Civic leaders in the Netherlands met in Amsterdam Sunday to commemorate the seventieth anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps. An estimated 1.1 million people died at the site in Poland, ground which the Red Army took control of on January 27, 1945.
The Dutch intelligence services AIVD and MIVD are not the whipping boys of the American intelligence community, in particular the NSA, states the Dutch Minister of Interior, Ronald Plasterk. The statement is a response to an accusation made by former NSA employee and US whistleblower Edward Snowden, who said Dutch intelligence services walk on an American leash and are "extremely docile."
The Dutchman Siegfried Mets, who has been sentenced to death in Indonesia, is going to submit a revision request in February. This is according to his lawyer, Bart Stapert. Mets is convicted of involvement in importing ecstasy.
According to Police Chief Pieter Jaap Aalbersberg, the Amsterdam police seized 33 Kalashnikov rifles in the past four months. "And that is significantly more than in previous years." The Amsterdam police have found 300 weapons in the last six months, the police chief said on the AT5 program Het Verhoor.
A 26-year-old Albanian has been arrested in connection with the shooting incident in Bovenstraat in Rotterdam last week in which two men were killed. The suspect was found wounded on Kasteelweg after the shooting.
A fifteen-year-old schoolgirl has been arrested for stabbing a fellow female student in the back, police confirmed. The attack was allegedly caused by an argument that got out of hand, and ended with one of the girls brandishing a weapon.
The number of unemployed in the Netherlands rose by 12 thousand in December and amounted to 642 thousand people, Netherlands Statistics announced today.
Rail traffic around Utrecht Central came to a standstill for a short time on Thursday, the NS reports. The cause was a power outage, which has since been restored.
Soufian Z. and Driss D., two jihadists from the Hague, were killed in the Syrian city of Kobani, AD reports. These jihadists were arguably two of the best known Dutch foreign rebel fighters in the Syrian Civil War.
According to American whistle blower Edward Snowden, mass surveillance is not effective at all. "The problem with mass surveillance is that you're burying people under too much data." Snowden said in an interview with Niewsuur in Moscow.
Dutch intelligence services AIVD and MIVD walk on the leash of USA's National Security Agency (NSA) and are "extremely docile" and seen as "subordinates", says former NSA and CIA employee Edward Snowden in an interview to Volkskrant and Nieuwsuur.
There were 137 murders in the Netherlands in 2014. This is the lowest number since 1992, Elsevier reports.
Statistics Netherlands announced today that the average price level for existing homes was 0.9 percent higher last year than in 2013. This is the first time since the financial crisis in 2008 that the average price level of a year is higher than that of the previous year.
63 percent of Dutch people think that religion does more harm than good. This is according to a study on religion and spirituality conducted by research firm Ipsos on behalf of Trouw.
The basic grant for students will soon be a thing of the past. The First Chamber approved the introduction of a loan system last night.
Terrorist suspect Abdelmounaim Hadad (21) was arrested yesterday. Hadad surrendered to the police in the Belgian town of Sint-Jans-Molenbeek, the federal prosecutor in Belgium reported. Authorities were searching for Hadad, along with Dutch terrorist suspect Zaid Koullis (18), in France and Spain. Both men are wanted in connection with the terrorist cell that was raided in Veviers on Thursday. The two supposedly fled together.
A Dutchman was involved in the terrorist cell in Veviers, Belgium, NOS reports. NOS identifies the man as Zaid Koullis from Utrecht who has been missing for some time. Justice in Belgium would not give any information on the case.
Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb has been named the best local director of the Netherlands. This was done in the election of Internal Affairs in which nearly 6 thousand directors, officials, readers of Internal Affairs and a professional jury participated. Mayor Peter den Elders of Groningen (previously Enschede) came in second and Mayor Eberhard van der Laan of Amsterdam came in third.
Five people became unwell in the police station on Europark in Oosterhout this morning. The fire department is investigating the cause.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo stated that he understood and appreciated the efforts of the Netherlands and Brazil to save the lives of their citizens and thinks that law of a country should be respected, The Jakarta Post reports.
The Gultepe mosque in Rotterdam-Noord received a threatening letter this week. "You can not trust anyone anymore, so get out while you can, because death is in your mosque", a part of the text reads.
Achraf, a Amsterdam jihadist who went to Syria in December 2013 at the age of 16, was killed in Syria on Saturday, AT5 reports.
A group of both Jewish and Muslim people will come together tomorrow in Cafe Belcampo in Amsterdam West to remember and discuss the terror acts in Paris earlier this month. Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher will be speaking during the "Solidarity Night; Jews and Muslims Solidarity with Paris" and Mayor Eberhard van der Laan will be attending the event as well.
Yesterday afternoon PvdA leader Diederik Samsom called on his party to be determined and to be confident that the changes resulting from the government policy will work out well for the country. In his speech to the PvdA-congress in Utrecht, he defended the cooperation with the VVD in the current Cabinet.