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Saïd R., the suspected accomplice of crime boss Ridouan Taghi
Feb 7 '20 16:56

The alleged partner of suspected organized crime boss Ridouan Taghi was reportedly arrested in Colombia after evading authorities in the Netherlands for years. Saïd R. is suspected of involvement in a series of street assassinations, failed homicide attempts, and abandoned murder plots known as the Marengo criminal process.

Working from home
Feb 7 '20 07:39

A record number of new businesses opened in the Netherlands last year. A total of 207 thousand companies started operating in 2019. That is 23 thousand more than opened in 2018, which was also a record year, according to figures Statistics Netherlands published on Friday.

Diamond Princess
Feb 7 '20 07:10

The number of people infected with the new coronavirus on a cruise ship quarantined off the coast of Japan increased to 61, the Japanese Minister of Health announced. So far, none of the five Dutch people on board the ship seem to be infected with the lung virus. They are staying optimistic, one said to RTL Nieuws.

Child drinking water
Feb 7 '20 06:45

High concentrations of lead was found in the tap water of six primary schools in Utrecht, the municipality said. The heavy metal in drinking water is harmful to health, especially for young children, NOS reports.

Ferdinand Grapperhaus
Feb 6 '20 08:49

Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security knew about a corruption investigation against The Hague aldermen Richard de Mos and Rachid Guernaoui at least 10 months before their homes were raided in October last year, NOS and Omroep West report based on documents requested from the Public Prosecution Service through the Government Information Act. Former mayor Pauline Krikke was not aware of the investigation during that period.

Rijkswaterstaat building in Rotterdam
Feb 6 '20 08:25

The head of public works department Rijkswaterstaat allowed Amsterdam construction company Bontrup to dump thousands of tons of waste in a natural lake in Gelderland, the Volkskrant reports based on research by Zembla. Rijkswaterstaat approved this dumping shortly after former Foreign Affairs Minister Halbe Zijlstra became involved, according to the newspaper.

The waste involved is granulite, which is a byproduct of processing granite and sandstone. It is considered "soil" by the Dutch authorities, but concerns about its effects on the environment were raised in 2018.

Northern wheatear
Feb 6 '20 07:34

Wild animal populations in both the Netherlands' open natural areas and in the agricultural landscaped halved since 1990, according to the Living Planet Report Netherlands published by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) on Thursday. According to the report, the high nitrogen precipitation - largely caused by livestock farming - is the main culprit behind the decline, NU.nl reports.

Savings
Feb 5 '20 08:44

Households in the Netherlands have a total of 368 billion euros in savings built up, 12 billion euro more than a year ago, the Dutch central bank DNB announced on Wednesday, De Telegraaf reports.

Netherlands residents continue to save, even with the extremely low interest rate on savings. Both ING and ABN Amro have lowered savings interest to 0.0 on large savings accounts.

Jewish cemetery in Dordrecht
Feb 5 '20 08:22

Swastikas and offensive texts were painted on a number of gravestones in the Jewish cemetery in Dordrecht. The user of the cemetery, the Jewish Congregation of Rotterdam, was informed of the vandalism on Monday, RTV Rijnmond reports.

The vandalism happened only days after the international commemoration of the liberation of extermination camp Auschwitz.

Pregnant woman
Feb 5 '20 07:32

The Forced Adoption hotline received 500 reports since it opened in October, Minister Sander Dekker for Legal Protection confirmed to NOS. The hotline is part of two investigations into Dutch mothers who were pressured into giving their child up for adoption between 1956 and 1984. An estimated 15 thousand children were given up in this way, according to the broadcaster.

Smartphone updating
Feb 4 '20 08:17

More than half of people in the Netherlands postpone or simply forget to install important updates on their smart devices, according to a study by Panelwizard on behalf of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate. Under the slogan 'Do your updates', the Ministry is launching a campaign to actively urge people to make sure their devices are updated and safe against cyber criminals, AD reports.

Teacher in class
Feb 4 '20 07:49

The number of young people picking studies in sectors facing major staff shortages is increasing, the Telegraaf reports based on figures from the association for universities of applied sciences Vereniging Hogescholen. The number of students studying to become teachers and nurses in particularly increased.

Family with three young children found living in a vacant building on a Delft industrial estate, 2 February 2019
Feb 4 '20 07:25

A family with three young children was found living in an empty building on an industrial estate in Delft on Saturday morning, the Delft police said on Facebook. The father approached two community police officers and asked for their help.

The father said his family had been living in the building for some time, because they couldn't find an aid agency to help them. "He ran into closed doors with the aid agencies and was unable to find the right people," the police said. 

Chemotherapy
Feb 3 '20 09:03

Last year 118 thousand people in the Netherlands were diagnosed with cancer, an increase of 2 thousand compared to 2018, according to the Dutch Cancer Registry. Cancer is still the leading cause of death in the Netherlands, but the chance of survival is increasing, KWF Kankerbestrijding said. At least 65 percent of patients now survive the disease, NOS reports.

Social housing in Ypenburg, The Hague
Feb 3 '20 08:06

The quality of life in neighborhood with many housing corporation homes is declining more rapidly than expected, according to research by Aedes, the association of housing corporations. Local residents feel more unsafe, report more problems, and the solutions to those problems are becoming more complicated, the study showed. "If we do not intervene now, many neighborhoods are about to become disadvantaged," Aedes board member Hester van Buren said to RTL Nieuws. 

Eindhoven Airport
Feb 3 '20 07:35

Fifteen Dutch and two Chinese spouses who were evacuated from the city of Wuhan - the epicenter of the new coronavirus outbreak - arrived safely at Eindhoven Airport around midnight, Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs said on Twitter. The group departed from Wuhan during the early hours of Sunday morning, arrived in France at around 2:00 p.m., and then traveled to the Netherlands, NU.nl reports.

Vught prison
Jan 31 '20 08:17

Dino Soerel, who is serving a life sentence for involvement in assassinations, tried to escape from the prison in Heerhugowaard with another prisoner on Thursday evening, the Telegraaf reported. The Ministry of Justice and Security said that Soerel was transferred to the high security prison in Vught due to "suspicions of an escape attempt" and that the case is under investigation, RTL Nieuws reports.

The Rijksmuseum Twenthe in Enschede
Jan 31 '20 07:45

The Rijksmuseum Twenthe lost nearly 3 million euros to cyber criminals while trying to buy a painting from a London art dealer, museum director Arnoud Odding confirmed to NOS after reports by news agency Bloomberg. The case is still in court.

Police forensics at Derk Wiersum shooting scene
Jan 30 '20 17:42

Police arrested a 31-year-old Rotterdam man who they suspect of co-perpetrating the assassination of criminal defense attorney Derk Wiersum last September. The man was arrested in Amsterdam on Monday, and remanded into custody by a magistrate on Thursday, police said.

Fireworks debris in Amsterdam
Jan 30 '20 16:49

The Dutch government has reached a deal to outlaw firecrackers and sky rockets, government sources told broadcaster NOS and website NU.nl. The prohibition will take effect before the upcoming New Year's period, and could potentially be in line with recommendations issued by the Dutch Safety Board in 2017.

Masked people on a train in Wuhan, China
Jan 30 '20 12:39

A total of 18 Dutch in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter for the new coronavirus, reported to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that they want to be evacuated from the country, Minister Stef Blok confirmed. Exactly when this evacuation will happen, is not yet clear. The Dutch embassy in China warned Dutch in the area that they may have to spend 14 days in quarantine in another EU country.

Turkish Airlines TK 1951
Jan 30 '20 08:56

David Calhoun, the chief executive of plane manufacturer Boeing, will not come to the Netherlands to discuss the crash of a Turkish Airlines 737 near Schiphol in 2009 with the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, according to a letter from Boeing that ANP has in its possession.

Empty classroom
Jan 30 '20 07:46

Teachers, school leaders and other employees in education are striking on Thursday and Friday for higher wages and lighter workloads. Over 4 thousand primary and secondary schools are expected to remain closed today and tomorrow.

As far as is known, a total of 3,978 primary schools and 180 secondary schools are closed on one or both days of the strike, NU.nl reports. Together that is 56 percent of the total number of schools in the Netherlands. 59 percent of primary schools are participating in the strike and 28 percent of secondary schools.

KLM
Jan 29 '20 19:13

KLM began canceling its direct flights to China due to the outbreak of coronavirus ​2019-CoV, the Dutch airline announced on Wednesday. All direct flights between Schiphol Airport and Chengdu and Hangzhou were scrapped beginning January 30, as were all nonstop flights to Xiamen starting Friday. 

The airline also reduced its schedule to Shanghai from 11 flights weekly down to seven. The reduced schedule is in effect through February 29.

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