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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. 

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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 poker 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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Sep 20 '17 11:30

An oil tanker is stranded on the Westerschelde near Bath, Zeeland after it crashed with a bulk carrier around 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning. There is no danger to the environment, according to local safety office Veiligheidsregio Zeeland, AD reports.

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Sep 20 '17 10:50

The police arrested a 32-year-old man in Emmerich, Germany in connection with a Gelderland on Wednesday morning, the Telegraaf reports.

A passerby found the body around 4:00 a.m. on Hooglandseweg. The police believe the victim was killed in a hit-and-run. Pieces of car was found in the road.

The suspect's car is damaged, and the police believe this damage was caused in the accident. 

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Sep 20 '17 10:10

Tata Steel, the parent company of the steel plant in IJmuiden, and the German ThyssenKrupp are merging their European Steelworks. The two companies expect that the merge will result in the loss of 4 thousand jobs throughout Europe, they said in a joint statement, AD reports.

Half of the jobs will be lost in the production branch and the other half in the administrative branch. The job losses will be distributed evenly across the two companies. The consequences for jobs in the IJmuiden plant, were not specified.

Volunteers search through rubble in Mexico City after 7.1 earthquake, 19 Sept 2017
Sep 20 '17 09:26

Dutch physiotherapist Jaime Willems was working in a hospital in the Mexican city of Puebla when a powerful earthquake hit on Tuesday, local time. The earthquake measured 7.1 on the Richter scale and already claimed the lives of 224 people. "It felt like the building was lifted and put down again twenty times in a row", Willems said to RTL Nieuws.

Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem and mini-Minister Haci Nuh deliver the 2018 budget to the Tweede Kamer, 19 Sept 2017
Sep 20 '17 08:49

Twelve year old Haci Nuh stole the show in his role as Mini-Minister of Finance when Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem delivered the suitcase with next year's budget to the Tweede Kamer on Tuesday. Shrouded in a suit and black sneakers, Haci from Rotterdam shadowed Dijsselbloem throughout the entire Budget Day. He was in the Ridderzaal for the King's speech, went on interviews with the Minister and to the Tweede Kamer to discuss te budget, the Telegraaf reports.

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Sep 20 '17 08:28

A passerby found the body of a person on a bike path in the Gelderland village of Braamt around 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning The police assume the victim was hit by a car. The car and driver of that car, are nowhere to be found, AD reports.

Pieces of the car were found on the road. The Hooglandseweg is closed to traffic while the police investigate. 

The police are looking for the driver involved in this hit-and-run.

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Sep 20 '17 07:52

Zeki Yumusak, a 41-year-old Barendrecht man , may have been killed out of revenge for a fight he was involved in in Amsterdam. The police are considering this scenario.

Hurricane Maria in the far-eastern Caribbean, tracking towards Puerto Rico, 19 Sept 2017
Sep 20 '17 07:30

Hurricane Maria pulled past Sint Maarten during the early hours of Wednesday morning, at first sight with out causing much damage. Sint Eustatius and Saba got more wind and rain this time around, compared to hurricane Irma two weeks ago, but there too the damages seem to be limited, AD reports. The hurricane is still increasing in strength and is now heading towards the American Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

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Sep 19 '17 17:10

A 20-year-old man from Rotterdam was seriously injured in a shooting on Ambachtsplein in the Rotterdam neighborhood of Zevenkamp on Monday afternoon, the police announced in a statement. He was rushed to the hospital, and his current condition is unknown.

The shooting happened around 4:45 p.m. As far as the police can tell at this stage, the incident involved one perpetrator firing a single shot. The victim was hit in the chest.

The police immediately closed down the square for investigation. A trace evidence investigation was done, and officers spoke to bystanders. 

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Sep 19 '17 16:30

A gunshot was fired during a road rage incident in the Rotterdam neighborhood of Crooswijk on Monday, the police said in a statement on Tuesday.

The drivers of two cars became annoyed at each other in Kralingse Bos for an unknown reason. On Boezemstraat, the two drivers decided to fight it out. At one point a third man, a 34-year-old from Rotterdam, got out of one of the cars and joined the fight. Several blows were dealt before one of the men pulled out a firearm and fired it into the air. No one was injured by the gunshot.

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Sep 19 '17 15:50

The municipality of The Hague is calling on the Dutch government to keep funding a program that helps prostitutes get out of sex work and build up a new living. Alderman Karsten Klein will send a letter with this call to the government this week, and hopes to also get support from his colleagues in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht, NOS reports.

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Sep 19 '17 15:10

The people of the Netherlands are currently not very enthusiastic about the still forming government of VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie, according to a study Ipsos did on behalf of broadcaster NOS. Only a quarter are positive about a government consisting of those four parties, around 33 percent are negative about it and over 40 percent have no strong feelings either way, NOS reports.

King Willem-Alexander giving the 2016 Christmas speech
Sep 19 '17 14:49

On Tuesday King Willem-Alexander opened the Netherlands' parliamentary year with his traditional Budget Day speech. He talked about the devastation left of the Caribbean islands that form part of the Dutch Kingdom, terrorism around the world, the prosecution of those responsible for the MH17 disaster, and making sure that everyone in the Netherlands benefits from the improving economy, among other things.

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Sep 19 '17 13:45

From 2018, the Netherlands is reserving money for prosecuting those responsible for the downing of flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine in July 2014, Dutch King Willem-Alexander revealed in his Budget Day speech on Tuesday afternoon.

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Sep 19 '17 13:10

Twoin Giethoorn on Monday, were identified as two Polish seasonal workers. Their car crashed into the canal last week, and they had been missing since, AD reports.

The victims are two men, aged 24 and 44 years. After the accident, divers searched the car and canal, but could not find the victims. Investigation confirmed that the two Polish men were the occupants of the car. 

Eberhard van der Laan
Sep 19 '17 12:30

Some 900 people indicated on Facebook that they will gather in front of former Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan's official residence on Wednesday evening, to give the terminally ill mayor a standing ovation. They want to honor Van der Laan for all he did for Amsterdam with thundering applause.

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