Employees of various sectors are striking for better pensions and to freeze the retirement age at 66 throughout the Netherlands on Monday. The first and most disrupting strike was in public transit between 6:00 a.m. and 7:06 a.m. During that time no NS trains were running, as well as no trams, subways and buses in Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam.
Two suspects were arrested in Amsterdam this week in connection with the coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13, 2015. The attacks killed 130 victims and injured 413 more. Seven suspects died in the incidents.
Police detained a two men, aged 29 and 31, in Amsterdam on Tuesday. A Rotterdam court ordered the younger man to remain in confinement for the next two weeks, according to the Public Prosecutor's office (OM). He is in solitary confinement to prevent any attempts to corrupt an ongoing investigation.
National railway NS fears that an early morning strike by its employees on Monday will cause “major hindrance” to train traffic all day. The timetable will be disrupted all day long if no trains run before 7:06 a.m., according to the rail company.
Teachers of all levels of education are striking on Friday for more investment in education, because the quality is under pressure. More than half of primary schools are closed today. The teachers will gather on the Malieveld in The Hague to protest, NU.nl reports.
A man was found dead at the bottom of an apartment building on Argostraat in Alphen aan den Rijn on Thursday morning. His 4-year-old daughter was with him. She was injured, the police said in a statement.
The police responded to the scene at around 6:30 a.m. after reports of a man and child lying at the bottom of the apartment building. Emergency services tried to resuscitate the man, but it was to no avail.
A strange site crossed the sky of Amsterdam Centrum on Thursday afternoon, when a KLM passenger jet escorted by four F-16 fighter jets flew past Central Station at just 1,500 feet (457 meters). Though the fly-by was a scheduled event, it was kept as a closely-held secret, frightening many people who took to social media concerned about what they had seen.
A Deutsche Bahn train was derailed by a fallen tree in Enschede on Wednesday evening. The salvage and cleanup work will likely take all day, according to rail manager ProRail. Currently no train traffic is possible between Enschede and Gronau, Germany, NU.nl reports.
The tree fell onto the tracks due to the bad weather conditions. The German train collided with it and derailed, ProRail reported on Twitter at around 8:20 p.m. None of the 35 passengers on board were hurt.
From this month, the emergency control room will be able to track the location of Android phones that call emergency number 112. According to the police, "fast, accurate and reliable location determination is of great importance to help people in need faster and more efficiently and to better facilitate the emergency services", AD reprts.
This is a feature Google integrated in Android in 2016. Providers can enable it from this month. Smartphones with Android 4.0 or later versions automatically send location data when they call the emergency number.
The police fined 23 motorists on Wednesday afternoon for filming an accident while driving. A fine of 239 euros will soon arrive at their door, NOS reports.
At around noon on Wednesday a truck's trailer collapsed on the Moerdijk Bridge towards Breda due to the strong wind. The truck ended up blocking the road. The accident caused a long traffic jam. Many drivers used the delay to take pictures or video of the accident.
The agreements made in the climate agreement will likely not achieve the Netherlands' goal of reducing its CO2 emissions by 48.7 megatons in 2030 compared to 1990. The Industry in particular is not providing enough CO2 reductions, were the main conclusions of the Netherlands' environmental assessment agency PBL and the Netherlands' central planning office CPB's calculations of the agreement, NU.nl reports.
The police regularly manipulate crime figures, according to a study among police officers by investigative journalism platform Investico. Criminal offenses are kept off the books, police officers try to discourage citizens from filling reports, and cases are marked as 'resolved' when they are not, according to the study published in De Groene Amsterdammer.
The platform surveyed nearly 1,500 police officers and conducted interviews with dozens of cops and others involved.
Dutch public works department Rijkswaterstaat suspended an employee on suspicion of large-scale fraud. According to Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen of Infrastructure and Water Management, the employee is suspected of submitting false invoices since 2014, involving an amount of at least 1.7 million euros, NOS reports.
Rijkswaterstaat reported the incident to the police, who launched an investigation. The police suspect that others may also be involved in the fraud. The home of the employee was searched. So far no arrests were made.
On Tuesday the British House of Commons again rejected the Brexit agreement made by British Prime Minister Theressa May and the EU with an overwhelming majority. This means a postponement or a withdrawal with no agreement is the only remaining options. "I regret the outcome of tonight's Brexit vote", Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Twitter.
The Dutch government closed its airspace to all Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft following the second major crash involving that model in less than four months, killing 346 people. The decision was made on Tuesday by Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, the country's Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, a spokesperson confirmed to NL Times.
The European Union and the British government adapted the Brexit agreement on the so-called 'backstop', a safety net meant to ensure that the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland remains open when the United Kingdom leaves the EU. The British House of Commons will vote on this adapted agreement on Tuesday evening. Prime Minister Mark Rutte is pleased that an agreement was reached, he said on Twitter.
An 18-year-old man from Amsterdam was arrested at the end of last year for threatening to commit a school shooting. Footage of other school shootings and bomb attacks were found on his phone. The arrest was only announced now due to the personal circumstances and the young age of the suspect, a spokesperson for the Public Prosecutor said to AT5.
The suspect was arrested after the posted a comment on a YouTube video saying that he was planning his own school shooting, according to the Amsterdam broadcaster. The man was busy making firearms and knives and acquiring a balaclava.
A tank truck sped through an intersection on Jacques Dutilhweg in Rotterdam, crashing into a car and dragging it along. The truck then toppled, landing on the car. A 21-year-old man from Rotterdam, who was in the car, died in the accident, NOS reports.
It is believed that the tank truck came from an exit of the A16 highway. The truck driver was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
The cause of the accident is not yet clear. Eyewitnesses told RTV Rijnmond that it seemed that the truck driver was unable to control the truck.
The Dutch State acted carelessly in the investigation into Johan van Laarhoven and his wife. This negligence led to the arrest of the Dutch couple in Thailand in 2014, as well as they years' long prison sentences they received in the country, the National Ombudsman said in a report on Monday, NU.nl reports.
Women are less likely to retain a leading position if they are demoted to a lower position than men, social and cultural planning office SCP said in a new report. As a result, fewer women hold top positions than men, according to the planning office, ANP reports.
Tens of thousands of people gathered on Amsterdam's Dam square on Sunday to protest for a more active policy. Carrying signs saying things like 'What will my world look like when I'm as big as you?', 'Save the earth', and 'Do something', the demonstrators marched through the cold and rain from Dam Square to the Museumplein, NU.nl reports.
With an average wind speed of 9 on the Beaufort scale in Vlissingen, the first official spring storm of the year became a fact on Sunday. Local safety offices in Noord-Brabant and Zeeland received dozens of damage reports. In Limburg train traffic was halted because of fallen trees on the tracks. And Eindhoven Airport had to temporarily keep all flights on the ground.
An Ethiopian Airlines passenger jet crashed shortly after takeoff on Sunday, killing all 157 people onboard the aircraft. Five German people among the dead were originally misidentified as Dutch people by the authorities in Kenya.
This was corrected later Sunday afternoon and affirmed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Netherlands at 4:20 p.m. on Twitter.
This weekend will be a protest-filled one for the Dutch capital. The recurring Women's March will happen in Amsterdam on Saturday, and an even more popular climate protest is schedule to happen on Sunday, AT5 reports.
Around 3,500 people said on Facebook that they will be participating in the Women's March on Saturday. And over 16 thousand said they would be attending the climate protest on Sunday, with thousands more indicating that they are interested. While Facebook figures say little about the actual attendance, it seems that both protests will be well attended.
The wet weather of the past few days will last throughout the weekend, though the sun may peek through the clouds from time to time. Next week will start out with "March showers", there is even a chance of a little wet snow, Weerplaza weatherman Raymond Klaassen said to AD.