Erik Akerboom in Amsterdam
Jan 24 '20 17:30

National police chief Erik Akerboom is expected to be named as the new boss of domestic intelligence agency AIVD, according to the Volkskrant. The current head of the 18-year-old agency, Dick Schoof, is expected to re-join the Ministry of Security and Justice which he left in 2013 to lead national counter-terrorism office NCTV.

Akerboom worked in various capacities in Dutch police offices for 23 years after studying for four years at the Apeldoorn police academy. He spent much of his career in Utrecht, before becoming the top cop in the Brabant-Noord region.

Bruno Bruins
Jan 24 '20 16:20

Forty companies in the pharmaceutical industry presented their joint code of conduct to Minister Bruno Bruins for Medical Care on Friday. This code is meant to be their "moral compass". The Minister immediately called the code inadequate, pointing out that it says nothing about medicine prices - a major point of concern for him, NOS reports.

Queen Maxima, March 2018
Jan 24 '20 15:30

A 63-year-old man from Utrecht was sentenced to 40 hours of community service by the police court on Friday for insulting Queen Maxima in October last year. The man made several insulting comments about the Dutch Queen after he saw the police give someone a ticket, starting with "these cents would end up with the queen through the tax" and escalating from there, according to the Public Prosecutor, AD reports.

Lady Justice
Jan 24 '20 14:40

Dennis van E. forced his 8 months pregnant Brazilian girlfriend to drink abortion pills because she was pregnant with a boy and he wanted a daughter, the Public Prosecutor said during the first proforma hearing in the case against the 48-year-old financial expert from Diemen on Friday, AD reports. 

NS train at Amsterdam Central Station
Jan 24 '20 13:50

Representatives of five prominent European cities are looking into a night train which would stretch all the way from Amsterdam to Helsinki. The train route would conceivably stop in Hamburg, Copenhagen and Stockholm along with the Dutch and Finnish capitals. The cities' governments have reportedly put this project on their political agendas.

Fawaz Jneid
Jan 24 '20 13:00

The Ministry of Justice and Security plans to extend a ban against controversial imam Fawaz Jneid, which bans him from the Transvaal and Schilderswijk districts of The Hague. The situation around Jneid and his teachings have not changed, which is why the ban will be extended, NOS reports.

The municipality of The Hague believes that Jneid contributes to the radicalization of young people in the city. According to the municipality, the ban leads to less unrest in Transvaal and Schilderswijk.

People wearing masks in Beijing, China
Jan 24 '20 11:55

The Dutch national institute of public health RIVM is readying an Outbreak Management Team in response to the new Coronavirus outbreak in China. Experts will be meeting at the Ministry of Public Health, Welfare and Sports on Friday to discuss the virus and whether measures need to be taken, the Telegraaf reports.

Such a meeting is relatively standard procedure when new viruses appear in the world, the Ministry said. Similar meetings were held after the outbreak of SARS and MERS, among others. Officials and experts will continue to consult throughout next week.

Edwin Straver at the Dakar Rally 2020, January 2020
Jan 24 '20 11:03

Dutch motorcycle racer Edwin Straver died during the early hours of Friday morning, succumbing to injuries sustained in a fall in the Dakar Rally last week. The 48-year-old racer was seriously injured on January 16th, when he fell in the 11th and penultimate stage of the race, NOS reports.

Straver was resuscitated at the scene. It took emergency workers 10 minutes to get his heart beating again. He was rushed to a hospital in Riyadh, where examination showed that he had broken one of his upper neck vertebrae. He succumbed to his injuries earlier this morning.

Teacher strike announcement at an Amsterdam school, 5 November 2019
Jan 24 '20 10:20

A third of childcare organizations cannot offer extra out-of-school care to parents during the upcoming teachers' strike, because they simply do not have enough staff to manage it, according to a poll by Brancheorganisatie Kinderopvang, NOS reports.

Brandweer
Jan 24 '20 09:30

At least two people were killed in a house fire on the outskirts of Duiven on Friday morning. The Gelderland police reported the first fatality at around 8:40 a.m., and the second one half an hour later. Firefighters are still searching the house for victims, bystanders told De Gelderlander.

Emergency services responded to the home on Roodwilligenstraat just after 8:00 a.m. The fire department responded with four fire trucks and a lift. A trauma helicopter is also at the scene.

Mark Rutte
Jan 24 '20 09:15

On January 31s the United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the European Union. Negotiations on a trade agreement will start in February. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is confident that a deal will be reached within a year, but Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is not so certain.

Child drinking water
Jan 24 '20 08:40

Following Amsterdam's lead, Utrecht and Rotterdam are launching large-scale checks of municipal buildings for the presence of lead water pipes, the municipalities told NOS.

Law Faculty at Maastricht University
Jan 24 '20 08:18

Maastricht University paid between 200 thousand and 300 thousand euros to hackers who had blocked access to the university's digital systems with ransomware, various people involved told the Volkskrant. The university board was forced to pay because the university's backups were also hijacked. The backups - stored on the university servers - contain research data and data from students and staff from the past decades.

Swastikas drawn onto the windows of a police station on Houtwal in Zutphen, 9 June 2019
Jan 24 '20 07:49

Multiple Dutch right-wing extremists were active for years on an international, fascist web forum that is linked to a violent neo-Nazi group and a number of murders in the United States, AD reports based on countless messages posted on the closed forum Iron March which hackers released late last year. The Dutch AD identified tried to set up a new organization in the Netherlands, and raged against gay people, Jews and Muslims.

Suzuki Vitara
Jan 23 '20 16:50

Owners of a Suzuki Vitara or a Jeep Grand Cherokee must return their diesel cars to the manufacturer for a software update. The software currently installed in the cars report much less nitrogen emissions than the cars actually emit. Minister Cora van Veldhoven of Environment called it unacceptable and issued this mandatory recall, NOS reports.

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Jan 23 '20 16:00

The Netherlands is again in the top ten of the least corrupt countries in the world, according to the Corruption Perceptions Index for 2019 by Transparency International. In eighth place with perceived level of public sector corruption score of 82, the Netherlands is ahead of its neighbors Germany in 9th place, the United Kingdom in 12th place, and Belgium in 7th place. 

Tattoo Killers
Jan 23 '20 15:10

Cor P., a suspected member of the alleged murder-for-hire squad "Tattoo Killers", cut off his ankle monitor on Tuesday and is now on the run, the Public Prosecutor said on Thursday in a hearing against four suspected "Tattoo Killers". The squad derives its name from the large Chinese symbols its members have tattooed on their backs."He has disappeared," the Public Prosecutor said about the 38-year-old man, AD reports. 

Retirement
Jan 23 '20 14:20

The financial position of the Netherlands' large pension funds improved somewhat in the last months of 2019, and all four large funds are now closer to reaching 100 percent coverage ration, according to the funds' annual figures, NOS reports. 

PostNL
Jan 23 '20 13:30

After 125 years of service, PostNL will stop delivering the mail in Biesbosch by boat. The postal company is in conversation with the five customers who still received their mail by boat about alternatives, PostNL spokesperson Tanja Hoogkamer said to Omroep Brabant.

"The mail boat serves five addresses and only a few letters for three hours a day," Hoogkamer explained PostNL's decision. "That is too expensive and cumbersome, but I emphasize once again that we are investigating alternatives and that we are doing that with the residents."

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Jan 23 '20 12:40

The VVD and CDA want to amend the Passport Act to make sure that people whose Dutch nationality was stripped because they joined a terrorist organization can not get a new passport from the Dutch government. "This is another step to prevent these people from returning to the Netherlands and making our country unsafe," VVD parliamentarian Dilan Yeşilgöz said, RTL Nieuws reports.

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