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Police and Explosive Ordnance Disposal investigate an explosive found on Korte Leidse Dwarsstraat in Amsterdam, 19 Jan 2018
Oct 31 '18 11:50

Multiple Amsterdam businesses received an email threatening them with hand grenades or shootings if they do not pay 50 thousand euros in bitcoins to the sender. The police confirmed that multiple reports of this email have been received and they are investigating, AT5 reports.

The email, which is in the possession of AT5, was sent to at least three coffeeshops and Club ABE on Amstelstraat since May this year. The writer refers to the municipality of Amsterdam's policy to close businesses after a shooting or an explosive was found there. 

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Oct 30 '18 15:10

Free sector rents in the Netherlands continue to rise. In Rotterdam and Eindhoven they rose even faster than in Amsterdam, Utrecht, and The Hague over the past two quarters, according to figures rental platform Pararius released on Tuesday, ANP reports.

Rotterdam showed the strongest growth of the five large Dutch cities. Last quarter rents in Rotterdam were 14.3 percent higher than in the same quarter last year. Eindhoven saw an increase of 12.1 percent. Tenants in Rotterdam now pay an average of 16.50 euros per square meter per month, and those in Eindhoven 14.62 euros. 

Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Oct 29 '18 11:50

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) is planning to move part of its staff from London to Amsterdam due to the Brexit. The Australian bank applied for a banking license with Dutch central bank DNB, ANP writes based on reports in British media. 

Schiphol Airport station in Amsterdam
Oct 26 '18 08:46

A collision between a train and a person resulted far fewer trains running to and from Schiphol airport on Friday morning. Travelers should take considerable delays into account, a spokesperson for rail company NS said to NU.nl.

"There are problems especially from the south towards Schiphol", the spokesperson said. "There are far fewer trains from the direction of Rotterdam."

Passengers departing from Amsterdam, The Hague, Leiden and Zaandam can also take delays into account. The problems are expected to persist until at least 9:30 a.m., according to the NS site. 

Northwestern Europe at Night
Oct 26 '18 08:35

Despite public street lighting and illuminated advertising, many Dutch cities are getting darker, according to a study of the 54 largest cities in the Netherlands by Natuur- en  Milieufederaties. The environmental federations call this a "turning point" for light pollution in the country. The Netherlands is one of the most illuminated countries in the world, AD reports.

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Oct 25 '18 16:10

MC Slotervaart in Amsterdam and the MC IJsselmeer hospitals in Lelystad and surroundings were all declared bankrupt on Thursday. The hospitals

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Oct 25 '18 07:39

The police found what they believe is a hand grenade at Bijlmerplein in Amsterdam during the early hours of Thursday morning. They responded to the scene around 4:00 a.m. after a report of shots being fired, the Amsterdam police said on Twitter.

On Bijlmerplein they found no injured person, but did find a possible grenade on the street. Defense's explosive disposal team is at the scene, NU.nl reports. The police are waiting for the team to finish its work before they can start a trace evidence investigation.

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Oct 24 '18 16:40

The public order and security department (OOV) of the municipality of Amsterdam doesn't have its own security in order. It is the only department in the municipality that scores a 1 on a scale from 1(very bad) to 5 (good) in an internal report, the Telegraaf reports based on documents received after appealing to the Open Government Act.

Wim Kok
Oct 24 '18 15:00

The funeral for former Prime Minister Wim Kok will be held on Saturday, followed by a commemoration service in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw that same afternoon. Both services are for invited guests only, NU.nl reports.

Others who want to express their condolences can do so in an o. Letters and flowers are also welcome and can be sent to the funeral home. 

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Oct 24 '18 13:28

The Amsterdam police found a hand grenade in front of an hotel on Korte van Eeghenstraat, near one of the entrances to Vondelpark, during the early hours of Wednesday morning. The Ministry of Defense's explosive disposal department dismantled and removed the device, the police said in a statement.

A hotel employee heard a noise at the hotel's front door around 2:30 a.m., according to the police. When he went outside to check what was going on, he found the grenade.

Police officers on the street
Oct 24 '18 12:30

An explosive was found at a business premises on Lemelerbergweg in Amsterdam Zuidoost during the early hours of Wednesday morning. The police can not yet say what type of explosive was involved, NU.nl reports.

Police officers responded to a report of an explosive on the street at around 3:00 a.m. At the scene the officers indeed found an explosive. Defense's explosive disposal service was called in to make sure the explosive wasn't going to blow up so that forensic investigators could do a trace evidence investigation at the scene.

Amsterdam Zuidas
Oct 24 '18 10:00

This year the value of office buildings in Amsterdam increased the most of all cities in the world. In the third quarter Amsterdam offices' value rose by 27.4 percent, according to a report by real estate advisor JLL that will be published in the coming weeks, Financieele Dagblad reports.

Office rents on the Zuidas, Amsterdam's business district, currently amount to about 400 euros per square meter. 

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Oct 23 '18 15:50

The MC Slotervaart hospital in Amsterdam and the MC IJsselmeer hospitals in Lelystad and surroundings filed for deferment of payment. Health insurer Zilveren Kruis and most other health insurers stopped financing for the hospitals. "Bankruptcy may be inevitable", a spokesperson said, NU.nl reports.

The employees and patients of both hospitals will be informed of the current situation on Tuesday. Patient care is guaranteed. "This is a statutory task for health insurers. Patients currently treated in both hospitals can rely on adequate care", the spokesperson said to the newspaper.

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Oct 23 '18 15:00

The police arrested two Amsterdam residents, aged 62 and 69 years, on suspicion of international drug trafficking on Tuesday morning. The two are suspected of a large number of drug transports to Denmark, Sweden and the United Kingdom, NU.nl reports. 

Police officers also searched three homes, including one in Belgium. 

Insiya Hemani
Oct 23 '18 10:00

According to the Public Prosecutor, now 4-year-old 's abduction from her grandmother's Amsterdam apartment was done according to a "military plan". This plan was drawn up by suspect Willem V., was revealed in the court of Amsterdam on Monday. The 54-year-old man said in court that he completely misjudged the situation, NU.nl reports.

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Oct 23 '18 07:33

Dozens of homes were evacuated on Lambertus Zijlplein in Amsterdam Nieuw-West on Tuesday morning after explosives were discovered, the Amsterdam police said on Twitter. The police believe the explosives were to be used in an ATM bombing at a supermarket. The explosives were not detonated.

The police reported the evacuation on Twitter around 5:00 a.m. About 30 homes were evacuated, a police spokesperson said to NU.nl. Explosive experts are at the scene to safely remove the explosives.

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Oct 22 '18 16:10

Pepper spray was released at four Amsterdam Dance Event parties over the weekend. Multiple attendees had to be treated for burning eyes and breathing problems, though no one had to go to hospital. Despite these incidents, the city of Amsterdam speaks of a "calm" 23rd edition of the dance festival.

Insiya Hemani
Oct 22 '18 15:30

The Dutch authorities have not yet succeeded in questioning the father of abducted Amsterdam girl .

Taxi
Oct 22 '18 13:50

Six Amsterdam taxi drivers were arrested during the early hours of Sunday morning for driving under the influence of drugs. The police had a total of 55 taxi drivers take a drug test. The six arrested drivers were taken to a police station for a blood test, NOS reports.

The blood samples were sent to the Netherlands Forensic Institute to confirm whether the drivers were really under the influence of drugs. What drugs they are suspected of using, was not disclosed.

Insiya Hemani, kidnapped from Amsterdam in September 2016
Oct 22 '18 10:30

The trial against in the abduction of from her grandmother's Amsterdam apartment starts on Monday. The court allocated five days for this trial.

Dutch police crime scene tape
Oct 22 '18 09:39

The body of a man was found on a construction site on Motorkade in Amsterdam Noord on Monday morning. According to the police, there are signs of "suspicious circumstances", AT5 reports.

Two ambulances, several fire trucks and a mobile medical trauma team responded to the scene around 7:00 a.m. About an hour later the police said that the victim had died.

Exactly what happened is not yet clear. The police are investigating. 

Wim Kok
Oct 22 '18 09:18

Former Prime Minister Wim Kok (PvdA), his family revealed on Saturday. Over the weekend King Willem-Alexander and various politicians responded to his death. Kok was a well respected man to whom the Netherlands owes a great deal of gratitude, was the general theme of their reactions.

Snake found in woman's bag at a casino in Amsterdam, Oct 2018
Oct 19 '18 13:20

When the Amsterdam Centrum-Jordaan police were called in to a casino in the area earlier this week, the thought they were to deal with a difficult customer. But at the scene, the situation turned out to be quite different - they had to deal with a massive snake.

"At the bag check a woman appeared to be carrying something very strange with her. She had a huge snake in her bag!! Not really something to walk around in public with in the evening hours", the police said on Facebook. 

Rottweiler puppy
Oct 18 '18 13:30

Dog trainers and animal experts are concerned about the University of Amsterdam's plan to in its library where students can cuddle with puppies and get rid of their stress during exam week. The puppies will indeed decrease students' stress, but being cuddled by dozens of students may not be good for the puppies' welfare.

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