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New York Police Department
Aug 1 '18 07:34

Two Dutch women and a 6-year-old Dutch boy were killed in a shooting in an apartment in New York on Tuesday. The perpetrator was also killed.

The victims are 47-year-old Linda Olthof from Deventer, her young son Jimmy, and a 38-year-old Dutch woman, AD reports. They were shot and killed by American man James Shields, Linda's ex husband. The other victim was his current wife. According to the newspaper, the police believe that Shields shot his son and the two women, and then committed suicide. 

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Jul 31 '18 08:46

At least 12 people were injured during a fire in the Heycop home and care center in Breukelen on Monday evening. Eleven people were taken to UMC Utrecht's emergency hospital. The victims sustained various injuries, most of them smoke inhalation related, a spokesperson for the local safety office Veiligheidsregio Utrecht said to ANP. 

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Jul 31 '18 08:19

An explosion, followed by a fire, in a top floor apartment on Daphnestraat in Arnhem left two people seriously injured on Monday night. A search was launched for a third person who may be hurt. The two victims were taken to hospital with burns, a spokesperson for local safety office Veiligheidsregio Gelderland Midden said to RTL Nieuws.

Police at the scene of a shooting in Ferilli's Caffe on Beethovenstraat in Amsterdam, 30 July 2018
Jul 31 '18 07:58

One person was seriously hurt in a shooting in a restaurant on Beethovenstraat in Amsterdam on Monday afternoon. The police are looking for one suspect, who fled the scene. The shooting happened around 2:50 p.m.

The suspect is a short man, around 1.6 meters tall, between the ages of 35 and 40 years old, with a muscled posture. He was wearing red and black striped shorts and a blue shirt, and carried a black bag with him.

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Jul 31 '18 07:29

Terrorist organization Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the, including one Dutch, in Tajikistan on Sunday. The local authorities still believe it was a hit-and-run accident, but do not exclude intent or terrorism, NOS reports.

Femke Halsema
Jul 30 '18 08:21

Mayor Femke Halsema of Amsterdam is making an "ultimate attempt" to convince the lower house of Dutch parliament to hire more police officers. She is discussing this matter with Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security, the Telegraaf reports.

Halsema toured Amsterdam's Red Light District during the early hours of Saturday morning, according to the newspaper. She denies that there is complete "lawlessness", as Amsterdam's ombudsman Arre Zuurmond said in previous reports. "But it is true that there are far too few enforcers and officers."

Tajikistan police cars
Jul 30 '18 07:51

Four bicycle tourists were killed and three were injured in a traffic accident in Tajikistan, in Central Asia. Among the dead is a 56-year-old Dutch man, and his 58-year-old wife was wounded, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, NOS reports.

The other three tourists killed are two Americans and a Swiss, a spokesperson for the Tajik Ministry of Home Affairs said to the broadcaster. 

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Jul 30 '18 07:35

Monday will be the busiest day of the year so far for Schiphol. The airport expects 233 thousand people, 3 thousand more than its busiest day last year. Extra personnel were deployed to help manage the mass of passengers, but longer waiting times are still expected, NOS reports.

Travelers are urged to arrive at the airport on time. 

This summer vacation Schiphol is processing a total of 12.7 million passengers, an increase of 2.4 percent compared to last year. 

Crime scene
Jul 27 '18 08:48

The police found the body of a child on Friday morning while searching for a missing 10-year-old boy in recreation area Het Hulsbeek in Overijssel. The identity of the young victim is still being confirmed, the police said, ANP reports.

The boy went missing on Thursday. His bicycle was found in a parking lot at a lake in the area, located near Oldenzaal. Emergency services responded en masse to search for the boy, who cannot swim.

According to newspaper Tubantia, Het Hulsbeek was evacuated for the search. A helicopter was deployed to help search for the boy.

Summer at the beach
Jul 27 '18 08:27

The Netherlands is officially in the midst of a national heatwave. Temperatures measured 30 degrees at De Bilt at 11:20 on Thursday, the third consecutive day of maximums above 30 degrees, making a national heatwave a fact. Heat records were broken at 15 weather stations across the country, NU.nl reports.

For a national heatwave, De Bilt must have five consecutive days with maximums of 25 degrees or higher. Three of those days must measure temperatures of 30 degrees or higher.

Jul 27 '18 07:48

After weeks of drought, parts of Zuid- and Midden-Nederland were hit by a rain storm on Thursday evening. One person was killed and one injured in Rotterdam when a tree fell on their car. In Gelderland thousands of homes were without power for a few hours. And Roosendaal was hit by a whirlwind, NOS and AD report.

Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for Noord-Brabant, Zuid-Holland, Zeeland, Gelderland and Utrecht on Thursday night. The service predicted thunderstorms, with gusts up to 70 kilometers per hour and hailstones up to 2 centimeters.

Anouk van Luijk, missing in Cuba since 21 July 2018
Jul 26 '18 09:50

The missing 19-year-old Anouk van Luijk was found alive on Cuba and reunited with her parents. She is doing well under the circumstances, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced, RTL Nieuws reports.

The Ministry would not say what happened to the young Dutch woman, or where she's been over the past days, for privacy reasons.

Dutch police crime scene tape
Jul 26 '18 08:10

One person was injured in a shooting on 's-Gravendijkwal in Rotterdam around midnight on Wednesday. The victim was taken to hospital with unknown injuries, the police said on Twitter. 

The circumstances surrounding the shooting are still unclear. The police are investigating, and call on witnesses to come forward.

A forensic investigation was done at the scene.

The victim's current condition is unknown.

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Jul 26 '18 07:33

A Dutch man was killed in a shooting in Barcelona on Monday. A second Dutch man was injured. The Spanish police believe the shooting was a settlement in the criminal circuit, RTL Nieuws reports.

The two Dutch were shot after they visited a night club in the  El Poblenou district, according to the broadcaster. They were later found injured in a car. Emergency services tried to resuscitate the one man, but it was to no avail. The second man sustained injuries to his arm.

According to the Telegraaf, both Dutch had weapons on them.

Jul 25 '18 14:30

The Dutch State is not accountable for the death of two hijackers in the the court in The Hague ruled on Wednesday.

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Jul 25 '18 08:55

The Surinamese government is not satisfied with a letter of apology that Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs sent after he called Suriname a 'failed state'. Blok's Surinamese counterpart Yldiz Pollack-Beighle calls Blok's apologies "poor" because he "does not take back the inaccuracies he voiced at a closed meeting", NOS reports.

Anouk van Luijk, missing in Cuba since 21 July 2018
Jul 25 '18 08:24

Anouk van Luijk has been missing on Cuba for several days. The 19-year-old woman from Hellevoetsluis was supposed to fly back to the Netherlands on Saturday, but never showed up for her flight. Her family hasn't heard from her since Saturday, her father Wim van Luijk said in , that has since been shared nearly 8 thousand times.

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Jul 25 '18 07:58

Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code orange weather warning for extreme heat in the entire country, except for the Wadden area. The warning is in place from 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday until Friday.

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Jul 24 '18 14:43

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima released a statement expressing "enormous sympathy" to those affected by forest fires raging in Greece. So far the fires claimed 60 lives and left some 150 people injured. Whether any Dutch are among the victims is not yet clear, RTL Nieuws reports.

"The raging forest fires in Greece have claimed many victims. We feel enormous sympathy for the victims, their families and those who do not yet know the fate of their loved ones. We share their pain and our thoughts are with them", the Dutch Royals said.

Koen van Keulen
Jul 24 '18 08:26

The Italian police believe that 17-year-old Koen van Keulen from Soest died in a fatal accident at Lake Garda. His family saw camera footage that confirm this conclusion, a spokesperson for the family said to RTL Nieuws.

Stef Blok
Jul 24 '18 08:00

Over 200 officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs signed a letter calling on Minister Stef Blok to increase diversity in the department. According to them, the Ministry is lagging behind with the acceptance of people with a bicultural background. They want to discuss promoting diversity with the Minister, NOS reports.

RHWW rescue dogs
Jul 24 '18 07:38

The Dutch rescue dogs team that went to Italy with 12 sniffer dogs to s on Sunday, will remain in the country for the time being to help search for a missing Italian girl. The Italian authorities asked the Dutch for help, foundation RHWW said on Twitter.

Police guard in a detention center
Jul 23 '18 13:50

Two men were arrested in Rotterdam on June 17th on suspicion of planning attacks in the Netherlands and France, the Public Prosecutor announced on Monday. The suspects are 22 and 27 years old, and both of Moroccan nationality. They were arrested based on information from intelligence agency AIVD, the Prosecutor said.

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Jul 23 '18 08:32

The Netherlands is considering giving shelter to a "limited number" of Syrian aid group the White Helmets, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice and Security said to RTL Nieuws. "Important conditions for this are identification, registration and (security) screening."

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