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Police officers on the street
Oct 22 '18 07:44

A suspicious package was found at the provincial house on Visarenddreef in Lelystad on Monday morning. The police closed down the area around the building, including part of the nearby train station. Multiple banners with slogans about nature reserve Oostvaardersplassen were also found hanging on the provincial house, a spokesperson for the Midden Nederland police said to NU.nl.

The police are allowing pedestrians into the train station, but motorists are being stopped, according to Omroep Flevoland.

Mark Rutte & Wim Kok
Oct 20 '18 21:02

Former Dutch Prime Minister Wim Kok has died at the age of 80 years old after fighting a lengthy illness. He became the country's leader following the election in 1994, when he led Labour (PvdA) into a coalition with the conservative VVD and centrist D66 parties.

"Wim Kok was a man worth looking up to," said current Prime Minister Mark Rutte. "Completely reliable, perfectly honest and always focused on a solution," Rutte said of Kok. "He was a man with a great sense of responsibility who placed high demands on himself and on those people who worked with him."

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Oct 19 '18 08:26

The book De 50 mooiste, beste en meest inspirerende Nederlandse toespraken was pulled from the market with immediate effect because only 49 of the speeches in the book are real. A speech about the mentality of the Dutch East India Company attributed to former Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, turned out to actually be a satirical column first published on left-wing activist website Doorbraak.eu in 2006, newspaper Trouw discovered.

Police officers on the street
Oct 19 '18 07:58

One person was killed in robbery at a Chinese-Indian restaurant in Drenthe and a subsequent car crash on Thursday. The car crashed into a low wall on Kaaplaantje at around 10:00 p.m., shortly after the robbery. One of the people in the car was killed, the other seriously injured, RTV Drenthe reports.

The car crashed into a low wall of parking garage De Kaap. The parking garage is located right behind the robbed restaurant.

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Oct 19 '18 07:34

The A28 highway between Zwolle and Groningen is closed in both directions at Assen after a major accident involving four trucks. Traffic service ANWB expects that the highway will be closed until at least 4:00 p.m. on Friday. Motorists are advised to seek alternative routes, NU.nl reports.

According to the ANWB, the accident caused havoc on the road. One side of the highway is full of mail, which came out of one of the trucks. The other side is full of beets. Exactly how the accident happened is not yet known.

Wouter Koolmees
Oct 18 '18 08:44

Working Dutch have less money left over this year than Minister Wouter Koolmees of Social Affairs and Employment reported on Budget Day, due to an error made in the purchasing power figures. The figures for next year are correct, the Minister wrote in a letter to parliament, RTL Z reports.

All workers saw their purchasing power decrease. Single parents with a modal income even saw their purchasing power decrease by 0.3 percent, instead of the 0.1 percent increase Koolmees reported in September.

Twitter
Oct 18 '18 08:22

Twitter accounts run by Russian trolls from St. Petersburg tweeted about the  disaster 1,400 times, according to an analysis by NOS of a database of tweets released by Twitter on Wednesday. The database consists of 9 million tweets from Russian trolls and another 1 million tweets by Iranian trolls, including retweets. The tweets were posted by 3,814 accounts that Twitter linked to the Internet Research Agency based in St. Petersburg. Another 770 accounts are based in Iran. 

SWAT team entering a home - 7 men arrested for planning a terrorist attack, 27 Sept 2018
Oct 18 '18 07:46

The police infiltrated the group of for planning a major attack in the Netherlands. An undercover cop made contact with main suspect Hardi N., pretended to be an "attack planner" for terrorist organization Islamic State, and helped the group to plan their attack and arrange weapons, RTL Nieuws and NRC report.

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Oct 17 '18 13:50

A man was seriously injured in a shooting on Willem Ruyslaan in the Rotterdam district of Kralingen on Wednesday morning. The victim was hit by multiple bullets, including in his head. He is in critical condition, NOS reports.

The shooting happened at around 11:00 a.m. The victim was sitting in a car when he was shot at close range. Witnesses reported hearing at least 11 gunshots. A second person sitting on the passenger seat of the car, was unharmed. 

Stef Blok
Oct 17 '18 08:16

Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs does not expect that the European Union and United Kingdom will reach a political agreement on the  on Wednesday. "More time is needed to complete those negotiations successfully. At the same time the risk remains that it will not work", he said on Tuesday evening after after a meeting of Foreign Ministers and EU-Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, NOS reports.

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Oct 17 '18 07:45

The police responded en masse to the Utrecht city office on Tuesday due to a suspicious situation. A man was in the waiting room wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying an extremely heavy bag, RTL Nieuws reports.

The man was arrested by police officers in bulletproof vests. The arrest went smoothly and without incident, according to the police. The municipal office was not evacuated or closed during the action.

The police can not yet say whether anything suspicious was found in the heavy bag the man had with him. 

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Oct 17 '18 07:36

A man was injured in a shooting in the Noord-Brabant town of Valkenswaard late on Tuesday evening. He was taken to hospital with unknown injuries. The police are investigating, NOS reports.

The shooting happened in Feliciadal, a residential area in the west of the town. One or more perpetrators fled on a motorcycle. They were wearing dark clothes and helmets. The police are looking for them, but warn people who see the suspects not to take action themselves. Call the emergency number.

Mark Rutte
Oct 16 '18 08:16

The will definitely not happen, Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced after a coalition meeting on Monday evening. The government and the coalition parties reconsidered and decided to definitively reverse the most controversial measure in the government agreement. "The fact is that support for this measure was limited", Rutte said after the meeting, NU.nl reports.

Cracked, dry ground
Oct 16 '18 07:50

The is still persisting. On Monday afternoon the water level in the Rijn river at Lobith was 6.73 meters above sea level, thereby breaking the previous low record of 6.87 meters from August, De Gelderlander reports. 

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Oct 16 '18 07:32

A 17-year-old girl was injured in a stabbing on Livingstonelaan in Utrecht on Monday. A suspect was arrested shortly after the incident, the Utrecht police said on Twitter. 

A trauma helicopter was deployed to provide first aid to the injured girl. She was taken to hospital. The extent of her injuries is not clear, but she was conscious and talking, a spokesperson for the police said to NU.nl. 

Nothing was revealed about the identity of the suspect. According to the police, there are "strong indications that the victim and suspect know each other". 

 

Ambulance
Oct 15 '18 08:22

A 22-year-old man from Oosterhout was arrested in a Breda home on Saturday after at least 27 people fell ill in a bar on Vismarktstraat during the early hours of that morning, the police said in a statement. The police believe the suspect released pepper spray or something similar in the bar.

At around 2:55 a.m. on Saturday surveillance officers keeping an eye on the nightlife received a report that an unknown substance was released in the bar on Vismakrtstraat. Many visitors experienced nausea, breathlessness and a burning sensation in their throat or airways. 

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Oct 15 '18 07:57

The three large Dutch banks - ING, ABN Amro and Rabobank - are largely dependent on only one company for cyber security against DDoS attacks. The cyber security firm in question is the American company Akamai, which counts 18 of the world's 30 largest banks as its customers, Financieele Dagblad reports.

Ank Bjleveld
Oct 15 '18 07:44

The Netherlands is the midst of a "cyber war" with Russia, Defense Minister Ank Bijleveld said on television program WNL op Zondag. According to the Minister, a on chemical weapons watchdog OPCW shows that the nature of war has changed.

Traffic
Oct 12 '18 08:20

Multiple accidents caused extreme amounts of traffic on Dutch roads during rush hour on Thursday evening. There was a total of 478 kilometers of traffic jams on the Dutch highways, making Thursday evening the busiest rush hour in the Netherlands so far this year, according to Rijkswaterstaat.

According to the ANWB, which also takes provincial roads into account, there was 887 kilometers of traffic jams on Dutch roads on Thursday evening. According to the ANWB's figures, Thursday evening was the third busiest rush hour this year.

man-wordt-geboeid-afgevoerd arrest
Oct 12 '18 08:05

The police arrested a 20-year-old man from Amsterdam on Thursday for a fatal shooting in which 19-year-old r Whether the arrested man is suspected of being the gunman or of another role, is not yet clear, Het Parool reports.

Oct 12 '18 07:49

A very large fire broke out at TUF Recycling in Dongen, Noord-Brabant, on Thursday evening. The fire was under control by 10:45 p.m., but actually extinguishing it will take days. Toxic substances were released in the fire, and local residents received an NL Alert advising them to stay out of the smoke, NU.nl reports.

Orlando Boldewijn was found dead in the Böttgerwater in The Hague on 26 Feb 2018
Oct 11 '18 08:17

Roy B. from The Hague will be prosecuted for involvement in the death of 17-year-old from Rotterdam, the Public Prosecutor announced. According to the Prosecutor, the 27-year-old man saw the teenager lying in the water, but did nothing to help him, NU.nl reports.

Forensic investigator at a crime scene
Oct 11 '18 07:44

A man was killed in a shooting on Dostojevskisingel in Amsterdam Zuidoost on Wednesday afternoon, the Amsterdam police said on Twitter. Area residents say the victim is a 19-year-old rap musician and producer. People on social media claiming to be friends with the victim say the person killed is named “Bolle”, and that he was shot in the gut during an argument on the street.

Stormy weather on Mallorca
Oct 11 '18 07:28

An 80-year-old Dutch woman died during storms on the Spanish island of Mallorca, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed on Wednesday evening following reports in Spanish media. The victim's family has been informed, ANP reports.

Mallorca was hit by large storms on Tuesday. Heavy rainfall caused flooding on the east of the island.

At least 10 people, including the Dutch woman, died in the severe weather. One child is still missing, according to th Spanish emergency response service. 

Mallorca is a popular tourist destination. 

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