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Kids found a firearm while magnet fishing on Amstelkade in Amsterdam, 17 July 2019
Jul 18 '19 15:10

Two 12-year-olds who went magnet fishing on the Amstelkade in Amsterdam on Wednesday afternoon, pulled a firearm out of the water, the Amsterdam Zuid police said on Twitter.

The kids immediately called emergency number 112. Responding officers identified the firearm as real and called in forensic investigators, who took some samples and then confiscated the gun.

The police praised the children for their prompt action in calling the authorities, calling it a "good deed". 

Dutch police officer
Jul 17 '19 15:10

The Public Prosecution Service must conduct further investigation into the way in which Michael P. was arrested in the Anne Faber case on 9 October 2017, the court in Amsterdam ruled on Wednesday. The Public Prosecutor previously determined that the officers that arrested P. will not be prosecuted for a soldier injury he sustained during his arrest. P.'s lawyer filed a lawsuit demanding further investigation, NU.nl reports.

Rental agreement
Jul 17 '19 13:30

The average national rent increase in the second quarter of 2019 was the lowest since the second quarter of 2015. Rents in the Netherlands increased an average of 3.1 percent in the second quarter of this year, according to figures from Pararius. This clearly shows that the price increases are slowing down, the housing platform said, NU.nl reports. 

Rent increases fell below 5 percent for the first time in 3.5 years in the last quarter of 2018. And that slowing down effect is continuing, according to Pararius.

Ferrie Lensen at De Regenboog Groep office.
Jul 16 '19 12:40

After nine years in operation, the Amsterdam Underground tour - started by the De Regenboog Groep, an NGO that works with homeless people - will now be in the hands of the formerly homeless guides who have lived the experiences the tour aims to illuminate to tourists. De Regenboog made the decision to form a cooperative for the four current volunteers to own the business and have full control of their narratives.

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Jul 16 '19 11:08

The Rozengracht in Amsterdam was closed off to traffic on Tuesday morning after a hand grenade was found tied to the door of a local business. The Ministry of Defense's explosive disposal department removed the explosive, but the street is still closed for investigation, AD reports.

Red Light District, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Jul 15 '19 14:20

The first meeting to discuss the future of Amsterdam’s Red Light District was met with disagreement and polarizing opinions on Wednesday evening at the Compagnietheater, the 18th century former church that sits in De Wallen. The meeting, organized by Mayor Femke Halsema, gathered residents, sex workers, and entrepreneurs who will be affected by the proposed changes for the area. 

Researchers examining the Night Watch by Rembrandt van Rijn in preparation for a major restoration, July 2019
Jul 15 '19 09:19

Today would have been Rembrandt van Rijn's 413th birthday. The Rembrandthuis Museum in Amsterdam is celebrating with a festival on the street where the 17th century painter used to live. The Rembrandt Art Festival starts at 10:00 a.m., featuring artists in action, workshops, stalls and live music, RTL Nieuws reports. 

Kamp Seedorf Artists
Jul 13 '19 16:26

“What an honour for us to get involved in this project. Van der Laan really deserves this spot in the part of Amsterdam where he lived a long time,” Kamp Seedorf told NL Times a few days after their permanent tribute to Eberhard van der Laan was unveiled in Amsterdam West.

Schiphol Airport passengers
Jul 12 '19 12:50

School's out for summer in northern Netherlands on Friday and that means crowded airports and busy roads. Friday is a peak day for both departures and arrivals at Schiphol, and the airport is therefore expected to be very busy. Sunday is another peak day for departures, according to the airport. 

After Friday, the arrivals at Schiphol will taper off somewhat. Saturday's departures is also expected to be very busy. 

Insiya Hemani, kidnapped from Amsterdam in September 2016
Jul 11 '19 13:30

On Thursday the court in Amsterdam sentenced six people to up to four years in prison for their involvement in the abduction of then 2-year-old Insiya Hemani from her grandmother's Amsterdam apartment in 2016. The court considered it proven that, ordered by the girl's father, these six people helped to violently take Insiya away from her mother, NU.nl reports.

People enjoying the summer weather in Oosterpark in Amsterdam, 23 June 2019
Jul 11 '19 10:10

By 2050 the climate in Amsterdam,, The Hague and Rotterdam will be comparable to what Paris has today, according to an analysis by scientists from Crowther Lab, which forms part of the ETH Zuirch university. According to the researchers, 77 percent of the world's cities will see a "striking change" in climate by 2050.

Meeting
Jul 10 '19 12:40

A group of 25 Dutch investment funds decided to only push money into companies with women among their executives. They agreed that they will only invest in companies who have at least 35 percent women among their executives, and gave themselves three years to achieve this goal, NOS reports.

The 25 funds together manage an estimated 1.1 billion euros in invested capital - about a quarter of the total assets managed by Dutch venture investors. 

Netherlands police uniform
Jul 9 '19 15:10

The Amsterdam police suspended its seventh employee in six weeks. The 55-year-old man was arrested on Monday on suspicion of violating his official confidentiality, corruption and computer intrusion, the police said in a statement.

The Amsterdam team for Security, Integrity and Complaints are investigating, under the guidance of the Public Prosecutor, the police said.

Uber
Jul 9 '19 13:30

The municipality of Amsterdam and Uber concluded a so-called Social Charter in which they made agreements on road safety, data sharing, and sustainability, among other things. The Social Charter is the outcome of the Uber Task Force he municipality established in February following a number of fatal accidents in the city involving Uber drivers, the city said in a press statement.

Rendering showing the Holocaust Monument of Names from above
Jul 9 '19 11:00

The construction of a Holocaust Monument of Names on Weesperstraat in Amsterdam can continue, the court in Amsterdam ruled on Tuesday. Local residents objected to the monument, complaining that it is too large and should rather be built somewhere else, but the court rejected these objections, RTL Nieuws reports. 

The memorial will contain the names of 102 thousand Jewish, Sinti and Romani people who were deported in the Second World War and who have no grave. The names will be shown on walls arranged in a maze-like formation. The monument was designed by Daniel Libeskind.

De Werf in Veere
Jul 9 '19 09:15

Terrace De Werf in the Zeeland town of Veere is the best terrace in the Netherlands, according to the annual Top 100 ranking by Misset Horeca. Brasa in Purmerend and Pelle's in Deurningen took second and third place. Amsterdam's first spot on the ranking is in 8th place with terrace Barca.

Researchers examining the Night Watch by Rembrandt van Rijn in preparation for a major restoration, July 2019
Jul 8 '19 09:01

On Monday the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is starting the restoration of Rembrandt van Rijn's 1642 masterpiece the Night Watch. The painting will be restored behind a glass wall in the museum itself, which means that the public can follow along with the restoration.

Brandweer fire department Volkswagen
Jul 6 '19 10:29

People in Amsterdam received a frightening wake-up call when a large explosion rattled windows and shook floors early Saturday morning. The blast took place on the Korte van Eeghenstraat in Amsterdam Zuid at about 4:25 a.m.

There were no serious injuries, though two people were treated by ambulance personnel at the scene, according to broadcaster AT5. The explosion caused property damage to buildings and vehicles, police said. A reporter for the broadcaster said the explosion occurred beneath or next to a parked car in front of the Park View Hotel. 

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
Jul 5 '19 15:20

At least two of the ten men suspected of involvement in an attack on the Amsterdam building of newspaper De Telegraaf last year, were also involved in two murders, the Public Prosecutor said in the first introductory hearing for the case around the Telegraaf attack on Thursday, NU.nl reports.

Amsterdam
Jul 5 '19 12:50

Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema and Minister Kasja Ollongren of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations signed a new Housing Deal for the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area on Friday. The deal states that 230 thousand new homes will be built in the city and its surroundings until 2040, with focus on affordable housing for lower and mid-level incomes. 100 thousand of these homes will be built by 2025, the city announced in a press release. 

Duncan Laurence wins Eurovision 2019
Jul 5 '19 10:12

Amsterdam will not host the Eurovision Song Competition. The Ziggo Dome, the intended location, is not available when the Song Competition is set to be held. " This in connection with bookings and reservations that on closer inspection can not be rebooked", Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema wrote in a letter.

The city tried to find another location, but it was to no avail. The RAI and Johan Cruijff Arena are also unavailable. And AFAS Live is too small.

Police officer and paramedic
Jul 5 '19 07:56

The emergency services never practiced a scenario in which emergency number 1-1-2 is completely unreachable, as happened last week Monday. The police considered the chance of this situation occurring to be minimal, Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security wrote in a letter to parliament. A third person died during the outage. The person went into cardiac arrest in The Hague and emergency services took longer than usual to reach them, NOS reports.

Thousands line the Amsterdam canals to congratulate the 2010 World Cup team's second place finish. July 13, 2010
Jul 4 '19 16:49

The Dutch women's national football team takes on the United States in the 2019 World Cup final on Sunday. An Oranje victory would mean that the party eventually moves from the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Lyon, France, and back to the Netherlands.

As champions, the team would celebrate with a floating parade through the Amsterdam canals on Tuesday, beginning at 4:30 p.m., according to plans announced by the City of Amsterdam. A rally would follow the cruise at Museumplein around 6 p.m.

High school classroom
Jul 4 '19 13:50

Intelligence and security service AIVD underestimated the social impact its official report earlier this year on Amsterdam Islamic high school Cornelius Haga Lyceum would have, AIVD director Dick Schoof said to the Volkskrant. The service warned Amsterdam that the school wanted to devote half of its curriculum to Salafist doctrine, causing an uproar. 

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