After winning bids for the 2015 Tour de France and 2010 Giro d'Italia determined Utrecht as the starting place for both bicycle races, the Business Platoon Utrecht (BPU) wants to make the city the starting point for famed Spanish cycling race, La Vuelta, as well, AD reports. This would make Utrecht the only city in the world to have hosted all three major cycling races.
A court in the Netherlands issued a suspended sentence and 200 hours of community service for the jeweler whose wife shot two robbers in his jewelry store last year. The sentence, handed down on Friday, was for the possession of an illegal weapon.
Chinese media is claiming that the Buddha statue containing a skeleton of a Chinese monk was stolen from a Chinese village in 1995, and the country wants it returned. The statue is currently owned by a Dutch private collector and was on display in Drents Museum in Assen until the recent return to its owner, newswire ANP writes.
A new case of avian influenza was discovered on a 22,000-hen poultry farm in Tzummarum, Friesland. The influenza is most likely a mild H7 variant, the Dutch government says.
Six of the squatters who demonstrated against the development of the Spuistraat were still in custody on Friday as questions about their identity, nationality and residency status lingered. The six are now being investigated by immigration investigators to determine their backgrounds, police said Friday.
The Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, wants clarification from the government on the major power outage that affected large parts of Noord Holland and Flevoland this morning, AD reports. The outage began just before 10:00 and was caused by a technical fault in a power station in Diemen. More than an hour later grid administrator TenneT reported that power would be gradually restored
NS is still struggling to get back on on track after the massive power outage that affected large parts of Noord-Holland and Flevoland this morning. Hundreds of passengers are still stranded at Utrecht Centraal, staring helplessly at the information boards that only state that no train traffic is possible in a wide radius around Amsterdam Centraal and north of Leiden, Utrecht and Hilversum.
Police have still not clarified whether the case of Patrick Galiart who died yesterday after he was found injured in a house in Loosdrecht, concerns a homicide or a suicide.
Two Albanian refugees died after jumping off a passenger ferry into the North Sea and trying to swim back to the UK shore on February 26th last year, The Guardian reports based on a British inquest. Artur Doda (24) and Leonard Isufaj (27) had been deported from Essex in Britain and were on their way to the Netherlands. An eyewitness saw the two jumping overboard an hour into the journey.
Police officers know too little about ordinary police work, such as the laws and regulations on arrests and searches. This is according to a test done by the Inspectorate for Security and Justice on 361 police officers.
Tiriodos Bank refused to open a bank account for the interest group for sex workers PROUD, RTL reports. The bank informed PROUD of its decision in a letter.
Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem of Finance has decided to postpone the planned sale of ABN Amro due to the recent turmoil surrounding the salary increases for the bank's executives, De Gelderlander reports. Dijsselbloem previously told the Tweede Kamer that the decision about ABN Amro's IPO would be made before April 1st.