Ambulance in Rotterdam, Netherlands
Oct 18 '19 15:30

Three people were killed in an accident on the A2 highway between Bruekelen and Vinkeveen on Thursday afternoon. The victims are a 38-year-old man from Vianen, and a man and woman from Bergen aan Zee, both aged 53, the police confirmed. A fourth victim was taken to hospital. 

The accident happened at around 3:30 p.m. on Thursday. Three cars were involved in the collision, two of which were completely destroyed, according to newspaper AD. The police believe that one of the cars ended up on the wrong side of the highway, crashing into oncoming traffic.

Preparations for the New Year's bonfire on Scheveningen beach, 31 Dec 2017
Oct 18 '19 14:45

The fire department advised that the New Year's bonfires on the beaches of Scheveningen and Duindorp can be no larger than 10 meters by 10 meters. And the builders of the bonfires will have to hold to that recommendation, interim The Hague mayor Johan Remkes said at his first council meeting on Thursday. "It's that or nothing", he said, NOS reports.

Scales of justice and gavel on law book
Oct 18 '19 13:40

Stephan T., a 34-year-old man from Vlissingen accused of raping or sexually assaulting at least seven women met on dating sites like Tinder and Badoo, denies ever having nonconsensual sex. "I have never had sex with a woman who did not want it. I have never drugged a woman or given [a woman] drugs", he said in the court in Middelburg on Thursday, AD reports. 

Dutch Air Force F-16 in the Middle East
Oct 18 '19 12:40

An airstrike by a Dutch F-16 on a car bomb factory in Iraq in 2015 left at least 70 civilians dead, NOS and NRC report based on their own research. This is the first study showing how many civilians were killed in Dutch bombings in the fight against terrorist organization Islamic State.

The bombing happened during the early hours of 3 June 2015. It completely destroyed a neighborhood in the Iraqi city of Hawija. It is considered one of the bloodiest attacks by the international coalition against ISIS, aimed at a military target.

Sex worker in Amsterdam's Red Light District
Oct 18 '19 11:58

Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema will investigate whether the prostitution sector can be moved out of the Red Light District and located in other parts of the city, including neighborhoods where more workplaces can be found. A prostitution hotel outside the Red Light District is one of the options she is looking into, she said in a city council debate on Thursday, Het Parool reports. 

Ridouan Taghi with a sketch aged to show what he may look like today
Oct 18 '19 11:00

The police believe that fugitive Ridouan Taghi is part of a "super cartel" that controls around a third of the cocaine trade in Europe, AD reports based on police documents in its possession. Other members of this "super cartel" include leaders from the Italian, Irish and Bosnian mafias, the newspaper writes.

Storm clouds over the Dordrecht inner harbor
Oct 18 '19 10:09

The weather in the Netherlands will have two faces this weekend, according to Weeronline. Friday will by stormy with strong winds - KNMI issued a code yellow warning. Saturday will be dreary and rainy. But Sunday will be largely dry with long periods of sunshine. Maximum temperatures throughout the weekend will hover around 14 degrees Celsius.

Police at a farm on Buitenhuizerweg in Ruinerwold, where a family was found living in seclusion for nine years, 15 Oct 2019
Oct 18 '19 09:44

The family of Gerrit Jan van D., the father who was found living in a hidden room on a farm in Ruinerwold with six of his children, is dismayed by the events surrounding Van D., they said in a statement to RTL Nieuws. They haven't had contact with Van D. since the 1980s and had no idea what he was up to. "The father of G.J. is demented and stays in a closed institution."

Aerial photo of a farm on Buitenhuizerweg in Ruinerwold where a family was found living in isolation for 9 years, Oct 2019
Oct 18 '19 08:51

On Thursday the police arrested a second suspect in the investigation into the family found living in a hidden room on a farm in Ruinerwold. The suspect is the father of the family, 67-year-old Gert Jan van D. He is suspected of depriving his six children of their physical freedom, and assault by harming the health of others, the Drenthe police announced.

Oct 18 '19 07:49

There is less and less insight into victims of human trafficking, with especially children who are sexually exploited falling out of sight, according to a new report by the National Rapporteur on Human Trafficking and Sexual Violence against Children. This puts the protection of victims at risk, Coordinator Herman Bolhaar said. He blames the reduction at least partly on new privacy legislation.

Oct 18 '19 07:21

A burning car containing multiple jerrycans crashed into a police station in Kerkrade at around 5:00 a.m. on Friday morning. No one was injured, the Limburg police said on Twitter.

The incident happened at the police station on Kerkradersteenweg. The car crashed through the glass entrance of the station, according to RTL Nieuws. At least one jerrycan was on fire and the car may have been pushed into the station, a police spokesperson said to the broadcaster.

The fire was quickly extinguished. The jerrycans were filled with - presumably flammable - liquid. 

Tamang Heritage Trail
Oct 17 '19 18:00

A 27-year-old married Dutch student was found dead in Nepal earlier this month. Thomas went on a hike along the Tamang Heritage Trail with a friend on September 22 in what likely turned out to be poor weather conditions, according to Nederlands Dagblad.

The body of the Dutch man was discovered on October 4 at the foot of a cliff. His companion, a 42-year-old Korean student, was found dead eight days later in a populated area, according to RTL Nieuws.

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