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Flyer for a protest against police brutality following the dath of Paul Selier in police custody, February 2018
Feb 21 '18 08:28

Paul Selier, a 39-year-old man who died after being arrested in Waddinxveen early this month, had cocaine in his blood. What influence the drug had on his death, is not yet clear, a spokesperson for the Public Prosecution Service said to NU.nl.

Exactly how much cocaine Selier had in his system, and when he had taken the drugs, is . The cause of the Hague car dealer's death is also still unclear. 

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Feb 21 '18 08:09

Dutch lawyer Alex van der Zwaan admitted to lying to the team investigating possible Russian interference in the United States presidential elections in 2016, led by American special prosecutor Robert Mueller. Mueller charged Van de Zwaan with lying to the FBI in the investigation, and he pled guilty on Tuesday, the Washington Post reports. 

Feb 21 '18 07:19

Multiple people were injured in a fire in an apartment building in Rotterdam during the early hours of Wednesday morning. A total of 13 people were treated for smoke inhalation, 11 of which were taken to hospital, AD reports.

The building in question is assisted living location Roobrughof. It houses young people with psychological problems. 

The fire started in a meter cupboard on the third floor of the five story building. When fire fighters arrived, a container on the ground floor also turned out to be on fire.

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Feb 20 '18 08:59

Prisoners in China are used to make clothes for famous clothing brands like C&A and H&M, British former journalist and business researcher Peter Humphrey wrote in the Financial Times over the weekend. C&A launched an investigation to find out whether this is true, the company said to NOS.

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Feb 20 '18 07:55

The body of a woman was found in a home on Kraaijenbergstraat in Hattem on Monday evening. The police believe she was killed in a crime. A man was arrested in the home on suspicion of involvement in the woman's death, the Gelderland police said on Twitter.

No details were released about the identity of the victim or the suspect. The police also didn't say how the woman died, or whether she and the man knew each other.

The police closed down the home for forensic investigation. According to NOS, police officers also spoke to local residents. 

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Feb 20 '18 07:42

Dutch detectives are struggling under a massive workload and as a result can only get to a fraction of their tasks, police union NPB says in a new report that will be sent to the Tweede Kamer on Tuesday. The Netherlands is turning into a "narco state" where drug trafficking thrives and most criminal groups are left undisturbed, the union warns in the report that NOS has in its position.

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Feb 19 '18 15:50

The court in Den Bosch sentenced former police officer to five years in prison on Monday afternoon. The 31-year-old man from Weert was found guilty of selling confidential police information to criminals for years, thereby earning at least 80 thousand euros. The sentence is

Asylum seekers
Feb 19 '18 07:52

Around 30 asylum seekers came to the Netherlands with a stolen, blank passport in 2015 and 2016, NRC reports based on figures from the Ministry of Justice and Security.

According to the security services, terrorist organizations like ISIS often give such passports to their fighters to carry out attacks abroad. The police and security service AIVD investigated each of the 30 asylum seekers who arrived in the Netherlands with a blank passport, and none of them were identified as a threat to security, according to the newspaper.

Feb 19 '18 07:25

Transavia pilots are on strike until noon on Monday, resulting in around 30 Transavia flights being delayed or canceled - 18 from Schiphol, six from Rotterdam and six from Eindhoven Airport. Only departures are affected by the strike. Arrivals are still on schedule, NU.nl reports.

The strike actually started at midnight, but the first affected flight was only scheduled to depart around 6:00 a.m. 

Police tape seals crime scene for forensic investigation
Feb 16 '18 08:10

Mayor Frans Backhuijs of Nieuwegein ordered a family living on Beatrixstraat to leave their home for three months for the sake of the safety of the neighborhood. Last week shots were fired at the home, and on Thursday two hand grenades were found in front of it.

Tweede Kamer
Feb 16 '18 07:48

A majority in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, approved two motions regarding the Armenian genocide of 1915 on Thursday. One states that the Tweede Kamer "recognizes the Armenian genocide", the other that a Dutch Minister or State Secretary should attend the commemoration of this genocide in Armenia in April. This decision is expected to further sour the relationship between Turkey and the Netherlands, ANP reports.

Both motions were submitted by ChristenUnie parliamentarian Joel Voordewind. All four coalition parties supported the motions. 

Icy road
Feb 16 '18 07:18

Motorists across the Netherlands are warned to drive carefully during morning rush hour. The roads may be icy and slippery due to wet areas freezing overnight, according to meteorological institute KNMI. 

A code yellow warning was issued for the entire country. "Chance of slipperiness. All road users may be affected. Adjust your driving behavior. Follow weather reports and warnings", the KNMI writes. The iciness will melt away during the course of the morning.

Tire tracks in melting snow
Feb 15 '18 08:22

Snowfall resulted in icy, slippery roads in the north and east of the Netherlands on Thursday morning. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for the provinces of Friesland, Groningen, Drenthe, and Overijssel. Other weather services warn motorists in Flevoland and Gelderland to also be careful of slippery roads.

The iciness on the roads will melt away during the course of the morning. 

Ruud Lubbers
Feb 15 '18 07:57

Former Dutch Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers . He was in poor health for some time, a spokesperson for the 78-year-old CDA politician said. While other politicians knew that Lubbers was not doing well, they are still shocked by his death.

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Feb 15 '18 07:43

An explosive was found on Beatrixstraat in NIeuwegein on Thursday morning. The street was evacuated and closed off to the public while explosive experts investigate.

The police responded to the street around 6:30 a.m., police spokesperson Martin de Wit said to RTV Utrecht. 

There is a school in the area. It is not yet clear whether students will be able to get to the school this morning.

Ruud Lubbers
Feb 14 '18 18:07

Long-time Dutch prime minister Ruud Lubbers reportedly died on Wednesday according to the Dutch government. He was 78 years of age.

The Christian Democrats leader served as prime minister longer than any other Dutch politician. He held the office from 1982 to 1994 at the helm of three cabinets.

No information was provided about the cause of death. The Dutch government press office made the announcement which was reported in various media outlets in the country.

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Feb 14 '18 08:48

Women are slightly more likely to suffer from burnout symptoms than men, according to a study by Statistics Netherlands and TNO. Young women between the ages of 25 and 35 most often suffer psychological fatigue from work.  

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Feb 14 '18 08:22

The majority of primary schools in Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe are closed today as around 6 thousand teachers go on strike for higher salaries and lower workloads. This is the first of a relay strike, starting today in the North. On March 14th primary school teachers in Flevoland, Utrecht, and Noord-Holland will strike, combined with a demonstration in Amsterdam, NOS reports.

The strikes are supported by the PO-Front, a joint action group consisting of trade unions, school leaders and managers.

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Feb 13 '18 18:08

The Dutch Senate voted in favor of a new law that automatically makes every adult living in the Netherlands an organ donor. Adults will have to if they do not wish to participate in the life saving medical procedure.

Halbe Zijlstra (Source: Wikimedia/Marjon Zijlstra Fotografie)
Feb 13 '18 17:44

Dutch foreign affairs minister Halbe Zijlstra is leaving his role in the Prime Minister Mark Rutte's cabinet following the with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Police officer looking for witnesses
Feb 13 '18 08:50

A man kicked a 2-year-old boy onto the road at the Aldi supermarket on Molehoekpassage in Rosmalen on Monday morning. The police are looking for the man and call on witnesses to come forward.

The incident happened around 9:00 a.m. The mother and child were waiting to cross the street to the supermarket's parking lot. A man, who had just parked his bicycle at the supermarket, kicked the child in the back for no apparent reason. The child fell into the street and the man cycled away.

Halbe Zijlstra
Feb 13 '18 08:19

Minister Halbe Zijlstra of Foreign Affairs will face a critical Tweede Kamer on Tuesday. The lower house of Dutch parliament will discuss him lying about personally attending a meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin in 2006. Not only was he not at the meeting, but he also misinterpreted Putin's statements given to him by his source who was there, the source - former Shell CEO Jeroen van der Veer told the Volkskrant.

Snow and ice blanket the east of the Netherlands and parts of Germany, 12 Feb 2018
Feb 13 '18 07:24

Icy roads, caused by wet areas on the road freezing overnight, are expected to cause traffic problems across the Netherlands during morning rush hour. 

Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for the entire country. Motorists are warned to adjust their driving behavior and follow weather reports and warnings. The iciness will melt away during the course of the morning.

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Feb 12 '18 07:56

The police fired warning shots while arresting a 36-year-old man in Dordrecht on Sunday evening. He is suspected of falsely reporting a threat to the Turkish embassy in The Hague. No one was injured, AD reports.

Around 7:00 p.m. on Sunday the man called the embassy and said that two people are planning an attack at the embassy, the police said, according to the newspaper. The police decided not to take any risks, and deployed extra security to the embassy while investigators tracked down the person who made the call.

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