tourists".

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May 16 '17 09:17

The number of robberies from trucks in the Netherlands is.In the first three months of this year there were 136 cases of trucks' cargo being stolen, a 46 percent increase compared to the same period last year, AD reports based on figures from the National Police.

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May 16 '17 08:52

A Venezuelan man confessed to killing Dutch cop  after the officer caught him and others in the act of a robbery on Bonaire in August last year. The confession was made on the first day of a three-day trial against six Venezuelans and one man from Bonaire for Bakx's murder, RTL Nieuws reports.

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May 16 '17 08:31

The investigation into the MH17 disaster is in a difficult phase and far from over, the Public Prosecutor wrote in a digital magazine meant to keep the victims' relatives informed about what is happening in the MH17 file. The investigators are having trouble getting data from the Ukrainian secret service and cooperation with Russia remains difficult, the Prosecutor wrote on Monday, RTL Nieuws reports.

The investigation is now in its "most difficult phase", the Prosecutor wrote. "Booking progress at this stage is much more difficult."

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