School kids marching through The Hague for more action against climate change, 7 Feb 2019
Mar 15 '19 09:19

Thousands of school pupils gathered in Amsterdam on Thursday afternoon to protest for a better climate policy. They marched from Dam Square to the Museumplein, carrying signs with texts like ‘Make the earth cool again’. According to the police, around 6 thousand people were present, NOS reports.

The turnout was lower than for the first march in The Hague in February, when around .

Amsterdam primary school closed for a nationwide teacher strike, 15 March 2019
Mar 15 '19 08:43

Teachers of all levels of education are striking on Friday for more investment in education, because the quality is under pressure. More than half of primary schools are closed today. The teachers will gather on the Malieveld in The Hague to protest, NU.nl reports.

Passengers board a Brussels-bound train at Amsterdam Centraal, 9 May 2018
Mar 15 '19 08:08

Monday will be a chaotic day for people who commute to work by public transport. NS announced that it will join an, AD reports.

Ambulance
Mar 15 '19 07:39

A man was found dead at the bottom of an apartment building on Argostraat in Alphen aan den Rijn on Thursday morning. His 4-year-old daughter was with him. She was injured, the police said in a statement.

The police responded to the scene at around 6:30 a.m. after reports of a man and child lying at the bottom of the apartment building. Emergency services tried to resuscitate the man, but it was to no avail.

KLM Boeing 777 and fighter jets
Mar 14 '19 17:11

A strange site crossed the sky of Amsterdam Centrum on Thursday afternoon, when a KLM passenger jet escorted by four F-16 fighter jets flew past Central Station at just 1,500 feet (457 meters). Though the fly-by was a scheduled event, it was kept as a closely-held secret, frightening many people who took to social media concerned about what they had seen.

Police officers in Amsterdam on King's Day 2018
Mar 14 '19 16:40

Amsterdam is getting 172 extra police officers. This capacity was freed up because the detention center in Amsterdam is being moved from three locations to the Judicial Complex at Schiphol, where responsibility for the detainees will be taken over by the custodial institutions service DJI, Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security announced, the Telegraaf reports.

aanhouding-op-straat
Mar 14 '19 15:50

Two videos on Dutch video streaming site Dumpert, showing a man with an automatic weapon, led the police to confiscating the gun in question as well as "an arsenal of other weapons" in Bunnik on Tuesday, the police said in a statement.

Crystal Meth rock
Mar 14 '19 15:00

There was a striking increase in the use of methamphetamine, more popularly known as crystal meth, in Amsterdam last year, according to the annual study of waste water in European cities by the European Agency for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), the Telegraaf reports. 

For the study, the sewage water of various European cities are tested for drug residue. The Dutch cities of Amsterdam, Eindhoven and Utrecht are part of the study.

Amsterdam center
Mar 14 '19 14:10

The municipality of Amsterdam is working on implementing a rental ban on new owner-occupied homes, in an attempt to prevent new homes from being bought up by investors and then rented out for hefty sums, the municipality said in a press statement. The ban will not only apply to the first buyer, but also to the people who later buy the home.

Mark Rutte
Mar 14 '19 13:20

The Dutch government wants to reduce the energy costs for citizens and let the industry pay more for the Netherlands' climate plans, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in a response to the Netherlands' environmental assessment agency PBL and central planning office CPB's calculations of the climate agreement. This will involve less energy taxes on citizens, and a CO2 tax on companies, NOS reports

Amsterdam in the rain
Mar 14 '19 12:30

The current windy and rainy weather will give way to sunshine and spring-like temperatures next week, according to Weerplaza. But first there are still a few days of stormy weather to contend with. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for strong winds for the entire country.

Burglar
Mar 14 '19 11:40

Over a fifth of people who fell victim to home burglary in 2017 were burgled again within a year, according to the 2017 Security Monitor by Statistics Netherlands. The chance of burglars targeting the same home more than once is greatest in cities, RTL Nieuws reports.

In 2017 two percent of the Dutch population, around 287 thousand people fell victim to a burglary or attempted burglary. For over 75 percent of the victims this only happened once, 15 percent had two burglaries, and 7 percent had three or more burglaries.

collegas-op-straat
Mar 14 '19 10:50

The police arrested a man on Wednesday for abducting his 9-year-old son from the child's mother in Eindhoven. The father loaded the child into a car and drove off with him, NU.nl reports.

Responding police officers found the car a short time later. Both father and son were inside the car. The father was arrested and taken to a police station for further investigation.

The boy was reunited with his mother. He is doing fine under the circumstances, according to the newspaper.

Due to the family's privacy, the police released no further details about the incident. 

Haarlem city hall
Mar 14 '19 10:00

The police temporarily cordoned off the Grote Markt in Haarlem on Thursday morning after a suspicious package was found in front of the city hall. Investigation revealed that it was just an empty suitcase, ANP reports.

The suitcase was found on the landing of the city hall, which is located on Grote Markt, early in the morning. Defense's explosive disposal service investigated the suitcase and determined that it contained nothing dangerous. The square was released again at around 8:30 a.m.

The police call on witnesses who saw the suitcase being left there to come forward.

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Mar 14 '19 09:07

More investigators and customs officers are needed to combat drug crime in the port of Rotterdam, according to Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb. The Rotterdam mayor calls on the government to structurally tackle undermining crime, NOS reports.

ProRail working on a Deutsche Bahn train that was derailed by a fallen tree in Enschede, 13 March 2019
Mar 14 '19 08:23

A Deutsche Bahn train was derailed by a fallen tree in Enschede on Wednesday evening. The salvage and cleanup work will likely take all day, according to rail manager ProRail. Currently no train traffic is possible between Enschede and Gronau, Germany, NU.nl reports.

The tree fell onto the tracks due to the bad weather conditions. The German train collided with it and derailed, ProRail reported on Twitter at around 8:20 p.m. None of the 35 passengers on board were hurt.

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