Amsterdam

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Apr 26 '18 13:40

King's Day celebrations don't only attract thousands of party goers to Amsterdam, but also pickpockets, the Amsterdam police warns. Stay aware of your surroundings and where your personal belongings are.

"Pickpockets often make use of crowds and festivities in the city to work as unobtrusively as possible", the police said. "Yet they also sometimes opt for a different method: distraction."

In a video released on Wednesday, the police show footage of a pickpocket distracting a victim by showing him a football trick, and stealing his possessions while he was at it. 

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Apr 26 '18 10:20

A municipal garbage truck caught fire on Ferdinand Huyckstraat in Amsterdam-West on Thursday morning. The massive fire caused an explosion on the truck, shattering the windows of surrounding homes, AT5 reports.

The fire department has the fire under control and firefighters are working on extinguishing it. No one was injured. The explosion was caused by a gas cylinder on the garbage truck, a spokesperson for the fire department said to the Amsterdam broadcaster. 

The police closed down the street. Due to the smoke, people are advised to stay out of the area. 

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Apr 26 '18 09:17

One of seven Dutch men arrested in Prague over the weekend for assaulting a waiter, is a police officer from Amsterdam. He is one of two suspects that have since been released from custody, the police confirmed to RTL Nieuws.

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Apr 25 '18 13:10

A noise demonstration during the national commemoration of World War II victims in Amsterdam on May 4th is disrespectful and can be punishable, interim Amsterdam Mayor Jozias van Aartsen said on Wednesday morning. He warned action group Geen 4 mei voor mij not to go through with the demonstration, Het Parool reports.

TunFun playground in Amsterdam Centrum
Apr 25 '18 12:30

TunFun, an underground playground located under Mr. Visserplein, was ordered closed with immediate effect by district Centrum. The playground's fire safety is not in order, a spokesperson for the district confirmed to Het Parool.

The fire department inspected the building early this month and concluded that its fire safety was "not sufficiently in order" - the playground equipment is not fire safe and there is also criticism on the state of the electrical installations' maintenance.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima at the National Commemoration on Amsterdam's Dam Square, Remembrance Day 2014
Apr 25 '18 08:34

Action group Geen 4 mei voor mij is planning a noise protest during the national commemoration for World War II victims on Amsterdam's Dam square on Remembrance Day, May 4th. 

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Apr 24 '18 12:10

Almost all regions in the Netherlands saw economic growth last year. The Groningen region was the only one to see its economy shrink. The regions around Eindhoven and Almere saw the strongest growth, Statistics Netherlands reported on Tuesday. 

In both the Eindhoven and Almere regions, the economy grew by 4.9 percent last year compared to 2016. In Zuidoost-Noord-Brabant - Eindhoven and its surroundings - last year's economic growth was mainly supported by industry and business services. In Almere, lease companies in particular contributed to the economic growth. 

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Apr 23 '18 14:30

On Friday interim Amsterdam mayor Jozias van Aartsen ordered that a home on De Klencke be locked down for three months following the discovery of large amounts of hard drugs in the home late in March, the Amsterdam municipality announced on Monday.

4.53 kilograms of MDMA, almost 40 thousand euros in cash, a sealing device, packaging materials and a gas gun were found in the home, NU.nl reports. 

Apr 18 '18 15:50

Albanian criminals are increasingly playing leading roles in organized crime in Amsterdam, according to a so-called trend analysis by the Amsterdam police. They are mainly engaged in cocaine trafficking, but also in human trafficking and property fraud, NU.nl reports.

According to the police, these Albanian criminals lead the cocaine import from South America, the transhipment via the port of Rotterdam, and the further distribution to other European countries from Amsterdam. In addition to the Netherlands, Albanians are also very active in the drug trade in Great Britain.

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Apr 18 '18 15:10

Sanna Munnikendam, education alderman in Zaandam, was unpleasantly surprised to suddenly find posters calling for people to become teachers in Amsterdam throughout her city, Het Parool reports.

The poster shows a smiling woman with a smiling boy. It reads, in childlike writing: "Teacher, you always see what I'm good at". And below that: "Become a teacher in Amsterdam"

"I express myself softly when I say that the action was not pleasantly received here", Munnikendam said to Het Parool. 

A tour bush crashed through a guardrail and into a tree on Gooiseweg in Amsterdam, 18 April 2018
Apr 18 '18 11:10

Multiple people were hurt when a tour bush crashed through a guardrail and into a tree on Gooiseweg in Amsterdam on Wednesday morning, the Amsterdam police said on Twitter.

Three people were taken to hospital, none of the other passengers were hurt, the fire department reports. All passengers were removed from the bus. No one got stuck. The unharmed passengers were taken to a nearby hotel.

According to RTL Nieuws, the tour bus came from Sweden and had 42 passengers on board. Het Parool reports that there are several people with broken bones.

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Apr 16 '18 07:17

The police fired warning shots during a confrontation with an unknown number of suspects on the parking lot of a retirement home on  Nigtevechthof in Amsterdam Zuidoost on Sunday night. Four suspects were arrested after a chase. No one was injured, the police said on Twitter.

Local residents called the police to report shots fired around 10:00 p.m. Witnesses told AT5 that a total of eight shots were fired, six of which happened in quick succession. The police can not yet say whether there was an actual shooting.

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Apr 13 '18 15:30

Da Hongfei, founder of NEO - currently one of the top cryptocurrencies in the world, will be speaking at a at the DeLaMar theater in Amsterdam this weekend.

The event will host several speakers, including Da Hongfei himself. They will discuss the latest projects, developments and token sales launching on the NEO Blockchain. 

We Are Here
Apr 13 '18 14:50

We Are Here, a group of failed asylum seekers in Amsterdam that , wants a court to decide whether they will be evicted. The case will appear in court on April 26th, interim mayor Jozias van Aartsen said in a debate with the city council, NU.nl reports.

Spark building in Sloterdijk in Amsterdam
Apr 12 '18 16:30

The Dutch government is buying the Spark building in Amsterdam, where the (EMA) will be temporarily accommodated until construction of its new building on the Zuidas is complete, ANP reports.

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Apr 12 '18 13:50

One of the suspects arrested in connection with the murder of Reduan B., brother of key witness Nabil B., was released from custody. The 34-year-old woman was suspected of illegal firearm possession, but investigation did not connect her to B.'s murder in Amsterdam-Noord in any way, the Public Prosecutor said on Thursday, NU.nl reports. 

According to the Prosecutor, weapons were found in the woman's home, where she lives with her partner. But at this stage there is no reason to keep her in custody. A magistrate in Amsterdam released her on Thursday morning.

For Sale signs (Source: Wikimedia/Andy F)
Apr 12 '18 11:50

An increasing number of Amsterdam residents are looking for a home in The Hague or Rotterdam as housing prices in the Dutch capital are increasingly unaffordable, Dutch realtors association NVM said with the release of its quarterly figures on Thursday. These two cities are now also seeing housing price increases far above national average, NU.nl reports. 

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Apr 11 '18 16:20

Homebuyers in the Netherlands are increasingly turning to the suburbs as home prices in the cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague continue to rise, according to homeowners association Vereniging Eigen Huis. First time buyers can no longer afford buying in one of the large cities, AD reports.

houe for sale/sold sign
Apr 11 '18 16:20

Homebuyers in the Netherlands are increasingly turning to the suburbs as home prices in the cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague continue to rise, according to homeowners association Vereniging Eigen Huis. First time buyers can no longer afford buying in one of the large cities, AD reports.

Double decker train in Amsterdam
Apr 11 '18 14:20

A train was evacuated at Amsterdam Amstel station on Wednesday morning after passengers smelled gas. One passenger became unwell, Het Parool reports.

The train was traveling from Utrecht to Amsterdam when passengers smelled gas near Breukelen station around 8:50 a.m. When one passenger fell ill, it was decided to evacuate the train at Amstel station. Emergency services treated the unwell passenger at the station.

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Apr 11 '18 13:40

The police arrested two 30-year-old men on Wednesday morning on suspicion of involvement in the assassination of Amsterdam criminal Alexander Gillis in Zaandam in 2014, NU.nl reports.

The suspects were arrested in Houten and Purmerend based on new information that surfaced in the investigation into this assassination. The suspects will be arraigned on Friday.

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Apr 11 '18 10:20

The municipality of Amsterdam learned important lessons from a large in November. One lesson is that the cooperation between the police and Defense must be improved, interim Amsterdam mayor Jozias van Aartsen said in a letter to the city council on Tuesday, AT5 reports.

2018 Art Doll Expo
Apr 10 '18 13:10

A lifelike doll of Amalia, crown princess of the Netherlands, will be on display at the this weekend. After that the doll will be auctioned off on Catawiki. This is the first time a doll is made to look like a Dutch princess, RTL Nieuws reports.

The doll was made by Russian doll maker Elena Timkaeva and stands 69 centimeters tall. 

We Are Here
Apr 10 '18 11:50

We Are Here, a group of failed asylum seekers in Amsterdam, tried and failed to take over more two buildings belonging to housing corporation Ymere on Monday. These homes are located on Stephensonstraat in Amsterdam Oost, Het Parool reports.

Employees from Ymere were installing locks on the homes to prepare them for being rented when We Are Here showed up, Ymere spokesperson Coen Springelkamp said to the newspaper. The lease contract for both homes have already been signed, Springelkamp said. "The future residents are already packing their stuff."

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