ABN Amro World HQ
Feb 14 '19 16:40

ABN Amro is suddenly stepping up its game in the fight against money laundering. The bank is investing 85 million euros into getting its client files in order and is hiring hundreds of new employees to help with this. ABN Amro confirmed that it is in "constant dialogue" with regulator DNB, but would not say if it is trying to avoid fines or other penalties, the Volkskrant reports.

Dutch police at the scene of a crime
Feb 14 '19 15:50

A 59-year-old man suspected of a on Monday, died in hospital on Thursday, the police confirmed. The man was , after he came into the picture as a suspect.

The police believe the man attempted to take his own life.

Football
Feb 14 '19 15:00

Former football player Yassine Abdellaoui says that the was meant for his brother-in-law. "They must have thought I was him", he said to EenVandaag from his hospital bed.

Young girl using mobile phone
Feb 14 '19 14:10

Children as young as 12 to 14 years old already deal with unwanted sexual behavior and sexually abusive text messages, according to Gaby de Lijster's PhD research at Maastricht University. She therefore believes it is important for schools to talk about sexuality in their lessons, AD reports. 

Feb 14 '19 13:20

Over the past days the police ran an online awareness campaign to show Dutch young people how their experimental behavior can "turn into cybercrime" with just one click. Nearly 10 thousand young people clicked on links to learn how to steal game money on Fortnite, hack into an Instagram account, or buy a DDoS attack targeting their school. Instead they ended up at the police campaign site - "You're just one click away from cybercrime". 

Chemotherapy
Feb 14 '19 12:30

In 2016 Dutch cancer patients were treated with medicines of which the active substance came from a rejected Chinese factory, where there was a serious risk of products being contaminated, Zembla reports based on its own research.

Flu season
Feb 14 '19 11:40

The flu epidemic hit a secondary school in the Zeeland city of Goes hard these past days. A quarter of the 1,600 pupils at the Goese Lyceum location on Oranjeweg are home sick, something the school never experienced before. "We're now also seeing quite a few colleagues fall over", rector Carin Biesterbosch said to NU.nl.

1024px-Sacs_plastiques_et_sac_à_main_à_Rennes
Feb 14 '19 10:50

The Dutch economy grew by 2.5 percent last year, compared to 2.9 percent growth in 2017, Statistics Netherlands reported based on initial figures. The economic growth was boosted by higher consumer spending and business investment. The trade balance - the difference between imports and exports - contributed less to the growth than the year before.

Work space
Feb 14 '19 10:00

The number of flexible employees in the Netherlands increased by three quarters, from 1.1 million to 2 million, over the past 15 years, Statistics Netherlands and TNO report. The number of freelancers, also referred to as self-employed in the Netherlands, grew from over 630 thousand in 2003 to 1.1 million last year. 

Hard hat
Feb 14 '19 09:13

Housing corporations are unable to build as many homes as they want due to rising construction costs and a lack of locations, they said in a survey by housing corporations' association Aedes. New construction projects also regularly turn out to be financially unfeasible due to higher construction costs, they said, NOS reports.

Just married
Feb 14 '19 08:48

In some 70 percent of the 63 thousand marriages in the Netherlands in 2017, the man was older than the woman, Statistics Netherlands reports. In most cases the age difference is small, but in over 2 thousand marriages the groom was at least 15 years older than his bride. Brides being that much older than their grooms rarely happens in the Netherlands, according to the stats office.

Mark Rutte
Feb 14 '19 08:13

If the European Commission and the European Union Member States make one fist together, Europe can become one of the most important players on the world stage, according to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. With countries like the United States, China and Russia increasingly pursuing their own interests, it is time for the EU to join forces. "Power is not a dirty word", Rutte said in his Churchill speech in Zurich on Wednesday, NU.nl reports. "It is now up to us to secure the position of Europe on the world stage."

Feb 14 '19 07:36

The Dutch government plans to make Curacao the "logistic hub" for humanitarian aid to neighbor Venezuela, Ministers Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs and Sigrid Kaag of Foreign Aid said in a letter to parliament. Representatives of the Dutch government, in consultation with the government of Curacao, will agree with the request from interim Venezuelan president Juan Guaidó and the United States to do so, the Ministers wrote, NOS reports.

Handcuffs
Feb 13 '19 16:00

The driver of a delivery van threw around 7 kilograms of heroin out of his vehicle's window while driving on the A2 in Limburg early on Wednesday morning. The police saw the man throwing the package out of the car and arrested him, 1Limburg reports.

The police pulled the van over near Maasbracht. While inspecting the car, officers also found a block of hash.

The heroin has a street value of between 20 and 40 euros per gram. The man therefore threw between 140 thousand and 280 thousand euros of drugs out of the car.

Child with teddy bear
Feb 13 '19 15:10

The Dutch child care and protection board RvdK has insufficient insight into the safety of children who are waiting for an investigation, the Inspectorates for Justice and Security and for Healthcare and Youth said. At the end of January almost 2,800 children were on the RvdK's waiting list for an average of 30 days, while the standard is 10 days, NU.nl reports.

The RvdK intervenes in situations where a threat to a child seems acute. The board then takes measures to put the child in a safe situation.

Grocery shopping
Feb 13 '19 14:20

In January Dutch consumers paid 2.2 percent more for goods and services than the same month last year - the biggest price increase since September 2013, Statistics Netherlands reports. According to the stats office, the increase of the low VAT rate put upward pressure on the prices of food, books and public transport, among other things.

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