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May 8 '15 08:56

The Netherlands and Cuba will be working more closely together in future. Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs made this agreement during his visit to Cuba, the ministry announced on Friday. Koenders said that the Netherlands has a "solid relationship" with Cuba, ANP reports.

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May 7 '15 18:52

Tarik Z., who allegedly used a fake gun to take a security guard as a hostage at the NOS studios in January, will appear in front of court on Tuesday, the Public Prosecutor announced. The now 20-year old man is suspected of kidnapping, threats and illegal possession of a weapon for the incident at the Hilversum Media Park.

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May 7 '15 18:16

Police in Amsterdam shot a 34-year-old man in the leg early Thursday morning after he allegedly lunged towards officers with a knife. The shooting took place in the "Vluchttoren," a nickname given to a squatted building on Jan Tooropstraat used as a shelter for failed asylum seekers and undocumented immigrants.

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May 7 '15 17:49

A court in Amsterdam remanded into custody the 42-year-old man suspected of selling white heroin to tourists wanting to buy cocaine. The alleged dealer was released on April 20 awaiting trial for drug trafficking and the attempted murder of three Danish people.

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May 7 '15 17:25

Warm spring and beach weather is rolling in after the weekend, meteorologists reported on Thursday. The inland temperature is predicted to rise up to 23 degrees on average on Monday, but is expected to go even further up to 26 degrees on Tuesday, weather agency KNMI said.

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May 7 '15 16:54

Fire raged through an apartment building at Ootmarsumbrink in Enschede on Thursday, destroying a family home and sending at least six people to the hospital for check-ups.

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May 7 '15 10:07

According to a group of 23 Islamic organizations, Dutch media is unnecessarily and unjustly smearing "being a Muslim" and the Islam religion, referring to targeted media attacks on Muslim scholars who wanted to speak in Rijswijk, Utrecht and Eindhoven.

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May 7 '15 08:50

A Transavia Boeing 737-700, which was en route from Eindhoven to Lisbon, had to make an emergency landing in Lille due to a sudden loss of cabin pressure on Wednesday afternoon.

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May 7 '15 08:12

The two victims that were killed by a lighting strike in Amersfoort, Utrecht on Wednesday afternoon, have been identified as two 20 year old women, both from Amersfoort.

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May 6 '15 18:30

Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan does not see activist Abulkasim Al-Jaberi's "fuck the king, fuck the queen, fuck the royal house" statements worthy of prosecuting, according to the Parool. The Public Prosecutor is prosecuting Al-Jaberi for his statements made during a demonstration against Zwarte Piet on November 16th last year.

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May 6 '15 18:21

A customer reportedly abused by the staff in a Jumbo store in Eindhoven on Saturday called the situation "medieval," in an anonymous letter to broadcaster Omroep Brabant. He was physically restrained, accused by personnel of stealing a bottle of wine, but police on the scene sided with customer.

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May 6 '15 15:59

A lightning strike in an Amersfoort, Utrecht park left two people dead, safety office Veiligheidsregio Utrecht reported on Wednesday. The two victims likely took shelter from the rain underneath a tree, and lightning may have hit both the tree and the victims, a safety office spokesman said.

The bolt of lightning came down in Randenbroek Park at about 2:30 p.m. The fire department was quickly called to the scene and tried to resuscitate the victims after the incident but to no avail.

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May 6 '15 13:26

Controversial sheikh Adil Al-Kalbani is scheduled to speak at the An-Nasr mosque in Amsterdam-Oost on Wednesday night. He was also scheduled to speak in Utrecht on Friday, but the event has been cancelled due to the public unrest.

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May 6 '15 12:54

The Public Prosecutor will prosecute activist Abulkasim Al-Jaberi for saying "fuck the king, fuck the queen, fuck the royal house" during a demonstration against Zwarte Piet on November 16th last year. The Public Prosecutor feels that these statements were insulting for King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima.

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May 6 '15 10:34

Russian opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta claims to have obtained a confidential analytical report on the MH17 crash that suggests it was a BUK-M1 missile that shot down the plane. The newspaper believes it is likely a report by official Russian military experts, and will be submitted to Dutch and international experts investigating the crash.

May 6 '15 08:20

Travelers may face long queues at Schiphol this summer because the airport's new security system is still not ready.

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May 6 '15 08:03

State Secretary Wilma Mansveld of Infrastructure plans to relax the rules for taxis in general. But UberPop remains illegal as the service does not meet the requirements, according to Mansveld.

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May 5 '15 21:43

One person was seriously injured after a section of wooden boarding fell over on the Kalverstraat in Amsterdam. Six others were wounded Tuesday night when the large boards fell into them, the fire department said.

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May 5 '15 15:24

Remains found in Golden Bay, New Zealand were positively identified as the body of Dutch tourist Ken Boogers, who went missing in the country in March, reports the Nelson Mail. Boogers disappeared after taking a hike from the camp where he was staying.

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May 5 '15 15:00

Despite the rainy weather, Prime Minister Mark Rutte lit the liberation fire in Vlissingen at 13:00 this afternoon, thereby giving the official go-ahead for all fourteen liberation parties in the Netherlands.

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May 5 '15 10:34

Contact has been made with all 900 Dutch people who were known to be in Nepal during the earthquake that hit the Asian country on April 25th.

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May 5 '15 08:25

The construction of the ferry bridge over the IJ on Liberation Day today, may be impossible due to a passing cold front accompanied by rain, strong winds and possibly thunderstorms.

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May 5 '15 07:58

King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and Prime Minister Mark Rutte attended the National Remembrance on the Dam in Amsterdam on Monday night. Prime Minister Rutte gave a speech entitled "Passing memories" after the memorial service in the Nieuwe Kerk.

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May 4 '15 19:05

Garland, Texas, police officers were not warned in advance of the men who started shooting at the prophet Muhammed caricature contest attended by dutch politician Geert Wilders. The conference center in the Dallas suburb is still an active crime scene. Identities of the shooters were not released by police officials.

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