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Airplane arriving at Schiphol Airport
Dec 10 '19 08:23

On January 1st, new international regulations come into effect that should make it easier to prosecute travelers who put airplane safety in danger in the country where they are put off the plane. A total of 22 countries have signed the new treaty, called the Montreal Protocol. The Netherlands is currently ratifying it, the Telegraaf reports.

Frans Timmermans
Dec 10 '19 07:59

Dutch European Commissioner Frans Timmermans is pushing to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent, and to achieve this by 2050, according to a 'Green Deal' he and European Commission chairman Ursula von der Leyen will present on Wednesday. The package of measures will overhaul the entire European legislation, the Volkskrant reported on Tuesday.

Primary school classroom
Dec 10 '19 07:26

Nearly two-thirds of primary school teachers in the Netherlands have pupils in the classroom who live in poverty. They notice that these children have more problems with their school performance than their peers with no money problems at home, according to a survey among 700 primary school teachers by DUO. 20 percent of teachers stopped group discussions about weekend or holiday activities, because it is "too painful" for the pupils who could not do anything, AD reports.

24 Oktoberplein shooting in Utrecht
Dec 9 '19 15:01

A report by the National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism (NCTV) has revised the country's threat level assessment down to level 3 from level 4. The threat of a terrorist attack in the Netherlands is assessed on a five-point scale, with threat level 5 being the most severe and imminent.

Laughing gas, or nitrous oxide, canisters on the street
Dec 9 '19 12:13

Nitrous oxide will become a controlled substance under the Opium Act in the Netherlands to curb the growing use of the chemical compound more commonly known as laughing gas. The substance will be added to the "List II" classification under the law, alongside drugs like hashish, diazepam, lorazepam and butabarbital, the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport said in a statement.

Amsterdam flag
Dec 9 '19 10:50

The 5,400 students of 16 primary schools in Amsterdam Nieuw-West will not be able to attend classes this week, with their school closed for emergency meetings. The schools, part of the Stichting Openbaar Basisonderwijs Westelijke Tuinsteden (STWT) announced in November that it would close the doors to their locations for one week while its teachers, staff, and administrators try to come up with a solution to the worsening teacher shortage in the Netherlands.

Primary school classroom
Dec 9 '19 09:52

Primary and secondary school education is being prepared for a substantial overhaul, with schools allowed to dictate roughly one-third of how teaching time is spent. Schools will still be required to focus their attention on reaching math and language goals, the education ministry announced on Monday.

Dutch police officer
Dec 9 '19 08:40

Officers responding to a reported brawl in the Noord-Holland town of Laren said they were forced to shoot one of the people involved in the fight. It happened shortly after police arrived at the scene, police said.

"When the officers wanted to intervene, some suspects turned against the police," the police department said in a statement. "One of the officers was attacked in such a way that he had to pull the service weapon and then shoot the assailant."

Firefighters
Dec 9 '19 08:10

The medical condition of a five-year-old boy who was pulled from the rubble of a building explosion is improving. Kenan was saved after a five-hour ordeal in Coevorden, Drenthe on Saturday by emergency responders and specialists.

"This afternoon I received a message from a happy family that Kenan is doing well," wrote Coevorden mayor Bert Bouwmesster on Twitter. "He is no longer in intensive care and is likely to leave the hospital in a few days."

Brandweer fire department Volkswagen
Dec 7 '19 20:38

A five-year-old boy who was trapped under the rubble of a snack bar which blew up on Saturday was rescued five hours after the explosion. The boy, known as Kenan, was taken by ambulance to an area hospital in serious condition, according to authorities in Drenthe.

He is the son of the snack bar's owner, according to RTL Nieuws. He was in communication with emergency workers during his ordeal, but it is not clear if that was still true several hours into the ordeal.

The boy's father, who owns the Ali Baba grill cafe, was taken to the hospital soon after the explosion. 

Amsterdam Flag
Dec 6 '19 16:00

Immigration authorities in the Netherlands say 19-year-old Daniel Buter will be released from a Rotterdam detention center for undocumented migrants on Friday. The Amsterdam-born teenager was threatened with deportation to the Dominican Republic, the home country of his birth parents but a nation which he himself had never visited.

Refugee camp in Idlib, Syria
Dec 6 '19 08:56

A group of Dutch women currently trapped in detention- and refugee camps in Syria are turning to the Supreme Court in a final attempt to force the Netherlands to help bring their children and themselves back to the country. In cassation, their lawyers hope to show that the court cannot force them to be abandoned to their fate in Syrian detention, AD reports. 

Gavel with lady justice in the background
Dec 6 '19 08:27

The punishments judges in the Netherlands imposed last year were 11 percent higher than 20 years ago, according to a study by the Council for the Judiciary. Perpetrators of violent crimes and sex crimes in particular are punished more harshly, while drug crimes are punished less harshly.

Aidsfonds statue commemorating AIDS victims
Dec 6 '19 07:25

A statue commemorating the millions of people who died from AIDS was vandalized in Amsterdam, just four days after the pink 3D-printed statue was unveiled on Beursplein on Sunday. Employees of the Aidsfonds found the statue broken on Thursday evening, NOS reports.

"The statue was broken off at the knees and we assume vandalism", director Mark Vermeulen said to the broadcaster. "We are deeply shocked." The foundation reported the vandalism to the police. 

Netherlands police uniform
Dec 5 '19 15:14

The 11-year-old girl who was the subject of an Amber Alert was found within 30 minutes after the alert was issued, a spokesperson for the Amber Alert system told NL Times. The girl was found in her hometown of Lelystad because of the mass notification, the spokesperson said citing information released to her by the police.

"The missing girl has been found. Thank you all for sharing [the bulletin]," Lelystad police said on social media.

Fog covers Borneokade in Amsterdam Oost, 5 December 2019
Dec 5 '19 08:33

Commuters throughout the Netherlands can expect thick fog along the roadways Thursday morning, and the reduced visibility was likely to cause problems throughout the morning at Eindhoven Airport. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for the whole country except Zeeland and the Wadden Islands, with visibility falling below 200 meters in some places.

aanhouding-op-straat
Dec 5 '19 08:03

Wednesday night was again restless in parts of The Hague. The police arrested a total of four people for throwing fireworks, arson and insulting police officers. One was arrested in Scheveningen, three in the Escamp neighborhood, where large groups of young people were walking around, setting off fireworks, a police spokesperson said to NOS.

Sinterklaas and various Pieten at a school in Amsterdam, 5 December 2019
Dec 5 '19 07:26

This morning parents across the Netherlands will be bringing their kids to school to celebrate Sinterklaas, Packjesavond and the saint's imminent return to Spain. Foundation Nederland Wordt Beter is calling on parents to keep their children at home if their school's party still features blackface Zwarte Piet.

Fog on the road
Dec 4 '19 08:20

Fog is causing visibility problems in the Netherlands' southern promises on Wednesday morning. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning. Eindhoven Airport warns that the fog may cause some flight delays.

The airport's site shows a handful of delayed arrivals and departures, but so far none of the delays are longer than 30 minutes.

Meeting
Dec 4 '19 08:07

On Tuesday the SP decided to get behind a CDA and D66 motion for a women's quota for the supervisory boards of listed companies. With that there is a majority support in the Tweede Kamer for the motion that is intended to ensure that at least 30 percent of supervisory directors in business are women, NOS reports. 

Accident on the stairs
Dec 4 '19 07:31

Last year a total of 4,628 people in the Netherlands died within 30 days after an unfortunate fall, an increase of nearly 600 compared to 2017. That amounts to an average of 13 people dying due to a fall per day. Three quarters of the victims were over the age of 80, Statistics Netherlands reported on Wednesday. 

Amsterdam Fire Department Hendrik Station Marnixstraat
Dec 3 '19 15:35

Two firefighters were injured during an incident involving a knife inside the Amsterdam Fire Department station on Marnixstraat. One of the two later died in what police said was a suspected suicide.

Emergency services workers tried to revive that person on the street, but they died at the scene, broadcaster AT5 reported.

The injured person was taken to an area hospital, and is not in a life-threatening condition, according to newspaper Parool. The fire station was deactivated until a new crew can be brought in to take over operations, the newspaper said.

A Dutch tourist snapped this photo of thousands of oak processionary caterpillars covering a tree at a campsite in Volstroff, France. June 17, 2019
Dec 3 '19 08:47

Municipalities in the Netherlands are increasingly turning to natural methods in the fight against the oak processionary caterpillar. Municipalities are looking into promoting natural predators, bacteria based pesticides, and transforming their tree stock so they have less oak trees, NOS reports after surveying the Dutch municipalities.

Man in a wheelchair
Dec 3 '19 08:14

The position of people with disabilities in the Netherlands is deteriorating. Over the past three years, it has become more difficult for people with disabilities to fully participate in society, according to a report commissioned by the UN Convention Alliance, a collaboration of five organizations that advocate for people with disabilities, which will be handed to the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Geneva on Tuesday, Trouw reports.

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