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Lady Justice
May 21 '15 14:50

Two former police officers from Haarle and Enschede are in the court in Zwolle today on charges that they sexually abused a drunk woman in the back seat of their police car on February 20th, 2012.

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May 21 '15 09:39

Youth Alderman Simone Kukenheim is very concerned about the revelations made by the VARA program Rambam about the Amsterdam Church of Scientology. "If the media reports are correct, I find it very disturbing", the alderman said to AT5.

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May 21 '15 08:54

Police unions are surrounding the Binnenhof on Thursday for hourly noise protests by police officers with sirens, horns and drums. With this the unions hope to put pressure on the cabinet and parliament to make more money available for a better collective bargaining agreement for the police

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May 21 '15 08:35

Swift measures should be taken to force vulnerable young people to keep receiving care after they turn 18 years old. This is according to the Children's Ombudsman, Marc Dullaert, who did an investigation into the continuing care for children after they turned 18.

Rutte Hebdo
May 20 '15 23:40

The current coalition government received harsh criticism in the annual Court of Audit report for its inability to solve problems in implementing policies without causing havoc at affected ministries. At its core, the report states that the government wants to achieve much, but puts too little thought into planning and executing policy especially in cases of budget cuts.

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May 20 '15 16:13

The Public Prosecutor's office is pressing cases against at least 29 men for having sex with a 16-year-old prostitute in a Valkenburg, Limburg hotel. The men will appear in front of Maastricht Court between July 8 and 18, the public prosecutor reported.

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May 20 '15 14:45

The Netherlands often violates the rights of children, with especially vulnerable children often falling victim of child rights violations. This is the conclusion of child rights organization UNICEF Nederland and Defense for Children in their Annual Report Children's Rights 2015.

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May 20 '15 12:26

The permit granted by the municipality of Haaksbergen to the monster truck event last year made little or no contribution to the safety of the public. That is the conclusion of the Dutch Safety Board in the investigation into the monster truck accident in Haaksbergen last year that left 3 people dead and 28 others injured.

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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.

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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.

Hell's Angels
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.

Ecstasy shop - Young Democrats D66, Amsterdam
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.

Shell fire
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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