Dutch foreign affairs minister Halbe Zijlstra is leaving his role in the Prime Minister Mark Rutte's cabinet following the revelation that he lied about attending a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The Russian embassy released a statement criticizing the Netherlands following Minister Halbe Zijlstra of Foreign Affairs admitting that he lied about attending a meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin in 2006. The embassy accuses the Netherlands of "persistently" propagating an image of Russia having aggressive intentions to the Dutch public. "As we can see, this is the reason behind this whole story with the alleged meeting between Minister Zijlstra and President Putin", the statement, in broadcaster NOS' possession, reads.
Online store Bol.com stopped selling laughing gas cylinders, meant to be use for whipped cream sprayers. The canisters are increasingly used in combination with balloons or N2O crackers as drugs, and Bol.com therefore finds it irresponsible to keep selling them, a spokesperson confirmed to NH Nieuws.
The number of new unemployment benefits to young people up to the age of 27 years decreased by almost a quarter in 2017, benefits agency UWV announced. Last year a total of 61,500 young people received new unemployment benefits, compared to 80 thousand the year before, NU.nl reports.
A half-Russian Tilburg man pressed discrimination charges against D66 leader Alexander Pechtold over is reaction to the affair around Foreign Affairs Minister Halbe Zijlstra lying about a meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Dutch skaters won three medals within 30 minutes at the Winter Olympics in South Korea on Tuesday. Yara van Kerkhof won silver in the women's 500 meters. And Kjeld Nuis and Patrick Roest won gold and silver in the men's 1,500 meters, NOS reports.
Restaurants, bars and cafes in the Netherlands may no longer have smoking areas, the court in The Hague ruled on Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by non-smokers association Clean Air Nederland (CAN), RTL Nieuws reports.
The Netherlands banned smoking in restaurants and the like in 2008, but added an exception for specially designated smoking areas that must comply to certain rules. The court now ruled that this exception for smoking rooms is contrary to the World Health Organization's rules on combating tobacco use.
The websites of dozens of Dutch municipalities and various government websites in the United Kingdom and United States were infected with malware that hijacked site visitors' processing power to mine cryptocurrency Monero. Over 4,200 websites were affected worldwide, NU.nl reports.
When mining cryptocurrency, the processing power of a computer is used to validate transactions on the cryptocurrency network. Those who make their computers available for this are rewarded with crypto coins.
ProRail is investigating possibilities for high speed trains between Amsterdam and Groningen or Leeuwarden. The Dutch rail manager would like to have a train run this route in an hour, instead of the current over two hours, NU.nl reports.
It will not be necessary to install a high speed line, but the speed on existing lines will need to be increased considerably, according to the newspaper. The fast train will also not stop anywhere along the way.
The number of anonymous tips about crimes increased significantly over the past years. Last year Meld Misdaad Anoniem - the anonymous tip line in the Netherlands - received a total of 16,918 reports, around double the number received in 2010, Titus Visser, director of Meld Misdaad Anoniem, said to the Telegraaf.
Two police officers were assaulted at a Carnival party in Vaassen, Gelderland during the early hours of Tuesday morning. Two men from neighboring Emst were arrested, ANP reports.
The officers were patrolling through the festivities when they addressed a young man about urinating in public around 2:20 a.m. Another man, and then several others, became involved and the situation escalated.
One officer was pushed to the ground and kicked in the head. The other was kicked and beaten.
Dutch skaters Ireen Wüst and Marrit Leenstra filled two of the three podium spots for the 1,500 meters at the Winter Olympics in Gangneung on Monday. Wüst won gold with a time of 1:54:35, two tenths of a second faster than favorite Miho Takagi from Japan. Leenstra took bronze, ending 0.92 seconds behind Wüst, NOS reports.
Fourth place also went to a Dutch skater - Lotte van Beek just missed the podium, ending just one hundredth of a second behind Leenstra.
The Netherlands is too slow in acting against domestic violence, according to mayor Pauline Krikke of The Hague. "Nationwide there are 50 deaths per year due to domestic violence. In every classroom in the Netherlands there is at least one child that has to deal with child abuse or relational violence between parents", she said to the Volkskrant.
A man kicked a 2-year-old boy onto the road at the Aldi supermarket on Molehoekpassage in Rosmalen on Monday morning. The police are looking for the man and call on witnesses to come forward.
The incident happened around 9:00 a.m. The mother and child were waiting to cross the street to the supermarket's parking lot. A man, who had just parked his bicycle at the supermarket, kicked the child in the back for no apparent reason. The child fell into the street and the man cycled away.
Minister Halbe Zijlstra of Foreign Affairs will face a critical Tweede Kamer on Tuesday. The lower house of Dutch parliament will discuss him lying about personally attending a meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin in 2006. Not only was he not at the meeting, but he also misinterpreted Putin's statements given to him by his source who was there, the source - former Shell CEO Jeroen van der Veer told the Volkskrant.
Icy roads, caused by wet areas on the road freezing overnight, are expected to cause traffic problems across the Netherlands during morning rush hour.
Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for the entire country. Motorists are warned to adjust their driving behavior and follow weather reports and warnings. The iciness will melt away during the course of the morning.