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Child playing with toy airplane
Sep 11 '19 08:29

Ruling parties VVD and D66 think that the Netherlands can be a world leader when it comes to electric air travel. And to achieve that the Netherlands should do much more to stimulate and experiment with electric flying, VVD parliamentarian Remco Dijkstra and D66 parliamentarian Jan Paternotte proposed during a parliamentary debate on aviation, NOS reports.

Frank Paauw
Sep 11 '19 07:33

An increasing number of young people in Amsterdam carry a knife with them, make threatening videos with it, and actually use it on the street, and that is very concerning, Amsterdam police chief Frank Paauw said to AT5.

"You can see it is getting out of hand", Paauw said to the Amsterdam broadcaster "Sometimes you see young people under 15 who are already walking around with a knife. The possession of weapons the carrying of knives, is becoming commonplace."

Natural gas extraction
Sep 10 '19 13:28

The Dutch government wants to halt gas extraction in Groningen much earlier than originally planned. Minister Eric Wiebes of Economic Affairs and Climate now thinks that gas extraction in the earthquake-ridden province can be stopped by mid-2022, instead of in 2030, NOS reports.

Police officers on a crowded street
Sep 10 '19 08:52

A decade after the biggest economic crisis since the 1930s hit the Netherlands, most Dutch have recovered and are satisfied with their lives. But that does not apply to a group of around 400 thousand people who are still struggling, social and cultural planning office SCP said in its report The social state of the Netherlands. The SCP looked at the state of the Netherlands in the period 2008 to 2018, NOS reports.

Police at the scene of a fatal stabbing at Capelsebrug subway station in Rotterdam, 9 Sept 2019
Sep 10 '19 08:04

A 20-year-old man from Rotterdam was arrested in connection with a fatal stabbing at Capelsebrug subway station in Rotterdam on Monday morning. The victim was a 20-year-old man from Lekkerkerk, the police said in a statement.

The stabbing happened on the platform of Cepelsebrug subway station towards De Terp at around 10:00 a.m. on Monday. First responders tried to resuscitate the victim, but it was to no avail. He died at the scene. 

Investigators at the scene of an apparent murder-suicide on Heimerstein in Dordrecht. A police officer and two children were killed. 9 Sept 2019
Sep 10 '19 07:41

Three people, including two children aged 8 and 12 years, were killed in an apparent murder-suicide in a home on Heimerstein in Dordrecht on Monday evening. The suspected gunman was their father, a 35-year-old police officer who worked at the Rotterdam unit. He also died. A 28-year-old woman was critically injured, the police said in a statement.

Scene of a stabbing on the Rotterdam Metro
Sep 9 '19 11:28

A person was stabbed to death at the Capelsebrug subway station in Rotterdam on Monday morning following what witnesses described as a scuffle. The perpetrator is still at large, the Rotterdam police said on Twitter. 

Emergency services, including a trauma team by helicopter, responded to the subway station on Abraham van Rijckevorseplein just before 10:00 a.m. First responders tried to resuscitate the victim, but it was to no avail. They died at the scene. So far the police released no information regarding the victim's identity. 

Gavel
Sep 9 '19 09:22

The Dutch Public Prosecution Service is concerned that so-called deepfakes will be used for crimes like blackmail, extortion or even election meddling as the technology becomes more and more accessible. "We have to realize that if we see something, we can no longer just believe it", prosecutor Lodewijk van Zwieten said to NOS. "Soon you can easily make a video of something that did not actually happen."

Cybercrime
Sep 9 '19 08:11

The Netherlands is not well prepared for large-scale cyber attacks, the scientific council for government policy WRR said in a report on Monday. This applies to the Dutch government, but also companies and society as a whole, according to the council, NU.nl reports.

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Sep 9 '19 07:38

For the past 40 years the Dutch government has been maintaining almost all the furniture in the Noordeinde, Huis ten Bosch, Het Loo,  and Soestdijk palaces, but also paid the head of state allowance to maintain the furniture, NRC reports based on its own research. 

Girl at the dentist
Sep 6 '19 08:45

Around 600 thousand Dutch children never go to the dentist, according to the association of Dutch dentists ANT. In a letter sent to Minister Bruno Bruins for Medical Care, they call on health insurers to take action, AD reports.

Traffic in the rain
Sep 6 '19 08:08

Between 10 thousand and 15 thousand Dutch people die each year from the effects of air- and noise pollution. The health risks are particularly high around Schiphol and Amsterdam. Randstad residents are three times more likely to get cardiovascular diseases or serious lung diseases from pollution than people living in Drenthe, Groningen or the islands, for example, RTL Niews reports based on its analysis of RIVM estimates and figures.

Hurricane Dorian destruction in Bahamas, 2 September 2019
Sep 6 '19 07:35

The Netherlands is sending two naval ships to provide emergency relief in the Bahamas. The island group was hit by Hurricane Dorian this week. Dozens of people died and at least 70 thousand residents are in need of immediate help, according the United Nations

Zr.Ms. Johan de Witt and Zr.Ms. Snellius are currently preparing to offer emergency relief to the island group, RTL Nieuws reports. The Dutch Navy ships are already in the Caribbean because of a large Caribbean Coast emergency relief exercise, the Ministry of Defense said.

Erik Akerboom
Sep 5 '19 08:40

National Police chief Erik Akerboom is calling on the government to equip police officers with tasers. An incident in Rotterdam last week, in which a cop was knocked out by a member of a wedding procession, is not an isolated incident, according to the police chief. "As the police, we must increasingly enforce authority. People do not want to be corrected", he said to the Telegraaf. 

Health insurance
Sep 5 '19 08:09

Health insurance premiums in the Netherlands will increase slightly next year, by around 3 euros per month. A basic health insurance policy will cost nearly 40 euros more per year, the government will announce on Budget Day, AD reports based on sources in The Hague.

A cloudy day in Amsterdam
Sep 5 '19 07:36

Thursday will be the first real autumn day of the season in the Netherlands. The day will be rainy, windy and cool for this time of year with maximums climbing no higher than 18 degrees, according to Weeronline.

Loneliness
Sep 4 '19 09:06

Foundation Join Us launched a hotline for young people struggling with loneliness. It is estimated that tens of thousands of young people between the ages of 12 and 30 are lonely in the Netherlands. "The hotline should make the urgency of the problem clear, also to politicians", Jolanda van Gerwe, initiator of Join Us and co-founder of the hotline, said to RTL Nieuws. 

Apartment building
Sep 4 '19 08:26

Rents in the Netherlands continue to rise. In July, the average rents were 2.5 percent higher than in the same month last year. The highest increases happened in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, Statistics Netherlands reported on Wednesday.

The rents of social housing owned by housing corporations increased by 2 percent. Rents for social housing owned by other landlords and rents in free-sector housing both increased by 3.3 percent. In all three categories, the rents increased more than last year. 

KLM Boeing 737-700, PH-BGP at Schiphol Airport
Sep 4 '19 07:33

KLM ground crew workers are on strike between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. this morning. During that time, KLM will take no hold baggage on board. The airline also canceled a total of 16 flights - nine departures and seven arrivals. All canceled flights are flights within Europe, according to flight information from Schiphol.

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Sep 3 '19 15:20

Prosecutors in the Netherlands called on judges in an Amsterdam courtroom to convict Jawed S. in the stabbings of two American tourists at Amsterdam Central Station. The prosecution service argued that the act was a premeditated attempt to murder, with terrorist purposes, justifying a maximum allowable prison sentence of 25 years.

aanhouding-op-straat
Sep 3 '19 08:44

In the first half of this year, the Dutch police registered 5,113 cases of aggression and violence against police officers. These figures are usually released on an annual basis, but the police decided to release provisional figures at the media's request after four cops were injured during arrests in Rotterdam over the weekend, NOS reports. 

Cracked wall with the Iranian flag and a bio-hazard sign painted on it
Sep 3 '19 08:18

The Netherlands played a crucial role in sabotaging Iran's nuclear program in 2007. An agent from Dutch general intelligence service AIVD infiltrated the atomic complex at Natanz and spread a devastating digital virus that delayed the nuclear program for years, the Volkskrant reports based on sources and its own investigation.

Ambulance police Amsterdam
Sep 2 '19 17:00

Jawed S., the 20-year-old Afghan man who stabbed two American tourists at Amsterdam Central Station last year, came to the Netherlands to "kill unfair and cruel people", he said during the first day of his trial at the high security court in Amsterdam on Monday. "That was the intention with which I came to the Netherlands to protect my prophet. You gave the pig the space to express himself like that", S.

Amsterdam trams packed full on a snowy Monday morning, 11 Dec 2017
Sep 2 '19 08:35

Public transport prices in the Netherlands increased more over the past decade that the costs involved in driving your own car, Statistics Netherlands reported on Monday. In July of this year, public transit prices were 30 percent higher than in 2009. Personal car costs increased by 25 percent in this same period. For comparison, consumer products and -services prices increased by 18 percent in this period. 

In the Netherlands, the amount of money spent on car costs is 10 times higher than that spent on public transit. 

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