Amsterdam

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Dec 14 '17 17:00

Amsterdam Trade Bank, the Dutch subsidiary of Russia's Alfa Bank, was raided as part of a money laundering investigation last week, Marieke van der Molen of the Public Prosecution Service confirmed to NL Times. 

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Dec 14 '17 16:00

Budget airline Norwegian Air will be offering flights between Schiphol in Amsterdam and John F. Kennedy in New York four times a week from May next year, the airline announced in a press release. Ticket prices on this route will start at $199, according to the airline.

This is the first time that Norwegian Air is offering flights from Schiphol to the United States, according to ANP. This new destination will be competition for Air France-KLM's transatlantic flights. 

Franchise Freedom by Amsterdam art duo Studio Drift
Dec 14 '17 11:20

Last week a swarm of  300 luminescent drones flew over the sea and a beach in Miami. Studio Drift, an artist duo from Amsterdam, presented their flying artwork Franchise Freedom on the Art Basel in Miami Beach, Het Parool reports.

Through their art Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta, together Studio Drift, investigate the relationship between nature and technology. They started working on this project 10 years ago, studying the regular flight patterns of starlings and translated them into a software developed especially for drones.

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Dec 13 '17 13:20

The police arrested a seventh suspect for a using a hijacked helicopter in October. The 24-year-old from Amsterdam was arrested on December 1st, but his arrest was kept quiet until the magistrate remanded him into custody for 90 days this week, Het Parool reports.

Amsterdam Cheese Company on Damrak in Amsterdam, 13 Dec 2017
Dec 13 '17 10:40

The Amsterdam Cheese Company took the municipality of Amsterdam to court over the city's decision to ban the opening of new tourist shops in Amsterdam Centrum. Due to this ban, the newly opened Amsterdam Cheese Company store on Damrak has to close. The cheese company hopes that the court will prevent this closure when it rules next month.

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Dec 13 '17 10:00

A Syrian man accused of being a member of ISIS by Syrian activists after being in Amsterdam last month, denies having anything to do with the terrorist organization. Speaking to Nieuwsuur and the Volkskrant, the man said that he never fought in the Syrian civil war, let alone that he was a member of ISIS.

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Dec 13 '17 08:12

Two years of forensic investigation resulted in a small breakthrough in the investigation into a in Amsterdam in May 2015. Two men fired between 10 and 20 shots with automatic firearms just after midnight on May 13th, 2015, leaving 25-year-old Youssef El Kahtaoui dead. The police found traces of DNA on one of the fired bullets, was revealed on Opsporing Verzocht on Tuesday.

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Dec 12 '17 13:00

The Dutch police is preparing to test an app that will show officers if a certain car was previously pulled over by another officer, and whether anything was found during that check. This is one of the measures the police want to implement to prevent ethnic profiling and people with an immigration background being pulled over more often, NOS reports.

Snow plows clear Schiphol's runways, 10 Dec 2017
Dec 12 '17 08:33

The airports in the Netherlands are still struggling to catch up after heavy snowfall caused on Monday. Dozens of delays and cancellations have already been announced for Tuesday. Travelers are advised to check their flight status on the airport website, or with their airline, before leaving for the airport.

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Dec 11 '17 17:27

Over 343 reports of traffic jams in the Netherlands tied up 2,501 kilometers of roadways in the country on Monday at 5:05 p.m., according to traveller's association ANWB. The amount of traffic increased by fifty percent in just 30 minutes, easily setting a record for the worst traffic day of 2017, despite the and 1,200 extra road workers to deal with

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Dec 11 '17 16:00

Inter Scaldes in Kruiningen was awarded a third Michelin star at the presentation of the stars in Amsterdam on Monday. Inter Scaldes is the third restaurant in the Netherlands to get 3 Michelin stars, joining De Librije in Zwolle and De Leest in Vaassen, both of which managed to hold on to their three stars over the past year, NU.nl reports. 

No restaurants in the Netherlands were awarded their second star this year. The Duchess, Le Restaurant and The Whiteroom in Amsterdam, AIRRepublic in Cadzand, Fitzgerald in Rotterdam, and Vista in Willemstad all got their first star. 

A tiny snowman in an Amsterdam garden, 10 Dec 2017
Dec 11 '17 10:40

Due to heavy snowfall expected across the Netherlands this afternoon, many schools decided to give their students the day off on Monday. These include the 23 secondary schools under the ZAAM foundation in Amsterdam and its surrounds, the 4e Gymnasium in Amsterdam, the Amadeus Lyceum in Vleuten, the Coornhert Gymnasiam in Gouda, and the Wellant College in Alphen aan den Rijn, NU.nl reports.

"An email has just been sent from the board that at 1:00 p.m. te doors will close in all schools of ZAAM", an employee of the Amsterdam-Zuid school community said to NU.nl.

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Dec 8 '17 09:37

Amsterdam missed out on the chance to host the opening match of the UEFA Euro 2020, but the Dutch capital will play host to several Group C and Round of 16 matches during the European football championship. Bucharest, Romania was also named host of Group C matches, and it will also serve as a quarter-final location.

Rome's OIympic Stadium was selected by the European football federation as the site for the opening match. The Italian stadium is also a quarter-final site. The semi-finals and final of UEFA Euro 2020 will be held at Wembley Stadium in London, England.

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Dec 7 '17 14:20

A man carrying a Palestinian flag broke the windows of a Jewish restaurant in Amsterdam on Thursday morning. The police can't yet say whether this act of vandalism is related to the United States deciding to move their embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, RTL Nieuws reports.

Video footage of the incident on Amstelveenseweg show the man smashing the restaurant windows with a club and kicking them in. Two officers overpowered him with pepper spray and arrested him. 

Dec 6 '17 13:40

Primary schools in the Dutch countryside achieve better results on their final tests than those in the city areas, according to RTL Nieuws' annual school study. The 890 primary schools in the Netherlands' most urban areas scored an average of 6.93. The 1,511 primary schools in the least urban areas scored an average of 7.05. 

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Dec 6 '17 11:40

In an effort to deal with the housing shortage in Amsterdam, a massive 27 thousand new homes were built in the Dutch capital over the past four years of the city coalition's reign. This year construction started on nearly 7.300 homes, the city said in a press statement on Wednesday. Despite these new homes, housing prices in Amsterdam are still increasing alarmingly. The city will therefore collaborate more with regional municipalities, building 60 thousand more homes in the region up until 2020.

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Dec 5 '17 14:10

Amsterdam Centrum wants to reduce traffic problems in the Red Light District by closing certain roads to taxis at night. The district proposed a 6 month experiment in which taxis will not be allowed on several streets around the Red Light District between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. from Thursday night to Monday morning, Het Parool reports.

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Dec 5 '17 11:30

A friend of a British man wo drowned in the Noordzeekanaal  after falling off a party boat last month, launched a crowdfunding action to help pay for the Newcastle man's body to be sent back to Britain, as well as for his funeral.

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Dec 4 '17 12:30

The body of a 30-year-old man from Newcastle was found in the water of the Afrikahaven in Amsterdam on Sunday evening. The British man has been in the Noordzeekanaal on November 19th, Het Parool reports.

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Dec 4 '17 09:05

The access gates on Amsterdam Central Station are locked from today. From now on travelers will have to check in with their public transit card to gain access to the station and platforms, NOS reports.

People only visiting the station to say goodbye to someone, or visit one of the stores in the station, can check in and out for free within one hour. 

The intention is to also lock the gates at Amsterdam Sloterdijk station before the end of the year. According to NOS, then 75 of the over 400 train stations in the Netherlands will have locked gates. 

Pearl Jam
Dec 1 '17 15:30

Pearl Jam will give two performances in the Netherlands next year. The band will be playing in the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam on June 12th, before being a headline act at Pinkpop on June 15th, NU.nl reports.

The two Netherlands shows are the kickoff shows for Pearl Jam's European summer tour. The band will perform 14 times in Europe, ending in Lisbon on July 14th.

Tickets for the Ziggo Dome will be available through Ticketmaster from Friday, December 8th. Ticket sales for Pinkpop start on February 14th. 

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Dec 1 '17 08:35

The government should ban bangers and rockets, the Dutch Safety Board said in a report on New Year's fireworks that will be published later today, RTL Nieuws reports. According to the board, the risks involved in New Year's celebrations are unacceptably high.

Delft blue kissing couple
Nov 30 '17 17:55

A gigantic version of the famous Dutch souvenir sculpture - the Delft blue kissing couple - was put together in Amsterdam on Thursday. The Kissing Couple XXXL, commissioned by the FietsCoalitie, now stands 10 meters tall on Hempontplein, along the fast bicycle route from Zaanstad to Sloterdijk and Amsterdam Centrum, Het Parool reports.

Together, the couple weighs around 6,700 kilograms and stand about as high as a three-floor building. The idea is that the statue puts the bicycle route and Amsterdam-West on the map for visitors.

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Nov 30 '17 16:00

The Amsterdam city council meeting was suspended for a time on Thursday afternoon while three men dressed as blackface Zwarte Pieten, complete with gold rings in their ears and red lips, were removed from the public gallery. Officially they were removed because the blackface makeup made them unrecognizable and they thereby violated a ban on wearing face-covering clothing in public buildings, AD reports.

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