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KPN Takeover
Jun 25 '19 07:45

For over three hours on Monday, emergency number 1-1-2 was unreachable due to an outage at telecom company KPN. The cause of the outage is still under investigation, but it was definitely not a hack, according to Joost Farwerck of the KPN Board of Management. Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security summoned the company for an explanation on Tuesday, NOS reports.

NL-Alert message sent to Amsterdam region
Jun 24 '19 19:55

A disruption at telecommunications firm KPN which caused the inaccessibility of emergency phone number 1-1-2 was largely over, a company spokesperson told broadcaster NOS. The incident forced emergency services providers to scramble and quickly establish temporary solutions during the nearly four-hour disruption on Monday.

An NS train waiting on the tracks (Photo: TahR78/Wikipedia)
Jun 24 '19 19:32

Large crowds piled up at Utrecht Centraal on Monday evening after a collision between a train and a person took place hours earlier. The incident took place at the train station on track 16, and prompted the evacuation of platforms 15 through 18. Making matters worse, a national outage at one of the country's largest telecom firms hindered the ability to get train service back on schedule.

Netherlands police uniform
Jun 24 '19 16:45

For immediate emergency attention call 088-6628240, police said.

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Jun 24 '19 08:22

A man was found stabbed at a gas station on Kanaalweg in Capelle aan den IJssel on Sunday night. According to the police, a road rage incident may have preceded the stabbing.

The victim was found at the Dijktank gas station at around 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, according to newspaper AD. Whether the stabbing also happened at the gas station, is not yet clear. The victim had a stab wound in his leg. He was taken to hospital in a stable condition, a police spokesperson said to the newspaper.

The perpetrator is still at large. The police are looking for him.. 

busje-forensische-opsporing
Jun 24 '19 08:00

The naked body of a woman was found in a meadow near Westdorpe in Zeeland on Saturday. Given the injuries on the body, the police believe the victim was murdered. Investigators call on the public's help to identify the victim.

A passerby found the remains in a meadow on Sint Anthoniekade, near the border with Belgium, at around noon on Saturday. Forensic investigation was conducted at the scene on Saturday. A helicopter was used to take aerial photographs of the scene. 

Sunscreen
Jun 24 '19 07:43

Monday will be hot in the Netherlands, with maximum temperatures ranging from 28 degrees on the coast to 33 degrees inland. Some places may even see afternoon temperatures climb to 36 degrees. Public health institute RIVM implemented the 'Heat Plan' in a number of provinces, RTL Nieuws reports.

Sunday night was a so-called tropical night, with minimums not falling below 20 degrees. Monday will get hot quickly. Thermometers in the southeast of the country can reach 30 degrees before noon. Monday night is also expected to be a tropical night.

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Jun 21 '19 08:41

Jorrit Nuijens, GroenLinks alderman in Diemen, was arrested in front of the Amsterdam city hall on Thursday evening for disrupting public order. The 39-year-old alderman "went completely crazy" at cafe Amstelhoeck, located next to the Amsterdam city hall, a waiter at the cafe told the Telegraaf.

Schiphol Airport station in Amsterdam
Jun 21 '19 07:41

No train traffic is currently possible between Schiphol Airport and Utrecht Central Station due to a signals failure, NS reports on its website. The Dutch rail company expects to have the problem resolved by 9:00 a.m.

The problem was discovered at around 6:00 a.m., at the start of the NS timetable, according to NOS.

NS did not say whether buses were deployed to transport stranded passengers. 

detail-afzetlint
Jun 21 '19 07:34

A 16-year-old boy was stabbed at a secondary school on President Rooseveltweg in Rotterdam on Thursday. According to the police, he was conscious and talking when he was taken to hospital. Three underage boys were arrested.

The stabbing happened during a fight at a Wartburg College location in the Rotterdam district of Prins Alexander, according to NOS. The stabbed boy attends the school.

vrouwenpolder
Jun 20 '19 08:52

Time to get out the swim suits and sunscreen. Next week will be hot in the Netherlands, according to Buienradar. There's even a good chance of the first heatwave of the year.

"We speak of a heat wave when there are five days with 25 degrees of higher nationwide, of which there are also three days above 30 degrees", Nicolien Kroon of Buienradar said to RTL Nieuws. According to her, there is a 30 to 40 percent chance of this happening next week.

Dutch police officer
Jun 20 '19 08:31

The Amsterdam police drew up a "Plan of Action" to reduce ethnic profiling in the Dutch capital. The plan will be discussed in the Amsterdam city council on Thursday evening, but is already being criticized by the D66 and GroenLinks, Het Parool reports.

Eclair-ligthning-3
Jun 20 '19 07:45

Multiple fires were caused by lightning strikes while thunderstorms raged across the Netherlands on Wednesday. No one was hurt in the fires. An 18-year-old student was struck by lightning at a military base in Ossendrecht. He was admitted to a burns center in Antwerp with burns and severe damage to his lungs, his school reported.

MH17 wreckage
Jun 19 '19 15:26

Dutch PM: Misinformation from Russia will neither impact, nor tarnish the investigation.

Russia: No evidence to support "groundless" investigation claim.

Wilbert Paulissen identifying the first four suspects to be prosecuted for the MH17 disaster, 19 June 2019
Jun 19 '19 13:10

Four suspects will be prosecuted for murder in connection with the downing of flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine in July 2014, the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) announced in a press conference on Wednesday. The trial against the four suspects will be held in the Netherlands, starting in March 2020. “We now have the information, have the proof, that the Russian Federation is involved in this tragedy, in this crime, one way or another.” Dutch Prosecutor Fred Westerbeke said in the press conference. 

Storm clouds over the Dordrecht inner harbor
Jun 19 '19 08:14

Wednesday will be dry and hot in most of the Netherlands, until the afternoon at least. During the afternoon and evening, thunderstorms with hail and strong winds will move happen the country. The southwest of the Netherlands may already see thunderstorms in the morning. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning.

This morning storms entered the southwest of the country from Belgium, bringing with them a chance of hail and wind gusts up to 60 kilometers per hour. The showers will lighten and stop during the course of the morning, according to the KNMI.

Dutch police crime scene tape
Jun 19 '19 07:43

An ATM on Postjesweg in Amsterdam was blown open early on Wednesday morning. Photos from the scene show that the blast caused major damage. The police and the Ministry of Defense's explosive experts are at the scene.

The ATM bombing happened at around 3:30 a.m. on the corner of Postjesweg and Columbusstraat. Photos from the scene show that part of the building's facade was blown off. The adjacent pet shop also sustained damage. And local residents report their windows shattering, according to NOS. 

MH17
Jun 19 '19 07:31

At a press conference in Nieuwegein on Wednesday, the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) will reveal four names of persons who are suspected of downing flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014, Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Olena Zerkal said, NOS reports.

Eindhoven University of Technology
Jun 18 '19 08:31

For the next 18 months, the Eindhoven University of Technology is opening vacancies for academic staff exclusively to women, the executive board informed employees and students. The university hopes that this measure will result in one in five of its professors being women by next year, NU.nl reports.

The measure, which forms part of the Irene Curie Fellowship, will take effect on July 1st. An additional budget of 100 thousand euros will be made available for each new employee for their own research, and they will each receive a mentor. 

Menno Snel
Jun 18 '19 07:56

State Secretary Menno Snel of Finance limited the investigation into mistakes made by the Tax Authority while canceling childcare allowances. The investigators Snel himself hired explicitly wanted to do a broader investigation, but Snel refused, RTL Nieuws and Trouw report.

Dutch police at the scene of a crime
Jun 18 '19 07:33

A shooting in Amsterdam Noord on Monday night left one person dead. The perpetrator fled, presumably in a silver BMW that was later found in Zaandam. So far no arrests were made.

The shooting happened at around 9:20 p.m. on Papaverweg, the Amsterdam police said on Twitter. The victim was found critically injured on the street. Responding emergency services tried to save their life, but it was to no avail. The victim died at the scene.

US Navy ships on the Gulf of Oman
Jun 17 '19 08:30

The umbrella organization for Dutch shipping companies KVNR will be meeting with the Ministry of Defense on Monday to discuss increased tensions on the Persian Gulf. Recent attacks on oil tankers in the region prompted fears that more commercial ships may be targeted.

Slavery monument in Oosterpark in Amsterdam
Jun 17 '19 08:01

The annual lecture to commemorate the abolition of slavery in the Netherlands, the Keti Koti lecture, has been canceled due to controversy that arose around the invited speaker, publicist Sandew Hira the national institute for Dutch slavery past NiNsee announced this weekend. Opponents criticize Hira for supporting Surinamese president Desi Bouterse, despite human rights violations in the country, the Volkskrant reports.

Spanish police
Jun 17 '19 07:32

The Spanish police busted a large network of drug smugglers. A total of 17 people were arrested, including a 61-year-old Dutch-Turkish man described as the "heroin king". Sadullah U. is suspected of being the network's biggest supplier, ANP reports.

U. is considered one of the largest heroin traders in Europe. He had 7 kilograms of the drug hidden in his car when he was arrested in the Spanish city of Pontevedra. The Dutch man reportedly doesn't have a cell phone and basically lives in his car, with which he travels great distances every day. 

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