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Red Light District, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Jul 15 '19 14:20

The first meeting to discuss the future of Amsterdam’s Red Light District was met with disagreement and polarizing opinions on Wednesday evening at the Compagnietheater, the 18th century former church that sits in De Wallen. The meeting, organized by Mayor Femke Halsema, gathered residents, sex workers, and entrepreneurs who will be affected by the proposed changes for the area. 

A cloudy day in Amsterdam
Jul 15 '19 08:38

While the week is starting out chilly with occasional showers, the weather will turn more summery from Wednesday, Buienradar expects. Maximums will start climbing from Wednesday, reaching a summery 27 degrees Celsius by Friday. And while the clouds will not disappear completely, there will be more sunshine.

"It will not be radiantly sunny", meteorologist Arjan Willemse of Buienradar said to RTL Nieuws. "Cloud fields will keep coming, but it will certainly be a lot more summery than now."

British Airways planes at Heathrow Airport
Jul 15 '19 08:14

A 12-year-old Dutch boy with no ticket and no boarding pass managed to board a British Airways plane to Los Angeles at Heathrow Airport in London on Sunday afternoon. He was caught out shortly before the plane took off, when a stewardess asked to see his ticket so she could show him to his seat, The Telegraph reports.

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Jul 15 '19 07:52

Traffic accidents throughout the Netherlands cost the lives of seven people over the weekend. Two children, both age 7, are in critical condition after being thrown from a car during an accident on the A50 near Ravenstein on Sunday evening. 

Schiphol Airport passengers
Jul 12 '19 12:50

School's out for summer in northern Netherlands on Friday and that means crowded airports and busy roads. Friday is a peak day for both departures and arrivals at Schiphol, and the airport is therefore expected to be very busy. Sunday is another peak day for departures, according to the airport. 

After Friday, the arrivals at Schiphol will taper off somewhat. Saturday's departures is also expected to be very busy. 

Children playing in a refugee camp
Jul 12 '19 08:56

Children of Dutch jihadists will be placed in a special shelter when they return to the Netherlands. There they will be observed and counseled 24 hours per day to determine whether they pose a danger to society, newspaper AD reported on Friday.

According to the newspaper, older children will be placed in this shelter, where they will be kept isolated - they will not stay with other children. Kids under the age of 9 will also be examined and their mental state assessed upon their return to the Netherlands, NU.nl writes. 

Child playing with chalk
Jul 12 '19 08:19

After months of negotiations, the coalition parties reached an agreement on how to arrange custody for families with more than two parents and surrogacy by law. Dutch kids will soon be able to legally have up to four parents, and the rights of surrogates and the parents who use them will be laid down in law, RTL Nieuws reports based on a draft letter to parliament in its possession. 

The Council of Ministers will discuss the proposal on Friday. 

D-Day flag
Jul 12 '19 07:37

Prime Minister Mark Rutte has a meeting with United States president Donald Trump next week Thursday, July 18th, a White House spokesperson confirmed in a statement. During that visit, Rutte and art collector Bert Kreuk will hand over an the first American flag planted in Normandy on D-Day, which the collector decided to donate to the US, NU.nl reports.

Insiya Hemani, kidnapped from Amsterdam in September 2016
Jul 11 '19 13:30

On Thursday the court in Amsterdam sentenced six people to up to four years in prison for their involvement in the abduction of then 2-year-old Insiya Hemani from her grandmother's Amsterdam apartment in 2016. The court considered it proven that, ordered by the girl's father, these six people helped to violently take Insiya away from her mother, NU.nl reports.

Ferdinand Grapperhaus
Jul 11 '19 08:49

Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security is committed to fighting drug crime in the Netherlands. And to do so, he thinks that the number of festivals held in the Netherlands should be reduced. There are too many festivals in the country, and the police can't enforce drug law at all of them, he said in an interview with the Telegraaf.

Google Assistant
Jul 11 '19 08:20

Google employees listen in on conversations Dutch people have with their Google Assistant. In some cases this involves private conversations that were accidentally recorded by the assistant, according to around a thousand audio clips a Belgian employee who listens to audio clips for Google shared with Belgian VRT and Dutch NOS. Google does not make clear in its terms and conditions that this can happen, NOS reports.

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Jul 11 '19 07:46

A 42-year-old woman was stabbed to death on the street in Kerkrade on Wednesday afternoon. A 52-year-old man was arrested in Heerlen after a three-hour manhunt. The victim is known as 'Aunt Reagan' in the neighborhood, and the suspect is her ex who has been stalking her for some time, local residents told the Telegraaf.

Ridouan Taghi
Jul 10 '19 08:48

A high-ranking police officer from Utrecht was bribed to work as a corrupt contact for the gang around fugitive criminal Ridouan Taghi, newspaper AD reports after seeing statements made by key witness Nabil B., who worked in this same criminal organization for some time. 

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Jul 10 '19 08:09

Ukraine and Canada have joined a lawsuit relatives of people killed in the MH17 disaster filed against Russia at the European Court of Human Rights, Sander de Lang, one of the lawyers representing relatives in this case, confirmed to NU.nl after a report in AD.

The surviving relatives filed the complaint against Russia in 2016, holding the country liable for downing the Malaysia Airlines flight over eastern Ukraine on 17 July 2014. On April 4th, the European Court of Human Rights announced that it would handle the complaint. 

Firecrackers
Jul 10 '19 07:50

On Friday the Dutch government will announce a nationwide ban on the strongest consumer fireworks - fireworks that fall in the so-called third category like strips and rolls of firecrackers, sources in The Hague told broadcaster NOS. Both the fireworks sector and the police are dissatisfied with the ban. 

The ban will take effect from New Year's 2020-2021, according to the broadcaster. Category three fireworks, which form only a small share of the Dutch market, are already banned in Belgium and Germany. 

Sexual violence
Jul 9 '19 07:59

Victims of rape or sexual assault in the Netherlands are increasingly willing to seek aid shortly after they were attacked. Last year the center for helping victims of sexual violence CSG received almost 50 percent more acute reports - reports made within seven days of the assault or rape - than the year before, NOS reports.

Crime scene tape
Jul 9 '19 07:37

A man was found dead in a home on A.H. Verweijweg in the Zuid-Holland town of Berkel and Rodenrijs on Monday. The police arrested no less than 14 people on suspicion of a criminal offense. Exactly what they are suspected of, the police did not say.

Emergency services responded to the home at around 7:00 a.m., local residents said to the Telegraaf. "I was lying in bed and it woke me up", a neighbor said. "Then I quickly went outside to look and saw that everything was covered in police tape. I was sent away and later men in white suits came." 

Primary school classroom
Jul 8 '19 08:31

Schools in the Netherlands will again start the new school year with a considerable shortage of teachers and educational support staff. Currently there are 3,500 open vacancies for teachers in primary education, according to the council for primary education PO-Raad. The expectation is that 1,400 of these will not be filled by the start of the next school year. That makes the teacher shortage 5 percent larger than last year, NOS reports.

Crime scene
Jul 8 '19 07:57

An 18-year-old girl who went missing from Epe during the early hours of Saturday morning, was found dead in the outskirts of Oene on Sunday afternoon. She died in an accident - no crime was committed, the Gelderland police said on Twitter.

The young woman never came home after a party in the Gelderland town. She was last seen at around 4:00 a.m. on Saturday, according to NU.nl. 

Football
Jul 8 '19 07:40

Disappointed, but proud. Those three words sum up the emotions of the Oranje Lionesses after their 2-0 loss against the United States in the World Cup final in Lyon on Sunday. "Sure there is disappointment, but we had a fantastic tournament. This is now the result, and I am very proud", goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal said to NOS. 

Young Oranje fans after the Lionesses beat Sweden in the World Cup semi-finals in Lyon, 3 July 2019
Jul 7 '19 18:54

The excellent 2019 World Cup tournament run by the Dutch women's national football team came to a disappointing end on Sunday night when the United States beat the Netherlands 2-0. In a match where Dutch goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal racked up save after save securing the Golden Glove for the tournament, the U.S. was able to consistently pierce Dutch coach Sarina Wiegman's defensive strategy until a penalty broke the match wide open in the 61st minute.

Brandweer fire department Volkswagen
Jul 6 '19 10:29

People in Amsterdam received a frightening wake-up call when a large explosion rattled windows and shook floors early Saturday morning. The blast took place on the Korte van Eeghenstraat in Amsterdam Zuid at about 4:25 a.m.

There were no serious injuries, though two people were treated by ambulance personnel at the scene, according to broadcaster AT5. The explosion caused property damage to buildings and vehicles, police said. A reporter for the broadcaster said the explosion occurred beneath or next to a parked car in front of the Park View Hotel. 

Dutch emergency services in action
Jul 5 '19 11:44

Two people were killed on Friday after an explosion blew out the facade of an apartment in Vlaardingen, police confirmed. The incident took place shortly after 9:10 a.m. on the Van der Waalstraat in the Zuid-Holland city about five kilometers west of Rotterdam.

The two victims were initially reported as injured in the blast, which then led to a fire. Neighbors said a family with children was living in the apartment where the explosion took place, according to local broadcaster RTV Rijnmond.

Child playing with toy airplane
Jul 5 '19 08:28

Every year hundreds of Dutch children are left abroad by their parents. With the summer vacation around the corner, a majority in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, is calling on the government to make it punishable to leave your children in a foreign country, RTL Nieuws reports.

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