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Essenburgstraat in Rotterdam
Jan 11 '19 07:37

The family of , a 16-year-old girl shot and killed at her Rotterdam school in December, is considering taking legal steps against the police. They are convinced that Humeyra would still be alive if the police had done their jobs, AD reports.

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Jan 10 '19 16:00

The court sentenced 40-year-old Shurandy S. to 20 years in prison for brother of key witness Nabil B. The judge considered it conclusively proven that S. gunned down the innocent man at his business in Amsterdam on March 29th last year, RTL Nieuws reports.

A forensic investigator at the scene of a crime
Jan 10 '19 08:35

The Dutch police will soon start using DNA found at crime scenes to determine the skin color of the suspect. This technique is now reliable enough that it can be used in investigations, Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security announced, NU.nl reports.

Mobile police post outside an embassy in The Hague
Jan 10 '19 08:07

A group of around 10 protesters gathered at the Iranian embassy in The Hague on Wednesday. A number of them climbed over the embassy's fence. Others pelted the building with objects. The police arrested four of the demonstrators, the Volkskrant reports.

The protesters were shouting slogans like "Iran regime terrorist", according to the newspaper.

Dutch police crime scene tape
Jan 10 '19 07:40

Some 120 people were evacuated on Veestraat in Venlo during the early hours of Thursday morning due to a grenade. One resident lay down on the grenade to keep it from causing too much damage if it exploded, according to the fire department. Defense's explosive disposal department later concluded that the grenade no longer contained any explosive material, NU.nl reports.

El Chapo in US custody after his extradition from Mexico, Jan 2017
Jan 9 '19 08:26

The Dutch police intercepted the communications of Mexican drug baron Joaquín Guzmán, better known as 'El Chapo', for 18 months in 2011 and 2012 and shared that data with the FBI. This tapping operation gave the American authorities a complete picture of El Chapo's extensive organization, the Sinaloa cartel, and ultimately contributed to his arrest, sources told the Volkskrant.

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Jan 9 '19 07:47

A man was shot and killed in The Hague on Tuesday afternoon. The incident happened on Netscherstraat in Schilderswijk at around 1:00 p.m. Shortly after the shooting a person turned themselves in at a police station. The person was arrested and the police are investigating their involvement, NOS reports.

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Jan 9 '19 07:27

Eight people were injured in a fire in an apartment building in Rotterdam during the early hours of Wednesday morning. Seven were taken to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. The eighth was injured when he jumped from a window. He was taken to hospital with unknown injuries, ANP reports.

The fire broke out on the third floor of the apartment building on Watergeusstraat and spread to several homes. A total of seven homes were evacuated. The fire left two of them uninhabitable. The residents of the other five were allowed to return home after the fire was extinguished.

Ahmad Mola Nissi of the ASMLA
Jan 8 '19 14:09

Iran is almost certainly behind the assassination of two persons of Iranian descent in the Netherlands, Ministers Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs and Kasja Ollongren of Home Affairs wrote in a l on Tuesday.

Amsterdam subway construction
Jan 8 '19 08:44

Amsterdam's new Noord-Zuid subway line, , will be extended to Schiphol and Hoofddorp, Schiphol CEO Dick Benschop announced at the airport's New Year's reception on Monday. The parties involved reached an agreement to do so at the end of last year. It is no longer a question of if, but when the subway line will be extended, Benschop said, NU.nl reports. 

Children in a refugee camp
Jan 8 '19 08:07

Children's Ombudsman Margrite Kalverboer is urgently calling on the government to bring Dutch children still in Syria back to the Netherlands. "There has been talk for almost a year, but not much has happened. The children are a year older and live under poor conditions. That is bad for their development", she said in a letter to Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security, RTL Nieuws reports.

A plane approaches Schiphol Airport
Jan 8 '19 07:32

The Netherlands is facing strong winds on Tuesday. As a result, some flights to and from Schiphol airport may be delayed or canceled, the airport warns. Dutch airline KLM already canceled 159 return flights on Schiphol due to the weather conditions.

A large number of arrivals at Schiphol are already delayed, as is a handful of departures. The cancelations are still mainly KLM flights. The airport urges travelers to check their flight status with their airline or on the Schiphol site or app before leaving for the airport.

Dutch police at the scene of a crime
Jan 7 '19 08:27

The police are investigating a possible threat against Heilige Sava, a Serbian Orthodox Church in Nijmegen. Church services for Sunday and Monday were canceled as a precaution while the police investigate, NU.nl reports.

Dobbelmannweg, where the church is located, was closed by the police for several hours on Sunday.

Heilige Sava had Christmas celebrations scheduled for Sunday evening and Monday morning. The church's website states that these services were canceled for security reasons. 

Ambulance
Jan 7 '19 08:15

A 41-year-old man was arrested in Ridderkerk on Saturday after his 1-year-old child fell from a first floor apartment on Fresiastraat. The police are investigating exactly what happened. 

At around 6:20 p.m. on Saturday the police received a report that a toddler had fallen from the first floor of the apartment building. According to the police, the report indicated that the boy may have been thrown from the apartment. "Presumably a quarrel in the home of father and child preceded the incident", the police said in a statement.

Rainbow flag
Jan 7 '19 07:49

Hundreds of Dutch Protestant pastors, prominent people in the church, as well as the party leader and a senator of Christian party SGP, signed a manifesto against LGBTQ people. The manifesto argues that marriage is meant to only be a covenant between one man and one woman, and that good Christians should always reject homosexuality. It also suggests that your sexual identity is something you can be healed of.

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Jan 6 '19 17:21

Heavily-armed police in the Netherlands stormed onto a stopped passenger train to capture two men sitting in the train car. It was one of three separate incidents in two hours taking place at or near the Zwolle train station, which led to the arrests of five people in total.

MSC Zoe
Jan 4 '19 08:58

The Ministry of Defense deployed 100 soldiers to assist in cleaning up sea containers and their content that washed ashore on the Wadden Islands. Some 270 containers fell from cargo ship MSC Zoe near Germany during the early hours of Wednesday morning. Around 35 containers washed ashore on the Wadden Islands. Friesland and Groningen on the mainland also found containers and their content, NU.nl reports.

The soldiers will start cleaning up the beaches on the Wadden Islands on Friday. Some soldiers had to come back from their Christmas holidays to help, according to the newspaper.

Fireworks in Amsterdam Oost, 31 Dec 2017
Jan 4 '19 07:56

The Dutch association for trauma surgery NVT register 90 fireworks injuries this New Year's, five fewer than last year. The 90 patients include 32 children, NU.nl reports.

Red Cross supplies heading to Thailand as tropical storm Pabuk approaches, 3 Jan 2019
Jan 4 '19 07:35

A massive tropical storm is set to hit Thailand on Friday. The Thai weather service fears that it will be the strongest storm in 30 years and expects waves of up to 7 meters high, gusts of over 100 kilometers per hour, heavy rainfall and tidal waves. Hundreds of tourists, including some 40 Dutch, are trapped on the Thai islands, NOS reports.

Faisal Mssyeh, better known as Feis Ecktuh
Jan 3 '19 23:32

Police have released six of the seven suspects taken into custody after the shooting death of rapper Faisal Mssyeh. Better known as Feis Ecktuh, or just "Feis", the 32-year-old was gunned down in Rotterdam early in the morning on New Year's Day.

His 31-year-old brother received a life-threatening injury during the shooting. Both victims were taken to an area hospital shortly after the incident.

Illegal fireworks found in Vijfhuizen warehouse
Jan 2 '19 19:06

Authorities in the Netherlands managed to confiscate 56,525 kilograms of illegal fireworks over the course of 2018, the Public Prosecutor revealed. The total far surpasses the amount seized in 2017 of 40,382.60 kilograms.

It represents a 40 percent increase. Several confiscations in the last week of the year pushed that number up by nearly 5,900 kilos.

The last week of the year represented the third-highest seizure of fireworks by Dutch authorities. Some 12,712 kilos were seized from November 12-18, and a little over 7,920 kg were taken between December 3-9.

Henk van Essen, Dutch Police
Jan 2 '19 14:14

Official figures released by police in the Netherlands showed that officers were assaulted 59 times during New Year's Eve and New Year's Day earlier this week. That number is more than double the 27 incidents reported a year ago.

"Apparently, a group thinks it's normal to misbehave, and lob fireworks at police officers and aid workers," Deputy Police Chief Henk van Essen said in a statement. "I find it incomprehensible that people assail those who take care of safety during, what should be, the biggest party of the year."

Faisal Mssyeh, better known as Feis Ecktuh
Jan 2 '19 12:51

An end-of-year spate of violent, dramatic crimes in spilled over into the new year, with the fatal shooting of rap musician Faisal Mssyeh. The 32-year-old, better known as Feis ​Ecktuh or just "Feis", died at a hospital shortly after the 5:15 a.m. incident on Tuesday.

Koninklijke Marechaussee
Jan 1 '19 08:02

Schiphol's departure hall 3 was evacuated for a short time on Monday evening after a bomb threat. The Koninklijke Marechaussee arrested a 51-year-old man from Canada, the military branch reported.

The evacuation happened shortly after 7:00 p.m. According to the Marechaussee, the evacuation was a precautionary measure after the Canadian man said that there was a bomb in the departure hall. The hall was searched, but no explosives were found.

The man was arrested and is currently in custody, according to the newspaper. 

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