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Dec 18 '14 09:12

The government parties VVD and PvdA will continue their meetings for finding a solution to their conflict over Minister Edith Schippers' (Public Health, VVD) healthcare plan today. According to the key role players, some progress has been made in the talks so far.

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Dec 17 '14 19:13

Health Minister Edith Schippers told the ruling coalition that if the PvdA cannot come up with a solution to pass her health care bill in the Senate that she would be forced to resign, sources told the Volkskrant. The embattled minister's bill strips the requirement that insurers pay at least 75 percent of the cost for visiting an out-of-network medical specialist.

Dec 17 '14 14:36

The Coalition parties are still hard at work trying to limit the fallout caused by Minister Edith Schippers' (Public Health) collapsing health legislative proposal.

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Dec 17 '14 13:08

The cleanup of the asbestos caused by the fire in Roermond last night, will most probably not be finished today. The area that is affected by the asbestos is larger than previously thought. More asbestos was found after the sun came up.

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Dec 17 '14 09:54

It is clear that both the Public Prosecutor and the police are doing everything they can to break the spiral of violence occurring in Amsterdam and surrounds. 150 detectives are now engaged in the mega investigation into the gang war.

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Dec 17 '14 08:59

Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs announced on Tuesday that the Cabinet will further reduce the gas extraction in Groningen. A maximum of 39.4 billion cubic meters of gas may be extracted from the gas field in Groningen in 2015, previously it was 42.5 billion cubic meters. This is a reduction of about 7 percent.

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Dec 17 '14 08:31

The PvdA and VVD will continue searching for a solution to the problems that have arisen around Minister Edith Schippers' healthcare plan later today.

Dec 16 '14 17:40

A plan to strip the requirement that health insurers reimburse a large portion of medical bills from out-of-network specialists was struck down by the Senate by a five-vote margin. The proposal from Health Minister Edith Schippers (VVD) mustered 33 votes, with three members of her party’s coalition partner, PvdA, defecting with “no” votes.

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Dec 16 '14 14:33

According to figures from Statistics Netherlands, the increase of women in the labor market has leveled off after the significant increase between 1998 and 2013.

Dec 16 '14 14:15

It seems that a number of cities in the Netherlands will start with an experiment with controlled cannabis cultivation next year, despite the fact that Minister Ivo Opstelten of Security and Justice is still firmly opposed to the idea.

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Dec 16 '14 11:11

Aggression against train conductors and drivers are almost an every day occurrence. As many as 64 percent of the train crew faced physical violence and threats with a firearm this year. Verbal abuse is just part of the day.

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Dec 16 '14 10:07

Children are increasingly often becoming the victims of crimes such as assault, robbery or vandalism. In 2013, one in five young people aged 15 to 18 was the victim of violence or a crime against property.

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Dec 16 '14 08:51

The gas valve in Groningen will be slowed even further to prevent earthquakes. The cabinet discussed this last Friday, RTL Nieuws reports.

Dec 16 '14 08:31

Citizens of the Netherlands have to deal with the most online banking failures in the world. Customers of ING suffered most often from a failure in the last year.

Dec 15 '14 20:06

Passengers on Dutch national rail carrier NS will find their waiting times shortened as the transportation firm rolls out their new schedule, putting more trains on the tracks. The service increase comes at a time when the company's conductors and workers say they are concerned that they are overworked with minimal time for breaks, and no rest in between hours-long routes.

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Dec 15 '14 12:30

The new NS timetable took effect yesterday. The new schedule means that there will be a train every half an hour on all routes.

Dec 15 '14 08:29

Because more and more people report crimes over the internet, about half of all full-fledged police stations will close in the next ten years.

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Dec 14 '14 16:04

Two men in their twenties say they were shot while jogging in Amsterdam Zeeburg Sunday morning. The victims arrived at an area hospital on their own about an hour later, and workers there called the police.

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Dec 12 '14 09:21

On Friday De Telegraaf revealed striking details about a number of suspects who were arrested after a large amount of weapons was found in Loosdrecht earlier this week.

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Dec 12 '14 09:08

The Rijksmuseum has bought a bronze sculpture of the Dutchman Adriaen de Vries (1556 - 1626) for $28 million (more than 22.5 million euro). The sculpture is called Bacchic Figure Supporting the Globe.

Dec 12 '14 08:50

In 2012 and 2013 hospitals sent in 276 million euro in false claims. An investigation shows that 1.2 percent of the revenue was not declared properly. There are currently discussions on how that money should be paid back to the insurers.

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Dec 11 '14 21:19

The Leeuwarden Court of Appeal ruled on Thursday that 29 year-old Alasam S. will serve a six year prison sentence and undergo compulsory psychiatric treatment. The appeal resulted in a 22 year reduction on the original sentence of 28 years imprisonment.

Dec 11 '14 13:10

The Dutch economy will be slightly better than expected in 2015. The gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to grow by 1.5 percent. That is a slightly higher growth than the 1.25 percent that was expected in previous calculations.

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Dec 11 '14 09:34

On Wednesday PvdA Member of Parliament Ahmed Marcouch pleaded for more Moroccan- and Turkish Dutch detectives.

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