Hard hat
Feb 14 '19 09:13

Housing corporations are unable to build as many homes as they want due to rising construction costs and a lack of locations, they said in a survey by housing corporations' association Aedes. New construction projects also regularly turn out to be financially unfeasible due to higher construction costs, they said, NOS reports.

Just married
Feb 14 '19 08:48

In some 70 percent of the 63 thousand marriages in the Netherlands in 2017, the man was older than the woman, Statistics Netherlands reports. In most cases the age difference is small, but in over 2 thousand marriages the groom was at least 15 years older than his bride. Brides being that much older than their grooms rarely happens in the Netherlands, according to the stats office.

Mark Rutte
Feb 14 '19 08:13

If the European Commission and the European Union Member States make one fist together, Europe can become one of the most important players on the world stage, according to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. With countries like the United States, China and Russia increasingly pursuing their own interests, it is time for the EU to join forces. "Power is not a dirty word", Rutte said in his Churchill speech in Zurich on Wednesday, NU.nl reports. "It is now up to us to secure the position of Europe on the world stage."

Feb 14 '19 07:36

The Dutch government plans to make Curacao the "logistic hub" for humanitarian aid to neighbor Venezuela, Ministers Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs and Sigrid Kaag of Foreign Aid said in a letter to parliament. Representatives of the Dutch government, in consultation with the government of Curacao, will agree with the request from interim Venezuelan president Juan Guaidó and the United States to do so, the Ministers wrote, NOS reports.

Handcuffs
Feb 13 '19 16:00

The driver of a delivery van threw around 7 kilograms of heroin out of his vehicle's window while driving on the A2 in Limburg early on Wednesday morning. The police saw the man throwing the package out of the car and arrested him, 1Limburg reports.

The police pulled the van over near Maasbracht. While inspecting the car, officers also found a block of hash.

The heroin has a street value of between 20 and 40 euros per gram. The man therefore threw between 140 thousand and 280 thousand euros of drugs out of the car.

Child with teddy bear
Feb 13 '19 15:10

The Dutch child care and protection board RvdK has insufficient insight into the safety of children who are waiting for an investigation, the Inspectorates for Justice and Security and for Healthcare and Youth said. At the end of January almost 2,800 children were on the RvdK's waiting list for an average of 30 days, while the standard is 10 days, NU.nl reports.

The RvdK intervenes in situations where a threat to a child seems acute. The board then takes measures to put the child in a safe situation.

Grocery shopping
Feb 13 '19 14:20

In January Dutch consumers paid 2.2 percent more for goods and services than the same month last year - the biggest price increase since September 2013, Statistics Netherlands reports. According to the stats office, the increase of the low VAT rate put upward pressure on the prices of food, books and public transport, among other things.

Feb 13 '19 13:30

The court in Rotterdam gave a number of children conceived through a sperm donor clinic permission to use the DNA of fertility doctor Jan Karbaat to find out whether he used his own sperm to inseminate their mothers and is therefore their biological father. With this ruling on Wednesday the court in Rotterdam put an end to years of uncertainty for dozens of people, AD reports.

Sexual violence
Feb 13 '19 12:40

Victims of sexual violence in the Netherlands no longer have to pay healthcare deductibles when they incur medical costs. With this one year long experiment, the Dutch government wants to find out whether free care will lower the threshold for seeking help, NOS reports.

Victims can go to a Center for Sexual Violence to get help. These are usually connected to hospitals' emergency room. The Centers perform trace evidence investigation, but they also offer psychological help and tests for venereal diseases. 

KLM Boeing 737-700, PH-BGP at Schiphol Airport
Feb 13 '19 11:50

Two planes collided while taxiing at Schiphol airport on Wednesday morning. No one was injured in the incident.

Both planes belong to Dutch airline KLM and at least one was damaged, as can be seen on a photo shared on Twitter. The Dutch airline was unable to comment to newspaper AD about the cause of the accident or the extent of the damage. "The planes are carefully checked and therefore remain on the ground for the time being", a spokesperson said to the newspaper.

Brexit
Feb 13 '19 11:00

On Tuesday Prime Minister Mark Rutte spoke to his British counterpart Theresa May about the state of affairs regarding the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union at the end of March. "Time is running out. The ball is in London's court", Rutte tweeted after this discussion.

Negotiators from the EU and UK are currently in negotiations, trying to prevent a chaotic, no-deal Brexit at the end of March. "The importance of reaching an agreement is clear to all. I support the resumption of talks in Brussels", Rutte said.

Korte Leidsedwarsstraat in Amsterdam
Feb 13 '19 10:10

Amsterdam housing corporations are struggling with housing fraud on a large scale. They estimate that between 10 and 20 percent of their 186 thousand homes are being illegally sublet, Financieele Dagblad reports after speaking with Ymere, Rochdale and Stadgenoot - the three large housing corporations in Amsterdam.

Dutchbat headquarters in Potocari, near Srebrenica, in Bosnia
Feb 13 '19 09:18

Dutchbat soldiers who were stationed at the headquarters in Potocari during the Bosnian civil war in 1994 and 1995 are pressing attempted aggravated assault charges against the Ministry of Defense because they were exposed to toxic substances, EenVandag reports.

The Dutchbat headquarters were located in an old battery factory in the Bosnian village, near Srebrenica. According to the soldiers, the factory contained, among other things, asbestos, chemicals and a vat with a "nuclear" warning on it."

Eric Wiebes and Mark Rutte meeting with school pupils' protest group Youth for Climate, 12 Feb 2019
Feb 13 '19 08:49

The pupils who organized a massive protest march in The Hague last week met with Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Eric Wiebes of Economic Affairs and Climate on Tuesday. They are not satisfied with the results of the talk, and will therefore continue with protests for more to be done against climate change, the organization Youth for Climate announced on Twitter.

Gavel
Feb 13 '19 08:15

Journalist knew that her ex-boyfriend Abd A. belonged to al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist group Jabat Al Nustra. Tapped conversations show that he told her, the Public Prosecutor said in a pro-forma hearing against the man, ANP reports.

The 33-year-old man from Syria is suspected of participating in a terrorist organization, and involvement in attacks in Syria with many fatalities.

Child with teddy bear
Feb 13 '19 07:30

A 4-year-old girl witnessed three robbers assault her father in their home in Drouwenerveen, Drenthe late on Sunday evening. The robbers were dressed as a police SWAT team, the police said on Opsporing Verzocht on Tuesday.

The father, a 38-year-old man, was seriously injured and is still in hospital. He was in the living room with his daughter when the robbers forced the front door and came into their home. Care was arranged for the girl. The robbery made a big impression on her, the police said.

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