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May 16 '18 08:43

The Dutch government is looking into whether children of Dutch jihadists can be removed from camps in Syria, Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security said on television program Pauw. "The children have to leave. They should not be in a camp there", he said, according to RTL Nieuws.

The Minister is working with the National Coordinator for Counter-terrorism and Security to investigate how the children can be brought out of the camps in a safe manner. "It is an extremely difficult matter", Grapperhaus said. "I find it terribly wrong that children are in these areas."

Dutch police crime scene tape
May 16 '18 08:04

In March the police received a warning that 31-year-old Syrian man Malek F., who earlier this month, was planning to commit "a terrorist attack", the Public Prosecutor announced in an update about the case on Tuesday.

Stef_Blok_2015_(1)
May 16 '18 07:35

At this time Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs sees no reason to summon the Israeli ambassador for an explanation about the dozens of deaths and hundreds of wounded who fell during demonstrations on the Palestinian side of the Gaza Strip on Monday, he said to parliament on Tuesday, NU.nl reports. 

Crime scene
May 15 '18 21:55

The police responded to Lekhaven in Rotterdam on Tuesday afternoon after getting a report of a body in the water. The police initially also thought it was a human body, but closer investigation showed that the body was that of a dead dog, ANP reports.

The report of the body came in around 5:00 p.m. The police responded, also sending forensic investigators to the scene.

After around an hour of investigation, the police determined that the object was not a human body, but the body of a dog. 

Arrest
May 15 '18 21:46

A 13-year-old boy was arrested on Tuesday for robbing an 86-year-old woman in Geldrop last month. The victim sustained a serious head wound and lost consciousness during the robbery, Omroep Brabant reports.

The woman was robbed around 7:30 p.m. on April 3rd on De Bleek in Geldrop. A boy grabbed her and grabbed her handbag. The elderly women fell and hit her head. She had to be treated in hospital.

collegas-op-straat
May 15 '18 21:34

The police evacuated Breda Central Station due to a bomb threat on Tuesday evening. The station was evacuated around 7:00 p.m. Shortly after 9:00 p.m. the police announced that no explosives were found and the station was released.

While the police investigated, bus and train traffic around the station on Gravinnen van Nassauboulevard was halted. Passengers were seen waiting around the stations while police officers combed the area, according to newspaper AD.

Police guard in a detention center
May 15 '18 14:30

Saleh A., the man suspected of breaking the windows of kosher restaurant in Amsterdam in December, is in custody again. The Syrian man was arrested again on Saturday for not keeping to the conditions of his release, Het Parool reports.

No Surrender
May 15 '18 13:40

Five people were arrested in Almere on Tuesday morning a major police action against drug trafficking. Four of the five detainees are members of outlaw motorcycle gang No Surrender, a police spokesperson confirmed to NU.nl.

The arrested No Surrender members are aged 23, 29, 30 and 42 years and all from Almere. The fifth suspect is a 46-year-old man from Hilversum and is not a member of the motorcycle gang. 

A plane approaches Schiphol Airport
May 15 '18 12:50

The people living around six Dutch airports joined forces to fight against what they consider the undesirable growth of aviation in the Netherlands. On Tuesday they established a national residents' council on aviation called LBBL, ANP reports.

Rainbow flag
May 15 '18 12:00

The Netherlands dropped out of the top 10 European countries with the best regulated LGBTI rights. The Netherlands is now in 11th place on the Rainbow Index published on Monday, Het Parool reports.

The Rainbow Index is published by European organization ILGA, which stands up for the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersexual people. ILGA calls this a wake-up call for the Netherlands. "A country like the Netherlands, which was always seen as progressive, is no longer among the front runners", director Evelyne Paradis said, according to the newspaper.

Logo of political party 50PLUS (Source: Wikimedia/Silver Spoon)
May 15 '18 11:10

Seven of the eight members of 50Plus' board of directors resigned on Monday night. Only secretary Hylke ten Cate is still in office. According to the party, a conflict arose about the management style and working methods of a number of board members, NOS reports.

The management crisis started when director Marianne Fennema said on Monday night that she did not agree with the board's working method under the leadership of chairman Jan Zoetelief. After her email, the other board members announced their resignation. Zoetelief was then forced to also resign.

Ferdinand Grapperhaus
May 15 '18 10:20

The Dutch government will stop using Russian anti-virus software from Kaspersky Lab out of concern that the Kremlin might use it for espionage, Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security said in a letter to parliament, NU.nl reports.

Anti-virus software has in-depth access to ICT systems to combat viruses, Grapperhaus explained. Because of this extensive access "there is a risk of digital espionage and sabotage at the central government and the Dutch vital infrastructure", he wrote to the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament. 

Gavel (Source: Wikimedia/Brian Turner)
May 15 '18 09:30

Volkert van der Graaf, the man who murdered populist politician Pim Fortuyn in 2002, wants to emigrate. He therefore filed an injunction against the state to get his obligation to report to the probation service lifted, so that he can leave the Netherlands. The case appears in court on Tuesday, NU.nl reports. 

In April 2003 Van der Graaf, 48, was sentenced to 18 years in prison for the murder of Pim Fortuyn in May 2002. After serving two thirds of his sentence, he was conditionally released in May 2014. One of the conditions is that he regularly reports to the probation service. 

Mark Rutte
May 15 '18 08:40

Prime Minister Mark Rutte visited Sint Eustatius, Saba and Sint Maarten. Reconstruction following the devastation left by Hurricane Irma is still in full swing on the three islands, which form part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, RTL Nieuws reports.

Jail
May 15 '18 08:00

A prisoner escaped while being transported to the penitentiary institution in Grave, Noord-Brabant on Monday. He got out of the police car in the  vicinity of the prison and ran off, Omroep Brabant reports.

How this could have happened, was not said. The police searched for the man for hours, to no avail. His description was also spread on citizens' notification system Burgernet.

The man is white with dark, curly hair and 1.75 meters tall. He was wearing jeans and a vest when he escaped. People are advised not to approach the man.

Longhorn Beetle
May 14 '18 16:50

Over the past decades there's been a "dramatic" decline in the number of ground beetles and moths in two nature reserves in the Netherlands, according to Natuurmonumenten. The number of ground beetles declined by 72 percent in Wijster in Drenthe over the past 22 years, and the number of moths by 54 percent in Kaaistoep in Noord-Brabant over the past 20 years, NU.nl reports.

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