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Sep 27 '18 12:30

The University of Amsterdam is no longer the best university in the Netherlands, according to Times Higher Education's ranking. The Delft University of Applied Sciences takes that honor this year. Wageningen University is also ranked above the University of Amsterdam.

This year the University of Amsterdam is ranked the 62nd best university in the world, compared to 59th last year. TU delft moved up from 63rd last year to 58th this year. Wageningen University came in 59th place this year. The Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam moved down from 165th to 166th.

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Sep 27 '18 11:40

Two trams crashed into each other on De Clerqstraat in Amsterdam West on Thursday morning. Tram traffic was halted for a time, but is now back on track. No one was injured, Het Parool reports.

One tram rear-ended the other around 7:45 a.m. at the bridge over Kostverlorenvaart. Paramedics examined the driver of the rear tram, but he did not sustain any injuries.

After the accident the front tram drove towards the depot, but derailed a bit further down the street. A car parked on the street was hit by the tram, according to the newspaper.

Marlboro cigarettes wiki commons
Sep 27 '18 10:50

The city council of Groningen approved a proposal by the mayor and aldermen t around institutions that ask for such a ban. The city will be the first to set a public space smoking ban in the Netherlands, RTL Nieuws reports.

Police officer and sniffer dog search a wooded area
Sep 27 '18 10:00

A body was found in the woods on Wolfhezerweg in the Gelderland village of Wolfheze on Wednesday morning, the police said on Twitter. Whether the person was killed in a crime, is not yet clear.

As yet the police released no details about the deceased person's identity, not even the gender. The police are investigating.

The area around where the body was found is cordoned off with crime scene tape, according to De Gelderlander.

Sep 27 '18 09:10

A 22-year-old man from Zoetermeer was arrested in The Hague on Wednesday afternoon for threats. Witnesses reported to the police that he was standing at a car with a hissing gas bottle, shouting 'Allahu Akbar'. His motive is not clear. "All possible scenarios are being investigated", the police said, Omroep West reports.

The man was arrested on Telexstraat next to the HTM building at around 2:00 p.m. by members of a special police unit. A helicopter was deployed to the scene, and police officers were stationed on a nearby roof with guns pointed at the man. 

Ferdinand Grapperhaus
Sep 27 '18 08:55

The Dutch government wants to register the race, ethnicity, political views, and religion or philosophical conviction of anyone who applies for or renews a firearm license. These new requirements for firearm licenses are written in a legislative proposal that will be submitted to the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, next month, the Volkskrant reports.

A destroyed neighborhood in Raqqa, Syria, 1 Aug 2017
Sep 27 '18 08:16

The Netherlands was well aware of human rights violations committed by Syrian rebel movement Jabhat al-Shamiya when the country started offering them logistical support, Nieuwsuur and Trouw report based on emails sent between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and human rights organization Amnesty International in the summer of 2016.

An NS train waiting on the tracks (Photo: TahR78/Wikipedia)
Sep 27 '18 07:34

Train traffic from Schiphol to Amersfoort was halted for a short time on Wednesday after an explosive was found near the tracks in Laren. Defense's explosives disposal team cleared it away, Het Parool reports.

The explosive experts believe it is an old explosive, likely dating from World War II. According to the police, there is no danger for local residents or the environment. 

The explosive was found near Doctor Albert Schweitzerweg by people working on the railway.

Train traffic restarted around 2:30 p.m., about an hour after it was halted. 

Roman construction material with plaster; found in Katwijk, Sept 2018
Sep 26 '18 15:50

Archeologists discovered around 125 meters of Roman road along Ingenieur G. Tjalmaweg in the municipality of Katwijk. The road was built 2 thousand years ago. A Roman settlement was also found, ANP reports.

The province of Zuid-Holland asked archeologists study the area in preparation for the RijnlandRoute, a new road from Katwijk to the A4 at Leiden. 

Stint
Sep 26 '18 15:00

Stint electric cargo bikes, like the one involved in a in which in Oss last week, contain structural design flaws and are therefore not safe to transport children, independent researcher Peter Coppes from Helmond concluded after studying a Stint.

Barbara Visser
Sep 26 '18 14:10

Defense made mistakes in acquiring winter clothing for soldiers who will participate in a NATO mission in Norway next month. As a result, the soldiers are forced to buy their own clothing for the mission in a terrain where temperatures can drop to -20 degrees. The Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, is furious, NU.nl reports. 

Sigrid Kaag
Sep 26 '18 13:20

Over the next five years the Dutch government will invest 20 million euros per year into improving education in developing countries, Minister Sigrid Kaag of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation announced at the United Nations in New York. "Education is one of the priorities of my policy. It offers women and young people opportunities for better work and a decent income", she said, NOS reports.

Schiphol-plaza-ns
Sep 26 '18 12:30

Passengers can still be picked up and dropped off at Schiphol's 'kiss & go' zone for free for the foreseeable future. Schiphol investigated the possibility of , but that plan has been called back, AT5 reports.

Arnhem Station
Sep 26 '18 11:40

Arnhem Central Station was briefly evacuated on Wednesday morning after a fire alarm in the station went off. A manual fire alarm was pulled in the public transport terminal, a spokesperson for the fire brigade said to Omroep Gelderland.

As a precaution, NS decided to evacuate the entire station and halt train traffic to and from Arnhem. 

The fire department investigated and found no sign of fire. The building was declared safe around 10:30 a.m. and travelers were allowed to enter the station. Train traffic was restarted and was largely back on schedule around 11:15 a.m.

MH17
Sep 26 '18 10:50

The Netherlands and Australia want to start negotiating with Russia "in the foreseeable future" about the country's accountability in the downing of flight MH17, Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs said after meeting with his Australian colleague Marise Payne in New York, NOS reports.

Emergency services at the scene of a fatal rail accident on Braakstraat in Oss, four children were killed, 20 Sept 2018
Sep 26 '18 10:00

A witch hunt is happening on social media against people who posted tasteless responses or jokes about a railway accident in Oss in which four children were killed last week. Some of the targets of this witch hunt feel so threatened that they've deleted their social media accounts, De Stentor reports.

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