Santiago shells on walking sticks sold to people making the pilgrimage to the Spanish town of Santiago de Compostela
Jun 10 '19 08:52

Two Dutch women were hit by a car near the Spanish village of Fresno del Camino on Sunday morning. A 63-year-old woman from Utrecht died in hospital. Her 67-year-old friend is in critical condition, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed to NOS after reports in Spanish media.

The accident happened on the hiking route to the popular pilgrimage town of Santiago de Compostela. The two women were walking through the city of Leon. They were hit by the car at a tunnel near Fresno del Camino, according to the broadcaster.

Swastikas drawn onto the windows of a police station on Houtwal in Zutphen, 9 June 2019
Jun 10 '19 08:30

A police station in Zutphen was covered with swastikas and the letters SS, the abbreviation for Adolf Hitler's personal guard and eventual parliamentary organization the Schutzstaffel, local police officer Yilmaz Uluçay said on Instagram. He calls on witnesses to come forward.

The vandalism to the police station on Houtwal happened sometime on Saturday night or early on Sunday morning, Uluçay believes. The Nazi symbols were chalked onto the building's windows.

Dutch cruise ship Zuiderdam
Jun 10 '19 08:10

Around 50 climate activists from the group Smash Cruiseshit blocked the departure of Dutch cruise ship Zuiderdam from the German city of Kiel on Sunday afternoon, the action group said in a press release. The activists occupied a construction crane, positioned rowboats in front of the ship, and blocked access to the bollards to which the ship was moored. 

Cracked wall
Jun 10 '19 07:48

A total of 127 damage reports were received after a fracking earthquake in Groningen on Sunday morning, the temporary committee that handles mining damage in Groningen TCMG said. Six of the reports were of acutely dangerous damage. According to the committee, it is difficult to say how much of the reported damage is the direct result of the earthquake, NOS reports.

2018-2019 UEFA Nations League match ball
Jun 9 '19 23:08

The 2018-2019 UEFA Nations League final was a disappointing blow for the Dutch men's national football team, which lost 1-0 to host nation Portugal. Oranje managed to a greater share of possession, but far fewer shots on goal and far more fouls than their rivals.

When asked if it was a tough loss, star Dutch player Matthijs de Ligt agreed it was disappointing, saying to broadcaster NOS, "Yeah, you want to win a final." He also called Portugal a very difficult team.

Earthquake seismic seismograph
Jun 9 '19 10:27

Residents in the Groningen province received a scary start to Sunday morning when an earthquake measuring 2.5 on the Richter Scale shook the ground and rattled windows. The earthquake took place at 7 a.m. with an epicenter located below the small village of Garrelsweer.

"It was a huge bang. For a moment I thought there was a truck on its side," Garrelsweer resident Sibrand Bakker told the Telegraaf.

Schiphol airport, 29 Sept 2018
Jun 8 '19 15:22

An unlicensed taxi driver seen soliciting passengers in Schiphol Plaza at the airport was found in possession of a gun, the Marechaussee said in a statement. The man was held in custody at about 4:20 p.m. on Saturday.

Authorities said the 30-year-old was well-known to authorities. He was questioned at the scene and admitted to offering his services as an unlicensed taxi operator, the statement said.

"When asked if the man had weapons or other illegal items, he said he had a weapon on him. A firearm was found in a neck pouch," the Marechaussee said.

Eerste Kamer, the Dutch Senate
Jun 8 '19 14:09

The Jewish people put up "very little resistance" in World War Two, exacerbating the Holocaust, said Toine Beukering in an interview with the Telegraaf. The 60-year-old former brigadier general has never served in politics, but has been put forward by far right wing nationalist party Forum voor Democratie as a candidate to lead the Dutch senate.

Fallen tree branches in Amsterdam Oost after a thunderstorm, 6 June 2019
Jun 8 '19 11:00

High winds were expected all day throughout the Netherlands, prompting the fourth straight day of inclement weather warnings from the national meteorological agency KNMI. Operations at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam showed only a handful of cancellations but dozens of delays.

KNMI issued a code yellow weather alert for Noord-Holland and the Wadden Sea islands, Friesland, Zuid-Holland, Zeeland, and Limburg. Gusts of wind out of the southwest were expected to be between 75 km/h and 90 km/h, the agency said.

Blue fin tuna
Jun 7 '19 17:50

An investigation into the use of sustainable fish at high-end restaurants in the Netherlands determined that most served at least one fish item that could have long-lasting negative impact on the ecosystem. The study, carried out by non-profit organization Good Fish Foundation (GFF), found that 89 percent of restaurants use a fish species that is red-flagged on the organization’s sustainability index VISwijzer.

Fin whale carcass in the Vlissingen port, 7 June 2019
Jun 7 '19 17:00

The massive carcass of a whale was found in the Vlissingen port on Friday morning, according to non profit group SOS Dolfijn. When pulled from the water, the whale was measured at 15 meters in length, reported Omroep Zeeland.

The fin whale was believed to be a young male, which are capable of growing to a length of 24 meters, according to the WWF. It was found along the bulbous bow of a ship, though it is not clear what caused the whale’s death.

Anja Schaap
Jun 7 '19 16:10

Dozens of volunteers, rescuers, and investigators from several organizations joined together on Friday morning trying to track down Anja Schaap. The 33-year-old redheaded-woman from Katwijk was last seen at about 1 a.m. on May 29 when she left a cafe in the town’s center.

Scales of justice and gavel on law book
Jun 7 '19 15:20

Broadcaster Omroep Zeeland may dismiss a 61-year-old chief editor, a court ruled on Thursday. The man became discredited at the broadcaster because he was accused of sexually harassing two female colleagues after getting drunk at an office party, and then he posted a blog on Facebook featuring the famous photo of a drunk sailor kissing a dentist assistant on Times Square after the victory over Japan in 1945, RTL Z reports.

Stethoscope
Jun 7 '19 14:30

The Dutch professional associations of oncologists and neurologists are concerned about the increasing popularity of medical crowdfunding. They worry that patients are being fooled by the doubtful claims made by alternative healers from abroad, which patients often include in their crowdfunding texts, the Volkskrant reports based on its own research. 

new police uniform 1
Jun 7 '19 13:40

The police were urgently looking for a 14-year-old exchange student from Morocco who disappeared in Amsterdam during the early hours of Wednesday morning. "His supervisors are very concerned about his wellbeing", the police said, adding that the boy only speaks Arabic and doesn't know the Netherlands particularly well.

Mohammed left the Amsterdam host family's home where he had been staying at around 3:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning. He had a suitcase with him and was wearing a black quilted jacket, dark gray sweatpants, Nike sneakers, and a gold and red T-shirt with glitter. 

No Surrender
Jun 7 '19 12:30

On Friday the court in Assen banned No Surrender in the Netherlands, ruling that the motorcycle club poses a danger to public order. No Surrender is the fourth outlaw motorcycle gang to be banned in the Netherlands, after Hells Angels, Satudarah and Bandidos.

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