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May 24 '17 16:35

Dutch man Jelle F. was sentenced on appeal to 18 years in prison for t in a Delhaize supermarket in Antwerp two years ago, ANP reports.

The sentence is the same as when F. first stood trial. Unlike the first trial however, the appeal judge did not find F. guilty of attempted murder, but of extortion and torture. According to the court, it is not clear that F. wanted to kill his victim.

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May 18 '17 11:10

The United States' plans to ban laptops and tablets in the cabins of flights from Europe, was put on hold after the European Union decided against implementing it in an hours long on Wednesday. Other measures are still being considered, BBC reports.

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May 17 '17 16:45

National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security in the Netherlands, Dick Schoof, is in Brussels for a EU meeting on the United States plans to ban laptops and tablets in hand luggage on flights between Europe and America. It is expected that he will speak out against this measure, RTL Nieuws reports.

The United States already banned electronics larger than a cellphone in the cabins of planes flying from eight Middle Eastern countries to the States. According to the Americans, terrorists have plans to smuggle explosives on board in such devices.

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Mar 31 '17 16:35

From Wednesday next week until Sunday Dutch-Turks can vote in a Turkish referendum in the Netherlands. This can be done in Amsterdam, The Hague and Deventer. The national police and local authorities will be on high alert during these voting days, especially after riots at the Turkish embassy in Brussels on Thursday, NRC reports.

Mar 9 '17 09:33

Air France-KLM is one of several airlines that may be facing a massive fine from Brussels. The Dutch-French airline is accused of cartel forming in the cargo transit market, ANP reports.

Insiders told the news wire that attempts to negotiate a settlement failed. Which means that fines amounting to millions of euros may be imposed on the involved airlines. 

The authorities suspect 11 airlines for making secret agreements between 1999 and 2006 on how they would deal with fuel and security surcharges and how to ensure that no discounts were granted.

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Jan 10 '17 08:35

No train traffic is possible to and from Roosendaal on Tuesday morning. A short circuit caused by an electrical fire in a substation means that there is no electricity on the overhead, according to ProRail.

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Jan 5 '17 08:01

Anis Amri, the Tunisian man suspected of driving a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin on December 19th, spent several hours in Amsterdam two days later, Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice confirmed in a letter to parliament on Wednesday. Amri was caught on surveillance cameras in the Dutch capital, the Dutch Public Prosecutor confirmed, the Telegraaf reports.

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Dec 15 '16 08:59

The European Summit in Brussels today is expected to be a tense one. One of the main items on the agenda is the fact that the Netherlands still has not ratified the association agreement with the Ukraine, the only EU country not to do so. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte will try get his fellow EU leaders to accept a set of amendments to the deal, with which he hopes he can convince Dutch parliament to ratify the agreement.

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Nov 30 '16 08:45

Ibrahim El Bakraoui, one of the bombers that committed a suicide attack at the Zaventem airport in Brussels in March, payd bribes to be deported to the Netherlands instead of Belgium, the Belgian judicial authorities believe, according to RTL Nieuws.

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Nov 10 '16 14:05

Idriss A., the 33-year-old Dutch man arrested in Brussels on Sunday night for involvement in a fight in which denies that he injured the victim, his lawyer said in the court in Brussels on Thursday, ANP reports.

"My client admits that he fought with the victims, but denies that he gouged his eyes out", the lawyer said, according to the news wire. "Who did it is unclear."

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Nov 7 '16 13:10

A Dutch person was arrested in Brussels on Sunday on suspicion of stabbing another person's eyes out in the Belgian capital, ANP reports.

The incident happened during the early hours of Sunday morning. The Brussels police responded to reports of a man walking the streets with severe head injuries around 3:00 a.m. When the man was found, the officers discovered that his eyes were gouged out. The Belgian victim was rushed to the hospital in a serious condition. His eyes and a blade was found farther up the road. 

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Oct 21 '16 16:25

Three Romanian suspects arrested in Brussels on October 8th for involvement in a fatal brawl in Amsterdam’s Red Light District, were extradited to the Netherlands, the Belgian authorities announced on Friday, ANP reports. 

The fight early in September left 32-year-old Robert Gerritsen in a coma. He later died of his injuries. It was initially thought that Gerritsen in his friends tried to calm the fight on Oudezijds Achterburgwal, but camera footage later showed that this was not the case. They were active participants in the fight.

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Oct 12 '16 08:16

The police arrested three Romanian men on suspicion of involvement in a brawl in the Amsterdam Red Light District that resulted in the death of Robert Gerritsen.

Oct 7 '16 08:37

A majority in parliament supports the PVV's demand for a debate on reports that two terrorists traveled to Amsterdam on the day of the terrorist attacks in Paris last year. They want Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice to answer their questions at the earliest convenience

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Jul 18 '16 10:15

"Stability and a constitutional state are now of incredible importance in Turkey, for the Turks themselves and for Europe", Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs said in Brussels on Monday. According to him, it is also very important that an "ax-day" does not follow the attempted military coup in the country last week

May 31 '16 08:55

Railway strikes in Belgium mean that no intercity- or stop trains are traveling between Amsterdam Brussels on Tuesday.

May 30 '16 13:50

NS decided to stop using Belgian coaches on the Amsterdam-Brussels route for the time being due to reports that the coach doors sometimes open en-route

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Apr 6 '16 12:30

The Netherlands could have acted "more alert and assertive" with regards to Brussels bombers Ibrahim and Khalid El Bakraoui. But there was no reason to actively track them down, Justice Minister Ard van der Steur said in answer to parliamentary questions posed to him in preparation to Thursday's debate.

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Mar 29 '16 11:50

Anis B., the 32 year old Frenchman arrested in Rotterdam on terrorist charges on Sunday, is linked to an international terrorism network that played a very important role in the terrorist attacks in both Paris and Brussels, broadcaster NOS reports.

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Mar 26 '16 11:00

A peace rally put together by several Muslim organizations drew hundreds of people from various faiths to Amsterdam’s Dam Square on Friday evening. The demonstration was a show of unity following the attacks in Brussels earlier in the week.

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Mar 23 '16 20:58

Turkish authorities caught a man suspected of carrying out the Brussels attacks last June, and expelled him from the country, President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday. The alleged attacker, Ibrahim el-Bakraoui, was caught in Gaziantep at the Syrian border and then sent to the Netherlands, an Erdogan representative later told media outlets.

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Mar 22 '16 14:25

Publisher Sanoma's headquarters in Hoofddorp was evacuated on Tuesday after the discovery of a suspicious package.

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Mar 22 '16 14:10

A train traveling from Brussels to Amsterdam was stopped at Hoofddorp station on Tuesday after a "suspicious person" was signaled. Witnesses saw a SWAT team dragging a person from the train

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Mar 22 '16 13:36

Prime Minister Mark Rutte called the terrorist attacks in Brussels an "attack on our way of life" during a press conference on Tuesday. "Wavering before this kind of violence must never be an option. We remain an open and democratic society that can to be ruled by fear."

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