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Ridouan Taghi
Jul 10 '19 08:48

A high-ranking police officer from Utrecht was bribed to work as a corrupt contact for the gang around fugitive criminal Ridouan Taghi, newspaper AD reports after seeing statements made by key witness Nabil B., who worked in this same criminal organization for some time. 

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Jul 10 '19 08:09

Ukraine and Canada have joined a lawsuit relatives of people killed in the MH17 disaster filed against Russia at the European Court of Human Rights, Sander de Lang, one of the lawyers representing relatives in this case, confirmed to NU.nl after a report in AD.

The surviving relatives filed the complaint against Russia in 2016, holding the country liable for downing the Malaysia Airlines flight over eastern Ukraine on 17 July 2014. On April 4th, the European Court of Human Rights announced that it would handle the complaint. 

Firecrackers
Jul 10 '19 07:50

On Friday the Dutch government will announce a nationwide ban on the strongest consumer fireworks - fireworks that fall in the so-called third category like strips and rolls of firecrackers, sources in The Hague told broadcaster NOS. Both the fireworks sector and the police are dissatisfied with the ban. 

The ban will take effect from New Year's 2020-2021, according to the broadcaster. Category three fireworks, which form only a small share of the Dutch market, are already banned in Belgium and Germany. 

Sexual violence
Jul 9 '19 07:59

Victims of rape or sexual assault in the Netherlands are increasingly willing to seek aid shortly after they were attacked. Last year the center for helping victims of sexual violence CSG received almost 50 percent more acute reports - reports made within seven days of the assault or rape - than the year before, NOS reports.

Crime scene tape
Jul 9 '19 07:37

A man was found dead in a home on A.H. Verweijweg in the Zuid-Holland town of Berkel and Rodenrijs on Monday. The police arrested no less than 14 people on suspicion of a criminal offense. Exactly what they are suspected of, the police did not say.

Emergency services responded to the home at around 7:00 a.m., local residents said to the Telegraaf. "I was lying in bed and it woke me up", a neighbor said. "Then I quickly went outside to look and saw that everything was covered in police tape. I was sent away and later men in white suits came." 

Primary school classroom
Jul 8 '19 08:31

Schools in the Netherlands will again start the new school year with a considerable shortage of teachers and educational support staff. Currently there are 3,500 open vacancies for teachers in primary education, according to the council for primary education PO-Raad. The expectation is that 1,400 of these will not be filled by the start of the next school year. That makes the teacher shortage 5 percent larger than last year, NOS reports.

Crime scene
Jul 8 '19 07:57

An 18-year-old girl who went missing from Epe during the early hours of Saturday morning, was found dead in the outskirts of Oene on Sunday afternoon. She died in an accident - no crime was committed, the Gelderland police said on Twitter.

The young woman never came home after a party in the Gelderland town. She was last seen at around 4:00 a.m. on Saturday, according to NU.nl. 

Football
Jul 8 '19 07:40

Disappointed, but proud. Those three words sum up the emotions of the Oranje Lionesses after their 2-0 loss against the United States in the World Cup final in Lyon on Sunday. "Sure there is disappointment, but we had a fantastic tournament. This is now the result, and I am very proud", goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal said to NOS. 

Young Oranje fans after the Lionesses beat Sweden in the World Cup semi-finals in Lyon, 3 July 2019
Jul 7 '19 18:54

The excellent 2019 World Cup tournament run by the Dutch women's national football team came to a disappointing end on Sunday night when the United States beat the Netherlands 2-0. In a match where Dutch goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal racked up save after save securing the Golden Glove for the tournament, the U.S. was able to consistently pierce Dutch coach Sarina Wiegman's defensive strategy until a penalty broke the match wide open in the 61st minute.

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Jul 6 '19 10:29

People in Amsterdam received a frightening wake-up call when a large explosion rattled windows and shook floors early Saturday morning. The blast took place on the Korte van Eeghenstraat in Amsterdam Zuid at about 4:25 a.m.

There were no serious injuries, though two people were treated by ambulance personnel at the scene, according to broadcaster AT5. The explosion caused property damage to buildings and vehicles, police said. A reporter for the broadcaster said the explosion occurred beneath or next to a parked car in front of the Park View Hotel. 

Dutch emergency services in action
Jul 5 '19 11:44

Two people were killed on Friday after an explosion blew out the facade of an apartment in Vlaardingen, police confirmed. The incident took place shortly after 9:10 a.m. on the Van der Waalstraat in the Zuid-Holland city about five kilometers west of Rotterdam.

The two victims were initially reported as injured in the blast, which then led to a fire. Neighbors said a family with children was living in the apartment where the explosion took place, according to local broadcaster RTV Rijnmond.

Child playing with toy airplane
Jul 5 '19 08:28

Every year hundreds of Dutch children are left abroad by their parents. With the summer vacation around the corner, a majority in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, is calling on the government to make it punishable to leave your children in a foreign country, RTL Nieuws reports.

Police officer and paramedic
Jul 5 '19 07:56

The emergency services never practiced a scenario in which emergency number 1-1-2 is completely unreachable, as happened last week Monday. The police considered the chance of this situation occurring to be minimal, Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security wrote in a letter to parliament. A third person died during the outage. The person went into cardiac arrest in The Hague and emergency services took longer than usual to reach them, NOS reports.

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Jul 5 '19 07:21

A person was killed in a shooting in Houten, Utrecht on Thursday night. The shooting happened at around 11:00 p.m. in parking lot Schonenburgseind, the Utrecht police said on Twitter.

The victim was sitting in the passenger seat of a parked car when someone opened fire on the car, RTV Utrecht reports. A woman was behind the wheel of the parked car, according to AD. Bystanders heard her screaming. As far as is known, she was not hurt. 

Witnesses told the newspaper that one perpetrator fled from the scene, possibly on a scooter. 

Thousands line the Amsterdam canals to congratulate the 2010 World Cup team's second place finish. July 13, 2010
Jul 4 '19 16:49

The Dutch women's national football team takes on the United States in the 2019 World Cup final on Sunday. An Oranje victory would mean that the party eventually moves from the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Lyon, France, and back to the Netherlands.

As champions, the team would celebrate with a floating parade through the Amsterdam canals on Tuesday, beginning at 4:30 p.m., according to plans announced by the City of Amsterdam. A rally would follow the cruise at Museumplein around 6 p.m.

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Jul 4 '19 11:16

The court in Amsterdam sentenced criminal kingpin Willem Holleeder to life in prison on Thursday. He was convicted of ordering six murders and participating in a criminal organization. Life in prison is the only fitting punishment for Holleeder, the court said. "You think you have unscrupulous and indifferent control over life and death", the court said , according to the NOS  live blog on the trial. 

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Jul 4 '19 10:30

Left-wing opposition parties GroenLinks and PvdA are demanding some changes to the Climate Agreement before they will support it in the Senate. "If you think that we are applauding, then you are wrong", PvdA leader Lodewijk Asscher said during the first parliamentary debate on the Agreement on Wednesday, NOS reports. "If there are no concrete solutions, you can forget our support."

Jul 4 '19 09:37

The Oranje Lionesses and their fans are elated by the Dutch team's progression to the World Cup Final after a 1-0 victory over Sweden on Wednesday. "Not normal, hey", Jackie Groenen, who scored the winning goal, said to NOS after the match. "We worked so hard, it's nice to play in this team. That I scored doesn't matter, it's more important that we won and that we are in the final."

Groenen praised the team spirit among the Oranje Lionesses. "We have a team that is there for each other and that works."

Passengers board a train to Vlissingen at Amsterdam Central Station, 19 Jan 2018
Jul 4 '19 08:54

More and more Dutch people are taking the train. NS saw its number of passengers increase by nearly 3 percent last year. On average, 1.3 million people took the train each working day last year, 100 thousand more than in 2016, AD reports.

Remarkably, the number of weekend travelers saw a stronger increase than weekday travelers. On Saturdays and Sundays, 4.2 percent more people took the train in 2018 than in 2017. During the weekdays, passenger numbers increased by 2.2 percent. That brings NS' total passenger growth for 2018 to 2.7 percent. 

Taxi
Jul 4 '19 07:35

Taxi companies in Amsterdam are working with the municipality and the Amsterdam region's Discrimination Hotline to take measures to combat discrimination. This was prompted by an incident during Pride Amsterdam last year, when a taxi driver refused to give Pride ambassador Jennifer Hopelezz a ride. With Pride 2019 a month away, the taxi companies signed a declaration of intent for a discrimination-free taxi market, NOS reports.

The Dutch Orange Bus at the 2019 World Cup
Jul 3 '19 23:39

A fierce strike from Jackie Groenen in the 99th minute of the 2019 World Cup was the only goal of the semi-final battle between the Netherlands and Sweden, and it gave the Dutch team a 1-0 victory. Oranje move on to their first-ever World Cup final, and will play the United States whose players held on to defeat England 2-1 on Tuesday. Sweden will play England for third place.

Geert Wilders
Jul 3 '19 15:09

The Public Prosecutor's office (OM) demanded a five thousand euro fine from Geert Wilders, the leader of far right nationalist party PVV. The sentence recommendation was made during the prosecution's closing argument in a court case stemming from Wilders's political rally speech just before the elections in March 2014.

Jul 3 '19 08:31

After days of long and intense meetings in Brussels, the European leaders reached an agreement. Dutch Frans Timmermans will not be the president of the European Commission. That position will go to German Minister of Defense Ursula von der Leyen. Instead Timmermans will likely stay on in his current position, vice-president of the European Commission, though the European Parliament still has to approve that, NOS and RTL Nieuws report.

HTM buses at Den Haag Centraal
Jul 3 '19 07:48

No buses or trams are running in The Hague between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Employees of city transport company HTM are striking for better working conditions. They want a wage increase and a lower workload, among other things, NOS reports.

HTM said it tried to keep the buses and trams running as much as possible, but that turned out not to be an option. "It is very annoying that our travelers are once again the victim, but we simply do not find it responsible", the HTM management said. 

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