Facebook
May 21 '19 10:40

Facebook is not keeping to promises it made to the Tweede Kamer last week about political transparency on the social media platform, according to privacy and civil rights movement Bits of Freedom who put the social media giant's promises to the test, Nieuwsuur reports.

Bitcoin cryptocurrency and euros
May 21 '19 09:40

A 33-year-old man from Apeldoorn was arrested on Monday for fraud, forgery and money laundering. According to the authorities, he earned at least 2 million euros by convincing people to invest in Bitcoin mining computers that he never bought, De Gelderlander reports.

Dutch police crime scene tape
May 21 '19 09:25

A video of a shooting in The Hague neighborhood of Schilderswijk last week was posted on streaming site Dumpert on Monday night. The video shows a fight breaking out on the street, during which one of those involved fired multiple shots.

The shooting happened on the corner of  Ruijsdaelstraat and Brueghelstraat on May 15th, AD reports. An 18-year-old man later reported to the hospital with a bullet wound. The police arrested three young men, aged 18, 18 and 23, later that same evening for involvement in the shooting.

Thierry Baudet
May 21 '19 09:12

Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven of Emancipation and a number of parliamentarians reacted in outrage to an essay written by FvD leader Thierry Baudet on the works of French writer Michel Houellebeck. In the essay, Baudet talks about what he considers the negative aspects of female emancipation and individualism, also discussing abortion and euthanasia. 

Police guard in a detention center
May 21 '19 08:08

With the help of a new computer system, the Dutch police managed to track down and detain 585 people who still had to serve a prison sentence in the past seven months. A new app allows police officers to immediately check whether someone they stop still have outstanding penalties against them, and immediately take them into custody if they still have to go to prison, AD reports.

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May 21 '19 07:48

A total of 112 terrorist attacks were committed in Western countries over the past 15 years. Three quarters of these happened in the last five years, a strong increase related to the rise of terrorist organization Islamic State since 2014, according to an analysis by Dutch intelligence and security service AIVD. The number of attacks decreased again since the fall of Islamic State, NOS reports. 

Gavel with lady justice in the background
May 20 '19 17:10

One of the suspects in an attack on media outlet Panorama in Amsterdam last year, partially confessed to his role in the attack. During the trial against the three suspects on Monday, 26-year-old Mike van den B. told the court that he was there when a rocket launcher was fired at the building on Teleportboulevard in Amsterdam-Sloterdijk, but that he didn't know that it was going to happen, AD reports.

Spanish police
May 20 '19 16:20

A Dutch man was arrested in Spain on the suspicion that he was planning to have his ex-wife killed. He was caught out when his minor daughter found his plans for the murder on her smartphone, and warned her mother, RTL Nieuws reports.

Baggage belts at Schiphol
May 20 '19 15:30

KLM passengers will soon have to pay to bring a suitcase on almost all KLM flights. After scrapping free checked baggage for flights within Europe and to the United States, the Dutch airline is now also implementing this measure for its other destinations, Luchtvaartnieuws reports.

Passengers board a Brussels-bound train at Amsterdam Centraal, 9 May 2018
May 20 '19 14:40

Regional public transit companies announced that they will join employees of NS and the city transporters in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague in a strike for a better pension system on May 28th. That means that nearly all public transit in the Netherlands will be shut down next week Tuesday, union FNV announced. Labour party PvdA expressed support for the strike.

Duncan Laurence at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest
May 20 '19 13:50

Duncan Laurence landed at Schiphol Airport at around 4:45 p.m. on Sunday, after winning the coveted Eurovision Song Contest title for the Netherlands for the first time in 44 years with his song Arcade. He was greeted by red, white and blue balloons at the sliding doors and a crowd of screaming fans waving Dutch flags, wearing orange shirts, and red-white-blue floral wreaths and hats.

Thierry Baudet
May 20 '19 13:00

FvD leader Thierry Baudet is facing criticism from other party leaders over a video he posted on Twitter. The video features women telling how they were sexually assaulted or raped by migrants and blaming politicians who "refuse to protect our borders", showing photos of GroenLinks leader Jesse Klaver, VVD leader Mark Rutte and D66 leader Rob Jetten at the end.

Mark Rutte
May 20 '19 12:10

VVD leader Mark Rutte and Forum voor Democratie leader Thierry Baudet will face off against each other in a debate on television program Pauw on NPO on Wednesday evening. No one else is invited to participate in the debate. Other parties, particularly left-wing GroenLinks and PvdA, are annoyed that only the right and far-right will be represented in this debate on the eve of the European Parliament elections, which are being held in the Netherlands on Thursday.

Refugees on a Sea Watch ship
May 20 '19 11:20

The Italian authorities allowed dozens of migrants rescued by aid organization Sea-Watch ashore in Lampedusa on Sunday, apparently against the will of Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. The ship, the Sea Watch 3, was confiscated by the Italian police.

The Sea Watch 3 sails under the Dutch flag. Sea-Watch said on Twitter that Italy allowed the 47 migrants still on the ship to go ashore on Sunday, along with a short video showing people boarding an Italian coast guard ship. 

Donald Trump
May 20 '19 10:30

American president Donald Trump will likely not visit the Netherlands next month around the international business congress in The Hague, according to Prime Minister Mark Rutte. "It looks like Trump has a full agenda then", he said on television program WNL op Zondag. But there is a chance that Trump will come to the Netherlands for the liberation celebration in Terneuzen in August, he hinted. 

Students
May 20 '19 09:38

Increasing the interest on student loans is contrary to an international treaty that the Netherlands signed, according to student organizations ISO and LSR. They call on Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven of Education to withdraw the legislative proposal that regulates this interest increase. If she does not, the organizations  will call on the Senate to stop it or take "legal action", NOS reports.

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