Amsterdam

FlixBus
Dec 3 '18 17:00

A FlixBus bus from Amsterdam to Frankfurt completely burned out around 50 kilometers from its destination during the early hours of Monday morning. All 48 passengers got out of the burning bus unharmed, Het Parool reports.

The fire started in the engine of the bus when it was on the A3 highway near Idstein. It quickly spread to the rest of the vehicle. The German police estimate the damage at around 200 thousand euros.

The stranded passengers were given shelter in the neighborhood, while the travel agency sent another bus to take them the rest of their journey.

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Dec 3 '18 07:28

The Ministry of Defense's explosive disposal team removed an explosive from an ATM on Delflandplein in Amsterdam on Sunday, following a failed ATM bombing early on Sunday morning. The explosive in question had not detonated, NU.nl reports.

Tony's Chocolonely
Nov 30 '18 12:30

Tony's Chocolonely is opening its own chocolate factory in former flour mill Pakhuis de Vrede in Zaandam. "There will also be a roller coaster", CEO Henk Jan Beltman said to RTL Nieuws.

Over the past 12 years Tony's Chocolonely has grown to become one of the most popular chocolate brands in the Netherlands. The company only uses responsibly sourced cocoa, for which farmers in Africa received acceptable payment and no children were used during harvest, according to the broadcaster. Its chocolate bars are currently made in factories in Belgium.

A boat cruising down Oudezijds Voorburgwal in Amsterdam Centrum, 8 May 2018
Nov 29 '18 12:30

Amsterdam is banning all boats from sailing on the canals in the city center between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. from mid next year. Private skippers and companies will also not be allowed to sail with more than 12 passengers without a permit. Alderman Sharon Dijksma hopes that these measure will reduce nuisance caused by boat traffic in the inner city, Het Parool reports.

Egyptian figurine stolen from an Amsterdam museum
Nov 29 '18 11:40

The police arrested a 16-year-old boy for stealing 150 thousand euros worth of museum pieces from a museum in Amsterdam. The young thief was caught when he went to an art dealer with an Egyptian figurine from the 4th century BC asking for more information about the object, the police said.

The teenager was unlucky in his choice of art dealers, because this dealer had previously sold that specific figurine to an Amsterdam museum. She decided to call the museum and ask whether they had lost it, and that turned out to be the case.

Mark Rutte, January 2016
Nov 28 '18 12:40

The burka ban will apply to everyone, also the Netherlands' large cities, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in reaction to the news that the large cities won't prioritize enforcement of this ban on face covering clothing. "Let us first implement the law. Then the big cities will see that it also applies to them", he said.

Flowers left outside a home on C.J.K van Aaltstraat where a man was found stabbed to death on 1 September 2018
Nov 27 '18 11:40

A 24-year-old Moroccan man was arrested in the south of France on suspicion of stabbing a 44-year-old man to death on C.J.K. van Aaltstraat in Amsterdam in September. The man will be extradited to the Netherlands this week, Het Parool reports.

Gavel
Nov 27 '18 08:32

The Public Prosecutor made a deal with a second suspect in one of the multiple gangland assassinations in Amsterdam and Utrecht to turn key witness. Tony de G., a 34-year-old suspect in the murder of Amsterdam criminal Jair Wessels, made statements against people involved in the criminal underworld, Het Parool reports.

EYE film museum in Amsterdam illuminated in orange to protest violence against women and girls, 25 November 2018
Nov 26 '18 15:50

On Sunday evening a number of buildings in various Dutch cities were colored orange to draw attention to violence against women and girls. The United Nations proclaimed November 25th as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Over the next 16 days, this campaign will get attention worldwide, NU.nl reports.

In the Netherlands, at least 32 buildings in 22 different places were illuminated in orange on Sunday. These included the Grote Kerk in Breda, The EYE film museum in Amsterdam, and the Erasmus bridge and Euromast in Rotterdam. 

Woman wearing a burqa
Nov 26 '18 10:00

Amsterday mayor Femke Halsema must enforce the ban on face-covering clothing, commonly referred to as the burka ban, in the Dutch capital, State Secretary Barbara Visser of Defense said on WNL on Sunday. "No one is above the law", Visser said. "Including the mayor of Amsterdam."

Nov 23 '18 14:00

A 24-year-old in Amsterdam maybe took the term money laundering too literally. The police found 350 thousand euros in cash in his washing machine. He was arrested on suspicion of money laundering, Het Parool reports. 

The money was found while the police searched the home on Oeverpad in Amsterdam Nieuw-West, which is supposed to be vacant according to municipal records. The suspect was in the home at the time and arrested.

In addition to the cash, the police also found a firearm, money counting machines and a number of mobile phones. 

Hard hat
Nov 22 '18 15:50

The municipality of Amsterdam plans to construct 52,500 new homes in the next seven years, responsible alderman Laurens Ivens announced. The main risk for these ambitious construction plans may be the shortage of construction workers, he said, AD reports.

"The plans are there. Hopefully we can find enough construction workers and the state will cooperate", Ivens said while presenting the municipality's plans on Thursday. The city wants to build 7,500 homes per year in its period of government. The rest will be built in the years thereafter.

MSC Fantasia cruise ship
Nov 22 '18 08:30

Cruise ship company MSC Cruises will no longer stop in Amsterdam from next year, due to the new tourist tax of 8 euros per day for passengers for whom the Dutch capital is a stopover. The company does not want to recover these costs from its customers, NH Nieuws reports.

Damrak towards Amsterdam Central Station
Nov 16 '18 17:29

A 28-year-old Heerhugowaard man was sentenced to 5.5 years in prison for a brutal attack on two gay men vacationing in the center of Amsterdam last year. The attack happened on the Damrak in Amsterdam last June, where a group of men began beating the victims.

WWII bomb in Amsterdam Oost
Nov 16 '18 16:28

Construction workers in Amsterdam Oost found a decades-old weapon in the backyard of a home in the Watergraafsmeer district. Explosives experts at the scene on Finsenstraat determined it had been already-fired and was thus harmless.

Fog and Mist in Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw, Bimhuis
Nov 16 '18 10:10

Dense fog was expected across much of the Netherlands on Friday morning, predicted to last until 11:00 a.m. The weather condition was expected to drop visibility to under 200 meters everywhere in the country except Limburg, weather agency KNMI said.

The agency put out a Code Yellow weather warning for all other regions, with a caution of dangerous roadways and the possibility that fog could blanket an area quite quickly.

Schiphol airport, 29 Sept 2018
Nov 15 '18 17:11

A China Eastern passenger jet flying from Shanghai to Paris was diverted to Amsterdam on Thursday morning due to weather conditions in Paris. The passengers on flight #553 were then forced to wait inside the Boeing 777-300 at Schiphol Airport for over 4.5 hours after their 13-hour flight.

Shooting incident on Krugerplein in Amsterdam Oost, 12 November 2018
Nov 15 '18 10:30

The police are looking for witnesses of a shooting incident on Krugerplein in Amsterdam Oost on Monday evening. A 45-year-old man was injured.

The shooting happened around 8:30 p.m. on Monday. When police arrived at the scene, no victim or perpetrator was in sight. The victim later came forward.

According to the police, a group of people were on Krugerplein, close to a cafe, shortly before the shooting. Investigators would like to talk to these people as they may have information that can give clarity about the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

Frank Paauw
Nov 14 '18 12:10

Current Rotterdam police chief Frank Paauw is the top candidate to succeed Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg as police chief in Amsterdam, well informed sources told Het Parool. Aalbersberg is stepping down as Amsterdam police chief to become the National Coordinator for Counter-terrorism and Security. 

Paauw has been chief of the Rotterdam Rijnmond police since 2010. Before that he was deputy chief at the Haaglanden department, where he started his career as a detective in 1986. 

Korte Leidsedwarsstraat in Amsterdam
Nov 14 '18 09:40

Multiple businesses in the hospitality industry in Amsterdam's city center were closed and fined thousands of euros for committing labor market fraud, the the Social Affairs and Employment Inspectorate and the municipality of Amsterdam announced, the Telegraaf reports.

According to the Inspectorate, the businesses forged payslips, employed foreigners without a work permit, messed with working hours, and underpaid their workers, among other things. These practices did not stop despite warnings. 

A destroyed neighborhood in Raqqa, Syria, 1 Aug 2017
Nov 14 '18 08:05

Amsterdam woman Sarah L. and her young daughter were killed in a bombardment in the Syrian town of Hajin, near the border with Iraq, on Friday, sources around the woman's family confirmed to Het Parool. L. went to Syria in 2014.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a few dozen people were killed in the bombardment. L. lived in an apartment complex where other families also lived.

LED screen installed above the platform at Schiphol station, Dec 2017
Nov 13 '18 11:40

ProRail will be carrying out work around Schiphol this weekend. As a result, no trains will be running on the route between Schiphol Airport and Leiden from Friday to Sunday. On Saturday the airport will be completely inaccessible by train, ANP reports.

On Saturday no trains will run between Amsterdam Sloterdijk and Schiphol, Amsterdam Zuid and Schiphol, and Schiphol and Leiden. The Intercity direct between Amsterdam Central Station and Rotterdam will also be down over the weekend.

Newborn-Baby-Feet
Nov 13 '18 10:50

Homosexual couples who want to have a child through a surrogate mother can do so at Dutch clinics from next year, according to a survey by television program De Monitor. Until now that has been impossible in the Netherlands due to strict regulations, newspaper AD reports.

At least two Dutch clinics will start offering surrogacy to gay couples next year - MC Kinderwens in Leiderdorp and Nij Geertgen clinic in Elsendorp. In Leiderdorp the surrogate mother must also donate the egg. In Elsendorp the surrogate and egg donor may be different people. 

Police guard in a detention center
Nov 12 '18 13:40

Three porters of the W Amsterdam hotel were arrested for selling drugs to guests at the hotel. They were caught in an undercover police action. The three were dismissed with immediate effect and will appear in court on Friday, AT5 reports.

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