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Prince Harry
Jul 23 '18 11:30

International AIDS conference on Monday. In addition to scientists and policymakers, expected attendees include big names like Britain's Prince Harry, the Netherlands' Princess Mabel, former United States president Bill Clinton, and Eurivision winner Conchita Wurst, the Telegraaf reports.

The theme for AIDS2018 is 'Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges'. 

Noord Station on Amsterdam's Noord-Zuid subway line, 21 July 2018
Jul 23 '18 08:59

The first official traveling day for Amsterdam's new Noord-Zuid subway line happened almost without a hitch on Sunday. By 5:45 p.m. only one train did not run according to schedule, a spokesperson for Amsterdam public transit company GVB said to Het Parool.

As a result, passengers had to wait 12 minutes for their train, instead of six minutes. "Within half an hour, the subway was back on schedule", the spokesperson said. The GVB deployed extra personnel to help guide travelers on the first day of running.

Noord-Zuidlijn train front
Jul 20 '18 15:20

After years of construction, Amsterdam's Noord-Zuid subway line is finally opening on Saturday. The organization planned a whole range of activities to introduce Amsterdam residents to the new line in a festive way, AT5 reports.

For Sale signs (Source: Wikimedia/Andy F)
Jul 20 '18 13:40

The prices of existing homes in the Netherlands increased by 8.8 percent in the second quarter compared to a year earlier, reaching a record high. The number of home sales decreased almost everywhere in the country, Statistics Netherlands and the Land Registry reported on Friday.

Terrace
Jul 20 '18 11:30

A round of drinks on a terrace is again most expensive in Amsterdam, making the Dutch capital the most expensive terrace city in the Netherlands for the fourth year in a row. Zwolle's terraces are cheapest, according to the annual terrace study by consultancy firm Van Spronsen & Partners, ANP reports.

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Jul 20 '18 09:26

Employees of Amsterdam's radicalization department were eavesdropped on and observed by a police team in the search of malpractice evidence against , her lawyer revealed in a pro-forma hearing in the criminal case against Ait-Taleb and co-defendant Said J. on Thursday. Ait-Taleb and J. are suspected of forging three invoices, Het Parool reports.

Police officer and paramedic
Jul 20 '18 07:46

A man stabbed himself in the middle of the street in Watergraafsmeer in Amsterdam on Thursday morning. He was taken to hospital, AT5 reports.

The incident happened around 10:00 a.m. Multiple police cars and ambulances responded to the scene, as the man's intentions were unclear, according to the broadcaster.

The man did not harm, or try to harm, anyone else. He was taken to hospital for treatment. 

Dutch police car
Jul 20 '18 07:30

A police car and a police van collided with each other on Prins Hendrikkade in Amsterdam on Thursday night. A taxi was also hit in the accident. Two police officers sustained minor injuries, AT5 reports.

The accident happened around 10:30 p.m. A police bus was driving over Prins Hendrikkade with lights flashing and sirens blaring. It made a left turn to cross Prins Hendrikkade again, did not see a police car due to a passing tram, and hit the police car on the left flank, according to the broadcaster.

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Jul 19 '18 13:00

Four people were hurt in a collision between a tram, a bus and a taxi on De Lairessestraat in Amsterdam Zuid on Thursday morning, Het Parool reports.

The taxi driver, a passenger of the tram, and a bus passenger were taken to hospital. The fourth victim was treated at the scene. Their current condition is unknown.

A police spokesperson told the newspaper, the bus had to brake for the taxi. The tram couldn't brake in time and hit the bus, which then crashed into the taxi.

Femke Halsema
Jul 19 '18 10:10

Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema condemned during her first city council meeting as mayor on Wednesday afternoon.

collegas-op-straat
Jul 18 '18 15:40

The police 2.2 million euros in cash last week during a search in Dido Events center in Amsterdam-West. Multiple members of the family that runs the event center were arrested on suspicion of money laundering and weapons possession, De Telegraaf reports.

According to the newspaper, the authorities previously kept an eye on Dido because of many known criminals attending parties at the center. The center was closed for a time, but reopened early last year and was soon filled with members of the Dutch underworld, the Telegraaf writes.

Gavel (Source: Wikimedia/Brian Turner)
Jul 18 '18 10:50

A man suspected of preparing for an assassination in Almere told the court on Tuesday that he fears for his life and will therefore remain silent. He also denied that he was involved in any plans to assassinate Amsterdam criminal Mustafa el J., and denied knowing El J. at all, ANP reports.

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Jul 18 '18 08:57

Amsterdam politicians were shocked by the revelation that Leen Schaap, commander of the Amsterdam fire department, r. They think it is outrageous, too crazy for words and completely unacceptable, AT5 reports. 

Ambulance
Jul 17 '18 13:30

A 24-year-old man was taken from the water at Bogortein on Java island in Amsterdam Oost on Monday. He was resuscitated and rushed to hospital, but passed away. The victim was an exchange student from Ecuador, the Telegraaf reports.

The student was swimming with friends when he disappeared under water. His friends sounded the alarm.

Fire department divers found him quickly and resuscitated him at the scene. He was rushed to the hospital, where he died. 

Crowded Schiphol Airport; 12 Feb 2018
Jul 17 '18 10:10

Picking someone up or dropping someone off near the terminal at Schiphol may soon cost money. The Amsterdam airport is considering charging for so-called 'kiss & ride', the airport confirmed to NOS after a report in the Telegraaf.

How much it will cost, and when the rates will be implemented, is not yet clear. Schiphol is currently investigating the plan. 

Amsterdam city center
Jul 17 '18 08:55

Amsterdam and seven other popular cities are asking the United Nations for help in dealing with the problems of overcrowded city centers and overheating housing markets. The cities hope the UN will put pressure on national governments to intervene, NOS reports.

Firefighters' gear
Jul 17 '18 08:05

Amsterdam fire department commander Leen Schaap received death threats from members of his own corps. He reported at least two threats to the police in February and March this year. The Public Prosecutor is investigating the death threats, a spokesperson confirmed to newspaper AD. 

Police officer at a train station
Jul 17 '18 07:28

The police stopped a train at Amsterdam Lelylaan station due to a suspicious situation at around 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning. The police action was done by 6:30 a.m. and train traffic resumed, according to NU.nl.

The stopped train was running between Hoorn and Schiphol. A platform at the station was evacuated. The police did not say what suspicious situation triggered the halt. 

Dutch police crime scene tape
Jul 16 '18 08:48

At least two perpetrators were involved in an attempted assassination at a coffee shop in the popular Amsterdam-Zuid district of De Pijp last week, a police spokesperson said to AT5.

The at coffee shop Today on Dusartstraat. Three people were injured, one seriously. The seriously hurt victim was still in critical condition in hospital on Saturday.

Crime scene
Jul 16 '18 07:46

Warm summer weather had many Dutch seeking to cool down in the water this weekend. But that did not work out well for everyone. A man drowned in Amsterdam, in Hoofddorp a 4-year-old was resuscitated and rushed to hospital after being removed from a lake, a woman disappeared underwater in Nuenen, and two people are missing in Noordwijk. 

collegas-op-straat
Jul 13 '18 15:40

An elderly woman was found dead in her home on Marten Corverhof in the Amsterdam district of Slotervaart last week. The police believe the woman died around six months ago. Local residents are shocked, AT5 reports.

Google
Jul 13 '18 13:00

Google Brain, the research team within the tech giant that focuses on artificial intelligence (AI), is settling a team in Amsterdam, AI researcher Nal Kalchbrenner announced on Twitter. The team will work on "core AI challenges", he said.

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Jul 13 '18 10:10

A 70-year-old convicted pedophile from Amsterdam was sentenced to life in prison on the Philippines. There he was convicted for sexually abusing his stepdaughters, age 10 and 14 years, the Amsterdam police announced on Facebook.

Joep M. was arrested on the Philippines in September 2015, after a tip from Amsterdam sex crime detectives. He was convicted and sentenced in April of this year.

Femke Halsema
Jul 13 '18 08:40

As mayor of Amsterdam, Femke Halsema sees her three "biggest tasks" as tackling serious crime, connecting citizens from all parts of the city, and protecting individual identity. "Whether it is a young transgender or an Islamic homosexual.

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