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May 17 '18 08:56

The family of 31-year-old Malek F., who earlier this month, plans to sue mental health institution Parnassia. The family holds the institution responsible for "causing serious bodily harm", the family's lawyer confirmed, NU.nl reports.

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May 17 '18 08:21

A 42-year-old woman from Hoogvliet was stabbed to death on Klaverweide in Breda on Wednesday evening. A 42-year-old man from Breda was arrested immediately after the incident, AD reports.

The stabbing happened around 6:30 p.m. The suspect calmly stayed in the spot until the police arrived. A local resident went to see what was going on when he heard screaming. According to the resident, the man stabbed the woman around 20 times. 

Mark Rutte
May 17 '18 08:01

Prime Minister Mark Rutte called the decision of United States president Donald "clumsy". The European Union leaders discussed this issue at an EU summit in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia on Wednesday, NOS reports.

Tornado
May 17 '18 07:19

A tornado caused a great deal of damage in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia on Wednesday. Around the city of Viersen, just across the border of Venlo, multiple homes lost roofs and numerous trees were blown over, NOS reports.

One person was seriously hurt in Viersen and a firefighter was hit by lighting. As far as is known, no one was killed. The tornado lasted almost 15 minutes.

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May 16 '18 16:20

The new Amsterdam college of mayor and aldermen will also be tough on tourism. The coalition negotiations between are still ongoing, but the parties reached an agreement on their tourism plans, they announced on Wednesday morning, Het Parool reports.

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May 16 '18 15:40

A number of parliamentarians want an explanation from Justice Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus about secret relationships within the Public Prosecution Service. On Wednesday NRC reported that two prosecutors lied about being in an relationship for years. And that two were appointed chief prosecutors by a prosecutor they had relationships with.

Erik Akerboom
May 16 '18 15:00

The falling crime figures in the Netherlands sometimes clash with reality, National Police chief Erik Akerbom said on Wednesday at the presentation of the police's annual results for 2017. Last year crime figures fell by 11 percent, the fifth year in a row that there's been a decline.

Leeuwarden city hall
May 16 '18 14:20

On Wednesday the police arrested a man in the city hall of Leeuwarden for threatening and attacking an employee. The municipal employee sustained injuries to his hand, NU.nl reports.

The man threatened the employee with "something that looks like a knife", a spokesperson for the police said to the newspaper. The employee was checked over by paramedics. The extent of his injuries is unclear.

The police closed down the city hall for investigation. The suspect was taken to a police station for questioning.

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May 16 '18 13:40

The Anne Frank Foundation released two previously unseen pages from the diary of Anne Frank. On the two pages, which were covered by brown paper, the Jewish girl wrote sexual jokes and what she thought about sex education, ANP reports.

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May 16 '18 13:00

Amsterdam transport company GVB decided to replace the shipping levers on all its ferries that sail across the IJ. The company hopes that this will help prevent accidents when the ferries dock, AT5 reports.

The shipping lever of the ferry is used to sail forwards or backwards. These will be replaced "as soon as possible", Alexandra van Huffelen, director of GVB, said to the broadcaster. "A technician has already started."

Wopke Hoekstra
May 16 '18 12:20

Last year the Netherlands' national debt decreased by 18 billion euros, from 434 billion euros to 416 billion euros, according to the central government's annual report that was released on Wednesday. That comes down to 56.7 percent of the Netherlands gross domestic product.

With that the Netherlands closed a year with a national debt that complies with European rules for the first time since the outbreak of the financial crisis. According to European rules, a country's national debt must remain below 60 percent of GDP.

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May 16 '18 11:40

Two men were sentenced to three and six years in prison for in March last year. The kidnappers held the man hostage for hours, and then dumped him on the street, NOS reports.

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May 16 '18 11:00

The number of children being abducted from the Netherlands to other countries increased for the third year in a row in 2017. The number of threatened abductions also increased, according to figures from the center for international child abductions IKO, NOS reports.

Last year IKO counted 288 child abductions, and nearly 500 cases in which there were threats to kidnap a child. In 2016 there were 251 abductions and 443 threats, and in 2015 it was 237 and 375. 

iQOS
May 16 '18 10:20

The Dutch government plans to hold so-called smoke-free cigarettes to the same rules that apply to ordinary tobacco products. State Secretary Paul Blokhuis of Public Health is implementing an age limit and a ban on advertising on these products, NU.nl reports. 

"Around this type of product is often the image that they are a smart alternative to ordinary smoking", Blokhuis said. According to him, that idea is misplaced, "because you can become mortally ill of it."

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May 16 '18 09:33

Internet, television and calling will be more expensive for many Dutch from July. Nearly all Dutch providers of these services are implementing price increases, according to comparison site Pricewise.

Ziggo is implementing an average price increase of 1.65 euros per month. According to Ziggo, the price increase is necessary for further investments in the network, in order to process the considerably increased data consumption.

Rabobank
May 16 '18 09:10

The police released footage of the high-profile safety deposit box robbery at a Rabobank in Oudenbosch on Opsporing Verzocht on Tuesday. The surveillance camera footage shows two masked robbers. The police hope that someone may recognize them by the way they move.

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