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Nov 20 '19 18:12

Police in Haarlem evacuated the popular Grote Markt area on Wednesday after an apparent hand grenade was left on the stairs at City Hall. The suspicious device was removed by explosives experts, police said just after 5 p.m.

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Nov 20 '19 17:40

After years of lobbying in Brussels by Amber Alert, a special European police network will be established in which European police forces will collaborate more intensively to find missing persons. Amber Alert, the Dutch organization that handles missing children cases, will be the secretariat of this network, called PEN-MP, NOS reports.

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Nov 20 '19 16:50

Two Oranje players made a powerful statement against racism in the match against Estonia (5-0) in Amsterdam on Tuesday. After captain Georginio Wijnaldum scored his first of three goals, he and Frenkie de Jong stopped to pose with their arms against each other, to show that they are different but they are one. 

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Nov 20 '19 15:40

Amsterdam police investigating the murder of criminal defense attorney Derk Wiersum have arrested another man on suspicion of involvement in Wiersum's slaying. The suspect, identified by AD as a nephew of alleged crime boss Ridouan Taghi, is the third person police picked up this week as part of the case.

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Nov 20 '19 15:10

Holiday rentals are harming Amsterdam neighborhoods, according to the Amsterdam Court of Audit. Reports of nuisance caused by tourists are not handled, and landlords feel "hunted" by complaints from neighbors. This can lead to disagreeable living situations. The city is also at risk of losing millions of euros in unpaid fines for housing fraud, the Court of Audit concluded, NU.nl and Het Parool report. 

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Nov 20 '19 14:20

Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb wants the Netherlands' privacy rules to be adjusted so that they no longer protect criminals, the mayor said in a letter to Justice Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus. 

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Nov 20 '19 13:30

Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security called it "very disappointing" that Turkey decided to deport two women suspected of participating in terrorist organization ISIS to the Netherlands. The women, with two children, arrived at Schiphol on Tuesday. The women were arrested and the children transferred to the Child Protection Board, the Public Prosecution Service said.

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Nov 20 '19 12:40

Ruling party VVD wants to implement a policy nationwide in which anyone flashing cash or driving fancy cars can be stopped and searched. According to the party, criminals use expensive cars and clothing to raise their prestige and thus form "wrong role models" for young people. This will show that showing off criminal gains does not pay, MP Dilan Yesilgoz said, RTL Nieuws reports.

Amsterdam Centrum
Nov 20 '19 11:50

The landlord of a home in Amsterdam Centrum forced their tenant to rent out the home through Airbnb for the maximum 30 days Amsterdam allows, according to !Woon, an organization that helps tenants and homeowners in Amsterdam navigate the housing market. The woman turned to !Woon when her landlord refused to let her cancel her lease.

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Nov 20 '19 11:00

On Tuesday Oranje coach Ronald Koeman gave a number of newcomers a chance to play against Estonia in the last international match of 2019. After the Dutch team's 5-0 victory, the coach had to conclude that the Netherlands has a large number of good footballers, which will make his job of selecting a team for the European Championship next year a real challenge, NU.nl reports.

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Nov 20 '19 10:12

A 39-year-old truck driver from Romania was arrested after 25 stowaways were found hiding in the refrigerated container of his truck on board a ferry to England on Tuesday. He is in custody on suspicion of human trafficking while the police investigate whether he was aware of the people hiding in his truck, a police spokesperson said to NU.nl.

Nov 20 '19 09:17

Last year the Dutch transport sector emitted 26 billion kilograms of CO2 equivalents of greenhouse gases, almost as much as in 2012. Aviation was responsible for 49 percent of those emissions, water transport for 26 percent, and road transport for 21 percent, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Wednesday.

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Nov 20 '19 08:44

All coffeeshops throughout the Netherlands must refuse to serve tourists, according to coalition party ChristenUnie. Parliamentarian Stieneke van der Graaf called on Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security to get municipalities to arrange for their coffeeshops to ban people who do not live in the Netherlands, AD reports.

The fact that many municipalities, like the big cities, allow coffeeshops to sell to tourists makes the Netherlands "known as a country where you can use drugs and enjoy yourself", Van der Graaf said. She wants to get rid of that reputation.

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Nov 20 '19 08:10

General hospitals throughout the Netherlands are running on so-called Sunday service today as hospital workers strike for better employment conditions. Only emergency care will still be provided. According to the trade unions, around 75 percent of all general hospital employees will strike at 119 locations.

The university hospitals are not participating in this strike, because they fall under a different collective bargaining agreement.

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Nov 20 '19 07:40

Police officers in Rotterdam shot a man in an apartment in IJsselmonde on Tuesday night, the police said in a statement. The man was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

The police responded to an apartment building on Chinese Tuin at around 10:30 p.m. after receiving a noise complaint. About 20 minutes later, a trauma helicopter and two ambulances were dispatched to the scene.

The man approached the officers aggressively and "threateningly", police said in a statement. "They were forced to shoot."

Fog on the road
Nov 20 '19 07:20

Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for the entire Netherlands, except the Wadden Islands. Commuters are warned to be careful of icy roads and thick fog during morning rush hour.

Areas that had rain overnight will have a good chance of icy and slippery roads. "All traffic participants can be hindered by this. Adjust your driving behavior", the KNMI warned. 

In the northeastern and central parts of the country fog can reduce visibility to less tan 200 meters. Motorists are advised to adjust their speed and keep a safe following distance.

Police at Derk Wiersum shooting scene
Nov 19 '19 21:52

Police detained two persons of interest connected to the murder of criminal defense attorney Derk Wiersum. The arrests were announced on television show Opsporing Verzocht on Tuesday night.

The duo were taken into custody for their possible roles in fencing a stolen vehicle allegedly used to monitor Wiersum shortly before he was killed. They were questioned and released, police said.

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Nov 19 '19 20:13

Dozens of people were found hidden on board a DFDS cargo ferry ship that had departed the Netherlands for England. They were discovered by the ship's crew late Tuesday afternoon inside a refrigerated container.

Authorities say the 25 stowaways were all found alive. Two people were hospitalized, and 23 were treated at the scene. The 23 that were in good condition were then taken to an area police station.

Nijmegen, Waal River
Nov 19 '19 19:53

A tense standoff involving a possibly armed man barricaded inside a building in Nijmegen ended early Tuesday evening with the suspect's arrest. The man threatened to "shoot people in the neighborhood," a police spokesperson told de Gelderlander.

Officers were dispatched to the scene just before 4 p.m., as well as a heavily-armed tactical unit. "Police have received a report about a man threatening violence in an office building in the center," authorities said in a statement.

Magnus Grimeland at 2019 Antler Amsterdam Demo Day
Nov 19 '19 17:06

The early-stage venture capital and start-up generator Antler showcased the 11 tech companies created in its first Dutch program last Wednesday, having launched 12 Australian companies at an event in Sydney just days before. Over the next four years Antler aims to generate 150 Dutch companies from its Amsterdam hub – an ambitious target for an organisation that is only a year-and-a-half old.

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