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Uber
Jan 18 '19 08:13

The Dutch association for traffic safety VVN wants to ban Uber from the road after a series of fatal accidents involving Uber taxis. "Four deaths in six weeks and yesterday another incident in Amsterdam where a 9-year-old girl was seriously injured and the driver just drove off", Rob Stomphorst of VVN said to the Telegraaf.

Jan 18 '19 07:48

An elevator with 14 people inside fell six floors in the faculty building of the University Medical Center in Groningen on Thursday. One person was taken to the emergency room with unknown injuries, NU.nl reports.

Both staff members and UMCG students were in the elevator when it fell, the Medical Center and University of Groningen confirmed. The elevator got stuck on the sixth floor. It fell during work to solve this problem.

The other elevators in the building on Anthonius Deusinglaan have been shut down while the cause of this accident is investigated. 

An icy road in Amsterdam, 12 Dec 2017
Jan 18 '19 07:29

Commuters in the Netherlands must be extra careful when driving to work on Friday morning. The roads can be icy due to wet areas freezing overnight, and due to winter showers in the northern and northeastern parts of the country, meteorological institute KNMI warns. 

A code yellow warning is in effect for the entire country, except the Wadden Islands, until 10:00 a.m. "All road users may be affected. Adjust your driving behavior. Follow weather reports and warnings", the KNMI warns.

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Jan 17 '19 18:00

A fatal traffic accident that left a 64-year-old man and his 33-year-old daughter dead was caused by an Uber driver, the ride-sharing platform reportedly confirmed to website TaxiPro. The crash happened on January 3 just after the victims dropped family off at Schiphol Airport.

Uber drivers are said to be involved in crashes that killed four people in Amsterdam over the past six weeks. The Uber driver in the January 3 crash is still in custody having allegedly used cannabis.

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Jan 17 '19 11:36

A 9-year-old girl was seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident involving a taxi in Amsterdam on Thursday morning. The police are looking for the taxi driver.

The accident happened at the intersection of Adimaal de Ruijterweg and Jan van Galenstraat at around 9:30 a.m., the police said on Twitter. The numbers on the car's blue license plate are known to the police.

A trauma helicopter responded to the scene, according to RTL Nieuws. The girl was rushed to hospital with serious injuries. 

Schiphol Airport station in Amsterdam
Jan 17 '19 08:14

Rail manager ProRail will be working on the railways around Schiphol airport over the coming days, which means less train traffic to and from the airport. The rail works will take four days, starting on Thursday. On Thursday and Friday, trains from Amsterdam will still be able to reach the airport. But over the weekend there will be no train traffic to Schiphol. NS will deploy buses to replace the trains, NU.nl reports.

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Jan 17 '19 07:56

One person was killed in a fire at the Oranjepark apartment building in Soest on Thursday morning. The fire broke out at around 4:00 a.m. on the second floor of the building on Vredehofstraat, which consists of service homes for the elderly, RTV Utrecht reports.

Firefighters had the fire under control at around 6:00 a.m. The victim's body was found in the completely burnt-out home.

The upper floors of the building were evacuated due to smoke. The residents were offered shelter at a nearby restaurant.

Dutch firefighters
Jan 17 '19 07:33

Two people may be missing after a large fire in a building in Hillegom where squatters live on Thursday morning. It is unclear whether the two persons are inside the burning building, or elsewhere, according to the fire department, NU.nl reports.

Surrounding homes were evacuated. A total of three buildings on Stationsweg are on fire, a spokesperson for the Hollands Midden fire brigade said to the newspaper ."The flames came from the first floor and the attic. The roof collapsed completely." The fire is now under control.

Essenburgstraat in Rotterdam
Jan 16 '19 08:08

Bekir E., the man suspected of murdering Humeyra Oz at her school in Rotterdam, confessed to shooting and killing the 16-year-old girl. According to his lawyers, he regrets what he did. "It is terrible, I had no right to do this to Humeyra and her family", E. said in a statement.

Theresa May
Jan 16 '19 07:46

The British House of Commons voted against the Brexit deal British Prime Minister Theresa May negotiated with the European Union. With only two months to go until the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, time is running out to come to a good solution. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and other EU leaders are disappointed by the vote.

A snow covered bicycle in Amsterdam
Jan 15 '19 08:18

While the winter has been pretty mild so far, colder days are ahead, according to Buienradar. The coming nights will all drop below freezing, and there is even a chance of snow from Thursday, Dennis Wilt of Buienradar said to RTL Nieuws. 

"It's getting colder, with a few nights of frost in a row. And that will probably last for a while", Wilt said. "We'll get frost nationwide." There will also be some ice forming on the canals and lakes, but not thick enough to skate on, he added. 

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Jan 15 '19 07:53

Last year 360 asylum seekers, including 210 children, disappeared from asylum shelters in the Netherlands. That's a 20 percent increase compared to 2017, the Volkskrant reports based on figures from the central agency for the reception of asylum seekers COA.

The increase is even more striking, because the residents of the six locations that offer shelter to families who did not get asylum also decreased this past year, from 1,770 to 1,300, according to the newspaper.

Crime scene tape
Jan 15 '19 07:31

There was an explosion in a home in Delft at around 2:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning. The residents were unharmed and given shelter elsewhere, according to Omroep West.

Photos from the scene show that the door of the home on Nassauplein was damaged in the blast. The cause of the explosion is not yet clear.

The police cordoned off the area and called in explosive experts to investigate. 

Crime scene
Jan 14 '19 08:28

The body of a 32-year-old woman was found in a ditch behind her home in Spijkenisse on Sunday morning, shortly after her husband reported her missing. The police are investigating how she died.

According to the police, the man and woman went to bed together on Saturday night. When the man woke up at around 8:00 a.m. on Sunday morning, his wife was not in bed with him and nowhere in the house. He called the police.

Crowded Amsterdam at night
Jan 14 '19 08:06

Amsterdam Ombudsman Arre Zuurmond wants to implement an age limit for visitors to the Red Light District, he said in a report on nuisance in the area. He believes that keeping children out will help reduce the problems in the area. He did not give a specific minimum age a child must be before being allowed to enter the Red Light District, AD reports.

Yellow Vest
Jan 14 '19 07:33

A 'yellow vest' protester was killed in a hit-and-run during a highway blockade on the E25 highway near Visé, just across the border with the Netherlands, on Friday. The 50-year-old man was hit by a truck, which then fled the scene. A 56-year-old man from Dongen in Noord-Brabant was arrested on Saturday, the Public Prosecutor in Liege, Belgium confirmed, NOS reports.

Breda station
Jan 11 '19 08:40

An international train from Brussels to Amsterdam was evacuated at Breda station at around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. A passenger overheard a conversation in French in which the word "explosive" was mentioned and called the police. After around 90 minutes of investigation, the police concluded that it was a false alarm, AD reports.

Teenagers with smartphones and tablets
Jan 11 '19 08:04

Child pornography was shared on a WhatsApp group for pupils at the Carmel College Salland in the Overijssel town of Raalte. The school speaks of an "extremely worrying situation" in an email to parents. The school management gave the situation high priority and consulted with the police about follow-up steps, De Gelderlander reports.

Essenburgstraat in Rotterdam
Jan 11 '19 07:37

The family of Humeyra Oz, a 16-year-old girl shot and killed at her Rotterdam school in December, is considering taking legal steps against the police. They are convinced that Humeyra would still be alive if the police had done their jobs, AD reports.

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Jan 10 '19 16:00

The court sentenced 40-year-old Shurandy S. to 20 years in prison for murdering Reduan B., brother of key witness Nabil B. The judge considered it conclusively proven that S. gunned down the innocent man at his business in Amsterdam on March 29th last year, RTL Nieuws reports.

A forensic investigator at the scene of a crime
Jan 10 '19 08:35

The Dutch police will soon start using DNA found at crime scenes to determine the skin color of the suspect. This technique is now reliable enough that it can be used in investigations, Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security announced, NU.nl reports.

Mobile police post outside an embassy in The Hague
Jan 10 '19 08:07

A group of around 10 protesters gathered at the Iranian embassy in The Hague on Wednesday. A number of them climbed over the embassy's fence. Others pelted the building with objects. The police arrested four of the demonstrators, the Volkskrant reports.

The protesters were shouting slogans like "Iran regime terrorist", according to the newspaper.

Dutch police crime scene tape
Jan 10 '19 07:40

Some 120 people were evacuated on Veestraat in Venlo during the early hours of Thursday morning due to a grenade. One resident lay down on the grenade to keep it from causing too much damage if it exploded, according to the fire department. Defense's explosive disposal department later concluded that the grenade no longer contained any explosive material, NU.nl reports.

El Chapo in US custody after his extradition from Mexico, Jan 2017
Jan 9 '19 08:26

The Dutch police intercepted the communications of Mexican drug baron Joaquín Guzmán, better known as 'El Chapo', for 18 months in 2011 and 2012 and shared that data with the FBI. This tapping operation gave the American authorities a complete picture of El Chapo's extensive organization, the Sinaloa cartel, and ultimately contributed to his arrest, sources told the Volkskrant.

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