Crime scene tape surrounds a home on Sloterlandseweg in Katlijk, where a couple was found murdered, 26 Sept 2017
Mar 8 '18 14:18

A 14-year-old boy was convicted ofs in their home in the Friesland village of Katlijk in September last year. On Thursday the court gave him the maximum sentence possible for a convict of his age - a year in juvenile detention and institutionalized psychiatric treatment, RTL Nieuws reports.

Mar 8 '18 13:30

ING Bank raised the salary of CEO Ralph Hamers by more than half this year, to over 3 million euros, NOS reports. Parliamentarians are furious and demand an explanation. Minister Wopke Hoekstra of Finance is "not amused", according to newspaper AD.

Asylum seekers
Mar 8 '18 12:50

The European Union must do more to stop the undocumented migration of asylum seekers through Europe, State Secretary Mark Harbers wrote in a letter to the European Commission, the Telegraaf reports.

The government considers it a major problem that asylum seekers can freely travel virtually anywhere through Europe to get to the country where they want to apply for asylum. Because of this, the Netherlands is getting a disproportionate number of asylum seekers, Harbers said to the newspaper. 

Sigrid Kaag
Mar 8 '18 12:10

Minister Sigrid Kaag of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation will be leading a meeting of the United Nations Security Council in New York on Thursday. Prime Minister Mark Rutte will lead a meeting on March 28th.

Thursday is also International Women's Day. In this context, the Netherlands called on the 14 members of the Security Council to include as many female colleagues as possible in their delegations today, the Telegraaf reports. The Netherlands is the president of the Security Council, the UN's most important body, for the entire month of March.

Police officer and paramedic
Mar 8 '18 11:25

A pupil of the Bindelmeer College in Amsterdam Zuidoost was injured in a stabbing at the school on Thursday morning. She was stabbed in her lower body, but her injuries are not life threatening, a police spokesperson said to Het Parool.

The police responded to the secondary school on Dubbelink around 9:45 a.m. on Thursday. Another girl, also a pupil at the school, was arrested. The victim was taken to hospital for treatment.

The police are talking to wintesses and investigating what happened. The spokesperson could not tell Het Parool how old the involved girls are. 

Mar 8 '18 10:36

A total of 11 men, including former deputy chief prosecutor Vincent L., are being prosecuted for having paid sex with an underage boy, the Public Prosecutor announced on Thursday.

The suspects are from Amsterdam and Amstelveen and between the ages of 38 and 61 years old. According to the Prosecutor, they had sex with the underage boy independently from each other. They were arrested between February and July last year and are no longer in custody.

Amsterdam city center
Mar 8 '18 10:15

The Netherlands' major attractions are increasingly being flooded by international tourists, according to Dutch tourism office NBTC. The hotspots suffer under traffic jams, crowds and problems for residents. "The necessary distribution of tourists is stagnating", NBTC CEO Jos Vranken said to the Telegraaf.

Last year the Netherlands had 17.6 million foreign visitors, an 11 percent increase compared to the year before. This year NBTC expects more than 18.5 million international visitors, increasing to over 20 million by 2020. 

Mar 8 '18 09:41

Videos of the Dutch women's handball team naked in a dressing room of sauna Oase in Nederasselt, were posted on a popular porn website for several hours in December. According to sauna owner Erik van Ingen Schenau, the surveillance cameras were hacked, the Gelderlander reports.

Mar 8 '18 09:17

Two people were injured in a large fire in a warehouse behind a house on Korte Bunder in Hoeven, Noord-Brabant during the early hours of Thursday morning. Several explosions were heard in the warehouse. The wounded persons were taken to hospital for treatment, ANP reports.

The fire started shortly after midnight. The explosions heard were caused by items stored in the warehouse. 

Lecture Hall
Mar 8 '18 09:02

A total of 122 thousand international students from 162 different countries are currently studying at a Dutch university or university of applied science, 10 thousand according to an Dutch uni

Ivana Smit
Mar 8 '18 08:12

The private detective hired by's parents to investigate her death in Malaysia in December, has completed his investigation. The 18-year-old Dutch model's death must be treated as a crime, private detective Mark Williams-Thomas concluded, RTL Nieuws reports.

Mar 8 '18 07:36

The websites of the Dutch Tax Authority and DigiD were hit by DDoS attacks on Wednesday afternoon. As a result no tax declarations could be filed for hours, and people had trouble logging in to various government websites, reports.

The attack on the Tax Authority started around 3:00 p.m., and DigiD was hit around 3:25 p.m. Both sites were fully accessible again by 8:00 p.m.

The attack did not affect the security of taxpayer's data, not even if people were filing declarations when the DDoS attack started, a spokesperson for the Tax Authority said to the newspaper. 

Suitsupply's 'Find Your Perfect Fit' ad campaign
Mar 7 '18 16:40

The fact that clothing brand Suitsupply's new ad posters showing two men being affectionate are being vandalized across the Netherlands, shows that LGBT emancipation still has a long way to go, according to LGTB organizations COC and Pride Amsterdam. 

Texting while driving
Mar 7 '18 16:00

Motorists are allowed to touch their cellphone while they're driving, but only if it is in a holder. Holding a phone while driving is forbidden, the court in Leeuwarden ruled on Wednesday in a case about a traffic fine, RTL Nieuws reports.

A motorist was fined 230 euros in Sneek for using a mobile phone behind the wheel. The phone was in a hands-free holder. The subdistrict court ruled against the motorist, finding that touching the phone is the same as holding it. But now the court in Leeuwarden ruled differently.

Police guard in a detention center
Mar 7 '18 15:20

The police arrested three men on Wednesday on suspicion of involvement in aon February 21st.

Orlando Boldewijn
Mar 7 '18 14:40

The police released footage showing 17-year-old buying a sandwich in The Hague just hours before his death on February 18th. By releasing these images showing exactly what the Rotterdam teen looked like on that day, the police hope that someone will remember seeing him and provide more information about his final hours.


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