Police guard in a detention center
Feb 19 '19 15:30

A 57-year-old man was arrested in Limburg on Tuesday morning for brutally raping an 18-year-old woman in 2002. He was arrested after a DNA match, the police said in a statement. 

The man and the woman were involved in a car crash in Horst on September 17th, 2002. The woman's car was damaged to such an extent that she could not drive it any further. The man offered to give her a lift home. Instead he took her to a forested area, where he raped her.

Doctor with medicine
Feb 19 '19 14:40

Bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics are a growing problem worldwide, but the Netherlands has this issue well under control, according to the PhD research of medical microbiologist Wouter Rottier from UMC Utrecht. If people in the Netherlands are infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria, the mortality rate is no higher than infections by bacteria that can still be treated by antibiotics, Rottier found, NOS reports.

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Feb 19 '19 13:50

The wealth of the median Dutch household increased significantly in 2017, rising by 6 thousand euros to 28,300 euros. This is mainly due to substantial price increases on the housing market, Statistics Netherlands reports. If homeownership is taken out of account, the median wealth increased only slightly compared to 2016 to 14,100 euros. 

Statistics Netherlands looked at all the assets and debts of Dutch households. Savings and investment mortgages are not included in these figures as the stats office was not given access to that data. Pensions are also not included.

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Feb 19 '19 13:00

The Dutch government used old figures when calculating the average energy bill increase for this year, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate acknowledged to NOS after reports in AD.

Schiphol
Feb 19 '19 12:10

Schiphol is again experimenting with facial recognition technology to reduce lines when boarding planes. This experiment involves airline Cathay Pacific. Instead of boarding a plane with your boarding pass and passport, travelers who want to participate in this experiment will have their face, boarding pass and passport scanned after check in. They can then board the plane with just a facial scan, NU.nl reports.

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Feb 19 '19 11:20

Another two Schiphol employees were arrested in an investigation into large-scale drug trafficking. The two men, aged 33 and 44 from Amsterdam, worked in the baggage, catering and cleaning departments. They were arrested by the Koninklijke Marechaussee on Tuesday, NU.nl reports. 

Twelve other arrests were made in this investigation last year. Nine of those suspects worked at Schiphol. The suspects arrested last year have since been released from custody and will appear in court at a later date. The two arrested on Tuesday are in custody. 

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Feb 19 '19 10:30

An estimated 200 taxi drivers will be protesting on the Malieveld in The Hague on Tuesday afternoon against ride-hailing service Uber. Before the protest, two convoys of taxis will travel to The Hague from Amsterdam and Rotterdam at low speeds, not exceeding 60 kilometers per hour. The taxi drivers expect to start their protest in The Hague just after noon, the Telegraaf reports.

Colombian police
Feb 19 '19 09:36

A 49-year-old Dutch man was shot and killed in the Colombian municipality of Copacabana, about 20 kilometers north of the city of Medelin. He was shot near his home on Monday. The perpetrator or perpetrators were on a motorcycle, NU.nl reports.

The man died from wounds sustained in the shooting, the local authorities said to newspaper El Colombiano. The authorities could not say anything about the motive for the murder. Local media report that the Dutch man lived in Copacabana for around 6 months. 

Refugee shelter
Feb 19 '19 08:51

Aruba is struggling to shelter thousands of asylum seekers from Venezuela, fleeing their country to escape. The island, which forms part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, already received more asylum applications than it can handle, ANP reports.

Railway crossing
Feb 19 '19 08:18

Someone left gypsum blocks on a railway crossing in Velp on Monday night. A train crashed into it. No one was hurt, but things could have been so much worse, a ProRail incident officer said on Twitter.

The railway accident resulted in multiple railway crossings suffering breakdowns.

On Twitter ProRail said that the perpetrators were arrested based on witness statements and surveillance camera footage. ProRail is pressing charges of vandalism against them. 

Dutch emergency services in action
Feb 19 '19 07:52

An in The Hague in January, was not deliberately caused, the police said in a statement. After extensive investigation, the police found no indications of premeditation. Investigators "strongly take into account" that the explosion was the result of a gas leak.

Feb 19 '19 07:28

Seven cars went up in flames in different places in Nijmegen over night. All seven cars can be considered lost. The Gelderland city has been plagued by car fires since the start of this year, with dozens of cars being destroyed since January. In all cases the police suspect arson, or haven't ruled arson out, Omroep Gelderland reports.

The fire department first responded to Meijhorst overnight. There a delivery van was on fire. It burnt out completely. A car parked next to the van was also damaged.

Ambulance
Feb 18 '19 16:00

A broken beam caused the , Utrecht on Sunday, according to the young people who built the float. They were on it when it collapsed. The driver was not under the influence of alcohol and was not speeding, they said to RTV Utrecht on Monday.

Kids dressed in 'cowboy and Indian' costumes
Feb 18 '19 15:10

Bert Felling of party shop FeestXpert in Nijmegen and Wamel finds it "crazy" that cowboy- and Indian costumes are considered racist. He will therefore give every child who visits his shop on Saturday, February 23rd, a free Indian costume and free Indian face paint, AD reports.

Childcare
Feb 18 '19 14:20

The Dutch Tax Authority acted contrary to the Convention on the Rights of the Child when it discontinued the childcare allowance of over 200 families in 2014. The tax office did not adequately take the interests of these children into account, Children's Ombudsman Margrite Kalverboer wrote in a letter to the Tax Authority, which is in the possession of Trouw.

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Feb 18 '19 13:30

A suspicious package was found on Amerikalaan in Utrecht on Monday morning. The police closed down a wide area around the street. Multiple homes and business premises were evacuated, a police spokesperson said to NU.nl.

The Ministry of Defense's explosives removal department is at the scene to investigate.

The police also closed down Beneluxlaan, which borders Amerikalaan, in both directions. The tram line is also closed, so no tram traffic is currently possible in Utrecht.

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