Malaysia Airlines
Jan 21 '20 12:40

Air France-KLM made an offer to buy a 49 percent share in the struggling Malaysia Airlines, sources told Reuters and NU.nl. The Malaysian government is looking for a strategic partner to keep the national airline up and running.

Other airlines also showed interest in buying shares. Japan Airlines wants a 25 percent stake in the company, and local competitors AirAsia Group and Malindo Air also made offers, according to the newspaper. 

Westerbork transit camp monument, Zwiggelte, Drenthe
Jan 21 '20 12:00

An intensive search led to the discovery of a new copy of footage from Camp Westerbork, a transit camp from which over 101 thousand people were deported out of the Netherlands by train during World War Two. The footage is a rare piece of film to still in existence which shows the Nazi camps during the Second World War, the The Netherlands Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies (NIOD) announced.

Vaccination
Jan 21 '20 11:00

At least four children and one teacher at primary school De Vlieger in Schoonhoven have been diagnosed with Hepatitis A, school director Mireille Burema confirmed to Omroep West. To prevent the outbreak spreading further, municipal health service GGD Hollands Midden will vaccinate all 220 pupils and staff against the infectious disease.

GGD Hollands Midden advises parents who think their child might have Hepatitis A to go to their doctor for a blood test.

Gavel with lady justice in the background
Jan 21 '20 10:10

In 2019, the Dutch authorities seized a total of 261,871,048 euros in criminal money and assets, some 90 million euros more than the year before, the Public Prosecution Service (OM) announced on Tuesday. The Dutch authorities consider seizing wealth from the underworld an important tool in the fight against organized crime.

Home for rent
Jan 21 '20 09:19

Rents in the open market continue to rise, but the increases are slowing down, according to research by rental website Pararius. Amsterdam is still the most expensive city to live in, though rents in the capital increased less than the national average. Bussum saw the biggest rent increase at over 14 percent compared to the previous quarter.

In the last quarter of 2019, rents increased by 4.8 percent to a average price of 16.77 euros per square meter per month, compared to a year earlier. This was the fourth consecutive quarter that the average rent increase was under 5 percent. 

Passengers waiting to board at Eindhoven Airport
Jan 21 '20 08:42

Fog is again causing problems at Eindhoven Airport on Tuesday morning. All morning departures and arrivals have been delayed or canceled due to poor visibility. No arrivals are expected until at least 10:00 a.m., and the first departure is expected to happen sometime after 9:15 a.m., according to flight info from the airport's site. Flights to Schiphol Airport are also facing delays.

Turkish Airlines TK 1951
Jan 21 '20 08:24

While investigating the Turkish Airlines plane crash near Schiphol in 2009, the Dutch Safety Board was pressured by Americans to downplay the role design errors in the Boeing 737 NG played in the crash, the New York Times reports based on its own research. According to the newspaper, there are many parallels between the 2009 crash and the recent crashes with Boeing 737 MAX planes, the successor of the Boeing 737 NG.

Mark Rutte
Jan 21 '20 07:45

Prime Minister Mark Rutte met with a group of 200 parents who were unjustly labeled fraudsters by the Tax Authority and had their childcare allowance halted as a result. During the emotional meeting, Rutte apologized for the Tax Authority's actions in this affair and listened to parents' stories. Some stories made him shed a tear, he said after the meeting, NU.nl reports.

Domestic violence
Jan 20 '20 17:00

Over the past years, mayors in the Netherlands imposed too few restraining orders in cases of domestic violence. In only between 3 and 12 percent of police reports of this type of crime, a domestic violence restraining order is issued, according to researchers from the Verwey-Jonker Institute who looked into the use of domestic violence restraining orders in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague, RTL Nieuws reports.

Queen Maxima
Jan 20 '20 16:10

Queen Maxima and Prime Minister Mark Rutte will lead the Dutch delegation at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos this week. The Queen will attend the entire Forum in her capacity as special advocate of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Inclusive Financing for Development. The Prime Minister will join the meetings later in the week.

Electric cars charging on the street
Jan 20 '20 15:20

The municipalities of Noord-Holland, Flevoland and Utrecht are hoping to stimulate electric driving with more charging points. A total of 20 thousand new charging points will be installed in the three provinces. Together, they currently count around 5 thousand charging points for electric vehicles, RTL Nieuws reports.

The new charging points will be installed where there is demand for them. Residents with an electric car can request a charging point from the municipality. They will be public charging points, installed along the road.

Child with teddy bear
Jan 20 '20 14:30

Holland's Got Talent finalist Lars de R. along with four other men are on trial in Belgium this week for making and distributing child pornography. The Dutch man is suspected of sharing files of child pornography he made in India with his Belgian "child porn club", RTL Nieuws reports.

Jail
Jan 20 '20 13:40

Four men were arrested on Sunday afternoon for trying to break convict Omar L. out of the prison in Zutphen, where he is serving a life sentence. The four suspects all have French nationality and a background in North Africa, the Telegraaf reports based on "well informed" sources around the investigation.

The suspects crashed a delivery van into the Zutphen prison's gate at around 10:50 a.m. on Sunday morning, the police said in a statement. The van caught fire and the suspects fled.

Insiya Hemani, kidnapped from Amsterdam in September 2016
Jan 20 '20 12:55

Shehzad Hemani will be tried in absentia for the role he played in the abduction of his then 2-year-old daughter Insiya from her grandmother's apartment in 2016. The same goes for his cousin Imran S., was revealed in a proforma hearing on Monday. Both men, as well as Insiya herself, are currently in India, the Telegraaf reports.

Vincent van Gogh, Self-Portrait, 1889
Jan 20 '20 11:55

The "Self-Portrait" of Vincent van Gogh dated 1889 that is part of the Norwegian Nasjonalmuseet's collection is an authentic Van Gogh painting, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and the Nasjonalmuseet in Oslo announced on Monday after investigation. Van Gogh painted the self-portrait at the Saint-Remy asylum at the end of his first major psychotic episode in 1889. It is the only known work of his painted while he suffered from psychosis, the museums said.

Online dating
Jan 20 '20 11:10

Victims of dating fraud were scammed out of a total of 3,744,300 euros last year, almost double the 1,651,769 euros stolen from dating fraud victims two years ago, NU.nl reports based on figures from the Fraud Help Desk.

Last year, the Fraud Help Desk received 639 reports of dating fraud, compared to 412 in 2018. A total of 259 people fell victim to scams by someone pretending to date them in 2019. Victims were therefore scammed out of 14,457 euros on average. 

Students in a lecture
Jan 20 '20 10:20

Professors, lecturers and support staff at universities in the Netherlands on average work 12 to 15 hours more per week than their contract prescribes, without being paid for it, according to a report trade unions FNV and AOb and university action group WO in Actie presented to the Inspectorate for Social Affairs and Employment on Monday. The forced, unpaid overtime can compromise the top position of Dutch universities, WO in Actie said to newspaper AD. 

An aerial photograph of Luanda, the capital of Angola
Jan 20 '20 09:30

Dredging company Van Oord, ING Bank and credit insurer Atradius were all involved in an urban development project in Angola in which 3 thousand families were forcibly driven out of their homes to make from for the project, Trouw and Financieele Dagblad report based on leaked documents.

Chemotherapy
Jan 20 '20 08:48

The chance of people surviving a cancer diagnosis is on the rise. 66 percent of people diagnosed with cancer in 2013 were still alive five years later, compared to 64 percent the year before, according to the Dutch Cancer Registry, NOS reports.

The so-called "five year survival" in the Netherlands increases by approximately 1 percent per year, due to better and faster diagnoses and treatments. When the Dutch Cancer Registry started keeping track of cancer patients in 1989, patients had a 42 percent chance of being alive five years after a cancer diagnoses.

Sad looking cat
Jan 20 '20 08:17

Today, January 20th, is so-called Blue Monday, apparently the most depressing day of the year. While experts do not believe in this day, they are still willing to give some tips on making sure you stay happy today.

"There is no scientific evidence for the existence of a day like Blue Monday," psychologist Jean-Pierre van de Ven of MIND Korrelatie said to Hart van Nederland. "The term was invented by a psychologist, commissioned by a travel agency that wanted to sell more sun vacations. It is purely a marketing term that spread like a virus."

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