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Apr 25 '19 08:29

A large fire destroyed a detached farmhouse on Driehoevenweg in Heukelom, Noord-Brabant on Thursday morning. The residents managed to get out of the burning house safely. The parents and their children stood on the street watching their home go up in flames, AD reports.

The farmhouse was completely destroyed in the fire, which broke out at around 5:00 a.m. A shed containing a lot of valuable DJ equipment also burned to the ground.

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Apr 25 '19 07:55

Barrels containing the explosive substance picric acid were found in a chemistry room at Groningen high school CSG Augustine. The Ministry of Defense's explosives clearance department removed the barrels from the school and safely detonated it elsewhere, RTV Noord reports.

School director Ritske Pieter Tulner told the broadcaster that the substance was stored in a closed area of the chemistry room. "It is one of the many substances that we have collected over the years. In this case it is picric acid. That can dry out and then become explosive."

Matrix signs on the A10 ring road in Amsterdam
Apr 25 '19 07:36

Dutch public works department Rijkswaterstaat is investigating whether there is a connection between three fatal accidents this past week, in which a total of nine people were killed. In all three cases, the cars collided with so-called matrix signs. Rijkswaterstaat will investigate whether these road signs played a role in the cause of the accidents, AD reports.

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Apr 24 '19 08:17

The police found human remains during a search in Soest on Tuesday in the investigation into the disappearance of 52-year-old Miranda Zitman. Whether the body is that of the missing woman, is not yet known, NU.nl reports.

Sri Lankan flag projected onto Amsterdam Central Station after Easter Sunday attacks, 23 April 2019
Apr 24 '19 08:00

Around 50 people gathered in the center of Amsterdam on Tuesday evening to commemorate the victims killed in attacks in Sri Lanka on Sunday. Speeches were held and flowers were left on Dam Square. The Sri Lankan flag was also projected onto the facade of Amsterdam Central Station, NOS reports.

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Apr 24 '19 07:29

Four people died in an accident on the A12 highway near Prins Clausplein in The Hague during the early hours of Wednesday morning. At Ypenburg station, the car carrying the four victims ended up on its side and crashed into a traffic portal, NU.nl reports.

Multiple ambulances as well as a mobile medial team responded to the scene. The A12 was closed in both directions near the Prins Clausplein junction, until around 6:00 a.m. The highway was released after the heavily damaged wreck was removed.

Easter eggs
Apr 23 '19 08:16

Monday went into the record books as the warmest Easter Monday since temperature measurements started in the Netherlands in 1901. Maximum temperatures climbed to 24.8 degrees Celsius in De Bilt on Monday, breaking the 24.7 degrees record from 1949, Weerplaza reports.

While Monday was the warmest Easter Monday in Dutch history, it wasn't the warmest April 22nd. That record still stands at 26.6 degrees Celsius in De Bilt, dating from last year.  

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Apr 23 '19 07:50

A body was discovered in the Maas river in the Limburg town of Meers on Monday night. The police are investigating.

So far it is not yet clear whether the victim died in an accident or a crime, the Limburg police said on Twitter. Their identity is also not yet known. 

The police responded to a report of a body seen near Koevaart at around 7:00 p.m. on Monday, according to RTL Nieuws. After a search, including with a police helicopter, the victim was found. 

Aerial photo of the Colombo, Sri Lanka coast
Apr 23 '19 07:35

Another two Dutch people were identified on Monday as victims of attacks in Sri Lanka on Sunday. That brings the total number of Dutch victims killed to three, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported.

The 48-year-old woman and 12-year-old girl, believed to be mother and daughter, died in a suicide bombing at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel in Colombo - the same bombing in which the other Dutch victim,a 54-year-old woman, was killed, NU.nl reports.

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Apr 22 '19 08:14

A woman was killed and three people injured in two separate fires in the province of Noord-Brabant during the early hours of Monday morning.

The woman died in a fire in her home on Kleine Dreef in Veldhoven. The cause of the fire, which broke out at around 5:15 a.m., is not yet known, according to ANP.

Three people were injured when a fire broke out in an apartment complex on Hoofdstraat in the town of Liessel. The severity of their injuries is not yet clear. According to NOS, two of the victims were taken to hospital. 

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Apr 22 '19 07:50

Four people were killed in a one-sided accident on the A1 near Deventer on Monday morning. The highway is currently closed in the direction Hengelo to Apeldoorn, public works department Rijkswaterstaat said on Twitter.

The car crashed into a matrix sign and caught fire, according to NU.nl. Emergency services responded to the scene in large numbers.

The cause of the accident is not yet known. The police are investigating.

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Apr 22 '19 07:37

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima are shocked by seemingly coordinated attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, they said in a released statement. A total of 290 people were killed. Among them were at least 35 foreign tourists, including at least one woman from the Netherlands, a spokesperson for the local police said on Monday morning, AD reports.

Aerial photo of the Colombo, Sri Lanka coast
Apr 21 '19 17:56

At least one Dutch woman was among the hundreds of people killed in a seemingly coordinated set of attacks on Easter Sunday in and around Colombo, Sri Lanka, and several other cities in the South Asian island nation. The 54-year-old woman died in a blast triggered by a suicide bomber at the five-star Cinnamon Grand Hotel in a central, popular part of Colombo.

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Apr 19 '19 16:00

A 33-year-old man was sentenced to 22 years in prison for abusing a 14-month-old girl from Hengelo to such an extent that she died. The court in Alemlo convicted Maick S., the boyfriend of baby Xaja's mother, of murder. The sentence is 8 years longer than the Public Prosecutor demanded, partly because of the "particularly violent manner" in which he killed the girl, NU.nl reports. 

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Apr 19 '19 13:42

A hand grenade was found on Eerste Coehoornstraat in the center of Amsterdam on Friday afternoon. The police closed that street as well as Czaar Peterstraat for investigation. The hand grenade was stuck to a post box, according to a photo AT5 has in its possession.

The police are at the scene to investigate. 

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Apr 19 '19 08:24

A 24-year-old man was caught trading weapons from within the psychiatric prison in Heiloo. He was arrested last week. The man, Herman D. from Ermelo, had three cellphones and a laptop with him from which he ran his business, the Telegraaf reports.

The laptop and phones were found in the suspect's room in Heiloo, sources told the newspaper. In 2017, D. was sentenced to a short prison sentence and institutionalized psychiatric treatment, because he stabbed three men in Nieuw-Vennep, the man's lawyer confirmed to the newspaper.

Apr 19 '19 07:59

A large fire broke out in nature reserve De Soester Duinen on Thursday afternoon. It took the fire department hours to get the wildfire under control. Up to four hectares of forest was burned, the local safety office said, NU.nl reports.

The fire department divided the area into two parts and fought the fire from both sides. Extra fire extinguishers were called in to help. The cause of the fire is not yet known. 

People were asked to stay outside the nature reserve while the fire was being fought.

Sunny Amsterdam
Apr 19 '19 07:39

Easter weekend will be filled with sunshine and high temperatures above 20 degrees. The beautiful spring weather will last the entire weekend, with some places maybe even getting their first summer day of the year, Weerplaza reports.

Apr 18 '19 08:29

Motorists can expect busy roads in the Netherlands on Thursday afternoon and evening. As the long Easter weekend starts, traffic jams will be longer and start earlier, public works department Rijkswaterstaat expects. The first traffic jams are expected to start forming around 2:00 p.m., NU.nl reports.

Champions League
Apr 18 '19 07:56

Ajax will take on Tottenham Hotspur in the semi-finals of the Champions League. While the English club lost 4-3 to Manchester City on Wednesday, Tottenham still goes through to the semi-final based on away goals thanks to a 1-0 victory last week, NU.nl reports.

On Tuesday Ajax eliminated Juventus. The Amsterdam team won 1-2 in Turin, after a 1-1 draw in Amsterdam last week, and therefore made it to the semi finals for the first time in 22 years. 

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Apr 18 '19 07:38

Last year 678 people died in traffic accidents in the Netherlands, 65 more than in 2017. This is the largest increase in the number of traffic deaths since 1989, Statistics Netherlands reports. Noord-Brabant had the biggest increase, from 98 traffic deaths in 2017 to 150 last year.

Easter eggs
Apr 17 '19 08:34

The Netherlands can look forward to a sunny and warm Easter weekend, according to Weerplaza. The sun will shine every day this long weekend and temperatures above 20 degrees Celsius are expected.

The weekend will start with a sunny maximum of around 21 degrees on Friday. Saturday will be the warmest day, with maximums rising to between 22 and 24 degrees in large parts of the country. "We don't rule out that even 25 degrees can be reached locally", the weather service said. There will be plenty of sunshine and little wind.

Ajax
Apr 17 '19 08:03

On Tuesday Ajax qualified for the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time in 22 years. The Amsterdam team eliminated Juventus with a 1-2 victory in Turin. The first quarter-finals match in the Johan Cruijff Arena ended in a 1-1 draw last week, so Ajax has enough to extend this special European season, NU.nl reports.

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Apr 17 '19 07:30

A man was killed in an explosion and fire in an apartment in Voorburg during the early hours of Wednesday morning, the Haaglanden fire department confirmed on Twitter. 

The fire broke out just after midnight. Firefighters managed to get the resident out of the burning apartment. Emergency workers tried to resuscitate him, but it was to no avail. The man died at the scene.

Multiple other apartments in the complex on Frans Mortelmansstraat were evacuated. The residents were allowed to return home at around 2:00 a.m.

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