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Jan 19 '18 17:00

The Public Prosecutor demanded 200 hours of community service against two men and a woman suspected of attacking a mosque in Dordrecht in 2016. Should they fail to do their community service, they should go to jail for 100 hours, the Prosecutor demanded, RTL Nieuws reports.

A group of 15 people vandalized the mosque on June 23rd, 2016, after a Kursidh family in the Wielwijk neighborhood was threatened. The family hung a Kurdish flag outside their house for a short time after their daughter passed her final exams. They were threatened, and a stone was thrown through their window.

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Jan 19 '18 16:20

In an attempt to reduce the teacher shortage in the Dutch capital, Amsterdam is allocating 100 homes for which new teachers will get priority, the city announced on Friday. The city hopes that easier accessibility to housing will make it more attractive for starting teachers to teach in Amsterdam. 

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Jan 19 '18 15:40

Dutch pilot Harold van Dam broke the record for quickest transatlantic flight by a subsonic aircraft while flying for budget airline Norwegian this week. Flying with a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner carrying 284 passengers, Van Dam flew from New York to London in 5 hours and 13 minutes, breaking the previous record of 5 hours and 16 minutes, Norwegian announced. 

Recharge Room at Amsterdam Centraal
Jan 19 '18 15:00

Weary travelers can now recharge with a power nap at Amsterdam Centraal. Auping opened a special Recharge Room at the station where tired travelers and passersby can take a quick break and power nap, to refresh them for the rest of their day.

Visitors are shown to a compartment, closed off with curtains for privacy, which is equipped with a bed, pillow, blanket and alarm. There you can take a 20 minute power nap - the perfect time for a nap, according to Auping, because it is long enough to rest out well, but not so long that you fall into a deep sleep. 

Former Dutch Prime Minister Dries van Agt
Jan 19 '18 14:20

Former Prime Minister Dries van Agt smoked his very fist joint at the age of 86 on Wednesday. Despite introducing the cannabis tolerance policy as Minister of Justice in 1976, Van Agt never actually tried weed himself, the association of Dutch coffeeshops PCN said on its site.

Van Agt smoked his first joint on the day that he was awarded the Koos Zwart Award, an prize awarded by the PCN to people who made an extraordinary effort in legalizing and normalizing cannabis. 

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Jan 19 '18 13:40

The Ministry of Defense's policy is insufficiently focused on safety on all fronts, and there is therefore no guarantee that military tasks can be executed safely, the Van der Veer Committee concluded in its investigation into an a "Improving safety is not rocket science", the committee said adding that this needs urgent attention, NOS reports.

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Jan 19 '18 13:00

NS needs to improve the way the company communicates with travelers in situations like Thursday's storm, Corien Kotsier from NS acknowledged to BNR. Train traffic was during the storm on Thursday and travelers were left uncertain about when the trains would start running again. Many travelers were stranded for hours, waiting for a train that did not come.

Amsterdam campaign against smartphone use on bicycles
Jan 19 '18 12:20

Amsterdam, working with transport company GVB and Vervoerregio Amsterdam, launched an information campaign to warn pedestrians and cyclists about the dangers involved in using their phones while in traffic. The campaign, called Superbelangrijk or Super Important in English, is specifically aimed at teens and young people who are most likely to use their phones while cycling or walking, according to the city. 

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Jan 19 '18 11:40

The Dutch authorities seized 221 million euros in money, cars, cryptocurrency, and other assets from criminals in various criminal cases last year, the Public Prosecutor announced on Friday. 

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Jan 19 '18 11:10

The police raided five homes in Utrecht, Bunschoten-Spakenburg and Amersfoort on Tuesday as part of a major investigation into a number of assassinations and attempted assassinations in the Utrecht region. Two persons from Bunschoten-Spakenburg, aged 24 and 33 years, were arrested. The police also seized four firearms and a number of other items, AD reports.

Avalanche
Jan 19 '18 10:26

A 31-year-old Dutch woman was killed by an avalanche in the Swiss Alps on Thursday. A 27-year-old Dutch man was injured, AD reports.

The Dutch were skiing off the slopes at Ovronnaz in the southwest of Switzerland  around 12:30 p.m. on Thursday when they were buried by a mass of snow, around 200 meters long and 20 meters wide. They were at an altitude of 1,710 meters at the time.

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Jan 19 '18 10:07

Known criminal Anass el Ajjouid was gunned down on Cornelis Springerstraat in Amsterdam Zuid on Wednesday, the police confirmed. The gunman fled in a light colored car, possibly with a bullet wound himself. 

The shooting happened around 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Emergency services found the severely wounded El Ajjouid on the street. Attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful. He died at the scene. 

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Jan 19 '18 09:41

A 32-year-old woman from Norway was sentenced to six months in prison, three of which conditionally suspended, for attacking KLM cabin crew members after they refused to serve her alcohol on a flight to Panama two weeks ago. The sentence is equal to what the Public Prosecutor demanded. The woman also has to pay 5 thousand euros damage compensation, the Telegraaf reports.

Storm damage to Almere Central Station, 18 Jan 2018
Jan 19 '18 09:16

A massive storm that hit the Netherlands on Thursday caused around 90 million euros worth of , according to a prognosis the Dutch association of insurers VvV released on Friday morning. Thursday's storm is the third largest to hit the Netherlands this century, the association said. The Netherlands annually deals with four to five large storms across the country, with an average annual damage of 50 million euros.

Police and Explosive Ordnance Disposal investigate an explosive found on Korte Leidse Dwarsstraat in Amsterdam, 19 Jan 2018
Jan 19 '18 08:30

The Explosive Ordinance Disposal team responded to Korte Leidsedwarsstraat in Amsterdam city center on Friday morning after a report of an explosive lying on the street, the police said on Twitter.

Authorities said the item was determined to be an actual explosive, and not a dummy device or a toy. It was disabled and made harmless in a joint effort between the police and the bomb squad from the Ministry of Defense.

The item was found around 4:00 a.m., according to RTL Nieuws. Police later said it was found just before 5 a.m.

Schiphol
Jan 19 '18 08:03

After hurricane-force winds caused chaos at Schiphol on Thursday, the airport's flight schedule is getting back on track. Schiphol ended up canceling 320 flights on Thursday, on Friday 33 cancelations are reported.

Schiphol's website shows 21 canceled arrivals and 12 canceled departures for Friday. 14 departures are delayed at this stage. The arrivals is somewhat more of a mess, with 57 delays reported so far. A large number of flights also arrived earlier than scheduled. 

Passengers board a train to Vlissingen at Amsterdam Central Station, 19 Jan 2018
Jan 19 '18 07:35

After a massive storm did on Thursday, NS and ProRail expect that trains will mostly run according to schedule on Friday. Repair work is still being done on some routes and there may be some last minute changes to the train schedule today.

NS train hits tree in Netherlands
Jan 18 '18 17:11

Over 150 damage claims were made along the Dutch rail lines , of which there were about 40 serious incidents. Although limited train service in the Netherlands was expected to begin on Thursday at 5 p.m., the railroad infrastructure firm ProRail advised passengers to find alternative ways home.

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Jan 18 '18 15:45

A bloodied, beheaded doll was found in front of the Emir Sultan Mosque in Amsterdam Noord early Thursday morning. The doll's body, found laying below the severed head attached by metal hook to a fence, had a note denouncing "Islamization" pinned to it.

"I'm asking you not to worry about this incident," mosque president Kamber Şener wrote on Facebook, saying they reported the incident to police. "I hope they will find the perpetrators as soon as they can," he continued, asking for the city to unite against such incidents.

Traffic builds up towards Schiphol's departures, 18 Jan 2018
Jan 18 '18 15:04

A difficult Thursday rush hour was expected to cap an annoying work day for many in the Netherlands. Trouble on the railroad, confusion at the airport, and traffic jams were likely to continue well into the evening.

Blown down trees being lifted off the railway, 18 Jan 2018
Jan 18 '18 14:32

Hundreds of storm damage incidents were reported around the Netherlands on Thursday morning, with insurer Interopolis reporting three times more damage notifications than they expected, a spokesperson told Omroep Brabant. With several hours of sustained heavy winds battering the Netherlands, and gusts peaking at TK km/h, the damage caused by Thursday’s storm should easily top a 10 million euro estimate, the Dutch insurers association VvV told newswire ANP.

Police officer and paramedic
Jan 18 '18 14:03

At least three people died during a on Thursday. Three men were killed in separate accidents in Zwolle, Enschede, and Vuren, the local police departments report.

Ambulance
Jan 18 '18 13:32

A school bus carrying around 10 children between the ages of 10 and 15 crashed into a tree during stormy weather in Gravenmoer, Noord-Brabant on Thursday. Five children and the bus driver were injured, AD reports.

The extent of the kids' injuries is unclear. The bus driver was seriously injured, according to the newspaper. The bus was transporting kids to a school in Andel.

The police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the accident. 

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Jan 18 '18 13:22

Two people were injured in an incident at Wageningen University on Thursday morning. At least one was taken to hospital with stab wounds. A man was arrested. He is a Spanish speaking student, a university employee told De Gelderlander.

According to the employee, the stabbing victim is another student. He was stabbed in the eye and taken to a hospital in Ede, the newspaper reports. The other victim was beaten and treated at the scene by paramedics.

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