A truck containing drug waste caught fire near an apartment building on Offenbachlaan in Eindhoven on Sunday morning. Twelve apartments were evacuated. The residents could only go back home around 10 hours later. On Saturday night, another truck was found leaking ecstasy waste on the same street, Brabants Dagblad report.
A couple from Houten was killed in a serious accident on the A44 near Nieuw-Vennep on Saturday. A third person was seriously hurt. The man suspected of causing the accident, a 32-year-old man from Oestgeest, was under the influence of alcohol and drugs at the time. He fled the scene of the accident on foot, but was later caught by the police.
Alexander Pechtold is resigning as leader of the parliamentary faction of the D66, he announced at the party congress in Den Bosch on Saturday. The party will choose a successor on Tuesday. It is "time for a new generation", Pechtold said n his farewell speech, NU.nl reports.
Unilever scrapped it plans to turn the British-Dutch company into a purely Dutch company and move its head office from London to Rotterdam. Resistance from British shareholders in particular was decisive in this matter, NOS reports.
The board of directors will now consider how to proceed. Shareholders' meetings scheduled for the end of the month, will be moved to a later date.
Three people were injured in an explosion in a home on Bol in Vianen on Thursday afternoon. According to the fire department, an explosive mixture of cleaning products exploded in the house, RTV Utrecht reports.
The victims sustained burns. They were examined by ambulance personnel. The extent of their injuries is unknown.
The fire department did measurements and concluded that a chemical mixture caused the explosion. Whether the chemicals were deliberately mixed to create an explosive is not clear.
The Zaanstad Sinterklaas committee, the largest in the Zaanstreek, will not participate in the national Sinterklaas arrival in Zaandijk on November 17th. A statement by broadcaster NTR, the organizer of the national arrival, led the committee to the conclusion that no blackface Zwarte Pieten will be allowed to participate in the arrival for the first time. But according to a spokesperson for NTR, this is not the case at all.
Dutch military intelligence service MIVD prevented a hacking operation by Russian secret service G.U. aimed at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPWC), Minister Ank Bijleveld of Defense announced at a press conference in The Hague on Thursday. The G.U. tried to hack the OPWC on April 13th. Four involved Russian officers were deported from the Netherlands that same day, NOS reports.
The Sinterklaasjournaal will feature only "Chimney Pieten" with soot on their faces this year, broadcaster NTR said in a statement on its website. How black the Pieten's faces will be remains vague. The amount of soot on their faces depends on how often they've gone through the chimney, the broadcaster said.
In the statement NTR addressed a number of questions around Sinterklaas' national arrival in Zaanstad on November 17th, and his controversial helper Zwarte Piet. On the question how the Pieten will look in the popular kids' show, NTR said:
The relocation of Unilever's head office to the Netherlands may be faltering. British shareholders are increasingly threatening to vote against the British-Dutch multinational's plan to move to Rotterdam, sources around the multinational told the Volkskrant.
The bodies of three Dutch people were found in a house in the Spanish town of Coin, near the city of Malaga. The Spanish police are investigating how they died, NOS reports.
According to Spanish media, the victims are a 62-year-old man, his 59-year-old wife and his 89-year-old mother-in-law. The bodies were in the house for some time. They were found after neighbors complained about a strong stench.
Stint is taking Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen of Infrastructure and Water Management and the Inspectorate for Human Environment and Transport to court for their decision to ban Stint cargo bikes from public roads following a railway accident in Oss in which four children were killed, sources told RTL Nieuws.
Amsterdam finds the national experiment with regulated cannabis cultivation unfeasible and "risky to public order". The municipality would like to participate in the experiment, but only with other rules, mayor Femke Halsema said in a letter to Ministers Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security and Bruno Bruins for Medical Care and Sports, NOS reports.
A suspect shot by a motorcycle police officer on De Wittenkade in Amsterdam on Tuesday, is Heineken kidnapper 66-year-old Frans Meijer. The second suspect arrested is his son, the Telegraaf reports based on sources.
The non-lethal aid the Netherlands provided to various armed rebel groups in the Syrian Civil War "could have gone better", Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs said in a parliamentary debate about the NLA program on Tuesday. However, he does not think it went "unreasonably wrong", and he rejected the suggestion that the Netherlands gave large-scale support to terrorist groups that violated human rights, NU.nl reports.
The Oost-Nederland police arrested two police officers on suspicion of violating their official confidentiality. They are suspected of participating in a criminal partnership, RTL Nieuws reports.
Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen of Infrastructure and Water Management decided to ban the use of Stint electric cargo bikes on public roads, following a fatal train accident involving such bike in Oss in which four children were killed. The ban is effective immediately, she said in a short press conference on Monday evening, RTL Nieuws reports.
Irish airline Ryanair is closing its base in Eindhoven on November 5th. The Eindhoven Airport base is said to be closed for the winter, but whether it will reopen next summer is not clear, NU.nl reports.
A 25-year-old woman was found killed in an apartment on Goudbaard in Bergen op Zoom during the early hours of Saturday morning. Her 4-year-old son was found crying next to her. A 24-year-old man turned himself in at a police station in the Noord-Brabant city on Sunday, BN De Stem and RTL Nieuws report.
Four people were found dead in a home on Herculesstraat in Amsterdam during the early hours of Monday morning. Police officers responded to the home after reports of a shooting, the Amsterdam police said on Twitter.
The police think this may have been an incident within the family, but the investigation is still ongoing. Forensic investigators are at the scene, and a large part of the street is closed off with crime scene tape.
So far no information was released about the victim.
The police released video footage of the arrests of seven men suspected of planning a terrorist attack in the Netherlands. The video shows SWAT teams raiding a white van in a parking lot and entering a home.
Beelden van de arrestaties in het terrorisme onderzoek. pic.twitter.com/ji5w3mLeCM
Seven men arrested on Thursday were "already a long way" into their plans to commit a terrorist attack in the Netherlands, according to Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security. "It is very intense that there are people walking around who have this planned for us", he said to RTL Nieuws.
"This is intense, but also good news", Grapperhaus said. "The police and the Public Prosecutor followed the men very closely. They were looking for AK47s and bomb belts, really terribly dangerous stuff."
The terrorism threat level in the Netherlands remains substantial at 4 on a scale of 5 after the arrest of seven suspected terrorists on Friday, the national coordinator for counter terrorism and security NCTV said, RTL Nieuws reports.