European Commission
Dec 6 '17 15:00

The European Union published its black list of tax havens. It consists of 17 countries the EU believes help multinationals and rich people avoid the tax authorities. The Netherlands does not appear on the list - no EU countries do. But Aruba and Curacao, which form part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, were placed on a "gray list" - they have two years to implement promised improvements, or they'll be blacklisted, the Volkskrant reports.

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Dec 6 '17 14:20

Only one day since Pakjesavond and online market place Marktplaats is already flooded with unwanted Sinterklaas gifts. This year Sinterklaas most often misjudged his custom's desires when it came to navigation systems, car chargers for smartphones and underwear and lingerie, RTL Nieuws reports.

The site also saw a massive increase in offers to sell Dutch-language CDs, up 28 percent. The offer of travel guides also increased significantly, by 19 percent. And like previous years, many people also listed hats, scarves, gloves and DVDs for sale. 

Dec 6 '17 13:40

Primary schools in the Dutch countryside achieve better results on their final tests than those in the city areas, according to RTL Nieuws' annual school study. The 890 primary schools in the Netherlands' most urban areas scored an average of 6.93. The 1,511 primary schools in the least urban areas scored an average of 7.05. 

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Dec 6 '17 13:00

A 64-year-old woman was found critically injured in her home on Churchillsingel in Vlaardingen on Monday night. She died in hospital later that night. The police launched a large-scale investigation into her death.

The police responded to the woman's home around 11:00 p.m. on Monday, after receiving a report that she was injured. The critically injured woman was rushed ot the hospital, where she died of her injuries, the police said in a statement on Wednesday. 

Crime scene tape
Dec 6 '17 12:20

A home on Van Lennepstraat in the Rotterdam district of Spangen was the target of an attack early on Wednesday morning. Around 25 shots were fired at the home with an automatic firearm, and a hand grenade was found in front of the house, AD reports.

No one was injured in the incident, the police said in a statement. Local residents were woken by the gun fire around 3:15 a.m.

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Dec 6 '17 11:40

In an effort to deal with the housing shortage in Amsterdam, a massive 27 thousand new homes were built in the Dutch capital over the past four years of the city coalition's reign. This year construction started on nearly 7.300 homes, the city said in a press statement on Wednesday. Despite these new homes, housing prices in Amsterdam are still increasing alarmingly. The city will therefore collaborate more with regional municipalities, building 60 thousand more homes in the region up until 2020.

Mark Rutte
Dec 6 '17 11:00

Prime Minister Mark Rutte warned the Dutch agriculture and horticulture sector to prepare for a so-called hard Brexit - the United Kingdom leaving the European Union without signing a trade agreement. After months of talks between the EU and the UK, the parties are not yet close to an agreement, NU.nl reports.

"Keep the option in mind that it won't succeed", Rutte said. The British government plans to leave the EU on April 1st, 2019.

Industrial area Chemelot in Geleen
Dec 6 '17 10:20

Emergency services responded to the Chemelot industrial estate near Geleen on Wednesday morning after an alarm was triggered for an ammonia leak. A number of streets in the neighboring district of Lindenheuvel are closed to traffic as a precaution, 1Limburg reports.

The toxic substance leaked around 7:45 a.m., according to the newspaper. Ambulances and fire brigade measuring teams responded. Nobody was injured, and firefighters measured no risky quantities of the hazardous substance around the industrial estate.

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Dec 6 '17 09:39

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs temporarily halted the Netherlands' support for an aid project in Syria due to concerns that some of the money ended up with extremist groups. Since 2014 the Netherlands contributed 12.6 million euros to the Access to Justice and Community Security Project, which includes the Free Syrian Police, AD reports.

detail-afzetlint
Dec 6 '17 08:53

A 22-year-old man was wounded in a shooting incident on Diamantdijk in Roosendaal on Tuesday afternoon. A 29-year-old man was arrested, NU.nl reports.

The police received a report about armed men in balaclavas on Diamantstraat. Just outside the police station, responding police officers found two men fighting at their cars. The officers broke up the fight and noticed that one man was injured.

The man told the police that he had been shot. The other man was arrested on the spot. The wounded man was taken to hospital for treatment. Both men are from Roosendaal.

Zwarte Piet costume
Dec 6 '17 08:33

Dutch party clothing retailer Feestkleding 365 decided to drop all signs of blackface from its Zwarte Piet costumes, the company announced in a press release on Tuesday. The decision was made based on racist comments the retailer received on an opinion poll about whether or not to keep the costume in its current form. Feestkleding 365 also decided to donate the revenue made by selling these costumes to charity. 

DJ April Grey
Dec 6 '17 07:54

Rotterdam DJ April Grey was attacked twice by the same man over the past months. Both attacks happened early on a Sunday morning, after she was done playing at club Nora on Coolsingel in the city. And both times the man tried to maim her face. On Tuesday the police shared the man's description on Opsporing Verzocht, in the hope that information from the public will lead to an arrest.

Dec 6 '17 07:26

A large fire in Lebanese restaurant and sisha lounge Comptoir resulted in the evacuation of apartment tower 100Hoog in Rotterdam on Tuesday night. Local residents told AD that they heard a few loud bangs, a car speeding away, and a "conversation that looked like an argument". The police mentioned an explosion, but could not confirm any of the residents' stories.

Twitter
Dec 5 '17 16:50

American president was also on people in the Netherlands' minds this year, according to Twitter. The social media platform released the top Twitter trends of the Netherlands for 2017, and Trump is number four on the list. Like last year, 'vacture', or 'vacancy' in English, topped the list for the Netherlands this year. According to Twitter, this shows that the platform plays an important role in finding jobs in the Netherlands, RTL Nieuws reports.

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Dec 5 '17 16:10

A 74-year-old Islamic scholar from Oudenbosch can't be prosecuted for rape, abuse and threats because he suffers from dementia, an expert concluded after examining the man. The neurologist, psychiatrist and psychologist presented his conclusions in the court in Breda on Monday, Omroep Brabant reports.

Police officer looking for witnesses
Dec 5 '17 15:30

A number of items were found in the search for in Leeuwarden on Tuesday, including a bandana that looks like the one Remon liked to wear. Searchers also found a cellphone battery and a pair of gloves, though it is not yet clear whether these belong to the missing teenager from De Westereen in Friesland, the Telegraaf reports.

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