Abdelhak Nouri
May 17 '19 14:20

Ajax dedicated its 34th Eredivisie title to their fallen teammate Abdelhak Nouri, known affectionately as 'Appie'. The young Ajax footballer, who played with number 34 on his jersey, sustained severe brain damage when he went into cardiac arrest during a match in 2017.

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May 17 '19 13:30

The Netherlands will not ban breast implants with a rough surface amid concerns that they may increase the risk of a rare form of lymph node cancer. But the Dutch government will tighten the rules for the use of implants in breast reconstruction and breast enlargements in an effort to make sure that all women who have them are as safe as possible, Minister Bruno Bruins for Medical Care said in a letter to parliament.

Ballot box in front of the European Union flag
May 17 '19 12:00

Approximately 13.5 million residents of the Netherlands are eligible to vote in the European Parliament elections next week. 3.6 percent of this group do not have Dutch nationality, but are EU citizens, Statistics Netherlands reported on Friday based on population figures from 1 January 2019. 

King Willem-Alexander joined an Iftar meal at the Mandelaplein community center in The Hague, 16 May 2019
May 17 '19 11:10

King Willem-Alexander joined an Iftar in the multicultural Transvaal district in The Hague on Thursday night - to the great surprise of the other attendees. Iftar is the evening meal with which Muslims break their daily fast at sunset during Ramadan.

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May 17 '19 10:20

The Netherlands must "show grace and mercy" and bring back the children of Dutch jihadists in Iraq and Syria as quickly as possible, the special UN envoy for Children in Armed Conflicts, Virginia Gamba, said during a visit to The Hague on Thursday. The fact that these kids and their mothers are now just left to their fates is not only inhumane, but also contrary to international children's rights, she said, Het Parool reports.

Police and explosive experts at a sisha lounge on Jan Evertsenstraat where a hand grenade was found tied to the door of a sisha lounge, 1 Feb 2019
May 17 '19 09:33

The Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, wants to double the prison sentence for using or possessing a hand grenade from four to eight years. Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security approves of this proposal, AD reports.

Community policing - Nijmegen Oost
May 17 '19 09:13

The police launched an investigation into the death of a 91-year-old woman from The Hague. The elderly woman's body was found in her home on Erasmusweg on May 8th. The police can't rule out a crime, so a large-scale investigation team as established to work on this case, NU.nl reports

The police already spoke to many of the victim's neighbors, but are still looking for witnesses. They call on anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious around the woman's home on May 7th or 8th to come forward. 

Woman casting her vote at an Amsterdam polling station, 21 March 2018
May 17 '19 08:50

People with disabilities in the Netherlands still experience difficulties when going to cast their votes. After the Provincial States elections the voting hotline of the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights received 188 reports about the accessibility of polling stations, compared to 148 reports after the municipal elections in 2018, NOS reports.

Police guard in a detention center
May 17 '19 08:17

A 36-year-old Defense employee was arrested early in April for a serious violent crime in Oudenbosch. He is suspected of tricking his way into a young woman's home, tying her up and raping her, the Telegraaf reported on Friday.

Ajax's 34th Eredivisie titled celebrated on Museumplein in Amsterdam, 16 May 2019
May 17 '19 07:51

Over 100 thousand people gathered on Museumplein in Amsterdam on Thursday to celebrate Ajax's 34th Eredivisie title and the team making it to the semi-finals of the Champions League. The party happened with no major incidents. A total of 26 people were arrested or various reasons, NU.nl and RTL Nieuws report.

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May 16 '19 16:00

The municipality of The Hague will likely not participate in the government's regulated cannabis cultivation experiment. In a letter to the city council, Mayor Pauline Krikke wrote that the conditions of the experiment are unworkable - specifically the condition that all coffeeshops in participating municipalities have to participate in the experiment, NOS reports.

Ridouan Taghi
May 16 '19 15:10

Fugitive criminal Ridouan Taghi denies that he put crime writer Pieter R. de Vries on a hit list. In a personal message to De Vries, the wanted criminal said that doesn't have anything against De Vries and that the crime reporter can go wherever he wants, De Vries reported on witter.

"I am relieved and I am inclined to believe this", De Vries said, according to NU.nl. There's no way to check that the message really came from Taghi himself, but De Vries believes it does.

Damage caused by an explosion on Jan Blankenstraat in The Hague, 16 May 2019
May 16 '19 14:20

The building on Hoefkade in The Hague hit by an explosion on Thursday morning, belongs to the father of Hague criminal Reda N. He owns the travel agency in the building and rents space to a hair salon, the man himself confirmed to Omroep West.

The explosion happened at around 1:30 a.m. It caused significant damage to the building - shattering windows and knocking the front door out - as well as to surrounding homes and cars parked in the area. No one was hurt.

Huawei Technology in Shenzhen, China
May 16 '19 13:30

Dutch intelligence and security service AIVD is investigating whether Chinese technology company Huawei has been involved in espionage in the Netherlands, due to concerns that the company has a hidden backdoor to customer data at one the Netherlands' three largest telecom providers - VodafoneZiggo, KPN or the merger of T-Mobile and Tele2, the Volkskrant reports.

The AIVD would not comment to Volkskrant questions about the investigation. Telecom providers also refuse to respond or are unaware of an investigation by the intelligence service.

Tiny houses on display
May 16 '19 12:40

Groningen will soon have a little tiny-house neighborhood at Westpark. The first of the up to 30 tiny, energy-neutral and sustainable houses are expected to be built by the end of the year, Dagblad van het Noorden reports.

The municipality designated a small neighborhood for the tiny houses. Between 15 and 30 homes will be built there. The tiny houses will be allowed to stand in the neighborhood for 10 years, after which they and their residents will have to move. 

Ajax party in Amsterdam
May 16 '19 11:50

The city of Amsterdam is getting ready to celebrate Ajax's victory in the Eredivisie and the Amsterdam team's great performance in the Champions League. For the first time since 2011, the celebration will be held on the Museumplein in the center of the city. The square opens to celebrators at 1:00 p.m., and the official festivities will start at 4:00 p.m.

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