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Schiphol Airport Amsterdam memorial MH17
Jun 15 '19 12:13

Prosecutors in the Netherlands are expected to announce its first criminal case in the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, sources close to the investigation reportedly told broadcaster RTL Nieuws. The Boeing passenger jet was shot down by a Russian buk missile while flying over eastern Ukraine, officials have said.

new police uniform 1
Jun 15 '19 11:41

A 46-year-old man from Amsterdam was arrested after allegedly leading police on a chase across the A1, A27, A12, and A2 highways. The man was suspected of a burglary in Amersfoort, when he ignored officers' orders to stop.

It started at about 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, when police were called to the Hanzeboulevard to investigate a burglary of a business location. A witness at the scene gave police a description of the car, police said in a statement.

3,800 kilos of cocaine intercepted at the port of Antwerp, Sept 2017
Jun 15 '19 11:29

Customs investigators in Antwerp seized a massive amount of cocaine hidden in a rice shipment at the port there. Over three thousand kilos of cocaine was found, with an estimated street value of 150 million euros.

The drug packages, valued at 150 million euros, were found during a routine search. The shipment was likely destined for the Den Haag region, according to Dutch police. No arrests were made in the case.

Malaysia-Airlines-MH17
Jun 14 '19 10:43

There are "new developments" in the investigation into the downing of flight MH17, the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) said on Friday in an email sent to the relatives of the people who were killed in the disaster, RTL Nieuws reports.

Exactly what these new developments are, is not yet clear. The JIT will first inform the relatives on Wednesday. After that an international press conference will be held at 1:00 p.m. 

Customs car at the port of Rotterdam
Jun 14 '19 08:49

The import of illegal ketamine to the Netherlands is skyrocketing. Last year Customs officers seized 800 kilograms of ketamine, compared to only 2.6 kilograms in 2016, NOS reports based on requested figures.

Vaccination
Jun 14 '19 08:02

Over a third of Dutch parents with young children do not trust information from the government about the need to get their children vaccinated, according to a study by EenVandaag among over 32 thousand people. Parents find information provided by public health institute RIVM incomplete and have doubts about institute's independence. Many young parents therefore go look for answers elsewhere, which often leads to more confusion and doubt, AD reports.

613px-Father_with_child
Jun 14 '19 07:41

Dutch fathers want to be more involved in the care of their baby after the birth of their child, but in practice that rarely happens. Thus far they've made little use of their parental leave, knowledge center Rutgers said in it's report 'The State of Dutch Fathers. Paternity leave in the Netherlands', NOS and RTL report.

Noctilucent clouds
Jun 13 '19 08:22

This is a good time of year to look up at the sky after sunset and before sunrise. Around the start of the astronomical summer on June 21st, there is a good chance that you will encounter the weather phenomenon noctilucent clouds. The shiny clouds could be seen all over the Netherlands on Wednesday night and Thursday morning. 

A Defense robot used to investigate explosives
Jun 13 '19 07:55

The police responded to Molenstraat in Zundert in large numbers on Thursday morning due to an explosive left behind after a failed ATM bombing. Explosive experts and firefighters are also at the scene. Surrounding homes were evacuated, the police said on Twitter.

The explosive was left by two men who wanted to blow open an ATM in the center of the Noord-Brabant village sometime between 4:00 and 5:00 a.m. on Thursday morning, according to Omroep Brabant. The two suspects fled the scene on a scooter. Bystanders told the broadcaster that it involves an ABN Amro ATM. 

Forensic investigators at the scene of a murder
Jun 13 '19 07:32

The police plan to address problems at its forensic investigation department caused by staff shortages and outdated tech at the root - by hiring 200 new police officers and investing in new technology, AD reports.

Murat Memis
Jun 12 '19 08:12

The SP faction leader in the Eindhoven city council is being held in Turkey. Murat Memis was arrested and spent four days in jail. He was then released, but he is not allowed to leave Turkey while awaiting trial, Eindhoven mayor John Jorritsma informed the city council on Tuesday evening, NOS reports.

Football
Jun 12 '19 07:47

Amateur football clubs are an asset for criminals, who use them for money laundering, drug dealing, and creating an image of prestige and power in a neighborhood or town, according to a recent study by Tilburg University. Five football clubs from Zeeland and Noord-Brabant suspect that criminals are trying to infiltrate their club, according to the researchers, AD reports. 

Jun 11 '19 08:50

The Oranje women are kicking off their World Cup journey with their first match against New Zealand in Le Havre on Tuesday afternoon. The Dutch national women's team had their last training session, with the full selection, on Monday and are excited to get started.

Police officer at a train station
Jun 11 '19 08:01

The government is investing 3.5 million euros into counter-terrorism measures at six train stations in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, and Utrecht, among others, the Telegraaf reported on Tuesday. The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management would not say exactly which train stations are involved, according to the newspaper.

Police guard in a detention center
Jun 11 '19 07:37

The arrest of a 26-year-old man for the fatal stabbing of Hidde Bergman in Groningen last month, left the suspect's housemates shaken. According to the housemates, the suspect is a foreign man who has been renting a room in the student home for a month or two. They describe him as a strange man that made them feel uncomfortable, Dagblad van het Noorden reports.

Swastikas drawn onto the windows of a police station on Houtwal in Zutphen, 9 June 2019
Jun 10 '19 08:30

A police station in Zutphen was covered with swastikas and the letters SS, the abbreviation for Adolf Hitler's personal guard and eventual parliamentary organization the Schutzstaffel, local police officer Yilmaz Uluçay said on Instagram. He calls on witnesses to come forward.

The vandalism to the police station on Houtwal happened sometime on Saturday night or early on Sunday morning, Uluçay believes. The Nazi symbols were chalked onto the building's windows.

Dutch cruise ship Zuiderdam
Jun 10 '19 08:10

Around 50 climate activists from the group Smash Cruiseshit blocked the departure of Dutch cruise ship Zuiderdam from the German city of Kiel on Sunday afternoon, the action group said in a press release. The activists occupied a construction crane, positioned rowboats in front of the ship, and blocked access to the bollards to which the ship was moored. 

Cracked wall
Jun 10 '19 07:48

A total of 127 damage reports were received after a fracking earthquake in Groningen on Sunday morning, the temporary committee that handles mining damage in Groningen TCMG said. Six of the reports were of acutely dangerous damage. According to the committee, it is difficult to say how much of the reported damage is the direct result of the earthquake, NOS reports.

2018-2019 UEFA Nations League match ball
Jun 9 '19 23:08

The 2018-2019 UEFA Nations League final was a disappointing blow for the Dutch men's national football team, which lost 1-0 to host nation Portugal. Oranje managed to a greater share of possession, but far fewer shots on goal and far more fouls than their rivals.

When asked if it was a tough loss, star Dutch player Matthijs de Ligt agreed it was disappointing, saying to broadcaster NOS, "Yeah, you want to win a final." He also called Portugal a very difficult team.

Earthquake seismic seismograph
Jun 9 '19 10:27

Residents in the Groningen province received a scary start to Sunday morning when an earthquake measuring 2.5 on the Richter Scale shook the ground and rattled windows. The earthquake took place at 7 a.m. with an epicenter located below the small village of Garrelsweer.

"It was a huge bang. For a moment I thought there was a truck on its side," Garrelsweer resident Sibrand Bakker told the Telegraaf.

Schiphol airport, 29 Sept 2018
Jun 8 '19 15:22

An unlicensed taxi driver seen soliciting passengers in Schiphol Plaza at the airport was found in possession of a gun, the Marechaussee said in a statement. The man was held in custody at about 4:20 p.m. on Saturday.

Authorities said the 30-year-old was well-known to authorities. He was questioned at the scene and admitted to offering his services as an unlicensed taxi operator, the statement said.

"When asked if the man had weapons or other illegal items, he said he had a weapon on him. A firearm was found in a neck pouch," the Marechaussee said.

Eerste Kamer, the Dutch Senate
Jun 8 '19 14:09

The Jewish people put up "very little resistance" in World War Two, exacerbating the Holocaust, said Toine Beukering in an interview with the Telegraaf. The 60-year-old former brigadier general has never served in politics, but has been put forward by far right wing nationalist party Forum voor Democratie as a candidate to lead the Dutch senate.

Fallen tree branches in Amsterdam Oost after a thunderstorm, 6 June 2019
Jun 8 '19 11:00

High winds were expected all day throughout the Netherlands, prompting the fourth straight day of inclement weather warnings from the national meteorological agency KNMI. Operations at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam showed only a handful of cancellations but dozens of delays.

KNMI issued a code yellow weather alert for Noord-Holland and the Wadden Sea islands, Friesland, Zuid-Holland, Zeeland, and Limburg. Gusts of wind out of the southwest were expected to be between 75 km/h and 90 km/h, the agency said.

Storm clouds gather over a tulip field
Jun 7 '19 11:50

Meteorological institute KNMI escalated its warning for thunderstorms set to hit the Netherlands this afternoon to code orange. "As the storm front crosses the country, it increases in intensity. That is why a code orange applies", the meteorological institute said.

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