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Feb 17 '15 21:41

Two Dutch teenagers were stopped in Turkey over the weekend while they were apparently on their way to Syria. The young girls were picked up in Istanbul before being transported back to the Netherlands, broadcaster Nos reported.

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Feb 17 '15 17:52

Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher was quick to tell Dutch Jews that their presence is valued in the Netherlands following a controversial call by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urging European Jews to move to Israel.

Feb 17 '15 13:09

More than half (57 percent) of Dutch freelancers expect that they will have to continue working after retirement. This is according to a study done by Centraal Beheer under 539 freelancers.

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Feb 17 '15 12:12

The number of car thefts was at an all time low in 2014. In the year 2000, 25 187 cars were reported stolen, last year there were only 10 712. That is a decrease of 57 percent. There was a decrease in theft of almost all vehicle types, with scooters being the only exception (1 percent increase)

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Feb 17 '15 09:30

Several Dutch museums are banning the selfie stick from their premises. Not only does it annoy other museum visitors, but a selfie stick could also damage the art.

Feb 17 '15 09:00

The Director of Gemeentelijk Vervoerbedrijf wants more money invested in public transport in the Amsterdam region, primarily in expanding the subway network to Schiphol

Feb 16 '15 11:26

The gas extraction in Groningen is "very unlikely" to increase in the second half of the year, VVD parliamentary leader Halbe Zijlstra said on Buitenhof yesterday.

Feb 16 '15 09:32

The number of children admitted to the hospital with alcohol poisoning increased last year, despite the stricter legislation.

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Feb 16 '15 08:40

Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb is heading to the United States to participate in a 4 day conference on tackling radicalization and violent extremism, De Telegraaf reports. The conference starts on Tuesday and will happen in the White House.

Feb 13 '15 16:14

A group of students and at least one lecturer barricaded themselves inside the University of Amsterdam humanities building, the Bungehuis, while others marched in demonstration through the city center in protest against anticipated funding and resource cuts to the university's humanities department on Friday.

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Feb 13 '15 13:27

A "revolutionary" new transplant method now used by the University Medical Center in Groningen (UMCG) means that 10 to 20 percent more people can get a donor organ, RTL Nieuws reports.

Feb 13 '15 12:05

The Dutch economy is continuing signs of recovery, posting growth of 0.5 percent in the last quarter of 2014, according to official bureau Statistics Netherlands (CBS). This is now the third consecutive quarter where growth has been measured, the CBS reported on Friday.

Feb 13 '15 11:36

Missing American Natalee Holloway is buried beneath a crawl space at the Marriott Hotel in Aruba, says Jurriën de Jong a self-proclaimed eyewitness to her disappearance. Authorities have thus far ignored his statement, despite his persistence to get them more deeply involved in the search, he says. He told his story to Dutch newspaper AD.

Feb 13 '15 09:41

The PvdA decided to support Minister Henk Kamp's (Economic Affairs) new gas decision after all, NU reports. A final decision on the reduction of gas extraction in Groningen will only be made on July 1st.

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Feb 13 '15 08:29

Prime Minister Mark Rutte got confirmation from Ukrainian President Porosjenko that the perpetrators of the MH17 disaster will not go unpunished. Rutte and Porosjenko spoke at the EU summit in Brussels yesterday.

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Feb 12 '15 17:30

Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Bert Koenders is examining whether the cease-fire agreement for Ukraine does include amnesty for the perpetrators of the MH17 disaster. While the MH17 disaster is not specifically mentioned in the accord signed on Thursday, Dutch parliamentarians are urgently seeking clarification of the agreement's text and assurance that it will be able to persecute the perpetrators, reported nos.nl.

Feb 12 '15 17:02

The Netherlands is allowed to extradite Rabbi Eliezer Berland to Israel, a court in Haarlem, Noord-Holland ruled Thursday. Dutch justice and security minister Ivo Opstellen must now decide if Berland will in fact be transferred to Israel.

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Feb 12 '15 16:27

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte calls the agreement on the Ukrainian conflict in Minsk an important step but feels that it is still too early to talk about sanction reliefs, he says to NOS.

Feb 12 '15 10:57

Inflation in the Netherlands decreased to the lowest level in 27 years in January, with the average price increase coming out at exactly 0 percent. The average interest rate also decreased to 0.5 percent in January (0.8 percent in December 2014), the lowest since the start of De Nederlandsche Bank's (DNB) time series in mid 1986.

Feb 12 '15 09:21

The extra Euro-group meeting about the issue with Greece last night did not achieve anything. Further talks have been pushed back until Monday. In two weeks the Greeks will have no money, and the other 18 Euro Ministers will only agree to help them further if the Greeks accept the conditions attached.

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Feb 12 '15 08:47

PostNL is busy with yet another reorganization under the name "Davis Cup", AD reports. This reorganization will cost 150 jobs in the marketing and sales departments and 550 jobs in PostNL's car company.

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Feb 12 '15 08:15

There was another shooting incident in Amsterdam last night. A 39 year old man was shot in a house on Maurits Sabbehof in Nieuw-West, supposedly by a family member, NOS reports. The victim died a short time after the incident.

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Feb 11 '15 13:32

Various services, including the Public Prosecutor, knew that Omar H., the jihadist who escaped from the Netherlands, wanted to leave the country. Minister Ivo Opstelten of Security and Justice wrote that to the Tweede Kamer (lower house of parliament) today.

Feb 11 '15 12:00

Euro-group chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem (Minister of Finance) is pushing for an agreement to be made with Greece. The talks with Greece has been drawn out by quarreling and threats.

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