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May 20 '15 10:15

The Public Prosecutor in Aruba will not search underneath the Mariott Hotel for Natalee Holloway's remains, chief officer of Justice Eric Olthof told Dutch newspaper AD. According to him, investigation has shown that the information from Jurrien de Jong, a self proclaimed eyewitness, can not be correct.

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May 20 '15 08:52

Calling and texting while on a bicycle will not become a punishable offence, Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen repeated on Wednesday. She believes that a ban will be very difficult to control.

May 20 '15 08:33

The Cabinet must not allow municipalities to grow their own weed. A narrow majority in the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, supported this motion brought by the CDA on Tuesday. 75 parliamentarians voted for, 70 voted against.

May 20 '15 07:59

A small tornado struck southern Netherlands on Tuesday night. The Tornado was spotted in Asten and Liessel.

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May 20 '15 07:41

A hotel and congress center in Wageningen had to be evacuated on Wednesday morning due to a large fire. At least 170 people have had to leave their hotel rooms.

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May 19 '15 18:06

The home of Kerkrade Mayor Jos Som is under 24 hour daily security with both patrol units and undercover police cars driving around the building, RTL Nieuws reported on Tuesday. Tension between the municipality and local motorcycle gangs has escalated during recent months, and may have resulted in the additional security measures, the broadcaster suggested.

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May 19 '15 17:13

A pending reorganization at the Dutch tax authority Belastingdienst will likely result in the elimination of 4,000 to 5,000 jobs. The staff cuts are due to improvements to computer systems that reduced the need for many spot checks done by workers, reports broadcaster NOS.

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May 19 '15 08:58

Two Amsterdam apps won Webby Aawards, also known as the Oscars of the internet, in New York on Monday. Amikasa and Human Cities walked away with this prestigious prize. Two Dutch website builders also received a Webby each - Fabrique, who designed the website for the Design Museum in London, and 72andSunny, who made a virtual walk through Marseille.

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May 19 '15 08:19

A 4 year old boy from Hegelo has shown up in pictures wearing a camouflage suit and ISIS hat. The boy's mother, 24 year old Hasna A., sent these pictures from Syria to former classmates in Hengelo.

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May 19 '15 07:48

An Austrian politician has accused the German secret service and telecommunications company Deutsche Telekom of intercepting internet traffic to the Netherlands, among others.

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May 18 '15 16:19

Though they were not actually selling drugs of any sort, the "ecstasy shop" opened by the youth wing of D66 in the center of Amsterdam represents a model of what the organization thinks such a shop should look like. A Young Democrats activist stood firm at the door checking the age of the entrants. People behind the counter selling packages with little pills, actually colorful candy, gave out leaflets with information on usage, doses and side effects.

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May 18 '15 09:42

The VVD wants the UN peacekeeping force in Mali to also be used to detect human traffickers and to dismantle smuggling route.

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May 18 '15 08:25

The Late Rembrandt exhibition in the Rijksmuseum attracted more than half a million visitors. That is 60 thousand more visitors than the previous record - a Rembrandt exhibition in 1969. About 20 percent of the visitors came from abroad.

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May 15 '15 15:33

Police released a video of the fatal Amsterdam West shooting on De Clercqstraat Tuesday. A 25-year-old man from Zaandam was killed in the shootout, and both of the suspects are still at large, police reported on Friday.

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May 15 '15 14:55

The Young Democrats, a youth wing of centrist political party D66, is opening "the world's first ecstasy-shop" in Amsterdam, the organization informs. The aim of the event it to raise public attention to legalization of the drug in the Netherlands.

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May 15 '15 14:28

Shell expelled dozens of temporary workers from their complex in Moerdijk after the staff was caught using soft drugs. The company confirmed the news to BN De Stem.

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May 15 '15 12:50

Bussum Mayor Henk Heijman may be forced to retire following the recent questions about his housing alliance. The faction heads of the Bussum city council will discuss his fate next week, Bussum Nieuws reports.

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May 15 '15 09:51

The Netherlands is considering extending the military mission in Iraq. There is also discussion on whether to extend air strikes to Syria, despite the Dutch government previously stating that this will not happen until Syria accepts an international law mandate.

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May 15 '15 08:00

The Netherlands has partially stopped its foreign aid to Burundi. This decision was made by Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs and Minister Lilianne Ploumen of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation for various reasons, they said in a joint statement.

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May 15 '15 07:30

A police officer was stabbed in his leg in his leg by a deranged man in The Hague early on Wednesday morning. The suspect was shot.

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May 14 '15 09:40

A Dutchman was injured when three gunmen stormed a hotel in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. The Afghan police say that at least 11 people were killed in the attack, BBC reports.

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May 14 '15 08:30

The court in Maastricht released 26 year old suspected terrorist Mohammed G. from custody on Wednesday. The Public Prosecutor is considering an appeal against the release.

May 14 '15 08:08

A motorist hit a group of pedestrians in Hoornsterzwaag, Friesland on Wednesday night. One person was killed, one seriously injured and three people slightly injured.

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May 14 '15 07:53

One of the three persons of interest in the assassination on De Clercqstraat, Amsterdam West on Wednesday, has turned himself in to the police. This is the man who was in the car with the victim. The police confirm that he is at the police station and being questioned by detectives.

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