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Dec 14 '19 08:09

Relatives of a missing one-year-old boy say they are very concerned about the child’s welfare after he was allegedly kidnapped by his mother. Rowena van der. V. was recently stripped of all unsupervised visitation rights with her 14-month-old son, the boy’s uncle Thijs Roseboom told Hart van Nederland

Dutch police officer
Dec 13 '19 20:46

Police in the Netherlands issued an Amber Alert for a missing boy from Ede. The boy's mother, Rowena van der V., absconded with the 14-month-old child at about 10 a.m. on Friday.

The two were last seen in Ede, Gelderland, and then in the city of Utrecht police said. They departed "from Ede for an unknown destination," authorities said.

Very few details about either the young boy or his mother were released. The child has blond hair, and was born on Sept. 8, 2018. Both he and Van der V., 26, were wearing the photos seen in the security camera image above.

Lady Justice
Dec 13 '19 11:48

Bekir E. was sentenced to 14 years in prison and institutionalized psychiatric treatment for shooting and killing 16-year-old Humeyra at her Rotterdam school in December last year.

High workload
Dec 13 '19 08:43

Health risks are not evenly distributed across the different employment contracts in the Netherlands, according to a report by the social-economic council SER, the government's main advisory body. Flexible workers face more physical dangers than permanent employees, and permanent employees struggle more emotionally, Trouw reports.

Mark Rutte
Dec 13 '19 07:34

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party achieved an absolute majority in the parliamentary elections on Thursday. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is pleased that his win will at least bring quick clarity on what will happen with the Brexit, he said according to NOS.

"I don't feel relief or sadness, but rather an factual finding to settle this. I think everyone thinks that is good news, otherwise it will keep us occupied for years", Rutte said. 

Police
Dec 12 '19 19:34

Shots rang out at a sports school in Amstelveen on Thursday afternoon, leaving one person dead in a likely street assassination. The suspects in the case evaded arrest, and their vehicle was later found in flames, police said.

The victim had just put his child into his car when the shooting took place, crime reporter Wouter Laumens said on Twitter. The car was a BMW with bulletproof armor, reported the Parool. After the shooting, the child ran back into the sports center.

Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam 2020
Dec 12 '19 08:38

The first tickets for the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam next year will go on sale at noon on Thursday. Rotterdam residents with a low income can now also sign up on the municipality's website to win free tickets.

Noord-Zuidlijn train front
Dec 12 '19 08:10

The Noord-Zuid subway line in Amsterdam will be extended to Schiphol and Hoofddorp within the next decade, and the estimated costs of the project are least 3 billion euros, the Volkskrant reports based on sources within the seven parties involved in the project.

Dutch police at the scene of a crime
Dec 12 '19 07:37

An explosive went off at a Coolblue store on Europaplein in Utrecht early on Thursday morning. Two perpetrators were seen fleeing the scene on a scooter, the Utrecht police said on Twitter.

The explosion happened at around 2:00 a.m. It seems the perpetrators were trying to blow their way into the store. Photos on social media show at least three windows shattered, though the safety glass kept them in the frame. Whether the perpetrators managed to get inside, is unclear.  

Ajax
Dec 11 '19 08:29

Ajax was eliminated from the Champions League after a 0-1 loss against Valencia in Amsterdam on Tuesday. Coach Erik ten Hag is very disappointed, calling the defeat unnecessary. "We had the opportunities, but we did not take advantage of it," he said, according to NU.nl. "This is incredibly bitter.

Bicycle accident
Dec 11 '19 08:04

Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen of Infrastructure and Water Management is turning her focus to road safety. Over the next 10 years, her Ministry will invest a total of 500 million euros into safer intersections bicycle paths and roads. This investment is desperately needed, according to the Minister. "The number of victims is increasing instead of decreasing", she said in a statement.

Commander of the Armed Forces, Lieutenant Admiral Rob Bauer watching a dog demonstration during a visit to Dutch soldiers on mission in Afghanistan, 25 Dec 2017
Dec 11 '19 07:34

"The American people are constantly being lied to", is the conclusion of an institute that investigated whether American money for the war in Afghanistan is being well spent. Those involved knew from the start that the war could not be won. Dutch parliamentarians are flabbergasted and want to debate the matter with Defense Minister Ank Bijleveld, NOS reports.

Investigators at the scene of a mass shooting in a tram on 24 Oktoberplein in Utrecht, 18 March 2010
Dec 10 '19 13:04

After a mass shooting in a tram in Utrecht on March 18th, the police responded quickly and effectively and acted according to prepared plans and protocols, according to an evaluation by an internal committee on the handling of the shooting. While the committee largely praised the police's actions, it concluded that there is room for improvement - especially when it comes to information exchange during crisis communication.

Airplane arriving at Schiphol Airport
Dec 10 '19 08:23

On January 1st, new international regulations come into effect that should make it easier to prosecute travelers who put airplane safety in danger in the country where they are put off the plane. A total of 22 countries have signed the new treaty, called the Montreal Protocol. The Netherlands is currently ratifying it, the Telegraaf reports.

Frans Timmermans
Dec 10 '19 07:59

Dutch European Commissioner Frans Timmermans is pushing to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent, and to achieve this by 2050, according to a 'Green Deal' he and European Commission chairman Ursula von der Leyen will present on Wednesday. The package of measures will overhaul the entire European legislation, the Volkskrant reported on Tuesday.

Primary school classroom
Dec 10 '19 07:26

Nearly two-thirds of primary school teachers in the Netherlands have pupils in the classroom who live in poverty. They notice that these children have more problems with their school performance than their peers with no money problems at home, according to a survey among 700 primary school teachers by DUO. 20 percent of teachers stopped group discussions about weekend or holiday activities, because it is "too painful" for the pupils who could not do anything, AD reports.

24 Oktoberplein shooting in Utrecht
Dec 9 '19 15:01

A report by the National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism (NCTV) has revised the country's threat level assessment down to level 3 from level 4. The threat of a terrorist attack in the Netherlands is assessed on a five-point scale, with threat level 5 being the most severe and imminent.

Laughing gas, or nitrous oxide, canisters on the street
Dec 9 '19 12:13

Nitrous oxide will become a controlled substance under the Opium Act in the Netherlands to curb the growing use of the chemical compound more commonly known as laughing gas. The substance will be added to the "List II" classification under the law, alongside drugs like hashish, diazepam, lorazepam and butabarbital, the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport said in a statement.

Amsterdam flag
Dec 9 '19 10:50

The 5,400 students of 16 primary schools in Amsterdam Nieuw-West will not be able to attend classes this week, with their school closed for emergency meetings. The schools, part of the Stichting Openbaar Basisonderwijs Westelijke Tuinsteden (STWT) announced in November that it would close the doors to their locations for one week while its teachers, staff, and administrators try to come up with a solution to the worsening teacher shortage in the Netherlands.

Primary school classroom
Dec 9 '19 09:52

Primary and secondary school education is being prepared for a substantial overhaul, with schools allowed to dictate roughly one-third of how teaching time is spent. Schools will still be required to focus their attention on reaching math and language goals, the education ministry announced on Monday.

Dutch police officer
Dec 9 '19 08:40

Officers responding to a reported brawl in the Noord-Holland town of Laren said they were forced to shoot one of the people involved in the fight. It happened shortly after police arrived at the scene, police said.

"When the officers wanted to intervene, some suspects turned against the police," the police department said in a statement. "One of the officers was attacked in such a way that he had to pull the service weapon and then shoot the assailant."

Firefighters
Dec 9 '19 08:10

The medical condition of a five-year-old boy who was pulled from the rubble of a building explosion is improving. Kenan was saved after a five-hour ordeal in Coevorden, Drenthe on Saturday by emergency responders and specialists.

"This afternoon I received a message from a happy family that Kenan is doing well," wrote Coevorden mayor Bert Bouwmesster on Twitter. "He is no longer in intensive care and is likely to leave the hospital in a few days."

Brandweer fire department Volkswagen
Dec 7 '19 20:38

A five-year-old boy who was trapped under the rubble of a snack bar which blew up on Saturday was rescued five hours after the explosion. The boy, known as Kenan, was taken by ambulance to an area hospital in serious condition, according to authorities in Drenthe.

He is the son of the snack bar's owner, according to RTL Nieuws. He was in communication with emergency workers during his ordeal, but it is not clear if that was still true several hours into the ordeal.

The boy's father, who owns the Ali Baba grill cafe, was taken to the hospital soon after the explosion. 

Amsterdam Flag
Dec 6 '19 16:00

Immigration authorities in the Netherlands say 19-year-old Daniel Buter will be released from a Rotterdam detention center for undocumented migrants on Friday. The Amsterdam-born teenager was threatened with deportation to the Dominican Republic, the home country of his birth parents but a nation which he himself had never visited.

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