Amsterdam

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Aug 16 '18 07:33

The police closed off Voetboogstraat and surrounding streets in Amsterdam center for hours on Thursday morning due to the discovery of a suspicious object. Officers and explosive experts were at the scene between midnight and 3:00 a.m., NU.nl reports.

 A spokesperson for the police could not tell the newspaper exactly what the object was. On Twitter the police only said that the investigation is completed and more information will follow during the course of the day. 

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Aug 15 '18 13:30

The municipality of Amsterdam is preparing experiments with three boat-related measures to see if they can reduce inconvenience for residents and business owners in the crowded city center. The first is a pleasure boat ban on the Oudezijds Voorburgwal in the afternoon and evening, AT5 reports.

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Aug 15 '18 11:00

The number of schools in the Netherlands for pupils between 10 and 14 years old will double in the coming school year. These middle-schools are an experiment intended to help pupils with the transition from primary school to secondary school.

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Aug 15 '18 09:35

An explosive went off in front of the Marovaan restaurant on Johan Huizingalaan at around 1:50 a.m. on Wednesday morning. No one was injured, the police said. This is the third explosive on an Amsterdam street in two days, and the third incident on Johan Huizingalaan in four days.

According to the police, the explosion damaged a bus shelter and the front door of the building. "We are urgently looking for witnesses", the police said on Twitter.

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Aug 14 '18 11:10

For the first time students in the Netherlands on average pay over 400 euros per month for a room. Student housing rents increased more than 5 percent compared to last year, according to student housing website Kamernet, RTL Nieuws reports. 

Amsterdam is the most expensive when it comes to student housing, with an average price of 571 euros per month for a room. Rotterdam saw a student housing rent increase of 7.4 percent to 460 euros per month. 

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Aug 14 '18 09:16

Shots were fired at a business premises on Johan Huizingalaan in Amsterdam during the early hours of Tuesday morning. Responding officers also found an explosive on the street outside the building. This building is located next to another office building that was shot at over the weekend, the police said in a statement.

At around 3:00 a.m. the police received multiple reports of gunshots heard on Johan Huizingalaan​. The police responded to the scene, but did not find anything suspicious at the specified location. 

Explosive found at the door of a building on Jan Evertsenstraat in Amsterdam, 14 August 2018
Aug 14 '18 09:04

An explosive was found at the front door of a building on Jan Evertsenstraat in Amsterdam-West on Tuesday morning. The police closed off the street and explosive experts are on their way to disarm the device. What type of explosive is involved is not yet clear.

The police responded to the scene at 6:15 a.m., NU.nl reports. The street is closed between Hoofdweg and Rembrandtpark. The police are looking for witnesses.

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Aug 13 '18 14:40

Three hundred drones lit up the Amsterdam sky above the IJ with a light show on Saturday night. The drones flew in different formations, inspired by the flight patterns of starlings, AT5 reports.

The show A special exception was made to have the show in Amsterdam on Saturday, because drones are actually forbidden in the airspace around Schiphol airport. 

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Aug 13 '18 10:40

Six people were arrested because of a disturbance in the Johan Cruiff Arena in Amsterdam on Saturday night, during a match between Ajax and Heracles Almelo. The police are investigating whether this incident in the stands is connected with a steward having a heart attack in the stadium, Het Parool reports.

The suspects, five men and a woman, were arrested in and outside the stadium. The investigation is still in full swing, the police said on Sunday. Officers are talking to witnesses and viewing surveillance camera footage.

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Aug 13 '18 10:00

An increasing number of prostitutes working in Amsterdam's Red Light District are struggling with debts, that can range from 10 thousand euros to 30 thousand euros, newspaper Trouw reports based on its own research.

No total overview is available, but the debt problem is large, three Christian organizations that support prostitutes in the Red Light District - the Salvation Army, Scharlaken Koord and Bright Fame - confirmed to the newspaper. 

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Aug 13 '18 07:54

Three homemade explosives were thrown at the Turkish consulate on Museumplein in Amsterdam on Saturday night, causing a small fire. No one was injured. A 34-year-old man was arrested, RTL Nieuws reports.

The suspect is a Dutch man, according to Tolga Orkun, the Turkish consul general in Amsterdam. The police could not confirm this to RTL.

Suspect wanted for fatal shooting on Beethovenstraat in Amsterdam, 30 July 2018
Aug 10 '18 16:00

The police released surveillance camera footage of the suspected gunman in a fatal in Amsterdam late last month. 

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Aug 10 '18 11:50

The police broke multiple car windows at the RAI in Amsterdam, where the World Dog Show 2018 is taking place, to rescue overheating dogs. Multiple dog owners were fined 750 euros for leaving their pets in the hot car, ANP reports.

While the heatwave is over in the Netherlands, temperatures in a parked car can still quickly rise to 40 degrees, the police said. This can cause to overheat and even die. Police officers will perform extra checks at the RAI over the weekend to make sure no dogs are left in cars.

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Aug 9 '18 08:38

An illegal hotel was closed down for three months in Amsterdam's West-Indischebuurt earlier this week. The hotel was discovered during extra checks the city is doing this week and next, Het Parool reports.

The illegal hotel was closed due to fire hazards, according to the newspaper. The apartment offered six rooms to rent under names like the Harry Potter Room and the Van Gogh room. Eleven people were staying in the apartment. The illegal hotel was boarded up and the owner and tenant of the apartment were each fined 20,500 euros.

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Aug 8 '18 13:30

Two men on a stolen speedboat were arrested on the Gooimeer in Amsterdam during the early hours of Monday morning after a chase involving a police boat and a police helicopter, the police said in a statement on Tuesday.

At around 3:30 a.m. on Monday the police received a report that a speedboat was stolen at IJburg and was sailing at high speeds towards Gooimeer. A police boat gave chase, and was soon joined by a police helicopter that happened to be in the area. 

€150,000 watch stolen from a tourist in Amsterdam
Aug 8 '18 12:40

A tourist nearly lost a watch worth 150 thousand euros to muggers in Amsterdam on Sunday night. The police arrested two suspects and were able to recover the expensive watch, AT5 reports.

The tourist was in the vicinity of Dam square when he was mugged. The robbers took the watch and fled. 

A motorcycle officer spotted one of the suspects shortly afterwards. The suspect resisted arrest and tried to throw the watch away. Fortunately for the victim, the officer saw it happen and the watch was retrieved. The second suspect was arrested after a short search.

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Aug 8 '18 11:00

Feminist action group De Bovengrondse changed dozens of street names across the Netherlands on Tuesday in a protest for more female representation on Dutch streets. Armed with homemade street signs, members of De Bovengrondse changed street names to famous women including Mies Bouwman, Beyonce, Mien van Bree and Suze Groeneweg, NOS reports.

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Aug 8 '18 08:56

Peter van Uhm, former commander of the armed forces, was appointed as a 'strategic adviser' to help with the modernization of the Amsterdam fire department by advising commander Leen Schaap and mayor Femke Halsema on how to achieve it. He starts on August 20th, Het Parool reports. 

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Aug 8 '18 07:29

A 25-year-old man from Amsterdam was injured in a shooting incident at an apartment building on Kleiburg in Amsterdam Zuidoost on Tuesday evening. Two men were arrested.

The shooting happened around 11:00 p.m. The injured man was taken to hospital. A spokesperson for the police could not say how badly he was hurt, Het Parool reports.

An 18-year-old man and a 29-year-old man was arrested in the vicinity of the shooting a short time later. The police are investigating their involvement. 

Amsterdam's Red Light District
Aug 7 '18 12:00

Amsterdam is implementing cleaning breaks in the Red Light District during busy nights. Parts of the street will be temporarily be closed to the public, so that the mess left by visitors can be cleaned up. This is one of the measures new mayor Femke Halsema is taking to quickly solve problems in the overcrowded Amsterdam city center, following damning reports by the city's ombudsman, Het Parool reports.

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Aug 7 '18 09:44

The police arrested a total of 38 people during Amsterdam Pride this past weekend, including 17 pickpockets. Six people were arrested for assault, eight for other types of theft, four for sailing under the influence of alcohol, and one for being unable to identify himself. Four of the detainees are suspected in "LGBTQ-related cases", the police said in a statement. 

Four police officers sustained minor injuries while arresting a group of four suspects of theft. The suspects were in possession of multiple phones and bank cards.

Amsterdam Pride canal parade, 5 Aug 2017
Aug 6 '18 10:10

The organizers of Pride Amsterdam is satisfied with a successful edition this year. All nine days of the festival were well attended and pleasant, and there were no noteworthy incidents, a spokesperson for the organization said to ANP.

Pride Amsterdam started last week with the Pride Walk demonstration through Amsterdam. Between 10 thousand and 12 thousand people participated this year, compared to 7,500 last year, the spokesperson said. "We think that's because the Netherlands is becoming more intolerant, which automatically creates a counter-sound."

Greenco gives away millions of cherry tomatoes, unsaleable due to heat, 3 August 2018
Aug 3 '18 12:10

Vegetable giant Greenco is giving away some 6 million cherry tomatoes for free. Due to the hot weather, the tomatoes saw too much sun, causing their skin to become wrinkled. They can therefore no longer be sold because their quality is too low for supermarkets.

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Aug 3 '18 11:20

The El Tawheed mosque in Amsterdam-West provided shelter to Muslim extremists, some of whom later joined terrorist organization ISIS, the Telegraaf reports based on . Police sources told the newspaper that the photo shows a director of the mosque with four extremists.

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