Feb 13 '19 13:30

The court in Rotterdam gave a number of children conceived through a sperm donor clinic permission to use the DNA of fertility doctor Jan Karbaat to find out whether he used his own sperm to inseminate their mothers and is therefore their biological father. With this ruling on Wednesday the court in Rotterdam put an end to years of uncertainty for dozens of people, AD reports.

Sexual violence
Feb 13 '19 12:40

Victims of sexual violence in the Netherlands no longer have to pay healthcare deductibles when they incur medical costs. With this one year long experiment, the Dutch government wants to find out whether free care will lower the threshold for seeking help, NOS reports.

Victims can go to a Center for Sexual Violence to get help. These are usually connected to hospitals' emergency room. The Centers perform trace evidence investigation, but they also offer psychological help and tests for venereal diseases. 

KLM Boeing 737-700, PH-BGP at Schiphol Airport
Feb 13 '19 11:50

Two planes collided while taxiing at Schiphol airport on Wednesday morning. No one was injured in the incident.

Both planes belong to Dutch airline KLM and at least one was damaged, as can be seen on a photo shared on Twitter. The Dutch airline was unable to comment to newspaper AD about the cause of the accident or the extent of the damage. "The planes are carefully checked and therefore remain on the ground for the time being", a spokesperson said to the newspaper.

Brexit
Feb 13 '19 11:00

On Tuesday Prime Minister Mark Rutte spoke to his British counterpart Theresa May about the state of affairs regarding the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union at the end of March. "Time is running out. The ball is in London's court", Rutte tweeted after this discussion.

Negotiators from the EU and UK are currently in negotiations, trying to prevent a chaotic, no-deal Brexit at the end of March. "The importance of reaching an agreement is clear to all. I support the resumption of talks in Brussels", Rutte said.

Korte Leidsedwarsstraat in Amsterdam
Feb 13 '19 10:10

Amsterdam housing corporations are struggling with housing fraud on a large scale. They estimate that between 10 and 20 percent of their 186 thousand homes are being illegally sublet, Financieele Dagblad reports after speaking with Ymere, Rochdale and Stadgenoot - the three large housing corporations in Amsterdam.

Dutchbat headquarters in Potocari, near Srebrenica, in Bosnia
Feb 13 '19 09:18

Dutchbat soldiers who were stationed at the headquarters in Potocari during the Bosnian civil war in 1994 and 1995 are pressing attempted aggravated assault charges against the Ministry of Defense because they were exposed to toxic substances, EenVandag reports.

The Dutchbat headquarters were located in an old battery factory in the Bosnian village, near Srebrenica. According to the soldiers, the factory contained, among other things, asbestos, chemicals and a vat with a "nuclear" warning on it."

Eric Wiebes and Mark Rutte meeting with school pupils' protest group Youth for Climate, 12 Feb 2019
Feb 13 '19 08:49

The pupils who organized a massive protest march in The Hague last week met with Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Eric Wiebes of Economic Affairs and Climate on Tuesday. They are not satisfied with the results of the talk, and will therefore continue with protests for more to be done against climate change, the organization Youth for Climate announced on Twitter.

Gavel
Feb 13 '19 08:15

Journalist knew that her ex-boyfriend Abd A. belonged to al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist group Jabat Al Nustra. Tapped conversations show that he told her, the Public Prosecutor said in a pro-forma hearing against the man, ANP reports.

The 33-year-old man from Syria is suspected of participating in a terrorist organization, and involvement in attacks in Syria with many fatalities.

Child with teddy bear
Feb 13 '19 07:30

A 4-year-old girl witnessed three robbers assault her father in their home in Drouwenerveen, Drenthe late on Sunday evening. The robbers were dressed as a police SWAT team, the police said on Opsporing Verzocht on Tuesday.

The father, a 38-year-old man, was seriously injured and is still in hospital. He was in the living room with his daughter when the robbers forced the front door and came into their home. Care was arranged for the girl. The robbery made a big impression on her, the police said.

2008 BMW M3 E92 in Dutch police livery
Feb 12 '19 16:20

A 13-year-old girl from Amsterdam is facing some trouble from her parents and the police on Tuesday. After her father reported her missing on Monday evening, the police found her driving her parents' car on the A4 highway, NOS reports.

While searching for the missing child, police officers noticed an inexperienced driver swerving across the A4 highway near Hoofddorp. "Between 90 and 120 kilometers per hour", a police spokesperson said to NOS. 

Shell Refueller
Feb 12 '19 15:30

Four Nigerian women are suing Shell in the court in The Hague. They're demanding apologies and compensation from the Dutch oil and gas giant for the execution of their husbands in Nigeria in 1995.

Dutch police crime scene tape
Feb 12 '19 14:40

The victim of a fatal shooting in Oss on Monday morning was identified by local media as 43-year-old Hakan Zatsan. The man had no criminal record, owned a company that specializes in the development and repair of cleaning systems, and also sponsored clothing for the youth of TOP Oss for years. "Hakan was a very sweet, hardworking man who would not hurt a fly", a family member said to Brabants Dagblad. 

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Feb 12 '19 13:50

The lawyers of convicted criminal Dino Soerel posted the transcription of a conversation between criminal kingpin Willem Holleeder and crime journalist Peter R. de Vries online. De Vries plans to play the recording, dating from 2011, on RTL Boulevard on Tuesday evening. Soerel's lawyers, from Ficq & Partners, wanted to beat him to it, NOS reports.

On their website the lawyers write that De Vries is creating a false picture of reality and acts as a journalist in an "extremely questionable way". 

sign
Feb 12 '19 13:00

Over the past decades free sector rental homes have been too much of a "neglected child" in the Dutch housing market policy, Klaas Knot, president of Dutch central bank DNB, said in a speech on Monday. He called for more attention to be paid to this part of the housing market, ANP reports.

Rat snake found on the dance floor at a party at Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam, 10 Feb 2019
Feb 12 '19 12:10

Attendees of a party in the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam were surprised by an uninvited guest on Sunday. A rat snake was found on the dance floor, Amsterdam's Dierenambulance said on Facebook.

"It is a mystery how the snake ended up there", the animal rescue organization said.

One of the the guests was fortunately not afraid of the animal, and picked up the snake and kept it warm while Dierenambulance responded. 

The snake spent the night at Dierenambulance, after which is was transferred to the reptile shelter in Zwanenburg. 

Jorien ter Mors at the 2014 Winter Olympics
Feb 12 '19 11:20

Forbes released its annual, featuring disruptors, visionaries and rising stars in Europe, all under the age of 30. Seven of the young talents on 2019's list are Dutch.

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