Belgium

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Apr 19 '18 09:07

Two Dutch men were sentenced to 15 and 27 years in prison for the near the village of Bruges in 2012. Belgian man Andre G., the farther in law of the victim, also got 27 years for "ordering" his son-in-law's murder, RTL Nieuws reports.

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Apr 12 '18 07:34

After a long chase through the forest in the border area near Goirle, the police shot a suspect. The chase crossed the border between Belgium and the Netherlands twice. The suspect was arrested and is in hospital to be treated, NOS reports.

Around 1:00 a.m. on Thursday the police noticed a suspicious van in a business park in Tilburg. When officers wanted to arrest the two people in the van, they sped away towards the border in Goirle. The police gave chase. During the chase, the suspects crossed the border into Belgium and then back into the Netherlands.

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Apr 10 '18 17:10

Lars de R., a guitarist in the Netherlands, is also being prosecuted in Belgium for making and distributing child pornography, RTL Nieuws reports.

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Apr 9 '18 16:00

The Netherlands had the sixth highest hourly wage in the European Union's business sector with an average of 38.80 euros last year. Denmark came in first place with 42,50 euros, according to European stats office Eurostat, ANP reports.

The public- and agricultural sectors are not included in these figures. 

In addition to Denmark, employers in Belgium, Luxembourg, Sweden and France also spent more on their employees' wages than the Netherlands. Bulgaria had the lowest hourly wage at only 4.90 euros gross. 

4,500 kg of cocaine found in a container at the port of Antwerp, Feb 2018
Apr 5 '18 13:40

Increasing violence and drug trafficking in Antwerp has its roots in Netherlands organized crime, according to Antwerp mayor Bart de Wever. "The drug problems in terms of cocaine trafficking have moved from Rotterdam to Antwerp in recent years. Which means that the Netherlands owes a debt to the rest of Europe", he said to Nieuwsuur.

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Mar 29 '18 08:40

Some 850 foreign tourists will visit the Netherlands this long Easter weekend, 100 thousand fewer than last year, national tourism office NBTC Holland Marketing expects. Together these foreign visitors will spend around 250 million euros over the coming days, AD reports.

Most foreign visitors come from Germany and Belgium. For them their neighbor the Netherlands is a popular destination, particularly for short holidays, according to the tourism office.

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Mar 20 '18 08:32

Four young men were arrested on suspicion of early on Saturday morning. Three of them admitted to being in the hotel, but deny raping the young women. The fourth confessed, his lawyer told Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws.

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Mar 19 '18 09:03

The authorities in Antwerp are investigating a gang-rape involving five men raping two young Dutch women. Three suspects were arrested so far, AD reports.

The two Dutch women, 21 and 22-years-old, went to Antwerp for the weekend, according to the newspaper. On Friday night they visited discotheque Roxy, where rapper Ronnie Flex and a number of Dutch DJ's performed. At the club, they started chatting with five men. They don't remember much more of the night, they told the police. The police believe they were drugged.

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Mar 9 '18 09:04

Monks from the Belgian Saint Sixtus Abbey are furious with Dutch supermarket chain Jan Linders for selling their Trappist beer without permission, Belgian broadcaster VRT reports.

Jan Linders sold around 300 crates with 24 bottles each of the beer for 9.95 euros per bottle on Thursday, according to the Limburger. The beer from Westelveen is normally only sold at the Abbey itself for a fraction of that price. Only private individuals can buy the beer, and only for their own use. 

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Mar 6 '18 16:30

A 74-year-old Dutch man died after an unfortunate fall while ice skating in Belgium last week. The man landed on his head and fell through the ice, ANP reports.

The incident happened in nature reserve Asserbroekse Meersen near Bruges. Bystanders managed to get him out of the icy water quickly, but he sustained serious injuries in the fall.

The man was rushed to hospital in critical condition. He later passed away there, the police confirmed on Monday. 

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Feb 5 '18 09:55

Ferry Zandvliet from Rotterdam, who survived a in Paris two years ago, will be attending the trial against suspected terrorist Salah Abdeslam in Brussels on Monday. "I want to look that boy in the eyes", he said, according to newspaper AD.

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Jan 31 '18 11:40

The Netherlands is not well prepared for accidents happening in a nuclear power plant, the Dutch Safety Board concludes in a new report on Wednesday. The Netherlands needs to work with Belgium and Germany and properly coordinate their crisis plans and crisis management, according to the Board, ANP reports.

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Jan 30 '18 12:40

Arnhem man Andreas W. was sentenced to 20 years in prison by a Belgian court for robbing and killing 41-year-old Stefaan Bekeart in his home in Menen early in 2014. The 54-year-old Dutch man was convicted of manslaughter. His ex-partner, 44-year-old Adriana K. from Arnhem, was acquitted, De Gelderlander reports.

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Jan 26 '18 12:50

Terrorist organization Islamic State trained three women, one Dutch and two Belgian, to commit terrorist attacks in Europe, a Belgian ISIS member arrested in Syria revealed during questioning, Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws reports. The newspaper was given exclusive access to the transcripts of the Belgian jihadist's questioning by American soldiers.

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Jan 24 '18 11:00

A drunk Belgian man who shop on the E40 highway in Drognen, Belgium, on Monday night, was convicted for driving under the influence five times before, Omroep Brabant reports.

Inside a Texaco gas station shop in Drongen
Jan 23 '18 09:04

A Belgian driver crashed into the store of a Texaco gas station on the E40 highway towards Brussels on Monday night. One person was killed and two were seriously injured. According to VRT, all three victims are Dutch.

Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad reports that the three Dutch colleagues were drinking coffee in the shop when the car crashed into them. The Dutch person who was killed was a middle aged man, according to the newspaper. His two colleagues were seriously injured, but are in a stable condition.

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Jan 22 '18 10:10

The number of foreign tourists who visited the Netherlands last year increased by 11 percent to a total of 17.6 million people, according to figures from NBTC Holland Marketing. Together they spent 12.9 billion euros in the Netherlands, AD reports.

Most foreign visitors came from Germany last year. Over 5 million Germans visited the Netherlands. Belgium came in second place with over 2.2 million visitors, and the United Kingdom with just under 2.2 million. The number of visitors from Russia increased the most with 33 percent to around 175 thousand. 

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Jan 16 '18 09:30

Minister Ank Bijleveld of Defense thinks that two  just before entering Dutch airspace on Monday, were meant to scare, provoke or test Russia's West-European rivals, she said to the Telegraaf.

Belgian F16 jets intercept two Russian TU-160 Blackjack bombers above the North Sea, 15 Jan 2018
Jan 15 '18 15:00

Belgian F-16 jets intercepted two Russian bombers over the North Sea on Monday just before the Russian planes entered Dutch airspace, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Defense confirmed to NU.nl. The Russian bombers were heading towards the United Kingdom, AD reports.

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Jan 2 '18 14:22

One person was killed as the result of a shooting on Socratesstraat in the southern part of Rotterdam around 10:30 p.m. on Friday.  Police reported that the victim was struck by several bullets, but found alive by first responders.

He was transported to the hospital in critical condition. The man died in the hospital on Saturday evening. 

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Dec 29 '17 12:06

The police arrested two persons suspected of involvement in a shooting in Maastricht after chasing them into Belgium on Friday morning. According to the police, no one was hurt in the shooting or the chase that followed.

The police responded to Craianstraat in Maastricht around 2:30 a.m. after receiving a report of shots being fired. At the scene responding officers saw a car speeding away and gave chase. 

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Dec 1 '17 10:50

The police found 11 stowaways, including a pregnant woman, in the back of a refrigerated truck on the A67 in Bladel on Thursday evening. The Polish truck driver called the police when he heard voices in his trailer, RTL Nieuws reports.

The stowaways spent two days in the back of the truck. Fortunately, the cooling element was not turned on. All eleven people are adults and were in good health. 

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Nov 30 '17 16:40

A 39-year-old Amsterdam man accused of kidnapping a 16-year-old girl and forcing her to marry him convicted on Thursday. He was sentenced to two years in prison, according to news wire ANP.

The man was acquitted of terrorism related charges, and planning a trip to war-torn Syria.

The teenaged girl is from the small Noord-Brabant village of Heesch. She was missing for several weeks spanning July and August in 2016.

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Nov 27 '17 08:53

The Belgian intelligence services knew about the perpetrator of a in 2015 three years before the attack happened, according to the annual report of the Belgian supervisory committee on the intelligence services, Het Parool reports.

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