Colombian police
Feb 19 '19 09:36

A 49-year-old Dutch man was shot and killed in the Colombian municipality of Copacabana, about 20 kilometers north of the city of Medelin. He was shot near his home on Monday. The perpetrator or perpetrators were on a motorcycle, NU.nl reports.

The man died from wounds sustained in the shooting, the local authorities said to newspaper El Colombiano. The authorities could not say anything about the motive for the murder. Local media report that the Dutch man lived in Copacabana for around 6 months. 

Refugee shelter
Feb 19 '19 08:51

Aruba is struggling to shelter thousands of asylum seekers from Venezuela, fleeing their country to escape. The island, which forms part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, already received more asylum applications than it can handle, ANP reports.

Railway crossing
Feb 19 '19 08:18

Someone left gypsum blocks on a railway crossing in Velp on Monday night. A train crashed into it. No one was hurt, but things could have been so much worse, a ProRail incident officer said on Twitter.

The railway accident resulted in multiple railway crossings suffering breakdowns.

On Twitter ProRail said that the perpetrators were arrested based on witness statements and surveillance camera footage. ProRail is pressing charges of vandalism against them. 

Dutch emergency services in action
Feb 19 '19 07:52

An in The Hague in January, was not deliberately caused, the police said in a statement. After extensive investigation, the police found no indications of premeditation. Investigators "strongly take into account" that the explosion was the result of a gas leak.

Feb 19 '19 07:28

Seven cars went up in flames in different places in Nijmegen over night. All seven cars can be considered lost. The Gelderland city has been plagued by car fires since the start of this year, with dozens of cars being destroyed since January. In all cases the police suspect arson, or haven't ruled arson out, Omroep Gelderland reports.

The fire department first responded to Meijhorst overnight. There a delivery van was on fire. It burnt out completely. A car parked next to the van was also damaged.

Ambulance
Feb 18 '19 16:00

A broken beam caused the , Utrecht on Sunday, according to the young people who built the float. They were on it when it collapsed. The driver was not under the influence of alcohol and was not speeding, they said to RTV Utrecht on Monday.

Kids dressed in 'cowboy and Indian' costumes
Feb 18 '19 15:10

Bert Felling of party shop FeestXpert in Nijmegen and Wamel finds it "crazy" that cowboy- and Indian costumes are considered racist. He will therefore give every child who visits his shop on Saturday, February 23rd, a free Indian costume and free Indian face paint, AD reports.

Childcare
Feb 18 '19 14:20

The Dutch Tax Authority acted contrary to the Convention on the Rights of the Child when it discontinued the childcare allowance of over 200 families in 2014. The tax office did not adequately take the interests of these children into account, Children's Ombudsman Margrite Kalverboer wrote in a letter to the Tax Authority, which is in the possession of Trouw.

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Feb 18 '19 13:30

A suspicious package was found on Amerikalaan in Utrecht on Monday morning. The police closed down a wide area around the street. Multiple homes and business premises were evacuated, a police spokesperson said to NU.nl.

The Ministry of Defense's explosives removal department is at the scene to investigate.

The police also closed down Beneluxlaan, which borders Amerikalaan, in both directions. The tram line is also closed, so no tram traffic is currently possible in Utrecht.

Empty classroom
Feb 18 '19 12:40

Due to a decreasing number of pupils, secondary schools are threatening to disappear from at least 10 shrinking regions in the east of the Netherlands - Groningen, Friesland, Limburg and Zeeland, according to secondary school organization VO-Raad. This could mean that pupils in rural areas may have to travel over 20 kilometers to go to school, the organization warns, NOS reports.

Primary school classroom
Feb 18 '19 11:50

Of all the Dutch provinces, primary schools in Zeeland on average achieved the best results on the final test in group 8. Primary schools in Noord-Holland performed the worst, according to RTL Nieuws' annual school research. 

Asbestos
Feb 18 '19 11:00

Asbestos was dumped at a construction site at Delfzijl station for two consecutive days. A specialized company was called in to clean up the first batch of the carcinogenic substance on Friday. This same company is also cleaning up the second batch, found on Saturday, RTV Noord reports.

On Friday a pamphlet was attached to the fence of the construction site. It read: "This pollution, asbestos, was blown here by the contractor Hoonstra. Wind-concentration camp builder in Drenthe. Those who hire this company, will harvest asbestos."

Feb 18 '19 10:10

Two Russian women were arrested at Schiphol airport on Monday morning, independent Russian newspaper Novaja Gazeta reports. The Koninklijke Marechausee could not confirm the arrests to the Volkskrant.

Dutch police crime scene tape
Feb 18 '19 09:18

There was a shooting incident in Heerlen shortly before midnight on Sunday. So far it is unclear whether anyone was hurt, or what the motive for the shooting was. The police are looking for three people, according to a Burgernet report shared on Twitter.

The police are looking for two men and one woman. One of the men wore white trousers with a red stripe. How they are involved in the shooting, is not clear. 

The shooting happened on Hofstraat, according to 1Limburg. 

Feb 18 '19 08:59

A body found in the Oudeschans in Amsterdam on Friday was identified as Connor James Murphy, the police confirmed. The 39-year-old man from Northern Ireland has been missing in Amsterdam since mid-January.

The police took the body out of the water near Keizersbrug on Friday, according to Het Parool. Murphy was

Schiphol airport, 29 Sept 2018
Feb 18 '19 08:28

Schiphol will continue to grow after 2020, despite protests from local residents and environmental organizations, according to Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen of Infrastructure and Water Management. The Amsterdam airport has to keep growing in order to keep its competitive position with other airline hubs in Europe, she said in an interview with the Volkskrant. 

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