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Mansouri
Sep 5 '14 10:30

After spending eight years in a jail cell in Iran for suspected terrorist activity, Dutch-Iranian human rights activist Abdullah al-Mansouri is free ad back in The Netherlands. The 69-year-old's son tells the ANP that Iran has released Mansouri.

MH17
Sep 5 '14 09:31

The Dutch Safety Board (OVV) will publish its report about the first results of the investigation into the MH17 plane crash tragedy in Ukraine on Tuesday, revealing the initial data collected by the Board on the basis of the sources available, De Telegraaf reports.

Cobra
Sep 5 '14 09:12

The town of Made in Brabant is living in fear and surprise after the escape of a venomous snake. The municipality has sounded the alarm, and residents have been told to keep doors and windows closed.

@leoaquina
Sep 5 '14 08:18

In Diemen, the flat that was rocked by a gas explosion yesterday is being searched for two missing persons. Two people were killed in the explosion, and another 15 were injured. Due to damage some residents of the flat building may not be able to return home for some time, the NOS reports.

BvFsLouIcAEGHtC
Sep 4 '14 09:51

According to a Ukrainian official in Donetsk, the Dutch investigative team working to recover the victims of the crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 made no efforts to communicate with the Ukrainian team who were in the area for the first five days after the crash. The official tells RTL Nieuws that the Dutch mission leaders made big mistakes in the operation.

Yusuf Sonmez
Sep 4 '14 09:18

A Turkish doctor on the Interpol list of wanted persons for his involvement in illegal organ trading in Kosovo is believed to own a €2 million villa in Amsterdam, where he is also thought to live. This has been reported by Serbian media.

CDA leader Sybrand Buma (Source: Wikimedia/CDA / Dirk Hol)
Sep 4 '14 08:15

The Dutch radical Islam group Hizb ut Tahrir should be banned from operating in The Netherlands. This was said by CDA-leader Sybrand Buma in the television program Pauw on Wednesday night.

Sep 3 '14 09:20

Just an hour after Minister Frans Timmermans' meeting with President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels on Tuesday, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte confirmed in Parliament that the Foreign Affairs Minister is indeed the Dutch candidate for the new commission

MH17
Sep 2 '14 09:09

As the bodies of nine victims of flight MH17 have been transported to Malaysia today, the Dutch Parliament will honor the victims again at 2 p.m., at the beginning of the first meeting after the summer recess.

Minister Timmermans
Sep 2 '14 08:49

Minister Frans Timmermans of Foreign Affairs has an appointment with Jean-Claude Juncker, the new president of the European Commission, in Brussels today. The PvdA Minister will be interviewing for the position of European Commissioner, a top function, and may become Juncker's second man, the NOS reports.

Hotel Room Efteling
Sep 2 '14 08:22

The average price of an overnight stay in a hotel room in The Netherlands has risen by two percent in the fist half of this year compared with the same period last year. Travelers are now paying €124 on average for a hotel room. This comes from the Hotel Price Index from booking site Hotels.com.

Sep 2 '14 08:03

The court proceedings against Marcos van der P. and Enise B., the criminal duo known as the Dutch Bonnie & Clyde who left a trail of violence, assault and destruction behind them earlier this year, will see its first court day today, the NOS reports.

Dutch Soldiers (Source: Wikimedia/Minister-president Rutte)
Sep 1 '14 16:30

The Netherlands has agreed to a new NATO mission in Afghanistan. The intention is that a hundred soldiers will be sent to the country, starting January 1st 2015.

Photo Twitter/@starrrwars
Sep 1 '14 13:14

According to KPN director, Jacob Groote, between 50 thousand and 60 thousand people can not call 112 from their mobile phones because they have no coverage at home.

Sinterklaas
Sep 1 '14 09:15

Prospective changes to the visual representation of the entry tour of Sinterklaas, most notably to the appearance of Zwarte Piet, may happen as soon as this year. Elsevier reports that the new Pieten may be featured in several places in The Netherlands, though it is unclear what these new character will look like.

Frans Timmermans
Sep 1 '14 08:40

Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem is no longer the leading candidate for position as European Commissioner. Instead, sources in Brussels and The Hague tell De Volkskrant that the Cabinet has placed Minister Frans Timmermans of Foreign Affairs at the head of candidates for Dutch European Commissioner.

Psychiatric Hospital
Sep 1 '14 07:49

State Secretary of Security and Justice Fred Teeven has asked Healthcare Inspection (IGZ) to launch an investigation into involuntary psychiatric treatment (TBS) facility De Rooyse Wissel in Venray. This comes after the clinic experienced three deaths in one week, a spokesperson for the Ministry announces.

Psychiatric Hospital
Aug 29 '14 10:09

A staff member from the psychiatric hospital De Rooyse Wissel in Limburg was reportedly held hostage last month. The therapist was trapped as the psychiatric patient held a sharp object on the staff member.

Aug 29 '14 09:23

The Hague's Schilderswijk has been freed of two big name recruiters for jihad. The arrests come with a collective sigh of relief as the Algemeen Dagblad reveals that Rudolph H. and Azzedine C., alias Abou Moussa, had been on the police radar for almost two years.

Aug 29 '14 08:28

Many municipalities in The Netherlands do not seem ready to take over youth care, or child welfare, tasks from the government next year, under the new municipal tasks reorganization. According to a letter to Parliament from State Secretaries Martin van Rijn (Health, Welfare and Sport) and Fred Teeven (Security and Justice), the Cabinet will examine these municipalities.

Police sign
Aug 28 '14 10:20

According to an analysis into the Dutch police force, it seems that hundreds of police officers are in debt. In answer to Parliament questions from the SP, Minister Ivo Opstelten (Security and Justice) said that around 600 officers' salaries have been seized, De Volkskrant reports.

Aug 28 '14 09:03

After negotiations at the Ministry of Finance with financial specialist from the ruling parties and friendly opposition parties, the Cabinet seems to be in agreement about the budget for next year. Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem says the consensus is a "careful budget", De Telegraaf reports.

Red Cross
Aug 27 '14 10:12

The Cabinet is making €6.5 million available for extra emergency aid to the population of North Iraq. Minister Lilianne Ploumen of Foreign Trade and Development Co-operation announces today that this money will go to helping these people who are fleeing their homes because of the threat of IS, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.

Aug 27 '14 09:44

Judicial advisor of the anti-Zwarte Piet groups, Frank King, is removing himself from the judicial process around the issue after receiving several death threats, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.

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