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Dutch police officers arrest a suspect
Dec 3 '19 07:27

For the third night in a row, the Duindorp neighborhood of The Hague was restless. Some 13 people were arrested for throwing stones, public violence and insult, a police spokesperson said to NU.nl. Footage on social media shows fireworks exploding near riot police officers. Calm returned around midnight. 

Light bulbs
Dec 2 '19 08:23

Consumers in the Netherlands can expect more increases in their energy bills in the coming years. In 2022, the energy bill will increase by at least 60 euros per year. And that increase may already be introduced in steps from 2020, homeowners' association VEH said to the Telegraaf. 

200 kilos of illegal fireworks found in Terschuur, 26 Nov 2018
Dec 2 '19 07:51

Traders in illegal fireworks are increasingly making use of drug routes to bring their products into the Netherlands, according to the police. The bigger chance of fireworks sent by mail being intercepted, means that these traders are looking for other ways to distribute illegal fireworks, the police said, NOS reports.

Netherlands police uniform
Dec 2 '19 07:23

The riot police were deployed to the Duindorp neighborhood of The Hague on Sunday night. The neighborhood was restless until around midnight, with waste bins being set on fire and a bus stop being vandalized. This was the second night of unrest in Duindorp, NOS reports.

Dutch police at the scene of a crime
Nov 30 '19 18:34

Police in the Netherlands arrested a 35-year-old man in connection with the stabbings of three teenagers on the Grote Marktstraat in Den Haag. The man, with no fixed address, was being taken to a police station where investigators planned to interrogate him, Den Haag police said in a statement.

No suspected motive was released immediately after the arrest. Earlier on Saturday, authorities went so far as to say, "The precise nature of the incident is currently unclear."

Police
Nov 29 '19 23:03

The three victims in a stabbing Friday evening in the Hague were all minor children, the police said in a statement. The motive behind the knifings near a Hudson's Bay department store at about 7:45 p.m. was still unknown hours later.

All three victims were released from an area hospital, police confirmed.

new police uniform 1
Nov 29 '19 22:01

Three people were hurt in a stabbing on the Grote Marktstraat ​at the Hudson's Bay in Den Haag, police said. The incident happened on Friday night while shoppers in the area filled the street searching for Black Friday sales.

No suspects were in custody two hours after the violence took place. Police were searching for a male between 45 and 50 years of age, with slightly tanned skin, though it was not immediately clear if he was a suspect in the case. He was wearing a black jacket and a scarf over a gray track suit.

Wilbert Paulissen identifying the first four suspects to be prosecuted for the MH17 disaster, 19 June 2019
Nov 29 '19 16:08

The court case examining criminal responsibility in the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 will begin on March 9 at the heavily secured court complex at Schiphol airport. The case, officially assigned to the District Court in The Hague, will also provide a live stream of the court hearings, and a press center to accommodate up to 500 journalists and 300 workplaces.

The court has reserved 25 weeks for the trial. In 2020, those dates are March 9-13, March 23-27, June 8-July 3, and August 31-November 13. The court will also hear the case in 2021 from February 1 through March 26.

collegas-op-straat
Nov 29 '19 14:45

The mayors of the municipalities of Veenendaal, De Bilt and Utrechtse Heuvelrug want the Ministry of Defense to take over some police duties to fill the gaps caused by the national shortage of police officers. They want soldiers to help with patrolling and security, the mayors intended to say in a motion during the members meeting of the Dutch municipalities association VNG, NOS reports.

ABN Amro ATMs in Amsterdam
Nov 29 '19 08:25

ABN Amro decided to shut down a few dozen of its ATMs after a series of bombings. The bank knows that this may be annoying for some customers whose regular ATM will suddenly be unavailable, but the measure is taken with the safety of customers in mind, a spokesperson for ABN Amro said to NOS.

Black Friday poster
Nov 29 '19 08:04

Netherlands online store Bol.com wants to move Black Friday to a week earlier so that it does not clash with Sinterklaas. Currently peak crowds on Black Friday can have a chain effect resulting in gifts being delivered too late for Pakjesavond - the night Sinterklaas delivers his gifts on December 5th, general manager Huub Vermeulen said to Trouw. 

Young adults
Nov 29 '19 07:38

Young people between the ages of 18 and 25 in the Netherlands are largely positive about the future of the country. They are less worried by social issues like crime, the multicultural society, population density and the mentality in the Netherlands than the older generations. Their main concern is environmental pollution, Statistics Netherlands revealed on Friday in its annual National Youth Monitor.

Dutch water rescue organization KNRM
Nov 28 '19 10:07

The Netherlands Coastguard launched a massive search for a fishing boat from Urk on the North Sea near Texel on Thursday morning. The Zr.Ms. Makkum, a naval ship designed to search for sea mines, searched the area around where the boat disappeared with its sonar equipment and most likely located it, the Coastguard said. But due to the bad weather conditions, divers can not yet be sent in to confirm. There were two people on board the boat when it disappeared.

Unidentified Yemeni military on duty at the security checkpoint in Hadramaut valley, Yemen
Nov 28 '19 08:37

Nine of the ten largest Dutch pension funds invest in arms manufacturers who supply systems to countries that violate human rights, such as Saudi Arabia. In total these pension funds invest over a billion euros in 14 of these types of arms companies, NRC reports based on the Fair Pension Guide study by peace organization PAX. 

Football
Nov 28 '19 07:59

Prime Minister Mark Rutte is meeting with football association KNVB on Thursday to discuss how to tackle racism on and along the fields. The government is expected to propose more cameras, to make it easier to recognize supporters who misbehave. The KNVB will likely impose longer stadium bans on misbehaving supporters, sources told NOS.

Ridouan Taghi with a sketch aged to show what he may look like today
Nov 27 '19 08:29

Riduouan Taghi, considered the most wanted fugitive criminal in the Netherlands, is likely staying on Kish - an island in the Persian Gulf, an about two-hour boat ride from Dubai, the Telegraaf reports based on "multiple sources" within and outside the investigative services. The Netherlands has no extradition treaty with Kish.

In July the Telegraaf wrote that Taghi was "almost certainly" hiding in Dubai. 

Police officers on a crowded street
Nov 27 '19 08:03

Both men and women in the Netherlands have grown heavier and slightly taller since 1981, according to Statistics Netherlands' health survey. Between 1981 and 2018, men on average grew 3.8 centimeters taller and 9 kilograms heavier, while women grew 1.5 centimeters taller and 7 kilograms heavier.

That means that men are now an average of 2.3 kilograms heavier per centimeter of body height, and women 4.7 kilograms. According to the stats office, women became "fairly considerably" heavier in the periods 1990 to 2000 and 2010 to 2019, while their height hardly changed.

Dutch police at the scene of a crime
Nov 27 '19 07:39

The parents of a 20-year-old man arrested on Monday on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack in the Netherlands, is shocked by the accusations against their son. "We never expected this. If it is true, we strongly reject it. But we hope it's not true", the parents said to newspaper AD.

Dutch police officer
Nov 26 '19 16:09

Two men were arrested in the Netherlands on Monday, accused of preparing to carry out a terrorist attack using at least one car bomb and bomb vests, the Public Prosecution Service (OM) revealed on Tuesday. The suspects were allegedly plotting to carry out an attack in the Netherlands by the end of the year.

Dutch frigate Zr.Ms. Van Speijk
Nov 26 '19 12:10

The Netherlands will contribute to a mission to protect the important oil shipping routes in the Strait of Hormuz. A navy ship will be deployed to the Persian Gulf for six months, to take part in a mission led by France that is set to start in January, sources in The Hague confirmed to RTL Nieuws after reports by ANP.

The mission is expected to cost between 10 million and 15 million euros. The Netherland's role will mainly be an 'observing' one, according to the broadcaster's sources. The mission's headquarters will be a French naval base in Abu Dhabi.

Mark Rutte
Nov 26 '19 08:45

Former Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert says that in 2015 she verbally informed then Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs about possible civilian deaths during a bombardment by Dutch F-16s in Iraq, and she may also have told Prime Minister Mark Rutte. She did not mention how many victims there were, only that there may have been civilian casualties, Minister Ank Bijleveld of Defense said in a letter to parliament on Monday night, NOS reports.

Menno Snel
Nov 26 '19 08:10

State Secretary Menno Snel of Finance has known for some time that the number of victims whose childcare allowance was wrongfully halted is much larger than he told the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, RTL Nieuws and Trouw report based on confidential reports in their possession.

Snel knew about the documents and their content for a long time, but withheld them from the Tweede Kamer, which has been asking about it for around 18 months, according to the news agencies. 

Marco van Basten
Nov 26 '19 07:30

Fox Sports suspended Marco van Basten for a week after he made a comment referring to the Nazi salute on air on the program De Eretribune on Saturday night. The fee that Van Basten normally receives for appearing on the show will be donated to the Netherlands institute for war documentation NIOD, to promote awareness and knowledge about the history of the Second World War, Fox announced.

Amsterdam Flag
Nov 25 '19 14:51

All 16 primary schools managed by the Westelijke Tuinsteden foundation will close down temporarily in December as the organization tries to find a solution to deal with the growing teacher shortage in the Netherlands, reported broadcaster NOS. The decision affects the families of 5,400 students registered at one of the schools.

Classes will be cancelled for the week starting on December 9. The school system said it was looking to fill the equivalent of 25 full-time positions, up from 13 at the beginning of the school year, according to the Parool.

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