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Mar 27 '15 11:03

Grid administrator TenneT just announced on Twitter that the voltage power grid is being rebuilt and power is gradually being restored. Parts of Noord-Holland now have power again. Power has been restored at Schiphol airport.

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Mar 27 '15 10:44

There are major delays at Schiphol airport due to the massive power outage currently affecting large parts of Noord-Holland and Flevoland, Schiphol spokesperson Jeroen Bos said on Dutch broadcaster NOS.

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Mar 27 '15 10:15

Large parts of Noord-Holland and Flevoland is sitting without power. The rail traffic in northern parts of the Netherlands has come to a standstill due to this power outage. Many hospitals are also without power.

Mar 27 '15 09:32

Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem of Finance will reveal the plans regarding ABN Amro's IPO this morning. It is believed that the national bank will return to the stock market after summer, RTL reports.

ABN Amro and Fortis were nationalized in October 2008 for a sum of over 30 billion euros. The Dutch state has since then recovered some of that through dividends. The IPO is expected to bring in around 15 billion euros. The part that is expected to be placed on the stock market largely consists of ABN Amro's Dutch activities.

Mar 27 '15 08:10

Yesterday the police released photos of another 12 people involved in the Feyenoord riots in Rome last month. These suspects are wanted for, among other things, public violence. At least 6 suspects have turned themselves in since the latest batch of photos were released.

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Mar 27 '15 07:45

For the time being KLM has decided not to change the cockpit rules that state that a pilot has to close the door behind him when leaving the cockpit. The airline will await the full results of the investigation into the Germanwings accident before considering changing the rules.

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Mar 26 '15 18:02

Six police officers were needed to take a "disturbed" man into custody after he assaulted two NS conductors and several passengers onboard a train, police say. The 30-year-old man boarded the train in Zwijndrecht and fought with police one stop later in Barendrecht.

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Mar 26 '15 14:01

The Environment and Transport Inspectorate raided Uber headquarters in Amsterdam Thursday morning, NOS reports. The raid was aimed against the UberPop service. The inspectorate seized copies to get an idea of the scale of the illegal service.

Mar 26 '15 09:19

The Netherlands and the Philippines have joined forces to intensify the fight against child sex tourism and human trafficking in both countries. The Dutch Public Prosecutor and the Public Prosecutor in the Philippines singed Memorandum of Understanding on the matter this week.

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Mar 26 '15 08:54

The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) knowingly took risks by not informing consumers that there were meat products in stores at the end of 2014 that may have been contaminated by anthrax. This is according to activist group foodwatch, based on documents from the NVWA.

Mar 26 '15 08:18

The General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD) kept a DNA database that is not permitted by law, according to a report by the Supervisory Committee on the Intelligence and Security Services (CTIVD).

Mar 25 '15 20:25

The last of several squatted buildings in Amsterdam Centrum was cleared by police Wednesday evening following an hours-long standoff between the officers on the ground and the squatters. By early afternoon, at least eight people were arrested, with 11 more suspects processed by nightfall.

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Mar 25 '15 11:23

The police have started evacuating squatters from the complex known as the Tabakspanden on Spuistraat in Amsterdam, NRC reports.

Mar 25 '15 11:00

Audio recordings of Willem Holleeder threatening his sister with death have leaked to the public just before the criminal case against Holleeder started in the court of Amsterdam today, AD reports. Holleeder stands trial for his possible involvement in the assassinations on Kees Houtman in 2005 and Thomas van der Bijl in 2006.

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Mar 25 '15 08:15

Squatters have reoccupied the Slangenpand on Spuistraat in Amsterdam and built barricades, which they set on fire. They are protesting against the development plans for the building.

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Mar 24 '15 19:33

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed on Tuesday that at least one Dutch victim was flying on Germanwings flight 4U9525 which crashed in the French alps. The plane departed from Barcelona Tuesday morning and was headed towards Dusseldorf.

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Mar 24 '15 17:11

At least one Dutch passenger purchased a ticket for the Germanwings flight that crashed in the French Alps earlier today, travel agent Vliegticket.nl told RTL Nieuws. There is no information as to whether the passenger boarded the flight, and Germanwings is delaying the release of information regarding the passenger manifest of flight 4U9525.

Mar 24 '15 14:03

PVV leader Geert Wilders has announced the names of his candidates for the Eerste Kamer (Senate). The list includes Gidi Markuszower, who was on the PVV list for the national elections in 2010, but was then removed after information from the General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD), Volkskrant reports.

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Mar 24 '15 12:18

VVD Parliamentarian René Leegte resigned from the Tweede Kamer (lower house of parliament) today due to an integrity issue.

Mar 24 '15 08:51

VVD party leader Halbe Zijlstra thinks the plan to close the EU's border to asylum seekers is a great plan. But as they are bound by the coalition agreement, he can not force the PvdA to accept something that is not in the coalition agreement, Zijlstra said to BNR.

Mar 24 '15 08:34

Willem Holleeder is likely to hear the testimony given by the three most important women in his life for the first time today. His two sisters Astrid and Sonja and Sandra, the widow of Sam Klepper who was murdered in 2000, secretly testified about Holleeder's criminal life two years ago.

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Mar 23 '15 17:34

Two suspected shooters in the Amsterdam Staatsliedenbuurt assassination case, Adil "Kinker" A. and Anouar "Popeye" B., stood before the court on Monday. Two motorcycle police officers under fire that night were terrified, they told the court, with a reconsruction of the night suggesting Russian-made armour piercing bullets were used, according to NOS. Bullets were found all over the neighborhood after offenders fled the scene.

No Surrender
Mar 23 '15 16:13

President of outlaw motorcycle gang No Surrender, Klaas Otto, barely survived an assassination attempt in Belgium last weekend, De Telegraaf reports with police confirmation. Otto had an appointment with a man already known to him, but upon entering the meeting, the man pulled out a gun and tried to shoot him in the head, the "General" of No Surrender states.

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Mar 23 '15 11:38

The father of the two children, Luca and Aysha, abducted by their mother and taken to the Caliphate in Syria, wrote an "open letter to the Netherlands" in which he discusses the role of religion in this personal drama. He writes that what ISIS is doing to Islam is "a rape of the true faith".

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