An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1 hit the Indonesian island of Lombok on Sunday afternoon. At least 91 people were killed, hundreds were injured and thousands of homes were destroyed. The earthquake also destroyed a children's home run by Dutch man Chaim Fetter. "It is a massive tragedy. You build something for 14 years and it is destroyed in less than 10 seconds. But luckily all the children are unharmed", he said to NOS.
There is officially a nationwide water shortage in the Netherlands, but the drinking water is not in danger, according to the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. As the drought is expected to continue in the coming weeks, more measures may be taken to distribute the available water as well as possible, NU.nl reports.
Wilma Kippers from Wierden was killed in an accident with a quad bike on the Greek island of Santorini on Tuesday. The 26-year-old woman was on vacation on the island with a friend. The two had hired a quad bike shortly before the accident, De Gelderlander reports.
One person was killed in stabbing in the Overijssel village of Dedemsvaart during the early hours of Friday morning. A suspect was arrested, ANP reports.
The stabbing happened on Beatrixstraat in a residential area. The crime scene is closed off and the police are investigating.
So far nothing is known about the identity of the victim or the circumstances surrounding the stabbing.
The police are urgently looking for 14-year-old Nsimire, who went missing in The Hague on Friday.
According to the police, Nsimire regularly "chills" in the Zuiderpark. She has dark skin color and black hair with black and brown braids, and she usually wears a gray bandana. She is about 1.6 meters tall and has a slim figure. According to the Telegraaf, she was last seen on the Prinsengracht in the center of the city.
A 21-year-old man was seriously injured in a stabbing on Lange Nieuwstraat in Tilburg on Wednesday afternoon. The victim lost a lot of blood. He was rushed to the hospital, the police said on Twitter.
The victim and perpetrator got into a quarrel with each other at the intersection of Lange Nieuwstraat and Gasthuisring, according to Omroep Brabant. The fight ended with the stabbing.
Police officer Faris K., who is suspected of leaking confidential information about PVV leader Geert Wilders, also leaked information about Barack Obama's daughter when she visited the Netherlands, according to the Public Prosecutor. Which of the former American president's daughters is involved is not known, ANP reports.
Meteorologists expect that the Netherlands may face a second national heatwave by the end of this week. Over the coming week maximum temperatures of above 25 degrees, and sometimes even above 30 degrees, are expected.
For a national heatwave, the weather station at De Bilt must measure maximums of 25 degrees or above for five consecutive days, and three of those days must have maximums of 30 degrees or higher. "It is quite possible that we will reach that again at the end of this week. Then we'll have a second national heatwave", weatherman Maarten Stam said to RTL Nieuws.
Four cyclists - two women and two children - were hit by a van on Heikantsepad in Volkel on Tuesday afternoon. The two women were seriously injured, the children sustained minor injuries. The van driver was arrested, Omroep Brabant reports.
Four ambulances and a trauma helicopter responded to the scene after the accident. The women were taken to hospital. The children were cared for in the neighborhood, a community police officer said to the broadcaster.
The police's Traffic Accident Analysis department is investigating how the accident happened.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Terrorist organization Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the deaths of four cycling tourists, 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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Dutch State is not accountable for the death of two hijackers in the liberation of a hijacked train at De Punt in 1977, the court in The Hague ruled on Wednesday.