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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.

HEMA
Aug 27 '14 08:35

Dutch chain store HEMA is coming under scrutiny for not being clear about whether or not their shelves will be filled, as per tradition, with Zwarte Piet items before Sinterklaas in December. On Twitter, is a trending topic as many customers are angered that HEMA is "surrendering" under the Zwarte Piet discussion.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte
Aug 27 '14 07:51

On the 10th of November, there will be a national commemoration ceremony for all 298 passengers lost in the tragic Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash in Ukraine, Prime Minister Mark Rutte announces Tuesday, Omroep Brabant reports.

Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet (Source: Wikimedia/Jan Arkesteijn)
Aug 26 '14 13:27

Under the influence of the Zwarte Piet discussion, Hema has adjusted the packaging of Santa Clause packaging so that there is virtually no sign of Zwarte Piet.

Aug 26 '14 09:24

The global rage of the Ice Bucket Challenge has made its mark in ALS donations, and ALS Nederland is feeling the generosity as well. In August alone, the foundation has received more than 14,000 donations, compared to 200 donations every month, the NOS reports.

Euro
Aug 26 '14 08:50

Economists from the Financieele Dagblad warn that preventative measures need to be taken to avoid a possible third recession. After the credit crisis and the debt crisis, there is a fear that The Netherlands could be headed for a triple-dip recession, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.

Aug 26 '14 08:01

Dutch mosques are going to take to social media in an effort to counter the flood of muslim youths being recruited by terrorist organization IS. Young islamists are being encouraged to offer counter-discussions about the negatives of IS on the internet, to engage sympathizers to turn away from extremism, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.

2008 BMW M3 E92 in Dutch police livery
Aug 25 '14 16:17

A 26-year-old man from the Belgian province of Lommel, Limburg was busted for driving nearly twice the speed limit while drag racing two police officers. The man, wrongly believing that the two officers wanted to race him while at a red light, took off when the light turned green.

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Aug 25 '14 14:58

The search for victims at the crash site of flight MH17 has been more seriously hampered by separatists than was hitherto known, according to RTL Nieuws.

Wallen
Aug 25 '14 08:52

Sunday saw thousands of interested visitors to Amsterdam's Red Light District for a behind-the-scenes look tour of the attraction on the Wallen. Mariska Majoor of the Prostitution Information Center (PIC) tells AT5 that there were between 2000 and 3000 visitors.

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Aug 25 '14 08:13

Key figures in Dutch muslim communities will be encouraged by the Cabinet to do more to prevent radicalization among youths. In a renewed effort by the Cabinet to tackle extremism, Imams breeding hate will also be reprimanded more harshly.

Bracelet
Aug 22 '14 14:00

The Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam is currently holding on to some cultural artifacts that form the nucleus of a dispute between Russia, Crimean authorities and Ukraine.

Computer keyboard
Aug 22 '14 13:39

The 19-year-old Rotterdam hacker Jair M., responsible for uncovering the exam fraud at the Ibn Ghaldoun school, has spent years hacking into girls' computers to spy on them via their webcam.

Amsterdam Centraal Trams
Aug 22 '14 10:44

In Amsterdam, over-65's with low income have been able to use public transport for free since last year. This experiment has proved successful, as the municipality announces that of the 14,000 people who requested a card, 85 percent make use of it daily or weekly, the NOS reports.

Guacamole
Aug 22 '14 10:13

Top Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn's store brand Guacamole has won the shop the number one spot in a consumer election for the products with the best false advertising. With only 0.7 percent guacamole powder, the guacamole dip from AH won the 'Kletsmajoor Award'.

Aug 22 '14 08:54

Police in The Hague are launching a special team to focus solely on jihadists. In this way, Minister Ivo Opstelten of Security and Justice hopes to put a stop to Dutch sympathizers of IS and other radical groups, De Telegraaf reports.

Mosque
Aug 22 '14 08:04

The organization that calls itself the Islamic State, IS formerly ISIS, has been condemned by the Dutch Contact Institution Muslims and Government (CMO).

Malaysia
Aug 22 '14 07:40

Malaysian victims of the MH17 plane crash in Ukraine arrived home Friday morning, and were received with a mourning ceremony 10 a.m. Malaysian time. The victims received the same respectful treatment as the Dutch victims in Eindhoven.

Mayor Jozias van Aartsen
Aug 21 '14 10:20

The Hague's Mayor Jozias van Aartsen is staunchly against having any pro- or anti-ISIS demonstrations in any of the city's neighborhoods for the time being.

Police sign
Aug 21 '14 09:49

Police in Utrecht are looking for two teenagers who robbed a 36-year-old woman in a violent manner on Tuesday late afternoon. The boys threatened the victim, and subsequently threw stones at her head, causing her injury.

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Aug 21 '14 09:36

The glorification of violence on social media is something that worries the Public Prosecution Authority (OM) in The Netherlands. The OM is monitoring the internet for signs of this, as well as calls to open violence, but cannot yet take action against this, as there is no law to allow this, De Telegraaf reports.

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