Geert Wilders surrounded by bodyguards, Spijkenesse Feb 2017
Jun 13 '18 15:00

PVV leader Geert Wilders is allowed to organize a Mohammed-cartoon competition in the Tweede Kamer building. The Dutch coordinator for counter-terrorism and security NCTV sees no safety risks because the exhibition will be held in the PVV chambers, which are highly secured and private, a spokesperson for the NCTV confirmed  to RTL Nieuws.

"The NCTV has informed the Tweede Kamer [the lower house of Dutch parliament] that it has no objection to the exhibition from a safety point of view", the spokesperson said.

Mark Rutte, January 2016
Jun 13 '18 14:20

According to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, unity within the European Union is more important than ever in this time when international relations and alliances can no longer be counted on. The EU countries must remain united and not let themselves be played against each other, was Rutte's main message in his speech in the European Parliament on Wednesday. "Unity is the basis of our strength", Rutte said, NU.nl reports. 

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Jun 13 '18 13:40

The first barrel of new herring was sold for 78 thousand euros at the Scheveningen fish auction on Tuesday. True to tradition, the proceeds will be donated to a good cause, ANP reports.

Geldersekade 15 in Amsterdam
Jun 13 '18 13:00

Four national monuments in Amsterdam are receiving a total of over a million euros from the Dutch government for restoration and major maintenance. In total the government is giving 34 million euros extra for the restoration of national monuments, windmills and mobile heritage, Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven of Education, Culture and Science announced, Het Parol reports.

Schiphol Airport station in Amsterdam
Jun 13 '18 12:20

Dutch 18-year-olds can now apply for a free train ticket for a trip through Europe. This gift from the European Union is intended to "bring people together" and to show young EU residents that the European Union is "also about emotions, not just politics", according to initiator German MEP Manfred Weber, RTL Nieuws reports.

Here are the rules:

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Jun 13 '18 11:40

A majority in the Eerste Kamer, the Dutch Senate, is in favor of a partial ban on wearing face-covering clothing. During a debate in the Senate, the VVD, CDA, PVV, ChristenUnie and SGP supported a legislative proposal for such a ban. The D66, SP, PvdA and GroenLinks are against it, NOS reports.

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Jun 13 '18 11:00

Technology company ASML in Veldhoven, Noord-Brabant, lost three of its employees in a . The victims are 38-year-old Tim Alberts, 25-year-old Ronald Wall from Deil and 22-year-old James Shennan, who had a New Zealand background, the Telegraaf reports.

Flowers and messages left at a community center in Amsterdam's Oostelijke Eilanden where 17-year-old Mohammed Bouchikhi was killed on 26 January 2018
Jun 13 '18 10:20

The police offered a 25 thousand euros reward for the tip that leads to the perpetrators who shot and killed 17-year-old Mohammed Bouchikhi in Amsterdam in January. The teenager was k, where he worked as an intern.

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Jun 13 '18 09:32

The Public Prosecutor demanded 28 years in prison and forced institutionalized psychiatric treatment against Michael P. for raping and killing 25-year-old "It is unacceptable what agony she must have endured", the Prosecutor said in court on Tuesday, NOS reports. "The fear she must have felt defies all imagination."

Marlboro cigarettes wiki commons
Jun 13 '18 08:39

Smokers inhale much higher doses of harmful substances than is stated on their cigarette packages, according to a study by Dutch public health institute RIVM. The researchers found that the amount of tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide is at least twice as high as manufacturers claim, ANP reports.

Camp Castor near Gao in Mali, where Dutch soldiers are on mission
Jun 13 '18 08:00

The government plans to put an end to the Netherlands' contribution to the the UN military mission in Mali, sources told RTL Nieuws. There are currently 250 Dutch soldiers in the African country.

Ferdinand Grapperhaus
Jun 13 '18 07:35

Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security started procedures to revoke the Dutch citizenships of suspected terrorists, he said in parliament on Tuesday. How many suspects are involved, or who they are, he refused to say, AD reports.

Previously the Minister announced that two brothers convicted of terrorism would lose their Dutch passports. This time is different, because it involves suspects against whom criminal cases are still ongoing - they have not been convicted yet. 

Halbe Zijlstra
Jun 12 '18 16:20

Halbe Zijlstra, former VVD Minister of Foreign Affairs, is a candidate for a top position at the World Bank. Prime Minister Mark Rutte is an enthusiastic advocate for Zijlstra's nomination, but not everyone in the government agrees, insiders told RTL Nieuws.

Zijlstra is nominated to become a an administrator at the World Bank, the important UN organization that provides loans to developing countries, according to the broadcaster. Former State Secretary Frank Heemskerk, the man currently holding the position, is stepping down this summer. 

Ridouan Taghi
Jun 12 '18 15:40

The police released new photos of Ridouan Taghi and Said Razzouki. Key witness and attempts thereto in the Netherlands. Razzouki is a known accomplice of Taghi, according to newspaper AD.

Investigators believe that Taghi at least is abroad and he was also placed on international wanted lists. 

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Jun 12 '18 15:00

Gunshots were fired at two buildings in Delft city center during the early hours of Tuesday morning. Whether anyone was injured is not clear.

The police responded to Molslaan and Beestenmarkt around 4:30 a.m., Omroep West reports. Bullet casings ere found in the street. The extent of the damage is also unclear. Police spokesperson Dick Goijert told the broadcaster that there are "several bullet holes" and that at least two buildings were hit. 

Gavel (Source: Wikimedia/Brian Turner)
Jun 12 '18 14:20

Nabil B., a key witness in multiple investigations into assassinations, is threatening to retract his testimony if his family is not better protected. According to him, the murder of his brother shows that his family is not getting adequate protection, B.'s lawyer Bart Stapert said during a pro-forma hearing in the criminal case against B. on Tuesday, ANP reports.

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