Ambulance
Nov 20 '17 08:48

Two people were killed in an accident involving a wrong-way driver on the A73 near the Roertunnel in Roermond on Sunday night. The drivers of the two involved cars died at the scene, the police said in a statement.

The accident happened around 10:30 p.m. The wrong-way driver drove through the tunnel northbound and crashed into another vehicle just outside the tunnel. First responders tried to help the victims, but it was to no avail. Both died at the scene. The police did not reveal the victims' identities. 

Police officer and paramedic
Nov 20 '17 08:29

A man from Newcastle in England is feared drowned after he fell from a party boat on the Noordzee canal just outside Amsterdam around 00:30 a.m. on Sunday. Emergency services searched the canal for hours, but eventually had to halt the search without success, local safety office Veiligheidsregio Zaanstreek-Waterland said on Twitter.

The man went overboard near Westzaan. The captain of the ship threw a life jacket to him, but the man disappeared under water, according to newspaper AD. 

Belastingdienst
Nov 20 '17 08:05

The Dutch Tax Authority will not share details on the majority of its tax rulings with multinational companies with other European Union countries, despite an obligation to share all agreements with 'cross-border effects' over the past five years with Europe, Trouw reports. 

According to the Tax Authority, it makes an estimated 2 thousand deals per year with large and small companies that also have consequences for foreign countries. That amounts to around 10 thousand tax rulings that the Netherlands is obliged to share with the EU.

Raymond Knops
Nov 20 '17 07:39

People protesting for keeping Zwarte Piet in blackface makeup, also have to comply with the law, State Secretary Raymond Knops of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations said in WNL on Sunday. He was referring to a group of people blocking anti-Zwarte Piet protesters from reaching the Sinterklaas parade in Dokkum on Saturday, where they had permission to protest against racism.

"I understand the emotions on this subject, but I cannot approve of people stopping everything on a highway," Knops said. "Everyone must abide by the law, including these people."

Kick Out Zwarte Piet blocked from protesting racism in Friesland Netherlands on Sinterklaas
Nov 18 '17 14:58

Busses filled with Zwarte Piet protestors were stopped by a group of about 35 white people stationed on the A7 highway outside Heerenveen, Friesland on Saturday. The protesters were on their way to the official Sinterklaas arrival in Dokkum about 50 kilometers away, where t to march against the character.

Soft drugs seized in Amsterdam Zuidoost in an investigation into an Irish-Dutch drug gang, 15 Nov 2017
Nov 17 '17 17:20

The Amsterdam police arrested eight men in the Dutch capital on Wednesday in a large drug investigation with the Irish authorities. The suspects, four Dutch men, three Irish men and a Belgian, were arrested in different locations throughout the capital, the police said in a statement on Wednesday.

The police also seized over 150 thousand euros in cash, 175 kilograms of soft drugs, and a computer that generates bitcoins from two homes in Amsterdam Zuidoost. 

Amra Talic
Nov 17 '17 16:40

The police are looking for 24-year-old Amra Talic from Ouderkerk aan de Amstel. She went missing on Sunday after leaving her home for a meeting in Amsterdam.

According to the police Amra left home around noon on Sunday to meet someone in Amsterdam. She planned to be home around 5:00 p.m., but never returned. It's not clear whether she actually made it to her meeting.

Amra is 1.75 meters tall with brown eyes and dark blonde hair that she usually wears in a bun. The police likes to speak with anyone who has more information about her whereabouts. 

Depiction of the Flying Spaghetti Monster giving the "I'd Really Rather You Didn'ts" tablets to Captain Mosey
Nov 17 '17 16:00

Doctorate student Michael Afanasyev filed a complaint with the College for Human Rights against TU Delft because the university forbade him to defend is dissertation dressed in a 17th century pirate suit. Pirates are an important part of The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, which Afanasyev is a priest of, and he therefore feels that TU Delft is discriminating against his religion, the Volkskrant reports.

Rabobank advertisement
Nov 17 '17 15:20

Rabobank must change one of its advertisements about sustainability and world hunger, the Dutch advertising code committee RCC ruled after receiving a complaint about the bank's promise to "solve the world food problem together". Rabobank will make the necessary adjustments, RTL Nieuws reports.

iPhone
Nov 17 '17 14:40

Most young people in the Netherlands overestimate their digital skills and have trouble judging fake news and finding information online, according to studies by Kennisnet and Mediawijzer.net, RTL Nieuws reports.

Over 80 kilos of cocaine found in a home on Ladogameerhof in Amsterdam, Nov 2017
Nov 17 '17 14:00

The Amsterdam police recently confiscated over 80 kilograms of cocaine in a home on Ladogameerhof in Amsterdam Nieuw-West. Two Columbian suspects, aged 33 and 48 years old, were arrested, the police said in a statement

The cocaine was found in the bedroom and kitchen of the home. The police also seized a large sum of money and several phones. It is not yet clear whether the cocaine was intended for the Dutch market.

The investigation is still ongoing. More arrests may follow.

Police
Nov 17 '17 13:20

Three members of a family in the Noord-Holland town of Uitgeest threatened, insulted and even attacked police officers to prevent them seizing their car, NOS reports.

A judge decided that the car had to be confiscated - why was not revealed. The police went to their home on Thursday to do so, but the family refused to hand over the keys. When the officers tried to call in a towing vehicle, the situation escalated. 

Vught prison
Nov 17 '17 12:40

A man convicted of attacking a mosque in Enschede with a Molotov cocktail, is facing such serious threats in the terrorist department of the prison in Vught that he is being transferred to an ordinary prison. He is constantly threatened by radicalized Muslim prisoners in the same department, RTL Nieuws reports.

Nov 17 '17 12:00

A 44-year-old Amsterdam man suspected of involvement in the disappearance of Sabrina Oosterbeek earlier this year and the murder of Mirela Mos in 2004, was l in 2004 through a DNA match, the judiciary confirmed to NU.nl.

Siemens in Hengelo
Nov 17 '17 11:20

German technology company Siemens is closing its branch in Hengelo, which employs 600 people. The closure forms part of a reorganization in Siemens' energy and gas branch that will cost over 6 thousand jobs worldwide, a spokesperson for the company confirmed to NU.nl.

The staff of the Hengelo branch were informed about what is happening at a meeting at stadium Grolsche Veste on Friday morning. The CEO of the division explained the closure via a video link. Whether there will be any forced redundancies, is not yet clear.

Nov 17 '17 10:40

Schiphol Airport is getting very close to its maximum flight limit of 500 thousand flight movements per year until 2020. The expectation was that the Amsterdam airport would handle 492,100 flights this year. By the end of October, there were already 422,285 flights, four percent more than in the same period last year. If that trend continues, Schiphol will handle 498 thousand flights by the end of this year, RTL Nieuws reports based on figures from Schiphol Airport.

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