Traffic
May 23 '18 09:04

Tuesday evening saw the busiest evening rush hour in the Netherlands so far this year. At its peak, there were 955 kilometers of traffic jams on Dutch roads, according to traffic association ANWB.

The traffic jams were mainly caused by bad weather in the south and east of the country, a spokesperson for Dutch public works department Rijkswaterstaat said to ANP. "In addition, almost everyone had off on Monday, making it extra busy on Tuesday", the spokesperson said. 

A horse-chestnut tree in the city center of Amsterdam that was featured in Anne Frank's diary
May 23 '18 08:54

The Anne Frank tree in the Wandelpark in Waalwijk was vandalized for the third time this month. Over the weekend unknown unknown perpetrators twice snapped the trunk of the tree. Local residents believe this is a targeted action, Omroep Brabant reports.

"This is an attack on Waalwijk society", Theo van Bracht, chairman of foundation Wandelpark, said to the broadcaster. "It can be called disgusting to say the least."

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May 23 '18 08:21

The Netherlands does not recognize the outcome of the elections held in Venezuela over the weekend, in which leftist president Nicolas Maduro was re-elected. "They were not free and independent elections", Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs said to the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, RTL Nieuws reports. 

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May 23 '18 07:58

GroenLinks, D66, PvdA and SP successfully reached a coalition agreement for Amsterdam, D66 faction leader Reinier van Dantzig announced on Twitter. Amsterdam's new coalition will present their agreement on Thursday.

The negotiations happened in a "very good atmosphere", Van Dantzig said. 

May 23 '18 07:49

Technical school ROVC on Galvanistraat in Ede burned almost completely to the ground overnight. The fire department had the fire under control at 3:45 a.m. "Extinguishing it will take well into the morning", a spokesperson for the police said to NU.nl.

"Large parts of the building are no longer accessible due to the fire and there is considerable damage", the spokesperson said. The fire was first reported to the authorities around 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday. At that time there was no one in the building, according to the police spokesperson.

Wolf spotted repeatedly in Drenthe, 4 May 2018
May 22 '18 16:40

A wolf has repeatedly been spotted in nature reserves in central Drenthe over the past months. According to forestry association Staatsbosbeheer, this could be a sign that the animal may be settling down in the Netherlands. Though this will only be confirmed if every sighting was the same wolf, and if it stays in the same area for more than six months.

Hans Jansen playing the piano at Zwolle Station, 29 March 2018
May 22 '18 16:00

Hans Jansen aims to play piano at each of the 16 pianos in Dutch train stations on Tuesday. He started in Maastricht at 5:00 a.m., and if all goes well, will end in Leeuwarden at 11:20 p.m. "I hope that today, 22 May, will be proclaimed the Day of the Station Piano", he said to broadcaster NOS.

Jansen has been playing piano as a hobby for some time now. His idea for this record attempt came to him after a video of him playing a cover of Wicked Games at the Zwolle train station went viral.

Shell Refueller
May 22 '18 15:20

The Nigerian Air Force is prepared to help Shell protect its pipelines in the African country using newly acquired drones, should Shell ask for that help, Air Force commander Sadique Abubakar said, ANP reports.

The Dutch oil giant regularly faces criticism in Nigeria due to pollution. On the mainline, Shell pipelines are often drained and sabotaged, resulting in heavy pollution, according to the oil company. Critics blame the large environmental damage on outdated pipelines and negligence on Shell's part. 

Air-pollution
May 22 '18 14:40

The Dutch State does not have to take extra measures to comply with the European standards on particulate matter emissions, the court in The Hague ruled on Tuesday. The government does not have to take an extra safety margin into account when, for example, expanding highways or increasing the speed limit, the court ruled, RTL Nieuws reports.

Commemoration for Clay Haime
May 22 '18 14:00

The Segbroek College in The Hague will hold commemoration on Saturday for 15-year-old Clay Haime, who passed away over the weekend. His family says that he died after participating in a social media challenge, AD reports.

On the Segbroek College's website, the school says that Clay died suddenly in a fatal accident, giving no further details. "Friday afternoon Clay went home cheerfully. On Friday night he had a fatal accident. He died of the consequences of this on Saturday", the school said. 

FC Emmen
May 22 '18 13:20

FC Emmen was promoted to the Eredivisie for the first time in the club's history on Sunday after a 1-3 victory in an away game against Sparta Rotterdam in the final of the playoffs. "We knew we could achieve this but that we actually made it happen, is wonderful", Youri Loen said to NU.nl.

Wing of Cessna PH-SBM damaged after colliding with another plane in Wassenaar, 29 juni 2012
May 22 '18 12:42

Two people were killed when a small sports plane crashed in a polder in Krimpenerwaard on Tuesday morning. The accident happened around 11:30 a.m. southwest of the town Stolwijk, near Gouda, NOS reports.

The plane involved is a Cessna with registration code PH-SBM, according to the broadcaster. It took off from Rotterdam The Hague Airport around 15 minutes before the crash. The two victims were the only people in the plane. 

Eyewitnesses told NOS that the plane got into trouble when making a loop.

Dutch Defense Boeing AH-64 Apache
May 22 '18 12:00

An Apache pilot in the Netherlands Royal Air Force will be awarded the Military Willems-Orde, the highest honor within the Dutch armed forces, this year, sources told AD and RTL Nieuws.

Who the pilot is, and for what mission he will receive this honor, will be announced later. 

Police guard in a detention center
May 22 '18 11:20

Two people arrested after a on Sunday night, were released from custody. The 56-year-old man that died, may have committed suicide, ANP reports.

The suspects, a 52-year-old woman and a 47-year-old man, were in the home on Mijtensstraat when the shooting happened. The victim was seriously injured, and died in hospital on Monday.

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May 22 '18 10:40

A man who was seriously injured in a shooting on Stromarkt in Amsterdam on Saturday night, is British-Dutch criminal Allan P., according to Amsterdam newspaper Het Parool. 

The man was around 11:30 p.m. The gunman fled and is still at large, despite a large-scale police search. 

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May 22 '18 09:54

This year the Dutch Rescue Brigade will at busy beaches and lakes. Parents can write their phone numbers on the wristbands, making it easier to reunite a lost child with his or her responsible adult, the Telegraaf reports.

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