A massive tropical storm is set to hit Thailand on Friday. The Thai weather service fears that it will be the strongest storm in 30 years and expects waves of up to 7 meters high, gusts of over 100 kilometers per hour, heavy rainfall and tidal waves. Hundreds of tourists, including some 40 Dutch, are trapped on the Thai islands, NOS reports.
Police have released six of the seven suspects taken into custody after the shooting death of rapper Faisal Mssyeh. Better known as Feis Ecktuh, or just "Feis", the 32-year-old was gunned down in Rotterdam early in the morning on New Year's Day.
His 31-year-old brother received a life-threatening injury during the shooting. Both victims were taken to an area hospital shortly after the incident.
Authorities in the Netherlands managed to confiscate 56,525 kilograms of illegal fireworks over the course of 2018, the Public Prosecutor revealed. The total far surpasses the amount seized in 2017 of 40,382.60 kilograms.
It represents a 40 percent increase. Several confiscations in the last week of the year pushed that number up by nearly 5,900 kilos.
The last week of the year represented the third-highest seizure of fireworks by Dutch authorities. Some 12,712 kilos were seized from November 12-18, and a little over 7,920 kg were taken between December 3-9.
Official figures released by police in the Netherlands showed that officers were assaulted 59 times during New Year's Eve and New Year's Day earlier this week. That number is more than double the 27 incidents reported a year ago.
"Apparently, a group thinks it's normal to misbehave, and lob fireworks at police officers and aid workers," Deputy Police Chief Henk van Essen said in a statement. "I find it incomprehensible that people assail those who take care of safety during, what should be, the biggest party of the year."
An end-of-year spate of violent, dramatic crimes in Rotterdam spilled over into the new year, with the fatal shooting of rap musician Faisal Mssyeh. The 32-year-old, better known as Feis Ecktuh or just "Feis", died at a hospital shortly after the 5:15 a.m. incident on Tuesday.
A second person was hurt in the shooting, a 31-year-old man, who was also taken to a hospital, police said. Seven suspects were taken into custody, including four men between the ages of 36 and 45, two women aged 32 and 59, and a 15-year-old girl.
Schiphol's departure hall 3 was evacuated for a short time on Monday evening after a bomb threat. The Koninklijke Marechaussee arrested a 51-year-old man from Canada, the military branch reported.
The evacuation happened shortly after 7:00 p.m. According to the Marechaussee, the evacuation was a precautionary measure after the Canadian man said that there was a bomb in the departure hall. The hall was searched, but no explosives were found.
The man was arrested and is currently in custody, according to the newspaper.
Multiple fires started in buildings and the dunes in Scheveningen after the wind blew sparks from the New Year's bonfires over the town. The fire department has the fires under control, NU.nl reports.
Photos and videos on social media show whirlwinds with sparks in them. As the wind was blowing from the beach towards Scheveningen, this caused a dangerous situation.
Two people died during the Netherlands' New Year's celebrations last night. A man was killed in an explosion in Enschede. And in the Friesland town of Morra, a person was killed in a fireworks incident, according to the police.
The police responded to Gerstraat in Enschede shortly after midnight. At the scene they found a deceased man. "He likely died as a result of a fireworks explosion", the Enschede police said on Twitter. The police are investigating and call on witnesses to come forward.
Another Rotterdam man was arrested on suspicion of involvement in terrorist-related crimes, the Public Prosecutor's office said on Monday. The arrest is not connected to the arrest of four men in Rotterdam over the weekend, suspected of plotting a terrorist act.
Monday's announcement concerns a 24-year-old man who will be interrogated in the coming days. Little was revealed about the suspected plan.
No weapons or explosives were found. In searching his home, several data collection devices were seized.
Police officers and firefighters were attacked in Groningen and Utrecht over the weekend where young people on the street wreaked havoc with fireworks, authorities said. Fifteen people were arrest in connection with multiple incidents in the Paddepoel district of the city, AD reported.
It started when the fire department arrived in the district to put out a blaze, and had to respond again just an hour later when fire ignited again. On the second visit, heavy fireworks were lobbed at the firefighters causing police to respond.
With New Year's Eve right around the corner, authorities decided to quickly move forward with the arrests of several suspects allegedly preparing a terrorist attack, according to broadcaster NOS. Normally, an investigation into similar suspects could take months, but in this case police were tipped off just days ago, NOS reported.
Four people were arrested in Rotterdam on Saturday morning under suspicion of plotting a terrorist attack. Evidence collection was underway at the locations where the suspects were caught, authorities said.
Police did not immediately reveal what the planned attack entailed.
Specialist arrest teams were joined by Rotterdam police in the initial capture. The Public Prosecutor's office is now running the ensuing investigation.
Up until December 28th a total of 108 people were killed in the Netherlands in the year 2018. That is 51 less than last year, though it must be said that 2017 had an exceptionally high number of murder and manslaughter cases at 159, AD reports based on figures moordatlas.nl, which tracks the number of murder and manslaughter cases in the Netherlands.
A Dutch-flagged ship that rescued 32 migrants from a sinking boat near Libya is still looking for a harbor where the migrants may enter and be processed as possible refugees. The Dutch Justice and Security ministry is trying to help find a port for Sea-Watch 3, part of the German organization Sea-Watch.
But Sea-Watch claims that the Netherlands was one of the countries refusing to allow the ship to enter.
Authorities are searching for a prisoner who hid in a blue trash bag and escaped from the De Schie Penitentiary in Rotterdam on Friday, according to RTV Rijnmond. The escapee was being held for theft, according to the Telegraaf, and he made his prison break around 9:15 a.m.
"We are now sorting that out," a spokesperson told the newspaper when pressed for details of the escape.
The Spirit of Christmas was alive and well in Groningen this week, where a hotelier stepped forward to provide shelter to a young homeless man in the city, and another company offered him a job. A photograph posted to Twitter on Christmas Eve garnered attention as it showed a young man curled up in a brick corner of the Groningen train station.
Drivers in the Netherlands were neither imagining things nor embellishing in 2018 when they complained about travel times. Dutch highways were far more clogged in 2018 than a year earlier, with traffic jams up nearly 20 percent.
The heavy traffic had an impact on rush hour, but also outside of the daily busy periods, travellers association ANWB revealed on Thursday. The organization made their calculations based on both the frequency and duration of traffic jams.
Shots were fired back-and-forth in a Boxing Day incident on the Adrianaplein in Rotterdam that left one person seriously injured. Police also say they fired warning shots to take control of the crime scene.
It started at about 4 p.m. on Thursday when an argument broke out between two Rotterdammers, aged 49 and 26, and a 23-year-old resident of the city. The argument escalated between the suspects, two men and a woman, with one saying they were armed.
Three ships collided with each other on the Waal river near Brakel on Tuesday evening. The ships did not sink, but were damaged. Nobody was hurt, NOS reports.
The cause of the collision is still unclear. It seems to have started with a collision between a container ship and a ship pushing barges with coal. A tanker then crashed into the barges.
Local safety office Veiligheidsregio Gelderland-Zuid said on Twitter that the ships were escorted to the port of Gorinchem. Nothing leaked and there is no danger to the environment, according to the office.
A 26-year-old man was shot on Huniadijk in Rotterdam on Tuesday evening. "He had a bullet wound in his stomach", a spokesperson for the police confirmed to the Telegraaf.
Officers responded to the scene after a report about an incident on the street. The police are investigating what happened.
The victim was taken to hospital. He was conscious and able to speak to the police.
A man was stabbed to death on Kasteelstraat in Vlissingen during the early hours of Wednesday morning. A 17-year-old boy and a 22-year-old woman were arrested as suspects, ANP reports.
The police found the victim wounded on the street. Attempts to resuscitate him were to no avail. He died at the scene. So far the police released no details about the victim's identity, as his family first has to be informed about what happened.
The two suspects were arrested in a home on the same street.
"We are less powerless than we think", King Willem-Alexander said in his annual Christmas speech on Tuesday. Read the full text of the speech in English below:
In his sixth Christmas Day address to the Netherlands, Dutch King Willem-Alexander spoke in support of equal opportunities and the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights, even quoting former U.S. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Willem-Alexander used his annual platform to speak out against intimidation, extremism, and marginialization of people deemed "different".
Tevfik G., a 40-year-old man suspected of killing his 12-year-old son Bekiro in their Arnhem home on Saturday, had a psychotic break, according to his family. He should have been admitted to a care institution on Friday, his sister Kelly said to De Gelderlander.