Brussels

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.

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.

european union
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.

Ibrahim El Bakraoui, a suicide bomber in terrorist attacks on Brussels, 22 Mar 2016
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.

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."

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. 

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.

Arrest
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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mar 22 '16 14:25

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

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

Mark Rutte
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."

Mar 22 '16 13:11

"Europe is again put to the test", King Willem-Alexander said in a response to suicide bombings in the Netherlands' southern neighbor on Tuesday morning. At least 13 people were killed and 35 injured in explosions at Brussels airport Zaventem and metro station Maalbeek.

Mar 22 '16 12:10

Police ordered the evacuation of parts of Amsterdam Centraal after an unattended package was found on the walkway dividing platforms 13 and 14 there. Meanwhile, the station in Hoofddorp, just west of the Amsterdam airport, was also shut down around 11 a.m. after a passenger on a train between the two cities acted suspiciously and was heard making threats, according to railway infrastructure firm ProRail.

Mar 22 '16 11:13

Most trains between the Netherlands and Belgium were cancelled by national Dutch railway NS on Tuesday morning after train stations in and around Brussels were closed by authorities, the NS stated. The decisions were made after three separate suicide bombings were carried out at the Zaventem airport and the Maalbeek metro station in Brussels.

Mar 22 '16 11:01

Dutch Foreign Affairs minister Bert Koenders approved the addition of nine people to the national list of known terrorists. The government announced the decision less than an hour after three bombings in Brussels claimed the lives of at least 13 people at the Zaventem airport.

Mar 22 '16 10:46

"Necessary security measures" are being taken on all Dutch airports following attacks in Brussels on Tuesday morning. The Ministerial Committee for Crisis Management is holding an emergency meeting in The Hague on the situation. Prime Minster Mark Rutte as well as Dick Schoof, the national counterterrorism coordinator, will attend the meeting.

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