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May 25 '18 12:00

The BUK missile system used to shoot down flight MH17 over Eastern Ukraine in July 2014 belonged to the 53rd brigade of the Russian Armed Forces, the Joint Investigation Team revealed on Thursday. Russia denies this, NU.nl reports.

According to Russia, no Russian missile installation ever crossed the border between Russia and Ukraine. The Russian Ministry of Defense says it had nothing to do with the downing of flight MH17. 

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May 25 '18 11:20

The Netherlands and Australia hold Russia accountable for "its share in the downing of flight MH17". Both countries informed Russia about this step, the Dutch government announced in a statement on Friday. 

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May 25 '18 10:40

A Dutch person in custody in Iraq is serving an 8 years long prison sentence for terrorism. When exactly this person was sentenced is not known, ANP reports.

On Wednesday the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed that , but revealed no further details about it. He is receiving consular assistance for the Dutch consulate in the Iraqi-Kurdish city of Arbil, according to the Ministry.

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May 25 '18 10:00

Around 30 thousand ING and Volksbank clients are getting money back from their bank. These involve homeowners who paid too much on their mortgage between 2011 and 2016 or who had their interest adjusted, and therefore had to pay a too high penalty interest, RTL Nieuws reports.

The banks calculated a penalty interest on the adjustment due to lost interest income. But complaints revealed that the calculation of the penalty interest was always in the favor of the bank. Banks are allowed to impose a penalty interest, but it may not exceed the actual damage that they suffer.

May 25 '18 09:16

Photographer Erwin Olaf donated 412 photographs, seven videos and countless magazines to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The museum also bought 60 of his other photographs and three videos for 200 thousand euros, the Volkskrant reports. 

The Rijksmuseum will host an exhibition of Olaf's work next year. According to Olaf and the museum, the photographs are the "core collection" of his oeuvre. Every two years, the museum and Olaf will consult and decide what will be added to the collection. 

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May 25 '18 08:46

Homeless shelters in the four large Dutch cities are overcrowded and the number of homeless people is increasing, according to the courts of audit for Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht. A big reason for this is the shortage of housing, which means that no home can be found where a homeless person can start building a new life, according to the auditors, RTL Nieuws reports.

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May 25 '18 08:24

Prime Minister Mark Rutte discussed the abduction of Amsterdam girl on a "high level" in India on Thursday, a spokesperson for the Prime Minister said. On Thursday Rutte met with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, ANP reorts.

Rutte would make no further comments about the case. "That is not in the interest of finding a sollution", his spokesperson said to the news wire.

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May 25 '18 08:15

One person was hurt in a shooting on Strevelsweg in Rotterdam-Zuid around 5:00 p.m. on Thursday. Four suspects were arrested, the police said on Twitter.

The wounded person was taken to hospital. The police closed down the street for investigation. Exactly what happened is not yet clear.

A short time later the police received another report of a second shooting on Lepelaarsingel, about a kilometer away, According to RTV Rijnmond. This turned out to be a false alarm, a police spokesperson said around 6:00 p.m.

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May 25 '18 08:00

The body of a man was found on Nieuwemeerdijk in Badhoevedorp on Thursday, Het Parool reports.

A passerby found the body around 11:30 a.m. and called the police. The body was under a viaduct. According to the police, the victim's identity is not yet known.

The police are investigating. 

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May 25 '18 07:44

Rabobank and ABN Amro were targeted by DDoS attacks on Thursday night and Friday morning. As a result their online and mobile banking, iDeal payments and websites were hard to reach or completely offline for several hours.

The attacks on Rabobank started around 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, NOS reports. The problems were resolved shortly before midnight. ABN Amro was attacked during the early hours of Friday morning.

In a DDoS attack a website is bombarded by large amounts of data, crashing its server and therefore also the site. 

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May 24 '18 16:20

Payment service provider Adyen is heading for the Amsterdam stock exchange, the company announced on Thursday. The company, which is valued between 5 and 10 billion euros, will get its first listing in four weeks' time, according to Financieele Dagblad.

Adyen processes payments for thousands of large companies. Its customers include Facebook, Uber, Netflix and eBay, among others. The Amsterdam based company is considered one of the most promising technology companies in Europe, according to NU.nl.

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May 24 '18 15:40

A former teacher at a school under the Cheider school community in Amsterdam was sentenced to two years in prison, six months of which conditionally suspended, for sexually abusing a 13-year-old pupil. The man is also banned from teaching for five years, NOS reports. 

The Public Prosecutor accused the man of sexually abusing six boys between the ages of 6 and 13 years. But the court only considered one count of sexual abuse proven. The Prosecutor demanded five years in prison against the man. 

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May 24 '18 15:00

Monster truck driver Mario D. was given an unconditional prison sentence of 15 months on appeal on Wednesday for causing an in which three people were killed and 23 were injured. D. is also banned from practicing his profession - a professional stuntman - for five years, NU.nl reports.

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May 24 '18 14:20

On Thursday, May 10th, the police and Public Prosecutor found and seized over 500 kilograms of cocaine hidden in a shipment of pineapples in a warehouse in 's-Gravenzande. Five suspects were arrested. They were arraigned on Wednesday and remanded into custody for 90 days, the Public Prosecutor announced on Thursday.

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May 24 '18 13:40

Eleven crew members of Dutch freighter FWN Rapide who were last month, have been released. They are on their way to be reunited with their families, Groningen shipping company ForestWave announced on Wednesday, RTL Nieuws reports.

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May 24 '18 13:00

The new Amsterdam city government of GroenLinks, D66, PvdA and SP presented its coalition agreement on Thursday. "The coalition agreement is ambitious and will change things in the city", GroenLinks leader Rutger Groot Wassink said, according to Het Parool. "I always said: the city must become more sustainable, more honest and more democratic, and this agreement does that."

Below are the main plans in the new coalition agreement, Het Parool reports:

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May 24 '18 12:06

The missile that shot down flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine in July 2014 came from the Russian Armed Forces, the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) revealed at a press conference on Thursday morning. The question of who shot down the Malaysia Airlines flight was not answered on Thursday.

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May 24 '18 10:15

A majority in the Tweede Kamer wants the government to promise that the Binnenhof in The Hague will be gas-free after the large-scale renovations set to start in 2020. State Secretary Raymond Knops of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations will do his best, but won't make any promises, he said in a parliamentary debate about the Binnenhof renovations on Wednesday, NOS reports.

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May 24 '18 09:40

More children in primary schools in the Netherlands are being bullied than parents and teachers know of. One in three bullied kids never tell their teachers, parents or friends about it, according to study 'What works against bullying' by five universities and the Trimbos Institute, RTL Nieuws reports.

About 30 percent of Dutch kids are sometimes bullied. One in 14 children are even bullied multiple times a week. A third of these bullied kids have never told anyone about it, according to the study. 

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May 24 '18 09:05

A hand grenade was found at nightclub Villa Thalia on Kruiskade in the center of Rotterdam on Wednesday. The explosive was lying at the entrance of the club, RTL Nieuws reports.

An employee spotted the object and called the police. The area around the club, including a nearby parking garage, was closed for some time for investigation.

Explosive experts were deployed to the scene. "The object was removed and taken to a safe place for further investigation", a spokesperson for the police said to NU.nl. He could not confirm whether the hand grenade was real. 

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May 24 '18 08:37

Housing association De Voorzorg in Hoensbroek discriminated against potential tenants between 2013 and 2016, according to forensic investigation by Integis. When talking to potential tenants, the housing association looked at things like race, appearance, health, sexual orientation, religion, ex-partners, hobbies and even body odor, and this played a role in the allocation of housing, NOS reports.

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May 24 '18 08:07

On Wednesday the court in Bristol sentenced 48-year-old Berlinah Wallace to life in prison for pouring acid over her ex-boyfriend, Mark van Dongen from Rijsbergen, in September 2015. Wallace will be eligible for early release after 12 years in prison, AD reports. 

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May 24 '18 07:49

Illegal cannabis cultivation in the Netherlands is far larger than previously thought, Statistics Netherlands said in a revision of old economic figures. According to the stats office, many more illegal weed growers remain below the police radar than previously assumed.

In 2015 the stats office assumed that 40 percent of illegal cannabis cultivators were caught by the police. But new information from the National Police indicate that its more realistic to assume that around 20 percent of weed growers are caught. 

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May 24 '18 07:30

One Dutch person is in custody in Iraq on suspicion of terrorism, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed to Nieuwsuur. As far as the Ministry knows, there are no other cases against Dutch in the country. Whether the Dutch person is male or female, is unclear.

Thousands of people are in custody in Iraq on suspicion of terrorism. On Tuesday a Belgian jihadist was sentenced to death in Baghdad for belonging to a terrorist organization. His hearing lasted only 10 minutes, according to Nieuwsuur.

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