Sint Maarten after Hurricane Irma, 7 Sept 2017
Sep 21 '17 16:50

The Association of Caribbean Mediaworkers (ACM) launched a wide effort to raise funds for their colleagues on the Caribbean islands that were hit by . Part of that effort is a crowdfunding campaign in the Netherlands, primarily focused on bringing aid and equipment to journalists on the Dutch island of Sint Maarten, which was hit hardest by the Category 5 hurricane on September 6th. 

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Sep 21 '17 16:10

More than a million people in the Netherlands feel very lonely. A third of Dutch feel moderately lonely, the Telegraaf reported on Thursday - the start of the Week Against Loneliness. From Thursday until October 1st, a large number of civil society organizations are organizing events to show how to combat loneliness, according to the newspaper.

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma on Sint Maarten, 7 Sept 2017
Sep 21 '17 15:30

The Dutch government is trying to find shelter for 25 Sint Maarten residents. They flew to the Netherlands and asked for help after destroyed their homes, RTL Nieuws reports.

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Sep 21 '17 14:50

The court in Amsterdam sentenced 28-year-old Milco G. from Purmerend to 18 years in prison for bombing a houseboat in Wormer in 2015. This was the appeal of this case. The Public Prosecutor demanded 24 years in prison against G., RTL Nieuws reports.

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Sep 21 '17 14:10

The military department of the court in Arnhem is handling a case on Thursday involving a female soldier being sexually assaulted by a male soldiers, as two of their colleagues filmed the incident. The assault happened at the Luitenant-generaal Best barracks in Vredepeel in October last year, the Telegraaf reports.

The two soldiers ended up in the same room after a night out. The young woman could not get into her own accommodations and asked her male colleague if she could spend the night in his room, according to the newspaper.

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Sep 21 '17 13:30

A 34-year-old tourist jumped through a third floor window in a hostel on Linnaeusstraat in Amsterdam-Oost on Wednesday evening. He was taken to hospital. The man was under the influence of truffles, according to Het Parool. 

Emergency services responded to the hostel around 6:10 p.m. A witness saw the tourist jump from the third floor window, landing on a lower roof and then falling to the ground. According to the police, the man was unable to speak with them when he was taken to hospital. The extent of his injuries is unclear.

Health insurance
Sep 21 '17 12:50

The VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie decided not to increase healthcare own-risk deductibles next year, government formation mediator Gerrit Zalm announced in a letter sent at the insistence of the Tweede Kamer. To compensate for that, health insurance premiums will increase by an extra 10 euros per year, RTL Nieuws reports.

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Sep 21 '17 12:10

Next year Amsterdam is investing 425 million euros into the city, Finance alderman Udo Kock announced with the city's budget for 2018 on Wednesday. Amsterdam is investing in solving budget problems in various parts of the city, security measures, the work brigade, dealing with teacher shortage and art in public space.

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Sep 21 '17 11:30

The number of fatal traffic accidents involving e-bikes is increasing, especially among older people. Since 2014 a total of 79 people in the Netherlands died in an e-bike accident, 87 percent of them older than 60 years, according to police figures in possession of newspaper AD.

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Sep 21 '17 10:50

Dutch Muslims experience more discrimination than Muslims in other European Union countries, according to a study among 10 thousand Muslims by the European Agency for Fundamental Rights. Of the 15 investigated EU Member States, only Muslims in Greece experience more discrimination than those in the Netherlands, NOS reports.

Sep 21 '17 10:07

A fugitive member of the Italian mafia was arrested on Waterlooplein in Amsterdam on September 7th. The man involved is Gioacchino B., according to newspaper AD. He's been involved in drug trafficking in the Netherlands for years.

The 33-year-old man is wanted by the Italian authorities in connection with membership of the ‘Ndrangheta, a powerful branch of the mafia in South Italy, according to the newspaper. He is also wanted for drug trafficking. 

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Sep 21 '17 09:37

The United Nationsdaption (GCECA) that is opening in the Netherlands, will be based in Rotterdam and Groningen, State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Infrastructure and Environment announced. The two cities' joint application had the most convincing plan, she said, according to NOS. 

The Foreign Ministers of five nations sign an agreement to prosecute suspects in the downing of flight MH17 in the Netherlands. From L-R: Pavlo Klimkin (Ukraine), Datuk Seri Anifah Aman (Malaysia), Bert Koenders (Netherlands), Didier Reynders (Belgium), a
Sep 21 '17 09:10

The countries participating in the criminal investigation into the MH17 disaster, confirmed their support and cooperation to that investigation and the prosecution of those responsible on paper. The Foreign Affairs Ministers of the five countries in the Joint investigation team - Netherlands, Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and Ukraine - signed the agreements they made on this front on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday.

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Sep 21 '17 08:47

"I want to return to the Netherlands, for the future of my children", a 23-year-old Dutch jihadist in Syria said in an anonymous interview with Belgian broadcaster VRT. The pregnant woman and her young son are currently living in a refugee camp near the Syrian city of Raqqa.

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Sep 21 '17 08:14

The Netherlands strives for a strong United Nations in a world that is safe and sustainable, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in his speech at the UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday. As a temporary member of the UN Security Council, the Netherlands will dedicate itself to those goals next year, the Dutch Prime Minister said, according to RTL Nieuws.

Rutte considers a strong UN essential. He advocated for the reforms and adjustments UN leader Antonio Guterres is working on. The Netherlands wants better cooperation between UN agencies, he said.

Thousands gather in front of Eberhard van der Laan's home to give him an ovation, 20 Sept 2017
Sep 21 '17 07:51

Thousands of people gathered at the official residence of former Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan on Wednesday evening, to honor him and thank him with a minutes-long ovation, AT5 reports.

People started gathering in front of Van der Laan's Herengracht home at 7:00 p.m. At 8:00 p.m. there was thundering applause, that lasted for minutes. The ovation was followed by a song. Thousands of voices raised in singing 'Aan de Amsterdamse Grachten'.

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Sep 20 '17 16:50

From the end of this year, Hema is removing all gender indications from its children's clothing. In 300 of the 700 Hema branches, the children's clothing department will no longer be labeled "boys" and "girls", but simply "kids". Hema is the first Dutch retail chain to take this step, NU.nl reports.

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Sep 20 '17 16:10

A mother who lost her 11 month old son in a family drama in Amsterdam last year, wrote a book about it. In July last year, Shanti's ex. In an interview with magazine flair, Shanti frankly talks about the horrible event and how she is learning to live with it. 

Forensic investigation
Sep 20 '17 15:30

A 50-year-old woman was found dead in a home in Amstelveen on Tuesday evening. Due to the "suspicious circumstances in the home", the police launched an investigation, the police said in a statement on Wedneday.

Police officers responded to the home on Prunuslaan around 10:50 p.m., after someone called and reported that the woman was dead in the home. A forensic team did a trace evidence investigation in the home.

According to the police, it is not yet clear how the woman died or whether a  crime was committed. 

The police call on witnesses to come forward. 

3,800 kilos of cocaine intercepted at the port of Antwerp, Sept 2017
Sep 20 '17 14:50

Two suspects were arrested in Breda on Monday after the authorities intercepted 3,800 kilograms of cocaine in the port of Antwerp. The suspects are a 56-year-old man from Oosterhout and a 39-year-old man from Roosendaal, the Dutch police said in a statement. 

The cocaine was found in a sea container during a customs check at the port of Antwerp over the weekend. The drugs were hidden among a load of bananas from Columbia. According to the police, the cocaine has a street value of 100 million euros. 

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Sep 20 '17 14:10

The Binnenhof in The Hague was evacuated on Wednesday afternoon after the discovery of a suspicious package. All entrances to the square that holds the Netherlands' government and parliament buildings were blocked by police officers and Koninklijke Marechaussee. According to AD reporter Lex de Jonge, it was a false alarm.

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Sep 20 '17 13:30

A 23-year-old woman was arrested in Tilburg just after midnight on Wednesday for assaulting a police officer. The Tilburg woman tried to prevent the arrest of her boyfriend by putting the officer in a chokehold and trying to poke her fingers into his eyes, the police said in a statement.

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Sep 20 '17 12:50

Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem of Finance thinks that there should be an emergency procedure in politics that will allow parliament to reassess unexpected additional costs above a certain amount, even if they are of a compulsory nature, he said in an interview with Financieele Dagblad, specifically referring to additional costs for nursing home care.

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Sep 20 '17 12:10

A total of 905 thousand people tuned in to watch the live broadcast of Budget Day on Tuesday, fewer than in previous years, according to figures from Stichting KijkOnderzoek, NU.nl reports.

Last year 962 thousand people watched Budget Day on TV. In 2015 there were 1.2 million watchers and 983 thousand in 2014.

In 2013, King Willem-Alexander's first Budget Day, a massive 1.5 million people watched the Budget Day live broadcast, making it the best watched Budget Day broadcast in a decade. 

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