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Brexit
Feb 19 '20 08:38

More and more companies are setting up in the Netherlands because of the Brexit. Last year 78 companies made this move, compared to 43 in 2018, according to annual figures from the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA), which helps foreign companies settle in our country. The Netherlands is now home to 140 "Brexit companies", NOS reports.

Mail bombs detonated in Amsterdam and Kerkrade in February 2020
Feb 19 '20 08:12

The police shared more information about mail bombs sent to different businesses in the Netherlands since late last year on Opsporing Verzocht on Tuesday evening. Investigators hope that information from the public can help them find the perpetrator behind these explosive letters. 

Tractors on Dutch roadways
Feb 19 '20 07:37

Thousands of farmers are heading towards The Hague on Wednesday morning to again protest against the government's nitrogen policy. The police ordered the farmers to stay off the highways with their tractors. Public works department Rijkswaterstaat therefore expects a morning rush hour that is no busier than usual, NU.nl reports.

Vaccination
Feb 18 '20 08:30

A majority in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, support a D66 proposal to allow childcare centers to refuse children who have not been vaccinated. "This is very important for children and parents who can in this way make an informed choice," D66 parliamentarian Paul van Meenen said to RTL Nieuws.

Scales of justice and gavel on law book
Feb 18 '20 08:06

The authorities must better adhere to rules around protecting the privacy of crime victims, according to Victim Support Netherlands. These rules are often not adhered to, resulting in victims' names and addresses ending up in files that can be seen by suspects. Victims should be made more aware about possibilities to block their data, Victim Support said to NOS. 

Enduring Freedom
Feb 18 '20 07:37

Before Dutch F-16s bombarded an ammunitions factory in Hawija, Iraq, it was known that "the expected collateral damage could be greater" than emerged from calculations, NOS and NRC report based on internal documents received from the Ministry of Defense through the Open Government Act. At least 70 civilians were killed in that bombing in 2015.

Swastikas drawn onto the windows of a police station on Houtwal in Zutphen, 9 June 2019
Feb 17 '20 08:35

The number of anti-Semitic incidents reported to the Netherlands' information and documentation center on Israel CIDI last year increased by a massive 35 percent compared to the year before. CIDI received 182 reports of discrimination against Jewish people - the highest number since the center started keeping track 30 years ago, NOS reports.

Spanish police
Feb 17 '20 07:46

The Spanish police arrested an alleged Dutch criminal organization for drug trafficking in Alicante. Four Dutch men between the ages of 44 and 56 were arrested for possessing more than 100 kilograms of cannabis, 550 cannabis plants, a firearm and large sums of money, RTL Nieuws reports based on reports in Spanish media. 

mh17-vrachtwagen
Feb 17 '20 07:28

All six prosecutors who formed part of the MH17 investigation in Ukraine have been transferred or dismissed, including the two who were part of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) investigating the plane crash, NRC reports. Ukraine is reorganizing its public prosecution office in the fight against corruption.

Storm Dennis hits Amsterdam
Feb 16 '20 09:42

The Netherlands was placed on a Code Yellow weather alert due to high winds brought by winter storm Dennis. The Code Yellow warning took effect overnight along the northern coast, and covered the whole country from 8 a.m. on Sunday. 

Rolling a joint
Feb 15 '20 08:00

Schools in Arnhem sounded the alarm about an increasing number of school children smoking cannabis during school time. "In some classes, 50 to 60 percent of the students [smoke joints]", Eelco van der Kruk of the Thomas  Kempis College in Arnhem said to the city council this week, speaking on behalf of multiple schools, Omroep Gelderland reports.

Storm clouds over the Dordrecht inner harbor
Feb 14 '20 16:50

Storm Dennis is on its way and expected to hit the Netherlands during the early hours on Sunday morning, followed by a stormy day with unseasonably mild temperatures, according to Weeronline. Dennis will bring strong winds with it, with gusts up to 110 kilometers per hour. Maximum temperatures on Sunday are expected to range between 14 and 17 degrees.

The strongest winds brought by Dennis are expected during the early hours of Sunday morning, though the rest of the morning and around noon will also be windy. The day will be predominantly cloudy, with showers expected. 

Data privacy
Feb 14 '20 08:27

The number of complaints about a possible privacy violation sent to the Dutch Data Protection Authority (AP) increased by a massive 79 percent to 27,800 last year. The majority of complaints involved a violation of the right to privacy - the right to inspect information about yourself, or have information removed from somewhere, AD reports.

Iranian Flag in Abshar Park, Tehran, Iran
Feb 14 '20 08:00

Three Dutch universities and a higher professional education were targeted by Iranian hackers, ordered by the Iranian government, over the past months, according to research by consultancy firm PwC. The cyber attackers were out to steal academic books and teaching materials, the researchers said, NOS reports.

"In this way the Iranian government wants to provide students in that country with knowledge," Gerwin Naber, head of digital research at PwC, said according to the broadcaster. "Due to sanctions, it is not always readily available."

Fireworks in Amsterdam Oost, 31 Dec 2017
Feb 14 '20 07:23

The city council of Amsterdam on Thursday approved plans to announce a general ban on fireworks before the end of the year, making the capital the second large Dutch city to completely ban consumers from lighting fireworks after Rotterdam. The motion by animal party PvdD was supported by the entire city council except for the CDA and FvD, NU.nl reports.

Amsterdam Red Light District
Feb 13 '20 17:54

Organized tours through Amsterdam's famous Red Light District will be prohibited as of April 1, the city announced in a statement on Thursday. The ban on commercial tour groups of was also expanded to cover other areas where window-base sex work is permitted, including the area around the Spuistraat in the city center, and along Ruysdaelkade in Amsterdam Zuid.

EOD at an ABN Amro mail sorting center on Bolstoen in Amsterdam, where a mail bomb exploded on 12 February 2020
Feb 13 '20 13:18

A mail bomb exploded at an ING facility in Amsterdam on Thursday afternoon. On person was checked over for smoke inhalation by paramedics at the scene, the Amsterdam police said on Twitter.

The incident happened on Bijlmerdreef. Firefighters, paramedics and police were first dispatched to the scene just after 12:15 p.m.

Mail bomb sent to an ABN Amro mail sorting center on Bolstoen in Amsterdam, 12 February 2020
Feb 13 '20 10:14

A company in Leusden received a suspicious letter on Thursday morning. The police and the Ministry of Defense's explosive disposal department EOD are at the scene to investigate.

The letter was sent to financial services company Unisys on Storkstraat, according to NU.nl.

Contraception pill
Feb 13 '20 08:27

Two organizations and 7 thousand co-claimants are filing a lawsuit against the Dutch State, demanding that contraception be added to the basic health insurance package for everyone. Bureau Clara Wichmann and DeGoedeZaak will deliver the summons in The Hague on Friday, Valentine's Day, Trouw reports.

Sergey Dubinskiy
Feb 13 '20 07:24

Russia asked the Netherlands in a letter to hand over the prosecution of three Russian men suspected of involvement in the downing of flight MH17, Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security informed the Tweede Kamer. He told Moscow that this was out of the question, he said to the parliamentarians, NOS reports.

Police respond to a mail bomb in Amsterdam
Feb 12 '20 15:26

Two mail bombs which exploded in Amsterdam and Kerkrade earlier on Wednesday were part of an extortion plot where the sender demanded an undisclosed amount of bitcoin. The demand was made with the promise that, if paid, the sender would stop distributing the explosives, police said in a statement.

The amount involved was not revealed so the information could be used against any eventual suspect, police said.

Police at an ABN Amro mail sorting center on Bolstoen in Amsterdam where a mail bomb exploded on 12 February 2020
Feb 12 '20 12:30

A suspicious letter was found in Maastricht on Wednesday, after two mail bombs exploded in Amsterdam and Kerkrade earlier in the day. There was no explosion in Maastricht, the Limburg police said on Twitter. Minister Sander Dekker for Legal Protection called the blasts "worrying". "As far as we can see now, there are no victims, no injuries. So that's great," he said to De Limburger. "For the rest, the police must investigate."

Wind turbines in Amsterdam
Feb 12 '20 10:00

Amsterdam plans to produce enough sustainable energy by 2030 to supply the electricity demands of 80 percent of the city's households. The Regional Energy Strategy (RES) presented by the mayor and aldermen on Wednesday shows that Amsterdam aims to generate 127 megawatts of wind energy, 400 megawatts of solar energy on large roofs, and 150 megawatts of solar energy on small roofs when the next decade arrives. 

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Feb 12 '20 09:11

There were explosions at companies in Amsterdam and Kerkrade on Wednesday morning. The Amsterdam explosion happened in the mail room of a company in the Sloterdijk area, the Kerkrade blast happened at a postal company. The police suspect mail bombs. No one was injured in either of the blasts, the Amsterdam and Limburg police said on Twitter. 

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