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ObamaAndRutte
Sep 9 '14 09:34

The United State has deemed The Netherlands unfit to address the threat of the Islamic State (IS) in a powerful enough manner. Because of the country's hesitation to contribute heavy weaponry, The Netherlands will not be part of the so-called coalition of the willing, in which nine allies are joining forces in the fight against IS, De Volkskrant reports.

BvFsLouIcAEGHtC
Sep 9 '14 08:44

New details in the search for the faces behind the BUK missiles that shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine point to Russia. The BBC program Panorama spoke to eye witnesses who give evidence to support the claim. This new information comes hours before the Dutch government is to publish its own first report in the ongoing investigation.

Huizen
Sep 9 '14 07:52

All six children of the two sets of parents from Huizen who were arrested in the last weekend of August on suspicion of wanting to take their families to Syria to join the caliphate have been released and may return home. The juvenile court magistrate in Utrecht has decided they may be taken out of foster care, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.

Photo: Emma Rapaport
Sep 5 '14 23:26

After trains traveling to Schiphol came to a near stand still on Thursday night, rail traffic to the Amsterdam airport has been cancelled throughout the weekend, and it is expected to remain significantly affected at least to Monday's evening rush hour. The trouble started when copper thieves cut through electricity wires, setting the wires alight and causing damage to the tracks.

Bwsa1gqIUAEdL5y
Sep 5 '14 15:32

The gas leak that caused an explosion in a flat in Diemen yesterday had been reported, says a spokesperson of grid manager Liander.

Huizen
Sep 5 '14 11:28

On Thursday, three of the four parents suspected of jihadism who were arrested in Huizen were released. Mayor Fons Hertog says he is unsure what they will do, or what will happen with their children, who were taken away by child services, De Telegraaf reports.

Flag of Jihad
Sep 5 '14 11:08

According to Trouw, jihadism in The Netherlands is concentrated in mostly three regions. Per region, there are dozens of jihadists planning to travel to Syria or Iraq, or who were apprehended by the authorities prior to their departure, and those who are in the war zone already or who have returned from there.

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.

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