Margaret Lee
May 1 '17 07:33

An underage girl who was found safe at the train station in Zwolle, Overijssel on Saturday. She was found using someone else’s passport, prompting authorities to arrest her for identity theft.

A simple model of Mars
Apr 28 '17 16:35

The financing for famous Dutch space project Mars One is being scrutinized. According to Financieele Dagblad, it seems like the project may have been hijacked by investment fraudsters.

Mars One plans to send people to colonize, you guessed it, Mars and then make a global reality TV show of it. The main role players get a one way ticket to the red planet and then their lives will be followed and broadcast live for 15 years. 

Apr 28 '17 16:00

Utrecht professor Olle ten Cate won the prestigious John P. Hubbard Award in the United States. He decided to donate the 10 thousand dollars in prize money to departing Development Minister Lilianne Ploumen's pro-choice fund , ANP reports.

An old man at a casement, by Govert Flinck in 1646
Apr 28 '17 15:25

Auction house Christie's sold a painting titled An old man at a casement by Dutch painter Govert Flinck for 10.4 million dollars (around 9.5 million euros) in New York on Thursday. The value of the Rembrandt student's painting was estimated between 2 million and 3 million euros, the auction house announced.

An old man at a casement was painted in 1645. The previous time the painting was auctioned was in 2011. Then it sold for 2.7 million euros. 

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima with their daughters (left to right) Ariane, Alexia and crown princess Amalia
Apr 28 '17 14:50

This year the Royal Family will cost the government budget, and Dutch taxpayers, 41.4 million euros, according to Business Insider. That includes the "constitutional benefit" for King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and Princess Beatrix as well as expense compensation for them.

Apr 28 '17 14:10

The University of Amsterdam is launching a test run in allowing part-time students to pay tuition per subject they take, instead of paying for a whole year. The University believes that this will be ideal for motivated students who don't have time to attend university full time because they also work, take care of a family member, have their own business or have to do an internship, Het Parool reports.

Henry Keizer
Apr 28 '17 13:35

VVD chairman Henry Keizer is under fire for a seemingly shady business deal dating from 2012. According to research journalists Follow the Money, Keizer and his business partners bought funeral home De Facultatieve for far below market price. And at the time of the sale, Keizer was not only the buyer, but also the advisor and chairman of the funeral home he eventually bought. Keizer insists he acted with integrity and that "nobody was favored and disadvantaged" in the deal, he said to the press on Friday, NU.nl reports.

Margaret Lee
Apr 28 '17 13:00

American mother Sabrina Lee traveled to the Netherlands to look for her missing 16-year-old daughter, whose been missing for almost a month. All that is known about Maggie's disappearance is that she was talking to a boy from The Hague area online and that she got on a plane to the Netherlands. Sabrina is desperately hoping for Maggie's safe return. "Maggie, I love you and I'm waiting for you, please come home", she said to RTL Nieuws.

Apr 28 '17 12:20

Energy consumption in the Netherlands increased by 2 percent in 2016 compared to 2015, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Friday. The use of natural gas saw the biggest increase, mostly due the colder winter than in 2015, according to the stats office.

Curacao Reef
Apr 28 '17 11:45

A large piece of coral near the island of Curacao was severely damaged. The perpetrator is believed to be construction company BAM, who is currently building a pier for cruise ships and other large vessels on the island, NOS reports.

Apr 28 '17 11:05

A paraglider fell from a very great height in the dunes near Julianadorp on Thursday afternoon. The victim was seriously injured and rushed to the VU Medical Center by air ambulance, RTV Noord-Holland reports.

The accident happened around 1:15 p.m. on King's Day. A spokesperson for local safety office Veiligheidsregio Noord-Holland-Noord told the broadcaster that the victim was bleeding so severely that blood had to be fetched from neighboring hospitals.

Dead animals found on President Kennedylaan in Oegstgeest, 28 Apr 2017
Apr 28 '17 10:30

A disturbing discovery was made in the Zuid-Holland town of Oegstgeest during the early hours of Friday morning. Several dead animals were found lying on President Kennedylaan, the Leiden Noord police said on Facebook.

The police responded to reports of dead animals around 2:55 a.m. At the scene they found a rooster, a chicken and a dog lying in what looked to be a trial. They were all frozen for later cremation and came from the freezer of a nearby animal clinic, according to the police.

The animals were returned to the freezer.

Car crashes into living room on Rijnlaan, Helmond, 27 Apr 2017
Apr 28 '17 09:55

A car crashed into the living room of a house on Rijnlaan in Helmond just after noon on King's Day, while the resident was sitting in the room. The resident escaped without serious injury, the driver was slightly wounded, AD reports.

Police
Apr 28 '17 09:28

A man died in Amsterdam on Thursday night after falling from a window, the police said in a statement. The victim was a 23-year-old Amsterdam resident.

The man was found wounded on Binnen Brouwersstraat around 10:00 p.m. Emergency services rushed to help him, but it was to no avail. He died a short time later.

According ot te police, the young man fell from a second story window. The police spoke to witnesses and did an investigation and concluded that the Amsterdam man's death was a tragic accident. 

Apr 28 '17 09:09

Almost 11 percent of children in the Netherlands were receiving treatment from youth support last year, Statistics Netherlands announced on Friday. Youth support helps and treats kids below the age of 18 who have psychological problems, mental disorders or educational problems. 

Train derails after crashing into a truck in Wouw, Noord-Brabant, 28 Apr 2017
Apr 28 '17 08:49

A passenger train derailed after colliding with a truck in the Noord-Brabant town of Wouw on Friday morning, local safety office Veiligheidsregio Midden- en West-Brabant reports. As far as is known, no one was seriously injured. The train driver sustained slight injuries, but truck driver managed to get out of the vehicle before the train hit, a spokesperson for the safety office said to NU.nl.

Apr 28 '17 08:27

The Old Catholic Bishop of Haarlem Dirk-Jan Schoon suspended another priest on child sex abuse charges. This priest has been retired for 13 years, but is still involved in celebrations in the Amsterdam parish and was used in emergencies, NOS reports.

King Willem-Alexander, 2017
Apr 28 '17 08:07

King Willem-Alexander is continuing celebrating his 50th birthday with a special dinner at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam tonight. 150 Dutch whose birthdays are also on April 27th will be dining with the King and Queen, ANP reports.

King Willem-Alexander turns 50, 27 Apr 2017
Apr 28 '17 07:46

King's Day was celebrated throughout the Netherlands without any major incidents on Thursday. The authorities in most major Dutch municipalities are pleased with how the day went. The day was celebrated "as you would like it to be", a spokesperson for Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan said, NU.nl reports.

Long lines at Schiphol airport, 23 Apr 2017
Apr 27 '17 18:00

It seems that crowded halls, long lines and hours of waiting times at Schiphol airport are here to stay. According to CEO Jos Nijhuis, travelers face at least another 100 "black Saturdays" at the airport this year, and the coming two years will probably be busier. There is no escaping it, he said according to newspaper AD.

King's Day in Schagen, Noord-Holland, 27 Apr 2017
Apr 27 '17 15:05

The chilly, sometimes rainy weather is not scaring Dutch away from participating in King's Day activities. Photos on social media show crowded flea markets and events and streets across the Netherlands.

King Willem-Alexander turns 50, 27 Apr 2017
Apr 27 '17 14:30

Dutch King Willem-Alexander turns 50 years old today. A number of political party leaders took a moment to wish him a happy birthday. "It only gets better [after 50]", CDA leader Sybrand Buma said to RTL Nieuws.

"I would like to congratulate him on his 50th birthday. And everyone around him too, of course", SGP leader Kees van der Staaij said to the broadcaster. "I want to wish him a lot of wisdom. For what can a king use better than wisdom? I especially hope that he stays who he is."

Meinoud Rost van Tonningen at his wedding to Florentine Heubel, 21 December 1940
Apr 27 '17 13:50

Dutch Nazi collaborator and leading member of fascist party NSB Menoud Rost van Tonningen and some of his fellows attempted a coup in the Netherlands in early in 1940, NOS reports based on research by historians Edwin Klijn and Robin te Slaa. The group of NSB members wanted to use the coup to prevent Germans invading the Netherlands.

The coup did not succeed and the Germans invaded the Netherlands on May 10th, 1940. Within five days of that date, the Dutch army had to capitulate. 

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima with their daughters (left to right) Amalia, Ariane and Alexia, 27 Apr 2017
Apr 27 '17 13:08

King Willem-Alexander and his family spent King's Day in Tilburg today. The city organized a number of activities, including performances and artworks, to celebrate the Dutch King's 50th birthday.

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