The exterior of the Smoke Palace and the connected flats showed signs of extensive damage after an explosive was detonated in front of the building. Linnaeusstraat, 4 March 2019
Mar 4 '19 17:20

As rush hour came to a close Monday morning in the Dapperbuurt, the Amsterdam Oost neighborhood largely felt like it had returned to business as usual. With smiles on their faces, the regulars streamed into Cafe Kuijper for their 9 a.m. coffee even as renovation crews were hard at work repairing the damage in the neighborhood from a weekend explosion.

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Mar 4 '19 17:19

The next month has been cancelled, the venue The Box announced in a statement on Monday. Kelly was arrested in Chicago on February 22, where he faces ten counts of aggravated sexual abuse involving four victims, three of whom were underage at the time.

An explosion outside the Smoke Palace on Linnaeusstraat in Amsterdam Oost shattered apartment windows around the block, 3 March 2019
Mar 4 '19 16:40

A second in Amsterdam Oost on Sunday, seems to be aimed at Mustapha el Y., the brother of Smoke Palace owner Mohamed, Het Parool reports based on information from sources. Mustapha el Y. is on an underworld death list and his own company was targeted in the past, according to the newspaper.

Arrest
Mar 4 '19 15:50

Three people were arrested in the Dominican Republic in connection with the death of a 55-year-old Dutch man last week. The suspects are the victim's 22-year-old wife and two men in their twenties, NOS reports.

The Dutch man was gunned down at his home in Puerto Plata. He was shot multiple times while sitting in his car. 

According to Dominican media, one of the male suspects had a relationship with the victim's wife. She asked him to kill her husband for around 3,500 euros. 

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Mar 4 '19 15:00

A decorated military veteran was arrested over the weekend in Den Bosch, accused of striking a police officer with a head butt. The officer initially stopped Marco Kroon, 47, for urinating in public, according to the Brabants Dagblad.

The investigation was reportedly being carried out by the Marechaussee, the branch of the military which handles border enforcement and specific policing duties. Current and former members of the military accused of criminal offenses often have their cases investigated by Marechaussee personnel, RTL Nieuws reported.

A KLM-branded Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner flying over Amsterdam Centrum on approach to Schiphol Airport during a windy morning. The flight from Bogotá and Cartagena, Colombia was one of several passenger aircraft to arrive late, 4 March 2019
Mar 4 '19 14:10

Strong winds  had a major impact on air traffic at Schiphol Airport on Monday. Over a hundred flights were canceled, and hundreds more were delayed. 

Arrest
Mar 4 '19 13:20

Caba D., the Hungarian-Serbian man suspected of in July last year, was arrested by a special police team in Prague on Friday, the Dutch police announced in a statement. 

A polling station for the Dutch provincial elections in 2015
Mar 4 '19 12:30

Of all State members in the Netherlands, the members of the Provincial States in Limburg were most often absent during meetings in the past four years at 7.6 percent. Absenteeism was least in the Provincial States of Gelderland and Noord-Brabant at 3.5 percent, according to research by NOS and the regional broadcasters into the attendance lists of the past administrative period. 

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Mar 4 '19 11:40

Scaffolding used for construction work on the shopping center on Tooropstraat in Nijmegen collapsed on Monday morning. The scaffolding, which was built over the whole facade of the shopping center, is blocking the entire street. The exact cause of the collapse is not yet clear, but may play a role, De Gelderlander reports.

Road rage
Mar 4 '19 10:50

People in the Netherlands are increasingly mean to each other, with unkind behavior like tailgating, ignoring cashiers in the supermarket, harassing public transport staff, not giving others a chance in traffic, and hateful messages on social media, according to research by the foundation for ideal advertising SIRE.

Automatic external defibrillator
Mar 4 '19 10:00

The number of automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) and civilian first aid volunteers in the Netherlands increased sharply this past year. The Heart Foundation praises the people who followed a resuscitation course or purchased an AED with their neighborhood, AD reports.

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Mar 4 '19 09:10

The Dutch government will not help Dutch rebel fighter in the Syrian civil war Yago R. get out of Syria, where he is currently in a Kurdish prison. His British wife and their newborn son are also not welcome in the Netherlands, the Volkskrant reports based on information from immigration and naturalization service IND and the Ministry of Justice and Security. 

A child walks near members of the Muslim community attending midday prayers at Strasbourg Grand Mosque in Strasbourg, France
Mar 4 '19 08:44

A banner with insulting text about the Prophet Muhammad was placed at the As-Soennah mosque in The Hague on Sunday morning. Anti-Islam movement Pegida is responsible for the the action, a spokesperson for the movement confirmed to NOS on Sunday afternoon. 

Translated from Dutch, the banner read: "Prophet Muhammad children fucker". The banner was accompanied by a mannequin wearing a beard, a robe, a turban, and carrying a baby doll. The mannequin was supposed to show Muhammad "having sex with a baby", Abdelhamid Taheri, an employee of the mosque, said to NOS. 

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Mar 4 '19 08:06

Amsterdam is still the city in the Netherlands with the highest crime figures, according to newspaper AD's annual crime monitor Misdaadmeter. Neighboring municipality Diemen is catching up to the Dutch capital, moving from the 26th most unsafe municipality in 2017 to the 8th last year. Limburg counts four municipalities in the top 10 least safe, AD reports.

Windy day at Schiphol Airport
Mar 4 '19 07:38

Strong winds are blowing in the Netherlands on Monday morning, with gusts up to 90 kilometers per hour inland and 100 kilometers per hour along the coast. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning for the entire country. The winds are already causing problems in all forms of traffic.

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Mar 3 '19 10:30

An explosion outside a coffee shop in Amsterdam Oost on Sunday morning prompted officials to evacuate several buildings in the area. The blast was the second to take place near the Smoke Palace in the last six weeks.

No injuries were reported in the immediate aftermath on Linnaeusstraat, were the incident took place.

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