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Feb 4 '15 09:18

Hundreds of taxi drivers in Amsterdam are threatening to take matters into their own hands if the government does not do something about the controversial taxi service Uber. Among other things, the taxi drivers are considering blocking the roads for illegal drivers.

Feb 4 '15 08:45

The Netherlands believes that countries should not delay sharing aeronautical information above dangerous conflict zones on the basis of legal considerations.

Feb 4 '15 08:21

A man was shot and killed in Lombardijen, Rotterdam last night. Local residents heard shots around midnight and called the police. The police found the wounded man on De Mussetstraat.

asylum seekers
Feb 3 '15 10:25

The total number of asylum applications in the Netherlands increased by 75% in 2014 compared to 2013, the Immigration and Naturalization Service of the Ministry of Security and Justice reports. The number of asylum applications rose from 17,189 to 30,023.

Feb 3 '15 09:51

The way in which kids bully each other is getting fiercer, De Kindertelefoon (Childline) concludes from 450 thousand contacts they annually have with children, parents and teachers.

Feb 3 '15 09:15

Fréderike Geerdink, the Dutch journalist living in Turkey who was taken in for questioning in January, may be facing a prison sentence of between 1 and 5 years. The Public Prosecutor in Diyarbakir is prosecuting her for "making propaganda for a terrorist organization".

Feb 3 '15 08:34

The Amsterdam jihadist Omar H. seems to have escaped from the Netherlands just before he was sentenced to 1.5 years in prison. Despite security forces keeping an eye on him, he managed to flee to Iraq, where he is suspected of having joined terrorist organization Islamic State (ISIS).

Utrecht commuters
Feb 2 '15 17:39

Utrecht Centraal lost all train traffic for the second time in two weeks due to a major system failure and travelers' association Rover has demanded that ProRail makes some changes.

Feb 2 '15 15:09

Some commuters at Utrecht Centraal waited over four hours for train service to resume on Monday, after a technical failure brought all Dutch Railways (NS) service to a standstill at Utrecht’s main train hub. Trains have started running again, but the connections are limited, says a statement released by NS around 13:35 on Monday.

Feb 2 '15 09:23

The rail traffic around Utrecht came to a standstill just before 08:30 this morning because of a fault in the control of signals and points. NS recommends that travelers avoid Utrecht for the time being.

Feb 2 '15 09:00

There were no less than three shooting incidents in Amsterdam over the weekend. A 26 year old man was wounded on Molukkenstraat in Amsterdam-Oost on Sunday morning in a suspected gang shooting. In another shooting incident the police fired shots at a suspect.

Feb 2 '15 08:31

Thirteen people were wounded in an explosion and subsequent fire in an apartment on Moddermanstraat in Schiebroek, Rotterdam yesterday afternoon. The wounded were taken to various hospitals in the area, the Safety Region reports. The majority came away with minor injuries, only two were seriously wounded.

Jan 30 '15 12:58

In a Round Table discussion yesterday the police and the Public Prosecutor discussed the value of telecommunications data for the detection of serious crime with the Second Chamber. According to a statement on the police's website, they find it essential that telecom and internet providers keep certain communication data for a certain period of time - the so called data retention.

Jan 30 '15 10:22

The Public Prosecutor wants DNA material of killed Dutch jihadists to be brought to the Netherlands. The Public Prosecutor wants to determine with certainty which Dutch foreign fighters have been killed in Iraq and Syria in connection with the ongoing investigations into jihadists.

Jan 30 '15 09:06

For the first time in history the 20:00 news was not broadcast last night due to a man forcing himself into the NOS studios demanding airtime. The man, who was carrying a (later identified as) fake pistol, entered the building shortly before 20:00. The police arrested him in a recording studio at about 20:10.

Jan 30 '15 08:04

The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KMNI) has issued a code yellow weather warning for slickness on roads and sidewalks caused by the snowfall, snow residue or freezing of wet sections.

Jan 29 '15 20:44

An armed man tried to hold the production facility of television broadcaster NOS hostage in an unsuccessful attempt to get airtime. Police reportedly captured the man and took him into custody.

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Jan 29 '15 17:50

Augustine Nyantakyi (37), the Ghanaian man who died in a hail of bullets in Amsterdam-Osdorp early Thursday morning was probably the victim of mistaken identity it seems.

Jan 29 '15 09:05

The Dutchman Aydin C. claims that he is not responsible for the online tormenting of Amanda Todd, the Canadian girl who committed suicide because of bullying. He wrote this in an open letter that he sent to RTL Nieuws, among others.

Jan 28 '15 20:26

Dutch train service NS will run only 80 percent of its usual nationwide traffic due to a winter weather advisory for Thursday.

Jan 28 '15 13:55

A suspicious package found taped to a support beam at Leiden Centraal was determined to be a false alarm early Wednesday afternoon. The investigation is still ongoing, as police try to track down the man who hung the mysterious black garbage bag.

Jan 28 '15 10:07

The rail traffic around Leiden Central Station has come to a standstill after the discovery of a suspicious package. The police are investigating, ANP reports.

Jan 28 '15 09:01

A man was shot dead on the street in Amsterdam's Osdorp neighborhood early Wednesday morning, a spokesperson for the Amsterdam police confirmed. No trace of a perpetrator has been found yet. It is not yet known whether this was another execution.

Jan 28 '15 08:02

The police suspect that the murder of Rob Zweekhorst on January 1st, 2014 is connected to a drug bust on Monday, December 9th, 2013.